International Media Executive, Entrepreneur & Best-selling Author of Willful Blindness & Women on Top
Businesses, cities, and entire countries find themselves adapting to unprecedented changes in the way they operate. Speaker Salim Ismail helps organizations of all kinds gain control of the changing forces impacting them, and to productively harness change. Events that turn on exponential change and organizational transformation choose Ismail to deliver centerpiece addresses.
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Startups, large corporations, and heads of state seek business speaker Salim Ismail wisdom on transformational business strategies. An eye-opening and entertaining public speaker, Salim Ismail addresses organizations around the world on the future of entrepreneurship.
Bestselling author and Founding Executive Director of Singularity University, Salim Ismail has been ushering in the future for two decades. He now leads ExO Works, which above all helps organizations transform to meet the demands and opportunities of an exponentially changing world.
After founding a series of pioneering companies including PubSub Concepts and Confabb.com, Ismail caught the attention of Yahoo in 2007. As the head of Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator, he spearheaded the development of groundbreaking products like Pipes and Fire Eagle. As a result, his experience led Ismail to co-found Ångströ, an intelligent data-analysis tool purchased by Google in 2010.
While developing Ångströ, Ismail became the Founding Executive Director of Singularity University, an executive education institution founded by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil. He now serves as Singularity University’s Global Ambassador.
Drawing on his wide-ranging experience, Ismail founded ExO Works in 2016 as a vehicle for advising executives on exponential thought. OpenExO, launched a year later, introduced a global transformation ecosystem supporting the efforts of organizations, institutions, and individuals. Harking back to his Brickhouse years, Ismail joined venture capital firm Rokk3r Fuel as a general partner in 2017. The firm now operates as Rokk3r Fuel ExO, and implements methodologies developed by ExO Works.
In addition, in 2012 he spoke at the Oxford Union. His bestselling book, Exponential Organizations, was named Frost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation and Leadership Book of the Year.
As a result of accelerating change, a new breed of businesses is scaling 10 times faster than established organizational structures. Salim Ismail calls these exponential organizations. This talk describes the characteristics and attributed of these organizations and finishes with how to implement these ideas into established companies. He looks at today’s fastest growing technologies and the social impact they will have on our organizational, political, legal, educational, and medical systems. From artificial intelligence to biotech, these disruptive technologies are changing the face of many disparate industries and creating new innovations and opportunities. Audiences walk away with a tailored action plan for moving forward that utilizes five internal and five external strategies to spur astounding growth – like partnering with an incubator and transforming their organization’s leadership team.
Salim describes major breakthroughs occurring in a series of accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, sensors, neuroscience, medicine, and even energy. He describes the implications of these breakthroughs on both society and business, and will give a perspective on their impact tailored to each specific audience.
The confluence of new developments makes today the best time ever to be an entrepreneur. Salim talks about how accelerating technologies, crowd funding, incubators, fablabs, and cloud computing have made it faster, better, and cheaper to be an entrepreneur. This talk also covers the steps needed to create entrepreneurial ecosystems and start-up communities in different regions.
The fastest technological improvement today is being seen in biotechnology. According to technology strategist Salim Ismail, by the year 2025 it will be cheaper to sequence your genome than to flush your toilet. What will this mean for personalized therapies? Will we eradicate allergies? Or grow replacement organs? Will artificial intelligence make better, more accurate diagnoses than human doctors? Could a computer be your future surgeon? Ismail tells incredible stories of the research and development he’s seen first-hand and the potential for next-generation disruptive technologies. He weighs the benefits with the sinister side and calls on society to prepare our systems from running the world (legal, political, medical) to meet the realities of the very near future.
Today there are over 20 billion internet-connected devices in the world. Will computer driven cars be a reality in three years? Will we see a dramatically lengthened lifespan and delayed retirements in a matter of 1-2 decades? What does this mean for investment, growth, and contraction in key industries? As the world becomes more digital, advancements in technology are skyrocketing. Technology strategist Salim Ismail knows the trajectory of fascinating projects that are sure to change our lives and challenge societal norms as we know them. His take on the impact of the financial services sector will have you thinking twice about where to put money and how much is needed for the future.
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