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For 20 years David Kirkpatrick wrote for Fortune magazine, most recently as the senior editor for the Internet and Technology section. His writings have covered a multitude of companies, from Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Sun and Intel to Facebook, MySpace and Second Life. From 2002-08 he penned a weekly column, “Fast Forward.” He writes occasionally for Forbes magazine, and has been regularly ranked as one of the world’s top technology journalists.

Kirkpatrick developed Fortune’s Brainstorm conference, which began in 2001 in Aspen, and ran for five years. Now, along with a group of former Fortune colleagues, he has organized a conference and corresponding media company called Techonomy, which focuses on the centrality of technology innovation for all spheres of human activity. Techonomy’s inaugural conference was held in 2010 and as of 2012 they hold an annual conference in Detroit to address competitiveness, jobs, and the urban future in the age of technology.

Given his expertise in all things tech, in 2010 Kirkpatrick wrote the definitive book on Facebook, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World. At the time, Facebook had grown in 5 years from a college-dorm amusement to a community of over 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, and now at a decade old it continues to grow at an incredible rate. With full cooperation from Facebook’s key executives, Kirkpatrick researched the company and the impact on our lives. His research gives him a unique perspective to talk about “The Facebook Effect,” the ways that Facebook has changed the very way we live out lives and interact on a daily basis.

An in-demand speaker, Kirkpatrick has spoken at companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, and AMD, at libraries, universities and numerous conferences. He appears frequently on television, radio, and the Internet as an expert on technology. Kirkpatrick has also been a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council, consisting of 100 global media leaders, since 2006, and is a member of the Council on Foreign relations.

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    Internet & Technology Expert

    For more than 20 years David Kirkpatrick was a writer for Fortune, most recently as the senior editor for internet and technology. He has written numerous cover stories about Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Sun, Intel, and numerous other subjects, features on subjects including Facebook, MySpace, Second Life, the safety of cell phones and Technology in China, plus his weekly “Fast Forward” column. He is regularly ranked one of the world’s top technology journalists. His expertise on these subjects led him to pen the definitive book on Facebook, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World.

    The Facebook Effect uncovers how in little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects—even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kirkpatrick had the full cooperation of Facebook′s key executives in researching this fascinating history of the company and its impact on our lives. At the podium and in the book, he shares how Facebook was created, why it has flourished, and where it is going next. He chronicles its successes and missteps, and gives audiences the most complete assessment anywhere of founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the central figure in the company′s remarkable ascent, a story that can be found nowhere else.

    How did a nineteen-year-old Harvard student create a company that has transformed the Internet and how did he grow it to its current enormous size? Kirkpatrick expands on how Zuckerberg steadfastly refused to compromise his vision, insistently focusing on growth over profits and preaching that Facebook must dominate (his word) communication on the Internet. In the process, he and a small group of key executives have created a company that has changed social life in the United States and elsewhere, a company that has become a ubiquitous presence in marketing, altering politics, business, and even our sense of our own identity. This is the Facebook Effect.

    Kirkpatrick created Fortune′s Brainstorm brand, beginning with a 2001 conference in Aspen that ran for five years. Now, with a group of former Fortune colleagues, he has organized a conference and media company called Techonomy, focusing on the centrality of technology innovation for all spheres of human activity. The inaugural conference was held in 2010. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council, consisting of 100 of global media leaders, since 2006, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    An in-demand speaker, Kirkpatrick has spoken at companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, and AMD, at libraries, universities and numerous conferences. He appears frequently on television, radio, and the Internet as an expert on technology.


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Keynote Speech


David Kirkpatrick talks about his company, Techonomy, and it’s role in the tech conference world:
“What [Techonomy has] done up to this point is put on some pretty interesting and high-quality conferences that pretty much focused on IT and the Internet as a lever for progress. We’ve positioned ourselves in the tech conference industry somewhat differently than everyone else, because we don’t really try to talk about technology so much as what it means, where it’s pushing business and society. We talk a lot about progress: we believe in progress, we want to help stimulate progress, we want to help leaders contribute more to progress.”

He talks about their newest topic of discussion, the biological sciences:
“We’ve concluded that there is a really strong argument that the biological sciences are poised to bring to society a set of outcomes, opportunities and innovations that will really have the same set of implications in all our lives that we’ve now taken for granted that the Internet and Information Technology will bring to our lives.”

Interview


David Kirkpatrick is interviewed about his company, Techonomy and their role in the tech conference arena. He is asked whether he thinks that the heart of the Tech world resides in Silicon Valley, to which he says “It’s by no means the only heart of technology. As a New Yorker, the building I work in has AOL startups in the floors above us!”

“Innovation is scattered increasingly widely, because there’s an amazing impulse among the young right now to innovate, and it’s as widely dispersed as Lagos, Nigeria and Boise, Idaho.”

Google Talk


Demo Video - What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Zuckerberg



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David Kirkpatrick is an expert on the Internet, technology and the ways in which these two things interact in our everyday lives. His programs educate audiences about the future of technology and the effects that the Internet and businesses like Facebook have on our daily lives. He also talks about what we can take away from the successes of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg–telling an incredible story of perseverance.

Suggested Speaking Topics:

  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World
  • The Future and Influence of Technology and Social Media
  • What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Mark Zuckerberg




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    The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
    IN LITTLE MORE THAN HALF A DECADE, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects—even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Veteran technology reporter David Kirkpatrick had the full cooperation of Facebook’s key executives in researching this fascinating history of the company and its impact on our lives. Kirkpatrick tells us how Facebook was created, why it has flourished, and where it is going next. He chronicles its successes and missteps, and gives readers the most complete assessment anywhere of founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the central figure in the company’s remarkable ascent. This is the Facebook story that can be found nowhere else.

    How did a nineteen-year-old Harvard student create a company that has transformed the Internet and how did he grow it to its current enormous size? Kirkpatrick shows how Zuckerberg steadfastly refused to compromise his vision, insistently focusing on growth over profits and preaching that Facebook must dominate (his word) communication on the Internet. In the process, he and a small group of key executives have created a company that has changed social life in the United States and elsewhere, a company that has become a ubiquitous presence in marketing, altering politics, business, and even our sense of our own identity. This is the Facebook Effect.
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Suggested Speaking Topics:

  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World
  • The Future and Influence of Technology and Social Media
  • What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Mark Zuckerberg


Keynote Speech


David Kirkpatrick talks about his company, Techonomy, and it’s role in the tech conference world:
“What [Techonomy has] done up to this point is put on some pretty interesting and high-quality conferences that pretty much focused on IT and the Internet as a lever for progress. We’ve positioned ourselves in the tech conference industry somewhat differently than everyone else, because we don’t really try to talk about technology so much as what it means, where it’s pushing business and society. We talk a lot about progress: we believe in progress, we want to help stimulate progress, we want to help leaders contribute more to progress.”

He talks about their newest topic of discussion, the biological sciences:
“We’ve concluded that there is a really strong argument that the biological sciences are poised to bring to society a set of outcomes, opportunities and innovations that will really have the same set of implications in all our lives that we’ve now taken for granted that the Internet and Information Technology will bring to our lives.”

Interview


David Kirkpatrick is interviewed about his company, Techonomy and their role in the tech conference arena. He is asked whether he thinks that the heart of the Tech world resides in Silicon Valley, to which he says “It’s by no means the only heart of technology. As a New Yorker, the building I work in has AOL startups in the floors above us!”

“Innovation is scattered increasingly widely, because there’s an amazing impulse among the young right now to innovate, and it’s as widely dispersed as Lagos, Nigeria and Boise, Idaho.”

Google Talk


Demo Video - What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Zuckerberg