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Jared Cohen

Founder of Google Ideas; Chief Advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt; President of Jigsaw
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Biography

Jared Cohen is at the center of technology and how it is changing the world. As the founder and director of Google Ideas at Google and now the president of Jigsaw (its successor arm within Alphabet Inc.), he is at the forefront of using technology to tackle some of the toughest global challenges. As a former advisor to two secretaries of state and having visited more than 100 countries (including North Korea and Iran), Cohen is able to look around the corner and shed light on both the next big technological innovation and how it impacts our world, our businesses, and our lives. Whether he’s interviewing former extremists or meeting with the Pope in Rome, Cohen brings his expertise to bear on some of the most challenging problems of our time.

Technology is reshaping nearly every aspect of our lives, especially business, communication, entertainment, and politics. There’s never been a more important time to understand how technology is transforming your industry or organization, and there are few people better qualified to illuminate what the future holds than Cohen. His New York Times bestselling book The New Digital Age, co-authored with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, gazes into a world where everything is digital and offers predictions about what our future holds. Named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” Cohen has spent his entire career using technology to solve seemingly intractable problems. After studying at Stanford and Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Cohen became the youngest person to serve in the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, the elite group of thinkers that advise the Secretary of State on pressing global issues. In 2010 he was recruited by Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt, whom Cohen currently advises, to create Google Ideas, Google’s influential think tank that expanded to become the technology incubator known now as Jigsaw and housed in Google’s parent company.

Cohen’s keynotes are electrifying, inspiring, and relevant. Every business and industry would benefit from better understanding the technology that’s transforming our world—for better or for worse—and no one tells that story with more insight, humor, and poise than Cohen. He draws on his extensive travel with dazzling first-hand accounts and simplifies some of the most important trends in technology to reveal how these difficult issues matter for your organization. Cohen’s anecdotes are famous and will leave your audience shocked by their newfound understanding of the technology they use and the world they inhabit. His insights are relevant for all audiences and industries, and the topics at hand have never been more important. As the world becomes increasingly more complex, Cohen offers an illuminating and entertaining glimpse into our future.

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Transformation: How to Think About Your Business in the New Digital Age

If you’re not innovating, you’re falling behind. Competitive businesses need to harness the latest technological tools and understand how technology is changing so many aspects of our lives, from communication to commerce to entertainment. Cohen helps to break through the noise and focus on how the world is changing and how your business can make the most of today’s technology to stay relevant and cutting-edge.

Larger Than Ourselves: The Impact of Cyber on our Businesses & Our Lives

Is your business prepared to confront the challenges and opportunities in a connected world? The growth of technology is reshaping our lives in ways we don’t even realize—how we do business, how we interact with each other, and how we access information will be transformed by technology. Drawing on his experience bringing innovation to the American diplomacy and founding an award-winning technology incubator, Cohen offers a glimpse into tomorrow’s major technology trends and what they mean for you and your business.

Beyond 2016: How Technology is Disrupting Politics as We Know It!

From Brexit to the U.S. presidential election, it seems that each campaign and subsequent vote is increasingly difficult to understand. This year it’s critical to cut through the punditry and the polls to examine what issues are really at stake, and how this election matters for our future. Cohen examines the 2016 race and beyond through the lens of technology—the issues that matter most and how technology is changing the way campaigns will be run in the future. The stakes have never been higher.

Disruptive Leadership: How to Lead at Innovation’s Cutting Edge

Leadership in the 21st century means harnessing technology to work smarter and build successful organizations. From growing a business to scaling products to managing high-functioning teams, Cohen shares insights from inside one of the world’s most competitive and successful companies. He is a disrupter, having found ways to innovate both at high levels of government and the tech sector.

Game Changers: Technology & the Next Big Disruptions

Businesses can’t afford to be complacent in the face of rapid technological innovation. Some of the most disruptive and world-changing innovations were invented in someone’s garage, while the world remained unaware of the next big thing. Having spent the past five years developing cutting-edge technologies for Google, Cohen explores what emerging technologies are poised to change the ways we live and work, and what they mean for your business.

The New World Disorder: Change & Chaos in the New Digital Age

Terrorism. Economic disruption. Rising geopolitical tensions. As billions of people come online, the world is as dynamic and chaotic as ever. But within this tremendous disorder lies opportunity—if you know where to look. Cohen helps to make sense of our rapidly changing world in the new digital age, covering everything from global politics to economics to security.

From Pyongyang to ISIS: The Greatest Threats Facing our World

Having traveled to nearly 100 countries—including some of the toughest war zones and repressive societies in the world—Cohen draws on his experience to take you inside the most challenging environments, from North Korea to Iran and beyond. From his meetings with the leadership of North Korea to his interviews with ISIS defectors, Cohen’s travels have given him a unique perspective on the threats facing the world and what can be done about them.

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