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Best-Selling Author, Technology Entrepreneur & Executive
Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and investor in Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. Read More >
He is also co-author with Reid of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, the leading career strategy guide that’s been translated into more than 15 languages and sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
He’s co-founder and partner at Village Global, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in technology startups. Village Global has $225 million under management and hundreds of portfolio companies.
He has appeared on CNN, the CBS Early Show, CNBC and various media including The Economist, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal. Read Less ^
Meeting Ben Casnocha
The employer-employee relationship is broken. Managers face a seemingly impossible dilemma: You can’t afford to offer lifetime employment. But you can’t build a lasting, innovative business when everyone acts like a free agent. The solution: Stop thinking of employees as family or free agents and start thinking of them as allies on a tour of duty. Read More >
Based on Ben’s recent New York Times bestselling book with Reid Hoffman, founder/chairman of LinkedIn, in this keynote he explains how to recruit, manage and retain the entrepreneurial employees your business needs to succeed in the networked age. You’ll learn:
Through keynotes and interactive workshops, this is the management and business framework that will help your company generate Silicon Valley-style innovation, delivered by one of the field’s most engaging speakers. Read Less ^
The career escalator is jammed at every level. Unemployment rates are high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. The employer-employee pact is over and traditional job security is a thing of the past. Read More >
In a keynote based on his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Ben presents a blueprint for how to thrive in this new economic landscape. The key: learn to think and act like an entrepreneur. In other words, move up that jammed escalator by running your career like it’s a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.
You don’t need to start your own business, but you do need to adopt the mindset and learn the skill set of entrepreneurs.
Why? Start-ups – and the entrepreneurs who run them – are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage. These are the very same skills professionals need to get ahead in today’s fractured world of work.
In this keynote, you will learn the Silicon Valley strategies that can jump-start you career. This is a bold presentation on thriving in a world where every professional must be the entrepreneur of his or her own life. Read Less ^
Today, four generations are in the same workplace at the same time. This is unprecedented. And it introduces a host of challenges and opportunities. You can’t manage millenials the way you were managed. To bring out the best of your millennial employees, and to create a corporate culture where all generations can effectively work with each other, you need to rethink every aspect of how you recruit, manage, and retain employees. Read More >
Ben’s background makes him uniquely qualified to deliver this entertaining keynote: as “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs” according to BusinessWeek he speaks credibly on his own generational dynamics while also drawing upon his leading corporate experience. Read Less ^
We live and work in the networked age—the social networking era is just getting started. Ben argues that “network literacy” is the new type of literacy that counts. He explains the hidden power of LinkedIn and other social media, but more importantly, provides a sophisticated perspective on how people networks shape everything we think and do – and how to leverage those networks to solve important business and career challenges. Read More >
He’s not another generic “social media guru”. Ben spent two years at LinkedIn in the Office of the Chairman and was named one of the 25 most influential people in the world of internet and politics” by PoliticsOnline. Read Less ^
"Ben Casnocha is a dynamic and engaging speaker. After he spoke at our HR summit, we received a ton of great feedback on him. One of our audience members wants to hire him already! He presented multiple concepts to HR leaders on how to engage employees in today’s marketplace. Ben’s message is thought-provoking and encourages HR Professionals to challenge themselves to transform their organizations to attract and retain top performers. I highly recommend Ben as a keynote!"
"There are many young entrepreneurs who can give students encouragement and share enthusiasm for starting their own businesses. What I believe sets Ben’s presentation apart from the others is his holistic approach to entrepreneurship as a worldview. He offers students a new definition of entrepreneurship, one that marries passion, life-long learning and spiritual meaning. After all, being an entrepreneur is more than just starting a business; it truly is charting a course for your life."
"I highly recommend Ben to any organization looking for a well prepared and thought-provoking speaker to share fresh insights on how to treat their career path as a start-up company. His presentation was exactly what our audience needed to hear. To conclude his address, he provided insightful answers to some tough questions asked in the audience Q&A period. Ben also brought a comfortable yet high-energy style to the discussing to keep us all engaged throughout the presentation."
"I’m delighted to report that the Strategy Conference was a blast! Ben did such a great job presenting and, to boot, signing tons of books for our attendees and staff. Recently, Ben connected with me on LinkedIn and he mentioned that many of our attendees had reached out to him as well. That’s really, really cool! Thanks for making a way for us to finally bring Ben to our conference stage!"
"Everyone who participated in Ben’s presentations in Indonesia, from business students to businesspeople, and from public health students to members of the community interested in learning about entrepreneurship, came away from the events with newfound insights on how to live a more fulfilling life."
"It is rare these days when an entire auditorium of students sit without text messaging, and listen attentively while a speaker delivers his message. When Ben Casnocha spoke, every student listened and afterwards asked pertinent, intelligent questions fueled by one of the most powerful speeches on entrepreneurship I have had the good fortune to witness."
"Ben Casnocha provided a viewpoint into entrepreneurial leadership that was dead on. His keen insight into leading Generation Y workers was informational, refreshing, and inspirational. He’s a must for those who want to understand our younger workforce."
"He was phenomenal. I must have had 30 people come up to me and say 'what a refreshing speaker'. He was just phenomenal. He had four great points and he talked from the heart. We were so happy, I would definitely recommend him."
"I very much enjoyed Ben’s presentation last night. His message was so important and pertinent to all of us, regardless of whether or not we plan a business opportunity. I wish every YTC employee could hear it and would employ his principles in daily work."
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