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Jared  Cohen

Jared Cohen

Founder of Google Ideas & CEO of Jigsaw

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 CEO 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. Read More >

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. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Cyberpowers: Disinformation, Political Hacking & New World Disorder

Living in a Hybrid World

The New Digital Age

The Power of Connection Technologies

The Future of Revolutions

Pace of the Future Today

Speech Topics

Corporations in the Digital Warzone

According to Jared Cohen, most companies have a serious blind spot. They’re increasingly caught in the crossfire of what is a perpetual state of cyberconflict around the world. In this New World Disorder, with billions of people online, data is the digital equivalent of oil. Cyberwars and cyberattacks unfold silently, invisibly and relatively inexpensively. Businesses need to navigate these threats, but lack true understanding of their context. In this riveting presentation, Cohen uncovers the emerging threats (and underlying opportunities) that are keeping world leaders up at night, providing invaluable information about keeping your business, organization and family safe. Read More >

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  • Disinformation happens and why it’s the future of economic warfare—potentially leading to market manipulation and more. If you think markets are volatile now, just wait.
  • Big data and even bigger data is being weoponized by states as the new go-to method of influence
  • Governments are deploying digital armies of trolls to influence elections and hack the conversation
  • The tactics used by states can be adopted by criminal entities
  • The ubiquity of data and technology has reignited a Cold War that features the digital equivalent of proxy wars, espionage, election tampering, and targeted assassinations
  • The absence of rules in cyberspace has created a new anarchy that is being exploited by a new group of players

Game Changers: Technology Trends & 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. Is your business prepared to confront the challenges and opportunities of the next big disruption? Drawing upon his experience developing cutting-edge technologies for Google, bringing innovation to 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. 

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. It also means constantly innovating to avoid falling behind—leveraging technology to stay relevant and cutting-edge. From growing a business to scaling products to managing high-functioning teams, Cohen provides insights from inside one of the world’s most competitive and successful companies. He also shares stories of disruption, having found ways to innovate both at high levels of government and the tech sector. Speaking as a CEO to other leaders, Cohen breaks through the noise to focus on how the world is changing and how your business can keep pace.

How Technology is Disrupting Politics & Elections

We’re only now learning the extent of outside manipulation on Brexit to the U.S. presidential election. With democracy under threat, it is 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.

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.