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Jessica  Groopman

Jessica Groopman

Tech Expert, Digital Trends Authority & Innovation Advisor


Jessica Groopman is an industry analyst and founding partner of Kaleido Insights, San Francisco-based technology research firm. Trained in anthropology, Jessica specializes in human, business, and societal impacts of emerging technologies. Her recent coverage areas include regenerative business and sustainability in digital transformation, digital inclusion and DEI, Web3 and blockchain, and AI/machine learning. Jessica works with organizations internationally, supporting strategic advisory, digital transformation, and research across several industry verticals. She has advised numerous companies including Coca-Cola, AARP, Technicolor, Pandora, Intel, Microsoft, Cisco, among many others. Read More >

Jessica is a recognized speaker at emerging technology industry events, and co-host of the Hype Hazard podcast. She advises several start-ups, and is a frequent media contributor. She has also served as contributing member of the International IoT Council, the IEEE's Internet of Things Group, IoT Guru Network and other industry advisory boards. Jessica was also included in Onalytica's list of the 100 Most Influential Thought Leaders in IoT.

Jessica has authored over 40 reports and contributed to several books. She has been principal analyst with Tractica where she contributed to its automation and robotics practice, served as research director and principal analyst with Harbor Research, and as an industry analyst with Altimeter Group. Earlier, she led research at Focus Research. Before she worked in business and technology research, Jessica's research experience was based mostly in academic anthropological fieldwork, specifically in ethnographic, linguistic, and archaeological research both in the United States and abroad. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

AI Readiness

Implications of AI Inferences (Clip)

The Silent Disruptors

Customer Experience in the Internet of Things

Online Safety in the Age of AI

Speech Topics

Beyond Sustainability Towards Regeneration: Adopting Nature’s Approach to Business & Technology Innovation

2020 marked an inflection point for business: no longer can environmental and social crises be ignored. Yet the surge in ESG and sustainability investments focus more on problems than opportunities. Leading organizations realize it’s not about doing less harm, but doing more good. The next generation of organizations and technologies are regenerative, designed to wield the power and scale of business technologies in service to people and planet, aligning profit models that give back and contribute value to their ecosystems rather than constantly extracting from it. Emerging technologies are the catalyst to accelerate and scale these models, far beyond "net zero". Read More >

Based on original research, this speech offers the “net positive” framework for digital transformation and is sure to inspire new ways of thinking: Read Less ^

  • Nature’s approach to innovation: regeneration
  • Why now? Why not “sustainability?” Top forces driving regenerative business
  • What does regenerative business look like? Real-world case examples, impacts across stakeholders
  • How are big companies becoming regenerative? A framework for regenerative value creation

The Silent Disruptors: Three Trends Radically Re-Shaping Your Business

Compounding technological, societal, and economic forces are colliding, but what do they mean for your customers, business, and ecosystem? –Much more than meets the eye! Companies cannot afford to remain reactive, but must proactively examine how they must shift to survive. Join anthropology-trained technology expert Jessica Groopman from Kaleido Insights as she guides audiences to see beyond the tech, for the silent but radical disruptions impacting people, culture, and business models. Read More >

This speech has helped executives and teams around the world navigate the noise, supercharge ideation, and identify the real opportunities for innovation. Areas of exploration may include: Read Less ^

  • Web3, blockchain and the future of trust, a new business currency
  • AI and the future of human augmentation
  • Ambient IoT sensing, metaverse, and the future of interface
  • Biotech, genomics, and the future of design
  • Distributed energy, renewables, and the future of power

Five Things No One is Telling You About Artificial Intelligence

Much ado about artificial intelligence and its commercial adoption. But amidst all the hype lie several unsung truths overlooked in most discussions of AI. Upon researching over 400 AI applications across 20+ industries, industry analyst Jessica Groopman has distilled these key findings into five easily digestible considerations for business strategists and innovation leaders. Read More >

This talk promises to inspire teams with five new ways of understanding and applying AI. Read Less ^

  • AI demystified: 5 shockingly overlooked AI realities
  • AI & people: trust, ethics, governance, intelligence, inclusion
  • AI readiness: research-backed recommendations for responsible use and business success