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Josh Klein

Author & Hacker Extraordinaire

Biography

“Josh Klein is the quintessential hacker - a cross-disciplinary, pattern recognizing polymath who takes his greatest joy from combining the unexpected and seeing the result work in new and better ways.”

Josh Klein is a passionate hacker of all things. He examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks. Everything. His list includes social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behavior, and many more. Josh knows that the greatest innovations come from rethinking ordinary situations, or hacking; a do-it-yourself movement with roots inside the engineering community. Read More >

“Josh Klein is the quintessential hacker - a cross-disciplinary, pattern recognizing polymath who takes his greatest joy from combining the unexpected and seeing the result work in new and better ways.”

Josh Klein is a passionate hacker of all things. He examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective. He hacks. Everything. His list includes social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behavior, and many more. Josh knows that the greatest innovations come from rethinking ordinary situations, or hacking; a do-it-yourself movement with roots inside the engineering community.

Josh started as a technology hacker in his parent’s basement and ended up working with leaders at the upper echelon of business, government, and internet security. Along the way it became clear that a tipping point in new technology was changing commerce as we knew it in a myriad of ways.

Josh is currently the cohost of Built for Change, a podcast by Accenture, made in collaboration with T Brand Studio at the New York Times. Josh and his co-host journalist Elise Hu have transformative conversations with industry leaders, as they discuss the seismic shifts in technology, the growing importance of sustainability, the marriage of purpose and profit — and more.

Josh is also the Founder of Indigometrics, the first online culture metrics platform to measure what people do, not how they feel. Employees use it to target their own growth within their teams. Leaders use it to nurture winning culture. Companies use it to compete in increasingly dynamic markets.

From black market economies to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, from the radical departures in exchange and marketing enabled by Big Data to the as-yet-unrealized impact of 3D printing and the Internet of Things, Josh has specialized in translating technology insights into actionable strategies for business leaders. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Josh Klein, an Introduction on Vimeo

Josh Klein Speaks on Vimeo

NACD GBLS 2019 Josh Klein

Speech Topics

Innovation in Practice

Buying a startup, hiring hot talent, or licensing a new technology doesn’t do you any good if you can’t incorporate it properly into your organization. Learn how world-changing new tech like E-Commerce, Mobile, and Big Data were used correctly... and badly. Real-world examples from the front lines of transformative technologies show you the pitfalls to avoid along with how they can be managed by organizations at any stage to produce significant new growth.

The Internet of Things + AI

Distributed sensor networks (i.e., the IoT + AI) are changing how people live, what they buy, and how they relate. But nobody is closely examining what happens when you mix them together. This talk explores the two main sociopolitical directions that are taking off in exploiting the impossibly powerful mix of real-time, where-you-are algorithmic intelligence - and what it means for your business.

Human Capital... Isn’t

We’re all familiar with the hiring conundrum - top talent is impossible to find or keep and bad apples are impossible to remove. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Come learn what the rise of the gig economy and changing expectations from truly innovative employees can mean for your organization, from exploiting synchronies in cross-compatible currencies to aligning meaning and motivation. 

People vs Robots - How Both Will Win

The question is... how? From the gig economy to fully automated luxury capitalism, society is only just starting to respond to the tidal wave of disruption these technologies represent. Dig into the impact Robots, AI, and Big Data will have on your job and the work of your employees, and learn how to get ahead of the risk - and your competition - in maximizing the under-considered opportunities the shift to hyper-human skilling represents.

Facebook vs Goebbles: How Does Tech Control Us?

We know we’re more predictable than we suspect, but what does the scale and scope of data about us – as employees and consumers – mean for the evolution of business? Learn about the responsibilities this will entail, the risks of getting it wrong, and how to positively bring the impending era of hyper personalized modeling to bear on your existing (and future) markets.