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Josh  Klein

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.

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

Cybersecurity- It’s People!

Cybersecurity has evolved from lone wolves duking it out in sparse online forums to massively parallel cyber industrial complexes manned by nation states. As our attack surfaces shifted from individual servers to cloud infrastructures, from zero-day one-offs to massively sophisticated media ecologies, corporations became the sacrificial lambs. Read More >

The reason for this is people. Because the arms race between state actors has driven the speed and scale of cyberattacks to unprecedented new heights, increasingly the easiest way "in" is the soft squishy middle - the human element.

Come learn how evolving AI and analytical engines are producing insights into human manipulation at an incredible new level. Josh Klein walks you through the frightening - and myriad - ways in which corporations, countries, and common thieves are exploiting your very nature to change your behavior and steal your stuff.

Forewarned is forearmed - don't miss the chance to get ahead of potential attackers (and competitors) in using emerging technologies both defensively and ethically. Read Less ^

The End of the Great Stagnation

In 2011 economist Tyler Cowen published "The Great Stagnation," arguing that the American economy had reached a historical technological plateau which contributed to stagnation in the median American wage since 1973. Read More >

In 2020 he argued that it was over. In the last year alone we have seen world-changing advances in technologies as diverse as AI and medicine and from drones to data analytics. The dynamism and disruption caused by these new capabilities hasn't even begun to be felt as, unseen by most behind the screen of the pandemic, fast-moving new companies are taking these technologies and running with them.

Drawing on his personal experiences on the front lines of E-Commerce, Mobile, and Cloud Computing as they emerged, Josh Klein walks your audience through key identifiers of transformative tech. By providing a framework for spotting trends, identifying opportunity, and shaping strategy, listeners will emerge vastly better prepared to make astute choices around emerging technology going forward.

The disruptions we've seen technology produce in the past had harbingers which mostly happened linearly. They happened, ironically, in a period of innovation draught. Now we're facing more cumulative opportunity and risks, with bigger impact and faster onset, and we're looking at them happening all at once.

Hang on to your hats and bring a notepad - this is going to be a wild ride! Read Less ^

The Future of Work

The pandemic compressed a decade's worth of technology adoption into one short year - but the right strategy can help your company adapt and even exploit this change. Read More >

As white collar workers discover the benefits and costs of working from home the majority of businesses are trying to reconcile what will be needed to keep them employed, satisfied, and growing. Moreover, the question still remains of what business strategies best take advantage of the increased flexibility and reach a distributed workforce might represent.

Join Josh as he surfaces examples of how different technologies have prompted adaptation in the past and how different companies deployed strategies that effectively capitalized on them. In creating a plan for change, your listeners will be armed with a framework for forecasting not just the threats, but also the opportunities unique to each organization.

The future of work hasn't seen such a big shift since the Industrial Revolution. But with the right strategies and a little careful planning, companies can be agile and secure in taking advantage of it! Read Less ^