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Mike  Walsh

Mike Walsh

Founder & CEO of Tomorrow and Business Consultant


Founder and CEO of Tomorrow, a consumer innovation research lab, Mike Walsh advises some of the world's leading brands and corporations on what's coming next in their industry. Author of the bestseller Futuretainment: Yesterday the World Changed, Now It’s Your Turn, he is a leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth markets. Read More >

Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, he distils the most relevant insights into tailored keynotes that help audiences influence the future direction of their industry. Rather than focusing on the distant future, Walsh focuses on the next five years, scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass, then translating these into usable business strategies.

Walsh has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful startup ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spinout from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic Web. During the first dotcom boom, Walsh launched the technology publishing group internet.com in Australia, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in the country. He also founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. During this period, he was recognized as one of Australia’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30.”

After his experiences in the Web space, Walsh spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions. Directly engaged by the CEO of Star TV to provide the company with a digital roadmap for their operations, he began his in-depth research into the fast growth markets of Asia. While in Hong Kong, and inspired by the dramatic changes taking place in China and India, Walsh founded his latest venture: Tomorrow, an innovation research lab focused on emerging technology and disruptive consumer behavior.

Always in demand for his fresh insights and practical future-focused strategies, Walsh has advised the CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including the BBC, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.

Walsh is the publisher of Disruptive Future, a blog read by thousands of professionals in the media and entertainment space. His unique insights and operating experience in emerging markets, breakthrough innovation, and business transformation make him an expert on the growing influence of consumers in BRIC countries. His latest book, The Divergence, charts the rise of online consumers in these emerging markets and shows that tomorrow's Web will be radically different than conventional Western models requiring entirely new engagement strategies. His views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Wallpaper Magazine.

As a global nomad and consumer trend scout, Walsh does live research, in the trenches, with big corporations and entrepreneurs all over the world bringing a truly global perspective to every event. His personal manifesto is: “Everything is changing. How we live, how we work and how we play. But to understand the future you need to focus on anthropology (the study of human beings) not technology. After all, as interesting as it is when things change, the real magic happens when people do.”

In addition to his corporate profile, Mike Walsh is a published photographer and supporter of the Arts. His photographic images from his travels around the world helped Futuretainment win an Art Director’s Club Award in NYC. He has also served on the Director’s Circle at the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

On the Road With Mike Walsh

The Future is Now

How Great Companies Re-invent Themselves to Survive the Future

Will Smarter Computers Make For Smarter Leaders?

The Future of Health Insurance

Speech Topics

Designing Your Business for the 21st Century

The companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change but are the first to break the rules. If you could start with a clean sheet of paper, how would you design your company? Should your youngest staff member be making coffee or running your R&D team? Is Big Data something for your IT department to worry about, or a weapon to be wielded by your management team? Do you ban social networks or use them to collaborate more effectively? Read More >

Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product. That early success then becomes a rigid code, and as customer habits and markets change, many fail to see that everything that made them successful is exactly what will destroy them later.

Based on interviews with you and your choices on the 7 strategic priorities, Mike will cover a range of thought provoking issues including: Read Less ^

  • How your future customers will think, talk and transact.
  • Lessons on disruptive innovation from fast growing, emerging markets.
  • How to leverage enterprise social networks to solve real business problems.
  • What it takes to recruit, retain and motivate tomorrow’s employees.
  • How to apply speed, agility and the new lean IT mindset to your technology teams.
  • Hacking your corporate culture to transform employee engagement.
  • Why the multicultural web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today.
  • Identifying the critical data pivots in your business, the real-time numbers no leader can afford to ignore.

Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Machine Intelligence

We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century?

In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author of The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow’s leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology.

Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.

The Future of Health

In the future, data and digital technologies will transform the way that people interact with healthcare providers and manage their well-being. The rising adoption of health-related smartphone apps, fitness focused wearables, bio-metric sensors as well as advances in digital biology and personalized medicine are merely the advance wave in a radical re-imaging of health in the 21st century.

The key trend driving the future of healthcare will be customer centricity - as patients begin to shop for healthcare and wellness services in the same way they comparison shop for cars and plumbers. For healthcare leaders, that means focusing on leveraging emerging technologies like AI and data analytics that have the potential to streamline the customer experience, while looking for new digitally focused alliances and partnerships outside the traditional medical and pharmaceutical space.

Mike’s approach to the future of health is to focus on the human impact of disruptive change. Only by understanding the mindset of tomorrow’s patients can health providers and pharmaceutical companies transition to a highly targeted, personalized approach to wellness.

In meeting that challenge, Mike brings a design thinking perspective to helping audiences re-imagine the way that their company should work, inspiring teams to embrace a culture of agility, responsiveness and innovation.

In his ongoing research on successful digital transformations, Mike Walsh has identified the key priorities that smart leaders will need as they challenge their teams to move as quickly as their customers do. Through a series of interviews and briefings, he will work with your team to isolate the frameworks and case studies most relevant to your objectives.

“The most sophisticated technology companies of the future will be in the healthcare space - leveraging the state of the art in search of the greatest prize of all: improving the quality of human life.”