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Tom  Koulopoulos

Tom Koulopoulos

Author, Futurist & Leader 


From audiences of more than 5000 to intimate gatherings of just a few dozen, Tom provides a tour-de-force session that will challenge your attendees and leave them with memories and tools that they will use for a lifetime. Read More >

Tom Koulopoulos is Chairman and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank providing advice on leading edge technologies and futures to Global 2000 organizations and government agencies for the past 25 years. He has also been the Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, and the leader of a global Innovation Lab for Perot Systems (now Dell).

Tom Koulopoulos provides a combination of energy, deep knowledge, business insight and humor in a keynote package tailored for each audience. His passion for understanding the implications, challenges and opportunities of leading edge business trends and technology is evident in his writing.

Named one of the industry’s most influential information management consultants by InformationWeek magazine, he is an authority on the implications of trends in technology, society and business for global society and business for global organizations. Tom is a frequent columnist for Inc.com. His articles and market insights have also appeared in national and international print and broadcast media such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, CNBC, CNN and NPR. His ten books include The Gen Z Effect, Cloud Surfing, The Innovation Zone, Smartsourcing, Corporate Instinct, Smart Companies, Smart Tools, and The X-Economy. Tom’s current book, The Gen Z Effect, explores the post-generational era we are entering and the six forces that are shaping the future of businesses and behavior.

His insights have received wide praise from luminaries such as the late Peter Drucker, the father of modern management; Dee Hock, founder of Visa International; and Management Guru Tom Peters, who called his writing, “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” According to Tom’s mentor, Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”

In a prior book, The Innovation Zone: How Great Companies Re-innovate for Amazing Success, Tom boils innovation down to its essence and provides a playlist for companies and individuals who want to increase their ability to innovate.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Tom has also been an adjunct professor at the Boston College Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management and a guest lecturer at the Boston University School of Management and the Harvard University School of Public Health.           

Tom weaves a rich tapestry of story-telling and a compelling vision of the future. He explodes on stage with incredible presence and passion both for his topic and his audience. Attendees often comment that the experience is much like that of a Broadway production, precisely choreographed with multimedia and yet amazingly spontaneous and energizing. Tom is able to adapt to the group and create an atmosphere ideally suited to their mood, background and level of understanding. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Get Ready for the Gen Z Effect

The Internet of Everything

The Birth of Gen Z

Speech Topics

Digital Transformation & Business Ecosystems

The single most significant shift in business is underway - Digital Business Ecosystems. Simply put, Digital Business Ecosystems are at the heart of successful high growth companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, Google, Amazon, Netflix, MoDe, Alibaba, Samsung, Nest, Climate Corporation, GE, Discovery Health, Oculus, and Oracle. Read More >

Digital Ecosystems create entirely new business models that drive out all of the friction in an industry and use data and technology to create an entirely new user experience that provides an integrated and nearly effortless customer experience.

In this leading edge keynote, Tom looks at how Digital Transformation and Business Ecosystems, from insurance to healthcare to education to manufacturing and retail, will be critical to the success of every business in every industry over the decades to come. Read Less ^


It’s hard to go for more than a few hours without coming across some mention of the impact that cybersecurity is having on today’s world. From the recent presidential elections in the US to the growing threat of global cyber terrorism, we are surrounded by the ever-present discussion of cybersecurity. Read More >

As a leading expert on the topic, Tom teaches graduate courses on cybersecurity at Boston University and works with organizations to create cultures of security which can mitigate the risk of attacks by addressing the human element of security. Tom’s keynote covers the spectrum of cybersecurity threats, from “influence hacks” such as WikiLeaks, meant to change opinions about brands, to the malevolent attacks that can potentially destroy a brand. Read Less ^

Get Ready for The Gen Z Effect

One of the most profound changes in business and society is the emergence of the post millennial generation, Gen Z. Read More >

While every new generation has faced its share of disruption in technology, economics, politics and society, no other generation in the history of mankind has had the ability to make sure that every human being (and every “thing” ) on the planet is connected to each other, fully educated, and economically engaged. What might this mean for the way in which we build our business, markets, and institutions for education in the future?

In this revolutionary keynote, drawing from his recent book, The Gen Z Effect, Tom delves into a vision of the future that will not only disrupt but also reinvent almost every aspect of how we work, live and play. From radical new approaches to marketing and manufacturing to the potential obliteration of intellectual property and the shift to mass innovation, Tom provides a mind-bending view of why we will need to embrace Gen Z as the last best hope for taking on the world’s biggest challenges and opportunities, and how you can prepare yourself and your business for the greatest era of prosperity and advance the world has ever experienced. Read Less ^

The Era of Big Data and Small Devices

Big Data is one of the hottest business and tech topics to come along in years, and nobody can better speak to the impact that Big Data will have on our organizations and our lives than Tom Koulopoulos. Read More >

What is Big Data? It’s the incredible new value being created through the ability to hyperconnect all of the data being collected about how businesses and people behave.  In short – it’s the future of business; the way we market, sell, service, and build relationships will all be impacted by the advent of Big Data.

If you use social networks, smart phones, or surf the web, your behaviors are being tracked and connected in ways that allow companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple to know you better than your best friend. That’s Big Data.

In business to business interactions the change is even more dramatic. Companies such as E2Open are collecting data about the way supply chains and markets behave in real-time and automating the innovation process by predicting future trends, products and services! Companies such as Retail Next are collecting nearly 10 million data points for a single shopping visit to a retail store. That’s Big Data.

If you’re a government intelligence agency, the torrent of data being collected and connected in real-time across myriad sources that were never meant to work together is critical in order to respond to threats. That’s Big Data.

In this keynote, tailored to your audience’s background and role, Tom puts Big Data in context, providing a clear view of the implications for innovation, new business models, and a fundamental shift in the way we work, live and play. Read Less ^

The Innovation Zone

In this lightning-paced, tour-de-force session Tom looks at how companies are radically changing their approach to innovation by learning how to fail fast, embrace uncertainty, build for the unknown, abandon the success of the past, focus on their core competencies, and challenge conventional wisdom. Tom uses examples from some of the pioneering innovators from Sony to Apple and 3M to NASA to illustrate some of the best and brightest success stories of innovation at work. His views will provide a prescription for change in how you approach innovation, in a way that is straight forward, comprehensive, and, above all else, incredibly practical. You’ll identify the ways in which you can drive your own organization’s efforts to increase innovation and better leverage the latent creativity in every organization. Read More >

Come prepared for an enlightening and life-changing discussion about the importance of innovation and get ready to take a hard look at how issues the of culture, generations, and leadership impact the way we innovate. Tom’s approach is insightful and cutting but be forewarned, at times unorthodox. It’s the reason Forbes.com called him Business Visionary with an incisive view of world trade and why, in the words of his long time mentor Peter Drucker, “Tom makes you rethink not only your business but yourself.

You’ll leave this session with a roadmap and a context for your conference experience and with specific insights, methods and tools to help you quantify your organization’s innovative ability as well as a solid foundation for the decisions you will need to make in the months and years ahead. Read Less ^

Cloud Surfing

The Cloud is the hottest topic since the advent of the Internet. And nobody can speak to it with more insight, energy, and humor than Tom. It’s why HP, Microsoft, Gartner, Intel, Cisco and many others have asked Tom to keynote their organizations’ cloud events. Drawing on his latest e-book, Cloud Surfing, Tom paints a powerful picture of how The Cloud will change the way we live, work and play. Read More >

How will The Cloud define your job. Social Media, open models for education, the ongoing debate about classroom vs. virtual learning, mining online conversations, and identifying needs for education.

What is The Cloud? It’s a framework for the disruption of structure. A place where we will all learn, live, work and play in the 21st Century. It’s where nearly 35 million people already work. It’s where your kids are when they dive into online play. It’s a classroom without walls, instructors, or curriculums. It’s where you meet and make friends in social networks and where conversations are turned into communities. It’s where companies go to find the next big idea. It’s where political campaigns are won and lost. It’s where the future will outweigh the All that may seem radical, but it doesn’t even come close to defining how disruptive The Cloud will be.

In its simplest terms The Cloud is the new context for innovating business and society.

However, the Cloud is NOT just about technology. In fact technology is only a small part of The Cloud. Just as important is the way The Cloud changes the way we collaborate, work, how we are influenced and how we influence, and how we experience the world.

Join Tom as he takes you into the cloud to better understand how we can respond to this massive change in order to transform ourselves and our industry! Read Less ^

The Internet of Everything (IoE)

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is one of the hottest business and tech topics to come along in years, and nobody can better speak to the impact that IoE will have on our organizations and our lives than Tom Koulopoulos. Read More >

What is IoE? It's the incredible new value being created through the ability to hyperconnect all of the devices, sensors, people, and data being collected about how businesses and people behave.  100 billion devices by 2020 and more devices than grains of sand on all the world's beaches by 2100! In short - it's the future of business and society.

If your clients have not yet begun to ask for a presentation on the IoE, they will.  Be assured, as always, Tom is on the cutting edge of current trends in business and technology.  Read Less ^

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