Emerging tech gives us new tools — what happens next depends on how they are used.
For over two decades, I've had the honor of working with the pioneers and builders who create at the edge of possible. I've devoted my career to understanding and driving behavior change, working at the nexus of disruptive innovation and the enterprise, and advising both startup founders and Fortune 500 leaders across industries and sectors.
I’m now in my fifth year of sharing insights from my journey down the Web3 rabbit hole with a mission to educate newcomers on the emerging power, potential, and challenges of a decentralized web and its implications for human behavior, culture, and organizations. As part of this initiative, I spent a good portion of 2018 writing a best-selling book, Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business, give talks all over the world (and now via video from my home), created a LinkedIn course that’s passed 70,000 learners, and written articles for publications that include Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Venture Beat.
Born geek, I grew up among the orchards that would one day be filled by a dizzying array of Silicon Valley startups. It was in this landscape that I first fell in love with technology, giving up Saturday morning cartoons to create stuff with my first computer, a Timex Sinclair ZX81, using our family television as a screen and a mini cassette tape to store my data. It was thrilling.
Today, it’s my kids who inspire and center my tech travels. Their generation faces staggeringly complex problems, but my hope is that the architects of today will leverage technology to lay a foundation for a better tomorrow. Nothing about this is assured. However, it has become starkly clear that technology shapes us, and I believe we all have a responsibility to lend our voices to shaping technology in support of the world we would like to see.