Mike Walsh

Futurist, Innovation and Technology Speaker and Authority on Emerging Markets

Mike Walsh speaker, keynote speech

As a global nomad, speaker and consumer trend scout, Mike Walsh brings a truly global perspective to every event.

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Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century and consumer innovation research lab. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change.  Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike.  Mike Walsh previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region. He is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group.  Mike’s best-selling book FUTURETAINMENT, published by Phaidon was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York.

Mike’s recent book, The Divergence charts the rise of online consumers in these emerging markets and shows that tomorrow’s Web will be radically different to conventional Western models requiring entirely new engagement strategies. His latest book The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas is a collection of the most challenging concepts facing business leaders at the dawn of the 21st century.  His views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, and Forbes.

Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike 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.

Publisher of the Disruptive Future blog read by thousands of professionals in the media and entertainment space, Mike Walsh’s unique insights and operating experience in emerging markets, breakthrough innovation and business transformation, makes him an expert on the growing influence of consumers in BRIC countries.

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

Mike Walsh has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful start-up 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 a spin-off from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic Web.

During the first dotcom boom, Mike 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, 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, Mike 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, Mike Walsh founded his latest venture – an innovation research lab focused on emerging technology and disruptive consumer behavior.

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?
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:
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.

WORLD NEXT: Your Roadmap To The Global Future

Social unrest, economic turmoil, rapid technological change – we live in a world seemingly dominated by crisis. And yet if you look more closely, you may also see a different set of patterns giving rise to new markets, new consumers and new ways to do business.
The future is already here, you just need to know where to look. From disruptive mobile technology from China to India’s low cost business models, next generation mobile banking in Africa and social consumerism in South America – innovation is shifting to a new geography.
How we interact, transact and entertain ourselves in the future will be shaped by a billion new consumers from emerging markets. WORLD NEXT is your roadmap to understanding and accessing the growth potential of tomorrow’s world.
In this session Mike shares:

• How the Web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today
• New markets, consumers and technology trends that will be essential for the global growth of your business
• Case studies of international companies who have successfully leveraged cultural forces for local market success
• The disruptive innovation models of your emerging market competitors
• The new management styles necessary for leadership in fluid, hyper-competitive and uncertain global markets
• The winners and losers in the new digital world order and your company’s readiness to survive or thrive

The Big Data Revolution

There is a new war coming – over the future’s most valuable asset. Big Data, once just the domain of technology professionals, will soon be the number one issue for all business leaders. Consumers are producing more of it, marketers are starting to leverage it, and governments are seeking to control it – and most importantly, business leaders will be asked to make decisions based on it.
The real Big Data revolution is not just about the amount of data that has to be processed, but a mindset change about how data gets used in the enterprise.
With original research, practical evaluations of disruptive strategies and case studies from some of the world’s most innovative firms, Mike Walsh will give you the roadmap you need to set your Big Data strategy in place for the future.
For IT Leaders:
• The new mindset required to integrate third party Cloud platforms and experiment with exotic Big Data technology platforms
• Meeting the challenge of engaging business decision makers to commit to Big Data investments
For Marketing Leaders:

• How to rethink your marketing based on real time data and emergent patterns in consumer behavior
• The convergent trends of mobilization, consumerization and Big Data and what they will mean to how you approach and personalize your customer experiences

For Senior Decision Makers:

• Incorporating data into strategic decision making
• Innovative approaches to data visualization as a tool for communicating trends and patterns
• Relevant case studies of the ‘winners circle’ of companies who, today, are making the big bets on tomorrow’s Big Data platforms

The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas

The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas is a collection of the most challenging concepts facing business leaders at the dawn of the 21st century. At the intersection of emerging technologies and new patterns of human behavior, the ideas in the Dictionary have been chosen for both their potential to transform the way companies operate, and inspire new forms of thinking.

The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas

Futuretainment: Yesterday the World Changed, Now It's Your Turn

Over recent years seismic changes have taken place in the structure and direction of the media and entertainment industries. Since the launch of the first commercial web browser, to the advent of broadband, digital downloads and online virtual worlds, patterns of consumer behavior have adapted and evolved enormously, embracing new opportunities and having an indelible impact upon the commercial nature of media.

Mike Walsh has been at the heart of this consumer revolution from its beginning and has been helping some of the world's leading companies and brands embrace new ideas for the past decade. The 23 insights in Futuretainment reveal how the rise of the Internet, mobile devices, social networking, audience networks, user generated content, ubiquitous networks and the ‘adaptive web’, amongst other advances, has affected the worlds of media and entertainment forever.

Futuretainment is a dynamic visual handbook offering an accessible approach to this complex and evolving subject. It is a must-read for any individual or business that wants to understand how to maximize their position in this new era.

Futuretainment: Yesterday the World Changed, Now It's Your Turn