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