Mike Walsh

Futurist, Digital Tech and Emerging Markets Expert

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Mike Walsh advises some of the world's leading brands and corporations on what's coming next in their industry. Author of the best seller FUTURETAINMENT, he is a leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior and fast growth markets. Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, he distills the most relevant insights into tailored keynotes that allow any audience to not only understand, but also influence the future direction of their industry. Mike 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.

Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running 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 XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embroynic Web. 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, Mike spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation. 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.

Inspired by the dramatic changes taking place in China and India, Mike 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, Mike has advised CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.

Publisher of the 'Disruptive Future' blog read by thousands of professionals in the media and entertainment space, Mike's unique insights and operating experience in emerging markets re breakthrough innovation and business transformation, make him an expert on the growing influence of consumers in BRIC countries. Mike's new book, The Divergence (published 2012), 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 views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Business Week, Forbes and Wallpaper Magazine.

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The Algorithmic Leader

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 Algorithmic Leader, "The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas" and "Futuretainment" 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.

 

Designing Your Business for the 21st Century

‘Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product,’ says CEO MikeWalsh of Tomorrow, a global consultancy that helps design 21st century businesses. ‘The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules.’

Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has organized these decisions into seven strategic priorities – that he will explore with audiences as a roadmap for their own reinvention.

In this keynote, Walsh will outline the mega-trends shaping the future of business and consumer behaviour, and the lessons learned from successful Fortune 500 companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation.

From the impact of AI on leadership to the mega-trends driving digital transformation, Mike Walsh's keynotes are a blend of provocative questions and global case studies.

***Based on his discovery calls with you, and using the seven transformation drivers below as a guideline, Mike will personalize a presentation specifically for your audience.

  • Customers
  • Marketing
  • Culture
  • Technology
  • Innovation
  • Global
  • Leadership
 

Recent Publications by Mike Walsh

The Algorithmic Leader

 

Futuretainment: Yesterday the World Changed, Now Its Your Turn

 

"A phenomenal presentation! It's refreshing to see someone who understands the next generation and who has the ability to create understanding and vision through examples of historical trends and current international innovation. Thanks for the education." SVP Direct Sales, iPay Technologies of Attended Fiserv Conference

"Excellent material and especially good presentation.  Thought provoking, and an amazing insight into how far the rest of the world has advanced past the U.S. in innovation." President of KBOgroup, Inc. of Attended Fiserv Conference

"Mike was a pleasure to work with. His presentation was perfectly pitched reflecting his research prior to the event to tailor his presentation to our audience and he also took the time to meet with some of them prior to the presentation. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone interested and would love to work with him again." Roche Products Pty Limited

Great session! To be perfectly honest, I'm sort of lost between being very excited and very frightened." Director, On-Air Promotions of NYCTV / NYC Media Group

"Your expert presentation on technological innovation was an ideal contribution to the opening session for what proved to be a valuable two day meeting and your insights were helpful in our deliberations on future strategies for the ABC." Managing Director of Australian Broadcasting Corporation

"Fascinating! You should also write books on presenting technology topics to non-technology people. It's a skill very few technologists have." Director of New Technology Strategy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

"Mike Walsh can observe today's consumers as if they are already living in tomorrow's world. He understands the changing dynamics of media - fundamental changes in content creation, distribution and consumption and in the economic realities that underpin both traditional and new media businesses. He understands the structural shift that is occurring. If the future is already here (just not yet evenly distributed), then it's certain that Mike manages somehow to insert himself into one of those little pockets of the future, have a look around, and then come back and let the rest of us know what our world will soon be like!" Director of Strategy of Fairfax