Nilofer Merchant: Biography highlights

Called a visionary by CNBC, Nilofer Merchant’s ideas are shaping the future of organisations of all shapes and sizes. Thinkers 50 named her its “Future Thinker” 2013 & welcomed her into the rankings of top business gurus 2015.

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Languages spoken:

English

Full biography of Nilofer Merchant

She is one to pay attention to she was named the Number 1 person most likely to influence the future of management.

Background / History

Nilofer has had a meteoric career; from administrator to CEO to board member of a NASDAQ-traded company. She has been called “the Jane Bond of Innovation” for her ability to guide Fortune 500 and start-up companies – has written two best-selling books: The New How 2010 and 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra 2012 and has developed her unique concept of “Onlyness” for her 3rd.

Those who work with her praise her ability to think strategically and to lead the way towards innovation by thinking collaboratively. She is at home in the social era and knows how to take others along with her.

Career

Nilofer has had a fabulously diverse career. By the age of 26, she had led a division of Apple Computers and run six political campaigns. She has launched over 100 products in different markets and fought a competitive battle against Microsoft for Symantecs Anti-Virus division and won. She created the web presence for both Time Inc. and CNN.

She teaches innovation at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities – speaks all over the world and helps companies such as Logitech, Symantec, HP, Yahoo & VMWare to develop new product strategies, optimise revenue and enter new markets.

She serves on boards for both public and private companies and writes for the Harvard Business Review.

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Thinkers50 Business Guru – Winner of the Future Thinker award & Digital Thinker nominee
  • Has launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in sales
  • Her book 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era – was named ‘Best Business Book of 2012’ by Fast Company
  • Teaches innovation at Stanford
  • Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award 2017

Speaking Style

  • A fresh and powerful voice, eloquent, relevant, now.

An exciting and vibrant speaker Nilofer has

  • inspired thousands taking the stage alongside the likes of Malcolm Gladwell and Simon Sinek
  • advised the “Most Powerful Women that Fortune brings together” about the bottom-line impact of social
  • headlined at global venues, like TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012 and TEDIndia 2009
  • keynoted technology conferences like Web 2.0.

Corporations such as General Electric, Skanka and IBM have brought her into their leadership teams to ready themselves for the future. Google invited her as a speaker at their famous Google @Authors program to educate them on thriving in the Social Era.

Her famous TED Talk “Got A Meeting? Take A Walk” in which she posits that “sitting is the new smoking” has been viewed by more than a million people around the globe.

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What does the phrase “make a dent” mean? By Nilofer Merchant
What does the phrase “make a dent” mean? By Nilofer Merchant
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"Silicon Valley, Get ready" with Nilofer Merchant
"Silicon Valley, Get ready" with Nilofer Merchant
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Nilofer Merchant on the Rise of the Social Era
Nilofer Merchant on the Rise of the Social Era
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Ask our Network - Nilofer Merchant
Ask our Network - Nilofer Merchant
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Sitting is the New Smoking - Nilofer Merchant
Sitting is the New Smoking - Nilofer Merchant
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How can ordinary people discover their onlyness By Nilofer Merchant
How can ordinary people discover their onlyness By Nilofer Merchant
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Nilofer Merchant - Renowned Strategic Planner
Nilofer Merchant - Renowned Strategic Planner
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Nilofer Merchant​ in conversation with Justine Musk​ at Live Talks Business​ Forum
Nilofer Merchant in conversation with Justine Musk at Live Talks Business Forum
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The Power of Onlyness - Nilofer Merchant
The Power of Onlyness - Nilofer Merchant
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Nilofer Merchant: The New How
Nilofer Merchant: The New How
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Nilofer Merchant - Author of Social Era
Nilofer Merchant - Author of Social Era
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Gamergate and the Danger of Staying Hands Off | Nilofer Merchant
Gamergate and the Danger of Staying Hands Off | Nilofer Merchant
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TEDSalon. Featuring Nilofer Merchant
TEDSalon. Featuring Nilofer Merchant
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The Power of Onlyness: Nilofer Merchant
The Power of Onlyness: Nilofer Merchant
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Taking Onlyness to the Next Level | Nilofer Merchant
Taking Onlyness to the Next Level | Nilofer Merchant
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Nilofer Merchant - Speaker on Innovation, Leadership and Business Trends
Nilofer Merchant - Speaker on Innovation, Leadership and Business Trends
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Nilofer Merchant and Roger Martin
Nilofer Merchant and Roger Martin
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Nilofer Merchant :: Why I'm Glad I Got Fired :: Spark Camp Story Hour
Nilofer Merchant :: Why I'm Glad I Got Fired :: Spark Camp Story Hour
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TOC 2010:  Nilofer Merchant, "Cape Crusaders Collaborate"
TOC 2010: Nilofer Merchant, "Cape Crusaders Collaborate"
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Nancy Duarte Discusses Business Strategy and Innovation with Businesswoman Nilofer Merchant
Nancy Duarte Discusses Business Strategy and Innovation with Businesswoman Nilofer Merchant
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Ready to Work in the Post-Industrial Era? - Esko Kilpi, Tim Leberecht & Nilofer Merchant
Ready to Work in the Post-Industrial Era? - Esko Kilpi, Tim Leberecht & Nilofer Merchant
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Day II Plenary 2: Changing the Practice of Management: Innovation. Keynote by Nilofer Merchant
Day II Plenary 2: Changing the Practice of Management: Innovation. Keynote by Nilofer Merchant
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Open or Closed Government, How Do We Hold Power: Nilofer Merchant at TEDxNewEngland
Open or Closed Government, How Do We Hold Power: Nilofer Merchant at TEDxNewEngland
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The Power of Onlyness: Unlocking the Capacity of Each of Us | Nilofer Merchant | Talks at Google
The Power of Onlyness: Unlocking the Capacity of Each of Us | Nilofer Merchant | Talks at Google
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Nilofer Merchant - Author of Social Era
Nilofer Merchant - Author of Social Era
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Nilofer Merchant: How to Find a Mentor
Nilofer Merchant: How to Find a Mentor
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How Power Powers Ideas | Nilofer Merchant | TEDxUniversityofNevada
How Power Powers Ideas | Nilofer Merchant | TEDxUniversityofNevada
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Why Trust Matters | Nilofer Merchant
Why Trust Matters | Nilofer Merchant
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Can you discuss your experience as a TED speaker? By Nilofer Merchant
Can you discuss your experience as a TED speaker? By Nilofer Merchant
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INBOUND 2017 Bold Talks Spotlight: Nilofer Merchant
INBOUND 2017 Bold Talks Spotlight: Nilofer Merchant
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A Twist on Industry Shifts | Nilofer Merchant
A Twist on Industry Shifts | Nilofer Merchant
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Nilofer Merchant speaking at Platform Summit 2013
Nilofer Merchant speaking at Platform Summit 2013
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Nilofer Merchant - CEO, Author & Strategist
Nilofer Merchant - CEO, Author & Strategist
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TEDxBayArea Women - Nilofer Merchant - Rogues, Misfits.. Or Heroines?
TEDxBayArea Women - Nilofer Merchant - Rogues, Misfits.. Or Heroines?
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TEDxEmbarcadero - Nilofer Merchant - Ideas and Innovation
TEDxEmbarcadero - Nilofer Merchant - Ideas and Innovation
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The Value of 'Onlyness': Nilofer Merchant
The Value of 'Onlyness': Nilofer Merchant
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The Notion of Onlyness | Nilofer Merchant
The Notion of Onlyness | Nilofer Merchant
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Nilofer Merchant at TEDxHouston 2012 RESONATE
Nilofer Merchant at TEDxHouston 2012 RESONATE
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Nilofer Merchant - Success Formula for Leading in the Social Era - Nordic Business Forum 2015
Nilofer Merchant - Success Formula for Leading in the Social Era - Nordic Business Forum 2015
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Tips for Businesses in a Networked World with Nilofer Merchant
Tips for Businesses in a Networked World with Nilofer Merchant
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Nilofer Merchant Explains the Power of Open Ideas
Nilofer Merchant Explains the Power of Open Ideas
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11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra | Nilofer Merchant | Talks at Google
11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra | Nilofer Merchant | Talks at Google
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Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk
Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk
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A rare combination: strategic, well-researched and actionable. Nilofer Merchant helps you see whats at stake in the connection economy'

Seth Godin
IBM

'Fast wit and clear ideas... Nilofer got everyone engaged throughout her presentation and talking long after she left'

Paul Papas
Global Commerce Leader
Predictable Success

'Nilofer is one of the few people I know who can be described as truly brilliant, she has a deep commitment to culture and innovation as she has lived the walk'

Les McKneown
CEO

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