Peter Hinssen: Biography highlights
Peter Hinssen is a serial entrepreneur, adviser and keynote speaker on the topics of radical innovation, leadership and the impact of all things digital on society and business.
Peter is the author of five bestselling business books. ‘The Phoenix and The Unicorn‘ (March 2020) is a book about the Phoenix, about those companies that – just like the mythical bird – are able to rethink themselves in cycles: time and time again they rise from the ashes of the old, and come out stronger than ever before. ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ (June 2017) is about surviving in times of radical innovation. ‘The Network Always Wins’ (2014) explains how and why companies have no choice but to become a network when the outside world has evolved into one. In ‘The New Normal’ (2010), Peter writes about how companies should explore the limits of the digital world, and what happens when technology just becomes ‘normal’.
Business/IT Fusion’ (2008) is a guide about how to solve the conflict between business and IT. Peter is frequently asked to contribute to (international) publications and is a Forbes contributor as well as a LinkedIn Influencer.
Sought-after keynote speaker, business school lecturer & board member.
Peter has given numerous keynote speeches around the world, among which those for Google Think Performance, Nimbus Ninety, Gartner, NEXT Berlin, Tedx, PayPal, MasterCard, Microsoft, CIO City, SAS, Accenture and Apple. He lectures at renowned business schools like the London Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He is also a multiple board advisor on subjects related to innovation and technology.
For more than fifteen years, Peter led a life of technology start-ups. His first company e-COM was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent, his second, Streamcase, by Belgacom, and Across Technology by Delaware Consulting. His third venture (Porthus) was quoted on the stock exchange in 2006 and acquired by Descartes. Between start-ups, he has been an Entrepreneur in Residence with McKinsey & Company, with a focus on digital and technology strategy. Peter’s current company nexxworks helps organisations become fluid, innovate and thrive in The Day After Tomorrow.
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The keynotes are enriched with Thought Leadership content. Peter is also adapting all the time to the audience.'
'I would like to thank you again for the amazing keynote you gave yesterday! You have inspired our organization, and you have provided us with a great perspective on these 'Best of Times' and 'Worst of Times'. Fantastic!'
'Peter Hinssen was the star speaker at our conference. The participants who attended this global event rated Peter with a perfect score: 5.0 out of 5.0. We keep inviting Peter back!'
'Peter is a regular speaker at Google's flagship events for our most senior and valued customers from the world's top brands and agencies. Fast-paced, charismatic, funny and above all inspiring, Peter is always our top-rated speaker by both Googlers and our clients.'
'Peter took us on a rollercoaster ride, which shook us all up and got us focusing firmly on The Day After Tomorrow. His presentation style is compelling, funny, surprising and slick.'
'Peter's presentation was highly stimulating and motivational on two levels; firstly, the content was compelling, informative and thought provoking; secondly, his delivery style and approach are captivating, a lesson to all of us who regularly do presentations!'
InformationWeek Business Technology Network
'Peter Hinssen's keynote presentation at the InformationWeek 500 Conference was described to me by attendees as 'mind-blowing', 'game-changing' and 'the perfect capstone to this event.''
Peter's speaking topics
The future of society, the tension between the individual and the collective
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The Day After Tomorrow
With 'The Day After Tomorrow', Peter speaks about an exponentially changing world and its consequences for organizations of Today. He introduces those pioneers who managed to move (way) beyond Tomorrow-thinking in innovation and were able to change the course of entire industries. Above all, he writes about the business models, the organizational structures, the talent, the mindset, the technologies and the cultures needed to maximize our chances for survival in the Day After Tomorrow.Most of us focus on Today: on the meetings we will be having, the e-mails we will respond to, the price offers we need to send out while deadlines are breathing down or neck. And we should. Today is what pays our bills. We also think a lot about Tomorrow, about our future value and how our company will survive disruption. Tomorrow is what keeps us awake at night. But let's face it, most of us don't think (much) beyond that.
The truly great ones, the giants, those that dictate the market are the ones who dare to envision The Day After Tomorrow. Because that is where enormous amounts of long term value lie. The radical ideas, concepts, notions or inspiration that focus on The Day After Tomorrow are the ones that change entire companies, industries and even the world.
In 'The Day After Tomorrow', Peter speaks about an exponentially changing world and its consequences for organizations of Today. He introduces those pioneers who managed to move (way) beyond Tomorrow-thinking in innovation and were able to change the course of entire industries. Above all, he speaks about the business models, the organizational structures, the talent, the mind-set, the technologies and the cultures needed to maximize our chances for survival in 'The Day After Tomorrow'.
The Phoenix and the Unicorn
Unicorn start-ups are brilliant. But, let's be honest, very few of us will start one, become one, or work for one. Most of us are connected to large companies that often struggle to keep themselves relevant for the ever-changing customer. That's why this keynote is about a creature that's just as magical but perhaps offers a more realistic inspiration: the Phoenix. These are the companies that - just like this mythical bird - are able to rethink themselves in cycles: time and time again they rise from the ashes of the old, and come out stronger than ever before. They are the Walmarts, the Volvos, the Disneys, the Apples, the Microsofts, the Ping Ans, the Assa Abloys and AT&Ts of this world.This keynote is about understanding what is happening in a world of constant change. It's about observing and trying to learn from the Unicorns. But primarily, it tells the story of how companies can ACT on their Day After Tomorrow, and how they can apply innovation as an antidote to a radically changing environment. It doesn't just zoom in on WHAT you need to do in order to innovate, but also on HOW you can make innovation a reality in your organization.
From the deceivingly simple Hourglass model, to the types of innovation, company culture, organizational disruption, platforms, customer experience, organizational structure and many inspiring innovation cases: if you are working in a traditional business or market, this keynote will help you reinvent yourself like a Phoenix.
The Hourglass model: balancing your existing business with radical innovation
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The future of work, leadership, psychological safety and cognitive diversity
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The Network Always Wins
With 'The Network Always Wins' Peter shows you how to keep your company up to speed with your market, engage with customers at a time when loyalty keeps fading into the background, and transform your organization into a network in order to thrive in this era of digital disruption.
The two faces of innovation: insights from Silicon Valley & China
Silicon Valley and China's tech ecosystem cities (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shanghai) are the fastest evolving innovation hubs in the world. But inspiration from pioneering startups, corporates and academics from these distant corners of the globe should not be an 'either, or' story. Each has its very own background, innovation DNA, culture, methods and strategies. Each has the potential to trigger you in ways you'd never thought possible.
And who better to inspire you in the matter than serial entrepreneur & Silicon Valley aficionado Peter Hinssen and China evangelist Pascal Coppens?
Kickstart your innovation with an interactive workshop!
Combine the eye-opening inspiration of 'The two faces of innovation' keynote, with an interactive and triggering workshop by Pascal Coppens (inspiration) and Wim Rombaut (facilitation). It will help you:
- become deeply aware WHY Silicon Valley and China's transformation is so high paced and radical and WHAT that means for your positioning and business today
- see the opportunities for your business to become more innovative and competitive
- be able to integrate the know-how about China and Silicon Valley to your first steps tomorrow
Book Peter and Pascal for an eye-opening double keynote on the uniquely successful innovation approaches of Silicon Valley and China. They'll bring you on a holistic journey into the heart of technological, societal, individual and business (model) change. If you want to really understand the depth and complexity of innovation, and the potential of disruption: this 3-hour twin journey will change your perspective forever! The optional workshop with Pascal Coppens and Wim Rombaut will only make those insights stick even better.