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Rich Karlgaard Biography

Economic & Business Innovation Thought Leader, Publisher and Columnist for Forbes, Entrepreneur & Author

  • A respected forecaster of how events and upcoming trends—tech, financial markets and especially the impact of Washington politics—will affect business and the economy
  • As a journalist, private investor, TV commentator and board director, he offers firsthand perspective on what’s driving the global marketplace
  • An expert on successful corporate culture, he reveals how organizations can attain a sustainable competitive advantage in a fast-changing world

Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard offers a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.

Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he also writes a biweekly column, Innovation Rules, known for its witty and honest assessment of technology trends and current business issues. He’s a regular panelist on cable news’ most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page.

A successful entrepreneur and past winner of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” Karlgaard understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today’s business climate and the opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them.

His assessment of technology trends, U.S. and global economic forces, and current business and political issues gives audiences solid insights they can use to make better business and investment decisions.

With a remarkable ability to connect with audiences, Karlgaard shows his quick mind and even quicker sense of humor during lively, unscripted question and answer periods. Unfailingly gracious, Karlgaard puts forth his insights for others to consider in a way that helps them see the events that are changing their world—especially the impact of Washington politics—on business and innovation.

In his book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, Karlgaard shares a surprising third element in addition to perceptive strategy and superb execution that’s required to gain the competitive advantage. Karlgaard is also the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations.

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Testimonials for Rich Karlgaard

“Deeply insightful and tremendously impressive.”

Temasek

Sovereign Wealth Fund of Singapore

“A major hit with the leadership team.”

Lockheed Martin Corporation

“Loved your presentation style, the relevance of your topics, and your knowledge.”

TriWest Capital Partners

“He knocked it out of the park.”

Illinois Bankers Association

“Rich gave a fabulous speech to our management team.”

Ursula Burns

CEO, Xerox

“A fantastic keynote speaker!”

National Petrochemical Refiners Association

“The best speaker we’ve ever had.”

Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

“Always an outstanding moderator and speaker.”

IBM

“I liked Rich Karlgaard’s book, The Soft Edge, so much that I read it twice. I knew we wanted him to speak about it to our company’s top 1,000 executives. He was great.”

Kevin Turner

COO, Microsoft

“Best speaker we’ve ever had.”

Greater New Orleans Inc.

Rich Karlgaard‘s Topics

Trump, Tech, Trade, Turbulence, and the 2020 Election

In May 2016, Forbes Publisher and Futurist Rich Karlgaard keynoted the Columbus, Ohio, 2020 Conference and predicted Donald Trump would win the presidency. Now Karlgaard dons his political-economic lens once more and predicts the 2020 Presidential and U.S. House and Senate races – the likely impact on the U.S. economy and markets.

At this speech you will also learn:

  • Whether a 3%-plus growth economy is sustainable through 2020 and beyond.
  • What will trigger the next recession and when?
  • Is the stock market poised for a crash, and how will we know one is coming?
  • How far will President Trump take his trade war?
  • Why technology is speeding up and punishing businesses unable to keep up.
  • Will big tech’s disruptors (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) finally be regulated?
  • Which cities and states are best poised for future growth?
Thriving in The Age of Smart Machines

Karlgaard is uniquely positioned at the intersection of business, finance, economics, innovation and technological trends. As such, he is able to see, weigh, and articulate the variables that will shape the future. He is a leader of the world’s best-read business and financial publication. He operates in the heart of Silicon Valley and is close to its business and technology leaders, as well as the investors and venture capitalists that keep it a hotbed of growth. Himself an entrepreneur, investor, board member – and past regional winner of the coveted Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” – Karlgaard travels frequently throughout Asia and India, and other spots around the world on behalf of Forbes, keeping his finger firmly on the global pulse.

Rich’s Thriving in The Age of Smart Machines speech shares with audiences thought-provoking, actionable, and lasting ideas that help leaders “future proof” their organizations and investments.

Tomorrow’s Killer Apps – Culture, Teams and People

Artificial intelligence and the “Internet of Things,” drones and driverless cars, cloud supercomputing and blockchain, global smartphone ubiquity and social commerce – the storm of technological change never stops. It continues to accelerate and transform all it touches.

The old way of creating a sustainable competitive advantage in the market was to build moats and barriers to entry. But “digital natives” like Uber and Airbnb have proven they can tunnel under the moats and fly over the barriers with ease – and often with huge advantages in market valuations. What can legacy companies do to “future proof” their businesses against such disruption?

Rich has identified culture, teamwork and people as the “magic triangle” of sustainable competitive advantage in a fast-changing world.

In this presentation, he draws upon his recent books – The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success; Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations; and Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement – to explain how great organizations put culture, teamwork and people at the core of their operating principles.

In a world where the workforce is becoming less loyal and more transient, and ideas can come to market in record times, building and maintaining a strong organizational culture built around trust, learning, teamwork, and employee development has never been a more timely topic. So much so, that after having read Karlgaard’s work, the COO of Microsoft, had Rich come to speak to the top 1,000 global executives at Microsoft soon after the elevation of new CEO, Satya Nadella. The session was enthusiastically received – and underscored how these topics transcend organizational size and sector. These are universally important – and imperative – ideas, and Rich delivers masterfully.

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