Rich Karlgaard

Economic & Business Innovation Thought Leader, Publisher and Columnist for Forbes, Entrepreneur & Author
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The 2016 Elections, Brexit & Impacts To Your Business in 2017 - 2020

Between the U.S. presidential campaigns and Brexit, uncertainty continues to mount; however, Karlgaard predicts the second-half of 2016 to 2020 will be surprisingly robust, though turbulent. At the vanguard of politics, the global economy, business and technology trends, Rich reveals why he sees opportunity despite dire headlines, exploring issues such as: the U.S. election; Britain’s new prime minister and the state of the EU; stock market fluctuation; the age of low interest rates and cheap energy; the accelerating rate of technology; what to expect from China and India; and “black swans”—the disruptive events that no one sees coming.

Four Megatrends & Three Best Practices That Will Shape Your Business Future

A common mistake among business, investment and government leaders is to overestimate change in the short run, but badly underestimate it the long run. Karlgaard deftly forecasts the business and technology world as it is likely to unfold over the next 2, 5, and 10 years, sharing thought-provoking and actionable ideas that help leaders “future proof” their organizations and investments.

Why Culture & Teams Are Tomorrow’s Killer Apps

The old way of creating a sustainable competitive advantage was to build barriers to entry. But smartphones and digital commerce have proven they can tunnel under and fly over with ease, often with astonishingly little invested capital. What can smart companies do to “future proof” their businesses against such disruption? Karlgaard has identified “culture of innovation” and “team genius” as pillars of sustainable competitive advantage in a fast-changing world and draws upon his recent books to reveal how great organizations create long-term success.

Why Book Rich Karlgaard?

  • Respected forecaster of how current events, from the 2016 elections to Brexit, will affect business and the economy

  • As a journalist, private investor, TV commentator and board director, he offers firsthand perspective on trends driving the global marketplace

  • An expert on corporate culture, he reveals how organizations can attain a sustainable competitive advantage in a fast-changing world
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    Biography Read more

    Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard offers a unique vantage point on the world affairs—from the 2016 elections to Brexit— 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 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, and the impacts 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 visionary 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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    “Deeply insightful and tremendously impressive.”
    Temasek – Sovereign Wealth Fund of Singapore

    “A fantastic speaker!”
    National Petrochemical Refiners Association

    “A major hit with the leadership team.”
    Lockheed Martin Corporation

    “The best speaker we’ve ever had.”
    Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

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

    “Always an outstanding moderator and speaker.”

    “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.

    “He knocked it out of the park.”
    Illinois Bankers Association