Thomas Koulopoulos

Thomas Koulopoulos

Cloud Surfing: A New Way to Think About Risk, Innovation, Scale and Success
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Gen Z
One of the most profound changes in business and society is the emergence of the post millennial generation, Gen Z.

While every new generation has faced its share of disruption in technology, economics, politics and society, no other generation in the history of mankind has had the ability to make sure that every human being (and every “thing” ) on the planet is connected to each other, fully educated, and economically engaged. What might this mean for the way in which we build our business, markets, and institutions for education in the future?

In this revolutionary keynote, drawing from his recent book, The Gen Z Effect, Tom delves into a vision of the future that will not only disrupt but also reinvent almost every aspect of how we work, live and play. From radical new approaches to marketing and manufacturing to the potential obliteration of intellectual property and the shift to mass innovation, Tom provides a mind-bending view of why we will need to embrace Gen Z as the last best hope for taking on the world’s biggest challenges and opportunities, and how you can prepare yourself and your business for the greatest era of prosperity and advance the world has ever experienced.

Big Data
Big Data is one of the hottest business and tech topics to come along in years, and nobody can better speak to the impact that Big Data will have on our organizations and our lives than Tom Koulopoulos.

What is Big Data? It’s the incredible new value being created through the ability to hyperconnect all of the data being collected about how businesses and people behave. In short – it’s the future of business; the way we market, sell, service, and build relationships will all be impacted by the advent of Big Data.

If you use social networks, smart phones, or surf the web, your behaviors are being tracked and connected in ways that allow companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple to know you better than your best friend. That’s Big Data.

In business to business interactions the change is even more dramatic. Companies such as E2Open are collecting data about the way supply chains and markets behave in real-time and automating the innovation process by predicting future trends, products and services! Companies such as Retail Next are collecting nearly 10 million data points for a single shopping visit to a retail store. That’s Big Data.

If you’re a government intelligence agency, the torrent of data being collected and connected in real-time across myriad sources that were never meant to work together is critical in order to respond to threats. That’s Big Data.

In this keynote, tailored to your audience’s background and role, Tom puts Big Data in context, providing a clear view of the implications for innovation, new business models, and a fundamental shift in the way we work, live and play.

Innovation Zone
In this lightning-paced, tour-de-force session Tom looks at how companies are radically changing their approach to innovation by learning how to fail fast, embrace uncertainty, build for the unknown, abandon the success of the past, focus on their core competencies, and challenge conventional wisdom. Tom uses examples from some of the pioneering innovators from Sony to Apple and 3M to NASA to illustrate some of the best and brightest success stories of innovation at work. His views will provide a prescription for change in how you approach innovation, in a way that is straight forward, comprehensive, and, above all else, incredibly practical. You’ll identify the ways in which you can drive your own organization’s efforts to increase innovation and better leverage the latent creativity in every organization.

Come prepared for an enlightening and life-changing discussion about the importance of innovation and get ready to take a hard look at how issues the of culture, generations, and leadership impact the way we innovate. Tom’s approach is insightful and cutting but be forewarned, at times unorthodox. It’s the reason called him Business Visionary with an incisive view of world trade and why, in the words of his long time mentor Peter Drucker, “Tom makes you rethink not only your business but yourself.

You’ll leave this session with a roadmap and a context for your conference experience and with specific insights, methods and tools to help you quantify your organization’s innovative ability as well as a solid foundation for the decisions you will need to make in the months and years ahead.

Living in the Cloud
The Cloud is the hottest topic since the advent of the Internet. And nobody can speak to it with more insight, energy, and humor than Tom. It’s why HP, Microsoft, Gartner, Intel, Cisco and many others have asked Tom to keynote their organizations’ cloud events. Drawing on his latest e-book, Cloud Surfing, Tom paints a powerful picture of how The Cloud will change the way we live, work and play.

How will The Cloud define your job. Social Media, open models for education, the ongoing debate about classroom vs. virtual learning, mining online conversations, and identifying needs for education

What is The Cloud? It’s a framework for the disruption of structure. A place where we will all learn, live, work and play in the 21st Century. It’s where nearly 35 million people already work. It’s where your kids are when they dive into online play. It’s a classroom without walls, instructors, or curriculums. It’s where you meet and make friends in social networks and where conversations are turned into communities. It’s where companies go to find the next big idea. It’s where political campaigns are won and lost. It’s where the future will outweigh the All that may seem radical, but it doesn’t even come close to defining how disruptive The Cloud will be.

In its simplest terms The Cloud is the new context for innovating business and society. However, the Cloud is NOT just about technology. In fact technology is only a small part of The Cloud. Just as important is the way The Cloud changes the way we collaborate, work, how we are influenced and how we influence, and how we experience the world.

Join Tom as he takes you into the cloud to better understand how we can respond to this massive change in order to transform ourselves and our industry!

The Internet of Everything (IoE)
The Internet of Everything (IoE) is one of the hottest business and tech topics to come along in years, and nobody can better speak to the impact that IoE will have on our organizations and our lives than Tom Koulopoulos.

What is IoE? It's the incredible new value being created through the ability to hyperconnect all of the devices, sensors, people, and data being collected about how businesses and people behave. 100 billion devices by 2020 and more devices than grains of sand on all the world's beaches by 2100! In short - it's the future of business and society.

If your clients have not yet begun to ask for a presentation on the IoE, they will. Be assured, as always, Tom is on the cutting edge of current trends in business and technology. If you would like to discuss the focus of this keynote, so that you may present it to your clients, we are happy to arrange a conversation!


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Tom Koulopoulos is acknowledged as one of the industry’s leading futurists. He is the author of ten books and founder of Delphi Group, a 25-year-old Boston-based think tank, which was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the US by Inc. Magazine. Delphi provides advice on innovation practices and methods to Global 2000 organizations and government agencies. Tom is also a columnist for, an adjunct professor at Boston University Graduate School of Management, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, and past Executive Director of the Perot Systems Innovation Lab, which was acquired in 2009 by Dell Computer.

Named one of the industry’s most influential consultants by InformationWeek magazine, his articles and market insights appear frequently in national and international print and broadcast media such as BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, CNBC, CNN and NPR. Geoff James of CBS Interactive Media called Tom “one of the truly deep thinkers in the arena of technology and culture.” named Tom one of its Business Visionaries with “an incisive view of world trade…”

Mr. Koulopoulos’ ten books include his most recent, The Gen Z Effect; Cloud Surfing; The Innovation Zone; and Corporate Instinct.

His work has been praised by luminaries such as Peter Drucker and Tom Peters who called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” And according to the late Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”

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"Tom's presentation was a "home run" Also his commitment to the event was great. He came early to hear our CEO speak and then collaborated with us on his presentation. We were exceptionally pleased."
--Green Pages