Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard - Economy and Finance Innovation  Speaker


About Rich Karlgaard - Economic & Business Innovation Thought Leader, Publisher and Columnist for Forbes, Entrepreneur & Author:

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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What Rich Karlgaard Talks About:

2016: A Year of Tumult and Opportunity
Stocks in the U.S. and global markets suffered the worst opening two weeks in history.  Some say it reminds them of the 2008 crisis. Even Apple, the world’s most valuable (and admired) company, began the year trading at nearly 30% below its 2015 highs.

Geopolitically, Saudi Arabia and Iran have moved closer to armed conflict. North Korea claimed it exploded a hydrogen bomb. Europe is struggling to absorb millions of Syrian refugees. Oil continues its volatile slide. Two-thirds of Americans believe ISIS is a threat to the U.S.

The U.S. presidential campaign in 2016 has no precedent, and is sure to grow even more heated as election day draws closer. Last year’s predictions from even the most-informed Washington pundits have proven largely useless.

Against this wall of uncertainty and gloom, Forbes magazine publisher and columnist, Rich Karlgaard, predicts 2016 will be surprisingly robust. Forward-looking investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials will be rewarded. In this timely, and universally relevant presentation, Karlgaard explores with audiences some of these pressing issues, and why he sees opportunity – in spite of some of the dire headlines.

Four Megatrends and Three Best Practices That Will Shape Your Business Future
Predicting the future is easy … getting it right is the hard part. A common mistake among business, investment and government leaders is to overestimate change in the short run (less than two years), but badly underestimate it the long run (five years or more).

Forbes publisher and author of the magazine’s featured Innovation Rules column, Rich Karlgaard, cuts through the clutter. He forecasts the business and technology world as it is likely to unfold over the next two, five, and ten years. Karlgaard is uniquely positioned at the intersection of business, economic, innovation, and technological trends, and as such, he is able to see, weigh, and articulate the variables that will shape the future.

Karlgaard 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 Four Megatrends and Three Best Practices speech shares with audiences thought-provoking, actionable, and lasting ideas that help leaders “future proof” their organizations and investments.

Why Culture and Teams Are Tomorrow’s Killer Apps
In this presentation, Karlgaard draws upon his recent books, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success and Team Genius – The New Science of High-Performing Organizations, to explain how great organizations put culture and teamwork at the core of their operating principles. Culture is the DNA of an organization, and teams are the brains, nerves, muscles, bones and blood. Organizations that employ these principles tend to be consistent winners, with robust immune systems, says Karlgaard.

In a world where the workforce is becoming more transient, and ideas can come to market in record times, building and maintaining a strong organizational culture centered around trust, learning and teamwork has never been a more timely topic.  So much so, that after having read Karlgaard’s work, Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft, recently invited him to come speak to the top 1,000 global executives at Microsoft. 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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