Innovation, creativity and change are the products of Josh Klein’s take on hacking – the ideological and technical process of taking something apart and putting it back together – but better. When he's not busy hacking everything, Josh takes to the stage as an inspirational keynote speaker.
Josh Klein is a passionate hacker of all things. He examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective.
He hacks. Everything. His list includes social systems, computer networks, institutions, consumer hardware, animal behavior, and many more. Josh knows that the greatest innovations come from rethinking ordinary situations, or hacking; a do-it-yourself movement with roots inside the engineering community.
Josh started as a technology hacker in his parent’s basement and ended up working with leaders at the upper echelon of business, government, and internet security. Along the way it became clear that a tipping point in new technology was changing commerce as we knew it in a myriad of ways.
From black market economies to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, from the radical departures in exchange and marketing enabled by Big Data to the as-yet-unrealized impact of 3D printing and the Internet of Things, Josh has specialized in translating technology insights into actionable strategies for business leaders.
Josh has spoken at events from Davos to TED to the YPO/WPO GLC and at Universities from Stanford to MIT to high schools in the Bronx. He has presented to audiences around the world as well as to corporate groups from Microsoft or Mastercard to representatives of the CIA and NSA. His topics cover the gamut of technological innovation, from cyber-security breakdowns to our evolving technological future.
Josh provides emerging technology insight for organizations large or small, turning this insight into market-leading strategy for both product or service and business model evolution. His deep technology background and extensive work history with Fortune 400 level organizations enables him to quickly cut through hype to find where an organization can get maximum leverage, mitigating risk and providing first-mover advantage.
He has written for publications such as the Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and Make Magazine, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Wired Magazine, La Monde, Kommersant, The Seattle PI, and others on topics ranging from cybersecurity to alternative publishing models to blockchain to crows.
He wrote and published the first modern novel on the iPhone, R’ood, co-authored Hacking Work on how to create innovation from within the organization by breaking the rules , and published Reputation Economics detailing how emerging technologies are threatening to topple existing financial economies.
Josh has been interviewed on programs such as Nova, Discovery, and the Sundance Channel. He was the host of the popular National Geographic series, The Link, on the history of innovation across the globe, and Discovery Channel’s Smart China and Game Vision series.
Josh has been heard on radio stations around the world, from NPR in the USA, to India Today in India, to the Swedish National Radio... in Sweden. He currently hosts Accenture’s popular Innovation Decoded podcast.
But really what Josh does is this: he examines systems, he takes them apart, and he puts different pieces together to produce something new and more effective.