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Andrew Keen

Author, Entrepreneur, and Influential Keynote Speaker

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Andrew Keen is one of the world’s most influential thinkers about 21st century business, technology, and media. He was educated at London University, where he got a First Class Degree in Modern History. He continued his education at the University of Sarajevo and the University of California at Berkeley.
Andrew has over ten years experience as a Silicon Valley founder/CEO, and senior executive, having founded a pioneer internet music business, in 1995. He published his first book, Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing our Culture (Random House), in 2007 to much international acclaim and praise. The book went on to be short-listed for the 2008 Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year Award, and is now translated into sixteen languages.
He has appeared on many television and radio shows including the Colbert Report, the McNeil-Lehrer Newsnight Show, the Today Show, Fox News, CNN International, NPR’s Weekend Edition, and BBC Newsnight. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, The Weekly Standard, and Prospect. Internationally, he has written for several publications which include the London Independent, the London Guardian, and the Belgium De Standaard.
Andrew currently maintains a column for London Daily Telegraph and Volkskrant on U.S. based technology and innovation. He continues to be an active advisor and investor in promising start-up companies. His second book, provisionally titled Digital Vertigo: Loneliness, Anxiety and Inequality in the Social Media Age, is expected to be published by St.Martin’s Press. He resides with his family in Berkeley, California.

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Digital Vertigo
How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us
St. Martin's Press

"Digital Vertigo provides an articulate, measured, contrarian voice against a sea of hype about social media. As an avowed technology optimist, I'm grateful...


Traditional Media in the Internet Age: A talk by Andrew Keen on the future of traditional media and the decline of the printed word

Is the Internet Killing our Culture: A profound argument for the value of interpersonal interaction and the effects of the internet on our society.

Anxiety, Loneliness and Inequality in the Digital Age: Based on Andrew's forthcoming book, Digital Vertigo, a discussion of the value of the personal in a digital ago.

How can Silicon Valley be Replicated Outside America: A discussion of the globalization of the internet industry, and where the next age of internet entrepreneurs are coming from.

How Companies Should and Shouldn't Use the Tools of the Internet Revolution: A realistic look at the value of the Internet revolution for businesses, and where it may or may not be adding value to companies.

The Impact of the Internet on Politics and Government: A look at the political and global implications of the digital age.

What comes after television: A look at the way that media has shaped the 20th century and how it will shape the 21st.

Reading, Writing and Thinking in the 21st Century: A broad discussion of the intelectual impact of the Internet age.



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