Leonard Brody is a highly respected entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and Emmy nominated media visionary, founder of NowPublic.com and President of the Clarity Media Group.
Critical acclaim has followed Leonard Brody in his endeavors; he has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history, and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of five companies to date.
In 2004 he co-founded NowPublic.com, pioneer website in citizen journalism, quickly becoming one of the largest news agencies in the world. The company was named by Time Magazine as "one of the top 50 websites in the world" and was recently acquired by the Anschutz Corporation.
Leonard is President of the Clarity Digital Group, responsible for overseeing one of the largest online news conglomerates in the world, including Examiner.com and NowPublic.com which share over 20 million unique visitors a month and over 200,000 contributors.
His insight has been requested by international organizations such as Associated Press, Alliance Atlantis, Forbes, MTV Enterprises and Warner Music, as well as the governments of countries such as India, Israel, Ireland and South Africa. He has also lectured at Stanford University, the Indian Institute of Technology, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (South Africa), among other institutions.
He is co-author of the bestselling books "Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java" and "Everything I Needed to Know About Business I Learned from a Canadian", and his work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
Leonard Brody holds a B.A degree from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall (Canada), and is a graduate of the Private Equity course at the Harvard Business School. He works as a senior advisor to the Canadian Ministry of International Trade and for venture capital funds all over the world.
How the web has fundamentally changed our behavior
We are living through one of the most complicated and transformative times in human history, a period in time which will be seen to be a magnitude more significant than any other period before it. We have experienced more change in the previous 17 years than we saw in the critical 195 years from industrialization to the end of World War II.
There is no doubt technology is a big part of the metamorphosis we have gone through, but it is not the complete explanation. Technology platforms have unlocked layers of human desire and behaviors that were previously dormant or thought unattainable. We are not the same people we were a decade ago.
How to lead in a world that doesn't want to be led
While the so-called "Millennials" may be more likely to manifest their values differently than Boomers, their underlying foundation is actually very similar. We have moved sharply away from the paradigm of top down leadership, and across all age groups people are looking for leadership that fundamentally involves and thinks of them as part of the chain of command - not a rung on it.
Gold is no longer the main driver of why people show up to the office every day; they want their professional lives to be connected to their values - to the things that matter to them. This is a world that doesn't want to be led anymore, but that doesn't mean that we don't need leaders; it simply translates into the reality that we are all leaders now. How we will handle the task when called upon?
One year from now
We are standing at one of the most challenging crossroads in human history, one that may not enable our past to predict our future. In less than a decade, technological evolution has connected every human being on the planet at the touch of button; matched by demographic growth at both ends of the age continuum, we are fundamentally different people than we were only a few years ago.
Combine this with the earth receding around us and the very foundations of our financial markets decaying and it is easy to feel disoriented, if not dismayed. Futurists are going to continuously be challenged by the pace of this metamorphosis, thereby struggling in being able to predict where we are headed. Ten year, and even five year plans, are almost impossible.
There are three drivers in this maelstrom that -if properly understood- can help one prosper in this chaos: mastering the concepts of the compression of time, the plenitude of access, and the removal of value economics. This talk will help audiences put a plan together to master these concepts, to navigate the world around them, and to be prepared for the next 365 days of their life.