|Industry||Internet, Media, Conferences|
|Founded||New York, United States (2011 )|
|Founders||David Kirkpatrick (author)|
|Headquarters||New York, New York, U.S.|
|Key people||David Kirkpatrick (CEO)
Simone Ross (EVP, Chief Program Officer)
Josh Kampel (Chief Strategy Officer)
|Website||Techonomy Media, Inc.|
Techonomy Media Inc. is an American conference and media company founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York, NY. Techonomy organizes the annual invitation-only thought leadership Techonomy conference, which focuses on how the accelerating advancement of technology is transforming business and can help address the world's pressing needs. It is led by David Kirkpatrick (author), a former technology editor of Fortune. Business and tech executives such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, and Ray Kurzweil and Eric Schmidt of Google have all participated. Its current advisory board consists of Marc Benioff of Salesforce, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, and Padmasree Warrior of Cisco, among others.
Techonomy's name combines "technology" and "economy" to suggest that technology is entwined with society. The company's events and media generally argue that tech, if applied productively, can result in tremendous social progress. The company's programs discuss how businesses in almost every industry are faced with the choice of adapting to take advantage of technology or being rendered extinct as the pace of change quickens.
The first Techonomy conference, in 2010, was organized by a partnership that included Kirkpatrick along with former Fortune editors Peter Petre and Brent Schlender, as well as Michael Christman and Carrie Van Heyst. Techonomy Media was created in early 2011 to continue the annual conference and develop editorial content, including video journalism. Simone Ross, former program director for Fortune’s conference division, served as program director for the initial Techonomy conference in 2010, and co-founded Techonomy Media as COO and Chief Program Officer for the company. Michael Federle also was a co-founder of the company. Forbes Media, which includes Forbes and Forbes.com, became a minority investor in the company in July 2011.
Techonomy Flagship Conferences
- 2010: Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California.
- 2011: Tucson, Arizona
- Revolutions in Progress — The growing mismatch between the desires and capabilities of technology-empowered individuals and the habits and practices of the institutions, corporations and governments that serve them.
- 2012: Tucson, Arizona
- Insurgency and Opportunity: Companies, Countries, and Communities
- 2013: Tucson, Arizona
- The Business of Revolution
- Detroit 2012
- Competitiveness, Jobs, and the Urban Future in an Age of Technology — Tech and innovation under-girding American economic growth, job creation, and urban revival.
- Detroit 2013
- Competitiveness, Jobs, and the Urban Future in an Age of Technology — The national challenge of inadequate and inequitable education.
- Menlo Park 2013
- The Internet of Everything — Exploring and discussing the emerging Internet age in which software and apps begin to catch up with the loads of data that are produced and stored.
- Tel Aviv 2013
Techonomy also publishes articles and content on its website.
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