Phil Simon

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Phil Simon
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Simon speaking at PostalVision 2020 in 2012.
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Nationality American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University
Occupation Author, journalist, public speaker, and professor
Website www.philsimon.com

Phil Simon (born ca. 1972) is an American speaker, journalist, and author. He writes about management, social media, technology, publishing, disruption, and information management.[1]

Work[edit]

Simon studied economics and political science at Carnegie Mellon University, receiving his BS in Policy and Management in 1993, and labor relations at Cornell University obtaining his MILR in 1997.

Simon started his career as human resource consultant in 1997 at Capital One for a year, and at Merck & Co. for two years. After two more years as application consultant for Lawson Software he started his own consultancy firm philsimon.com.

He has written seven management books, most recently Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It.[2] In addition, he served as editor for the 2011 book, 101 Lightbulb Moments in Data Management: Tales from the Data Roundtable.[3] In May 2016, SImon announced that he had accepted a position as a full-time faculty member at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.[4]

His work has been featured in Fast Company,[5] the New York Times,[6][7][8] CNN,[9] Inc. Magazine,[10] Harvard Business Review[11] The Huffington Post,[12] and many other sites.

Awards[edit]

In February 2016, Simon received a 2015 Axiom award for Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It[13] in the category of networking / communication. In 2012, he received a 2011 Axiom best business technology book award for The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business.[14]

Simon announced in April 2012 that The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business would be translated into Korean in late 2012.[15]

Views[edit]

Simon believes that the platform represents a fundamentally new business model—the most important one of the 21st century.[16] Specifically, APIs and SDKs are enabling developers to build mobile apps and web services faster and on a much greater scale than ever. The most successful companies of the day—e.g., Amazon.com, Apple Inc., Facebook, and Google—no longer focus on one line of business. Rather, they quickly and frequently add adjacent offerings, products, and services—i.e., planks.

Through increasingly powerful ecosystems, companies today are externalizing a great deal of their innovation and evolving at rapid speeds. What's more, emerging platforms like Twitter, Kickstarter, Force.com, WordPress, Udemy, and scores of others are redefining business in tectonic ways that we have only begun to understand.

Simon's belief in the power of platforms is supported by the extensive economic research of people like Marshall Van Alstyne.

Selected publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simon, Phil. "Phil Simon home page". 
  2. ^ Simon, Phil. Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It. Wiley. p. 272. ISBN 1119017033. 
  3. ^ Simon, Phil (2011). 101 Lightbulb Moments in Data Management: Tales from the Data Roundtable. Motion Publishing. p. 232. ISBN 0982930291. 
  4. ^ Simon, Phil. "Professor Simon". Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Ott, Adrian. "The Age Of The Platform". Retrieved 12 Dec 2011. 
  6. ^ "Tech Talk Podcast: Great Big Privacy Buttons". Podcast - New York Times. 23 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "TechTalk - New York Times". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "TechTalk Podcast". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Nusca, Andrew. "For online businesses, how much downtime is acceptable?". CNN. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "All About the Platform". Inc. Authors. 
  11. ^ Simon, Phil. "Harvard Business Review Articles - Phil Simon". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Simon, Phil. "Phil Simon's Huffington Post Articles". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Announcing the 2016 Axiom Business Book Awards Results". Independent Publisher. 
  14. ^ "Announcing Results of the 5th Annual Axiom Business Book Awards". Independent Publisher. 
  15. ^ Simon, Phil. "Korean edition - The Age of the Platform". 
  16. ^ "The Age of the Platform". 

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