Andrew McAfee

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Leading Expert on How Information Technology Changes the Way Companies Perform, Organize Themselves and Compete; New York Times Best-selling Author; Co-director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management

Biography

Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the co-founder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. He studies how technology is changing the world — economies, successful business models, work, and the environment.

McAfee is the coauthor, along with fellow Stern speaker Erik Brynjolfsson, of the 2014 bestseller “The Second Machine Age,” which the The Economist called “A striking attempt to wrestle with the massive management changes that will result from autonomous machines” and “the most influential recent business book.” Their follow-up book, “Machine | Platform | Crowd” was praised by the same publication as “an astute romp through important digital trends… [that] is hard to beat.”

McAfee’s most recent book, published in 2019, is “More from Less,” which explains how technology and capitalism have combined in recent years to let us tread more lightly on the Earth. It was praised by Steven Pinker as an “exhilarating book… fascinating, enjoyable to read, and tremendously empowering” and Marc Andreessen as “an urgently needed and clear-eyed view of how to have our technological cake and eat it too.”

McAfee has written for publications including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He’s talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman, Fareed Zakaria, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, and in front of many international and domestic audiences. He and Brynjolfsson are the only people named to both the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

Andrew McAfee is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Books & Research

More From Less

(Scribner, October 2019)

Machine, Platform, Crowd

(WW Norton, June 2017)

Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation

(Harvard Business Review Press, October 2014)

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

(WW Norton, January 2014)

Race Against The Machine

(Digital Frontier Press, October 2011)

Enterprise 2.0

(Harvard Business Review Press, November 2009)

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Biography

Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the co-founder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. He studies how technology is changing the world — economies, successful business models, work, and the environment.

McAfee is the coauthor, along with fellow Stern speaker Erik Brynjolfsson, of the 2014 bestseller “The Second Machine Age,” which the The Economist called “A striking attempt to wrestle with the massive management changes that will result from autonomous machines” and “the most influential recent business book.” Their follow-up book, “Machine | Platform | Crowd” was praised by the same publication as “an astute romp through important digital trends… [that] is hard to beat.”

McAfee’s most recent book, published in 2019, is “More from Less,” which explains how technology and capitalism have combined in recent years to let us tread more lightly on the Earth. It was praised by Steven Pinker as an “exhilarating book… fascinating, enjoyable to read, and tremendously empowering” and Marc Andreessen as “an urgently needed and clear-eyed view of how to have our technological cake and eat it too.”

McAfee has written for publications including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He’s talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman, Fareed Zakaria, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, and in front of many international and domestic audiences. He and Brynjolfsson are the only people named to both the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

Andrew McAfee is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Praise for “More From Less”

— Christine Lagarde, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

“Yet another magnificent contribution from Andrew McAfee. Along with his prior works, ‘More from Less’ will help us navigate society’s future in profound ways.”

— Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

“Riveting . . . By subverting our common perceptions of capitalism and technology as enemies of progress and environmental preservation, McAfee offers all of us a clear-eyed source of optimism and hope. Critically, he also makes the case for what comes next—offering up vital lessons that have the potential to make the world both more prosperous and more just.”

—Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation

“Andrew McAfee’s optimistic and humane book documents a profoundly important and under-appreciated megatrend—the dematerialization of our economy.  In a world where there is much to worry about his analytical optimism is very welcome. Anyone who worries about the future will have their fears allayed and hopes raised by reading this important book.”

— Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and Director of the National Economic Council

“This book is the best kind of surprise. It tells us something about our relationship with our planet that is both unexpected and hopeful. The evidence Andy presents is convincing: we have at last learned how to tread more lightly on the Earth. ‘More from Less’ shows how we accomplished this, and tells us how to keep it ”

— Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google

In ‘More from Less,’ Andrew McAfee conclusively demonstrates how environmentalism requires more technology and capitalism, not less. Our modern technologies actually dematerialize our consumption, giving us higher human welfare with lower material inputs. This is an urgently needed and clear-eyed view of how to have our technological cake and eat it too.”

— Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz

“From the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller ‘The Second Machine Age,’ a compelling argument—masterfully researched and brilliantly articulated—that we have at last learned how to increase human prosperity while treading more lightly on our planet.”

— Amazon

Praise for “Machine Platform Crowd”

“A clear and crisply written account of machine intelligence, big data and the sharing economy. But McAfee and Brynjolfsson also wisely acknowledge the limitations of their futurology and avoid over-simplification.”

— Financial Times

“A book for managers whose companies sit well back from the edge and who would like a digestible introduction to technology trends that may not have reached their doorstep―yet.”

— Wall Street Journal

“The story is warmly and richly told.… This book is in many senses a primer, a thorough grounding for the digital warrior in the driving forces of the 21st-century economy.”

— Times Higher Education

“Even Silicon Valley is surprised by the speed and scope of change today. The best way to stay on top of it is to understand the principles that will endure even as so much gets disrupted. This book is the best explanation of those principles out there.”

— Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and former executive chairman of Alphabet Inc.

“The digital revolution we’re entering can be unsettling, but McAfee and Brynjolfsson show how these incredibly powerful technologies will make our choices more important than ever. Machine | Platform | Crowd is a road map for leaders to make wise choices as they navigate this new world.”

— Arianna Huffington, former president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution

Praise for “The Second Machine Age”

“A New York Times Bestseller. A ‘fascinating’ look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives.”

— Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times

“McAfee is the coauthor, along with fellow Stern speaker Erik Brynjolfsson, of the 2014 bestseller The Second Machine Age, which the The Economist called ‘A striking attempt to wrestle with the massive management changes that will result from autonomous machines” and “the most influential recent business book.’ Their follow-up book, Machine | Platform | Crowd was praised by the same publication as ‘an astute romp through important digital trends… [that] is hard to beat.'”

—The Economist

“Erik and Andy have lived on the cutting edge, and now, with this book, they are taking us there with them. A brilliant look at the future that technology is bringing to our economic and social lives. Read The Second Machine Age if you want to prepare yourself and your children for the world of work ahead.”

— Zoë Baird, president, Markle Foundation

“The Second Machine Age offers important insights into how digital technologies are transforming our economy, a process that has only just begun. Erik and Andrew’s thesis: As massive technological innovation radically reshapes our world, we need to develop new business models, new technologies, and new policies that amplify our human capabilities, so every person can stay economically viable in an age of increasing automation. I couldn’t agree more.”
— Reid Hoffman, co-founder/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Start-up of You

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