Azeem Azhar

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Award-winning Technology Writer, Investor and Entrepreneur; Expert on Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on Economies and Society; Founder, Exponential View; Founder, PeerIndex; Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future’s Council on the Digital Economy; Author, “The Exponential Age” (2021)

Biography

A renowned thinker, Azeem Azhar is an investor, entrepreneur and author working at the intersection of emerging technologies and their impact on our economies and society. He is the founder of Exponential View, a highly regarded platform comprised of a newsletter, podcast and community focusing on the transformation of our economies over the coming decades.

Azeem is the author of the book “The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society.” Described by The Financial Times as “sweeping, engaged and nuanced,” the book presents, in the words of The Economist, “a convincing case that something extraordinary is taking place in business and society.”

His weekly newsletter and podcast reach an audience in excess of 200,000 executives, investors, policymakers and academics globally. His approach to analysing and explaining key trends is uniquely interdisciplinary, drawing on his professional track-record as a technologist and training in economics and political science. He is both an analyst of these trends and a practitioner, remaining an active investor in early-stage technology companies. In the past two decades, he has supported more than 30 companies in fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, remote working, blockchain, climate change and sustainability, and agricultural technologies. In 2020 and 2021, he co-authored a major study on climate tech startups and venture capital in association with PwC. Prior to founding Exponential View, Azeem was the founder of the venture-backed startup PeerIndex, which was acquired by Cision in 2014. He has also had stints running corporate innovation programmes at large multinationals and on the board of the UK’s telecoms and media regulator. He has been a senior advisor to a number of blue-chip firms including McKinsey & Co, Accenture, and Hong Kong’s mass transit authority MTR.

Azeem is one of the few people to have been involved in emerging technology since the early 1990s as a founder, investor, corporate executive and regulator. That experience offers him a unique 360-degree perspective on what we can expect in the coming decades. For several years, Azeem has been recognised as one of the Top Voices on LinkedIn, where he has more than 400,000 followers. He has been a recipient of the Crunchies, Europe’s top startup award, sat on the board of the AI Ethics research group, the Ada Lovelace Foundation, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy. He has spoken, inter alia, at Oxford University, Harvard Business School, London Business School and University College London, and is regularly quoted in the international media. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Azeem Azhar is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Azeem Azhar's Exponential View Podcast

Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View Blog

‘The Exponential Age’ and Online Learning in 2030

November 28, 2021

How to Thrive in a World That’s Changing Faster Than Ever (Audio)

November 19, 2021

Closing the Exponential Gap

November 4, 2021

An Uber-Optimistic View of the Future

October 27, 2021

Hitting the Books: How Amazon’s Aggressive R&D Push Made It an E-commerce Behemoth

October 16, 2021

Exponential, Book Review: Technology Acceleration and Its Impact on Society

October 14, 2021

Tech’s Exponential Growth – and How to Solve the Problems It’s Created

October 12, 2021

Everything Is Accelerating in the Exponential Age

October 10, 2021

Exponential by Azeem Azhar — Tech’s Dizzying Acceleration

October 7, 2021

Hitting the Brakes on Tech’s Runaway Train

September 24, 2021

The World Is Spiky, Not Flat

September 20, 2021

Exponential by Azeem Azhar Review – Bridging the Technology Gap

September 15, 2021

The Age of Exponential Technology (Audio)

September 15, 2021

A Founder’s Exponential Toolset (Audio)

September 14, 2021

The Best Deep Tech Funds Are Heavily Oversubscribed (Audio)

September 8, 2021

Exponential by Azeem Azhar Review — Can We Stop the Tech Giants? ($)

August 29, 2021

If Technology Improves Exponentially, Can Society Keep Up?

July 15, 2021

Imagining Climate Futures (Audio)

July 7, 2021

The Exponential Age Will Transform Economics Forever

June 9, 2021

An Exponential View of the Future (Audio)

March 26, 2019

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Azhar, Azeem

Biography

A renowned thinker, Azeem Azhar is an investor, entrepreneur and author working at the intersection of emerging technologies and their impact on our economies and society. He is the founder of Exponential View, a highly regarded platform comprised of a newsletter, podcast and community focusing on the transformation of our economies over the coming decades.

Azeem is the author of the book “The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society.” Described by The Financial Times as “sweeping, engaged and nuanced,” the book presents, in the words of The Economist, “a convincing case that something extraordinary is taking place in business and society.”

His weekly newsletter and podcast reach an audience in excess of 200,000 executives, investors, policymakers and academics globally. His approach to analysing and explaining key trends is uniquely interdisciplinary, drawing on his professional track-record as a technologist and training in economics and political science. He is both an analyst of these trends and a practitioner, remaining an active investor in early-stage technology companies. In the past two decades, he has supported more than 30 companies in fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, remote working, blockchain, climate change and sustainability, and agricultural technologies. In 2020 and 2021, he co-authored a major study on climate tech startups and venture capital in association with PwC. Prior to founding Exponential View, Azeem was the founder of the venture-backed startup PeerIndex, which was acquired by Cision in 2014. He has also had stints running corporate innovation programmes at large multinationals and on the board of the UK’s telecoms and media regulator. He has been a senior advisor to a number of blue-chip firms including McKinsey & Co, Accenture, and Hong Kong’s mass transit authority MTR.

Azeem is one of the few people to have been involved in emerging technology since the early 1990s as a founder, investor, corporate executive and regulator. That experience offers him a unique 360-degree perspective on what we can expect in the coming decades. For several years, Azeem has been recognised as one of the Top Voices on LinkedIn, where he has more than 400,000 followers. He has been a recipient of the Crunchies, Europe’s top startup award, sat on the board of the AI Ethics research group, the Ada Lovelace Foundation, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy. He has spoken, inter alia, at Oxford University, Harvard Business School, London Business School and University College London, and is regularly quoted in the international media. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Azeem Azhar is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

All talks can be interdisciplinary, drawing on core technologies, startup innovation, funding environment, models of development, and policy issues.

  • The Exponential Age – the topic of his book which argues we are moving into a new phase of human affairs driven by accelerating technologies. This can include deep dives into AI and computing, energy, future of the car, the bioeconomy, technology for climate change
  • The impacts of deep technologies – AI, quantum computing, synthetic biology and others
  • Understanding climate change: the startup and technology environment and its relationship with policy goals
  • Corporate innovation in the current context
  • The economic transition – including the greater use of technology, decarbonisation and the new business models
  • The future of global trade in an age of accelerating technologies
  • The future of the city in an age of accelerating technologies
  • How to govern technology

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Praise for “The Exponential Age”

“The world is in the midst of [an exponential] transformation, argues Azeem Azhar….With his experience as a startup entrepreneur, tech investor, innovation executive at big companies and journalist, Mr. Azhar is well-placed to decrypt these digital trends. He has a knack for interrogating and inverting conventional thinking, for example in making the case that the adoption of exponential technology leads to job increases, not cuts—witness the rising headcounts of expanding businesses such as Amazon or Ocado, a British online grocer. The unemployment that results, he says, is down to the firms that fail to adapt, not those that do.”

— The Economist

“Azeem Azhar is one of the best-regarded thought leaders in the industry. But more importantly, he has a broad understanding of the exponential ways technology can be used to solve our biggest problems, shape our society, and bridge cultural divides.”

— Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify 

“As high-tech innovation accelerates in ways that deliver huge benefits to society but also create unique challenges, Azeem delivers a comprehensive but lively take on the key issues informing what he calls the Exponential Age. It’s an essential addition to the ongoing discourse about where these remarkable new technologies can take us, and where we should be aiming to go. Highly recommended!”

                                                     — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and co-author of “Blitzscaling”

“While many talk about the rate of innovation, too few talk about its direction. Azeem’s new book helps bring that directionality to the surface through a dynamic understanding of the connections between economic, social and technological forces. Read this book if you are interested in how we can design a more inclusive and sustainable system with a redirection of technological change at its center.” 

— Mariana Mazzucato, Professor at University College London, and author of “Mission Economy”

“Every generation fears technology is changing frighteningly fast. Usually, it is hyperbole, the fear of the unknown, but today technological shifts are posing challenges to our security, our democracies, our way of life, and our sanity. Azeem Azhar’s brilliant book demystifies these exponentially fast changes and — importantly — shows how the chronic volatility can be harnessed for good. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how to reclaim a good society from the snapping jaws of looming chaos.”

Robert Peston, ITV News’ political editor and presenter of ITV’s show “Peston”

“Azeem is a master at interpreting a dazzling array of trends and illuminating the future. ‘Exponential’ is a must-read to understand the problems, promises and paths forward on the exponential journey ahead for us as individuals, businesses, and society.”

Paul Daugherty, Group Chief Executive Officer, Technology, Accenture

“Most businesses and business leaders measure and think in linear terms. Azeem Azhar understands and writes about how the truly important breakthroughs take the form of exponential functions. In ‘The Exponential Age,’ Azeem builds the case for exponential thinking through insightful examples of technologies that have made possible discontinuous leaps forward.”

— Tom Glocer, Former CEO of Thomson Reuters, and Executive Chairman at BlueVoyant LLC and Capitolis Inc 

“Azeem Azhar’s ‘The Exponential Age’ presents an audacious spectrum of interconnecting trends, which already profoundly impact our lives. In the book, the risks and challenges arising out of the exponentially leaping technologies are masterfully balanced with opportunities and proposed policy actions. The book is an essential read for leaders and enthusiasts who care about the better future for all.”

Giedrimas Jeglinskas, Assistant Secretary General at NATO

“Using countless stories and insightful analysis, Azeem Azhar guides us from the industrial assumptions we grew up with to the exponential realities that define our future.”

Tom Wheeler, Brookings Institution, author of “From Gutenberg to Google”

“Azeem Azhar is that rare thing: a thought-leader who has also been a tech founder. The combination of big-picture vision and real tech experience shines through in this unmissable book.”

Stian Westlake, Chief Executive, Royal Statistical Society

“Azeem’s new book charts a clear path through an uncertain and complex future, one shaped by technology and one which accelerates at an exponential rate. He takes us on a journey into our collective future, asks the hard questions and provides a compelling possible future for all of us. A must-read for anyone who wants to actively shape the decades ahead.”

Pascal Finette, Founder, be radical

“Azeem Azhar is a globally recognized voice on technology and its impact. He has written a fascinating and important book. It’s required reading for anyone seeking to understand the new economy and the massive global corporations that seek to dominate that economy.”

Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA

“Azeem’s kinetic mind is uniquely able to connect social, political, economic and technological trends in ways that inspire and challenge. ‘The Exponential Age’ is a natural extension and expansion of Azeem’s unique ability, on display in his podcast and newsletter, of isolating, unpicking and retying the threads which make up the fabric of our technosociety.”

Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute

 “You will be exponentially smarter after having read Azeem Azhar’s book.” 

Laure Claire Reillier, COO and Co-Founder Launchworks & Co, Co-Author “Platform Strategy” 

“A much-needed manual for unlocking opportunities and overcoming vertigo in a world that seems to be spinning out of control. Azeem Azhar, a genius networker, proves to be a brilliant guide to our intensely networked age.” 

Kevin Werbach, Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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