David Siegel is an author, consultant, and investor working at the intersection of technology and business. He is an authority on blockchain technology and its impact on commerce and society. He is the world’s first web designer, having started one of the first digital agencies in San Francisco in 1994.
He is the author of five books on the Internet and business, most of which have been international bestsellers. His most recent book was Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business. Siegel has been a strategy consultant to large corporations and start-ups. He now works extensively with companies in the Ethereum blockchain ecosystem and is starting companies in this space. He is a decentralization coach – helping companies transition from a factory model to a laboratory model in every aspect of the business.
David Siegel has given over 100 professional speeches to audiences from Aukland to Reykjavik. He is a stimulating addition to any off-site or high-level discussion of the future. His mission is to show audiences a new world of collaboration, trust, learning, and joy at work – business agility for the 21st century.
David shows that the Metaverse will be much more than goggles and gaming. While Web3 is more of a buzzword, the Metaverse is the future of the Internet.
This talk, based on the two above presentations, goes deeper into platforms and “the social dilemma.” David shows that platforms tend to be winner-take-all markets and that they are generally bad for innovation and society. In this talk, David looks at Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon, and other large platforms, showing the pros and cons and helping people understand that there is another way.
This talk explores the next thirty years leading up to 2050. Much of our world is now digital. We have digital infrastructure for almost everything from science to government to leisure. Those countries and industries moving to digital and mobile know what to do – it’s no longer a matter of innovation but simply implementation. We are now entering the smart era, where humans and machines interact. In this talk, David shows that the smart era will eliminate repetitive work, create billions of new jobs, and raise the quality of life for almost everyone on the planet. For the next thirty years, humanity will experience an explosion of productivity, health, longevity, and prosperity – even as we add another 2 billion people to the planet. David ends with a glimpse of what comes next: The Machine Age.
In this futuristic talk based on his popular essay of the same name, David explores how very different the world will be by the end of this century. By that time, machines will do all repetitive tasks and many non-repetitive tasks. They will entertain us, cook for us, and even put our children to bed. In this world, there are no human drivers on the roads – all drivers are machines that can communicate and coordinate. There will certainly be flying cars. There will be abundant energy, water, food, and natural resources. The human population will have peaked. Many prophesies of doom have not played out in reality. This age will not distribute wealth and prosperity evenly, yet almost everyone will be vastly better off than we are today. What will we do in an age where machines do most of the work? What about the divide between rich and poor? What are the real threats to humanity? David explores these questions and more, with plenty of room for variance and uncertainty.
Based on his research for an upcoming book, David takes the audience through a neck-snapping tour of the next thirty years that will leave everyone thinking about their true priorities for the future. This is a special 90-minute talk that walks through each of the drivers and shows the impact they will have on our lives: globalization, gene editing, artificial intelligence, future of work, robotics, decentralization, money, life extension, personal data, and volatility.
David takes audiences on a trip to smart contracts, personal data, and automation, showing how hardware and software will do most repetitive work within thirty years, what will replace it, and why that’s a good thing. This is an eye-opening, hard-hitting, yet truly uplifting talk that has been battle-tested in California with some of the most demanding audiences.
This is an important talk on the future of monetary policy and crypto-finance. David shows how important monetary policy is to the world. Why is a bit of inflation better than no inflation? As he says, “If you like recessions, the monetary policy we have today is probably the perfect thing. But did you know central banks can prevent recessions?” In plain english, David presents the concept of Nominal GDP Level Targeting, which could prevent recessions in most advanced economies.
In this provocative 2-hour event, David works with entrepreneurs and angel investors to understand what really drives start-up success, what angels are doing wrong, what really causes start-ups to fail, and how to improve your odds of success on either side of the table. He blows away most common conceptions of angel investing and starting a company. Using audience examples, he shows how we can use a different frame to reprioritize our activities and increase innovation.
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David is a fabulous public speaker I have worked with directly on a number of conferences. He always brings a great energy to the room and can tell a complex technical story in a way that wakes everyone up and fully engages them. He strikes the perfect balance between fun, big picture 'blue sky' thinking and practical information.
Helen Disney, event producer
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