Mike Walsh
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The CEO of Tomorrow, the global consultancy that helps design business for the 21st Century, Mike Walsh advises leaders on how to thrive in an era of disruptive technological change. Walsh’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker, he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. He previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific region.
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Walsh is the author of two best-selling books, The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas and FUTURETAINMENT, (winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York).

Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic Web. During the first dotcom boom, Mike launched the technology publishing group internet.com in Australia, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in the country.

He also founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. During this period, he was recognized as one of Australia’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30.”

After his experiences in the Web space, Mike spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions. Directly engaged by the CEO of Star TV to provide the company with a digital roadmap for their operations, he began his in-depth research into the fast growth markets of Asia.

While in Hong Kong and inspired by the dramatic changes taking place in China and India, Mike founded his latest venture, Tomorrow – an innovation research lab focused on emerging technology and disruptive consumer behavior. Always in demand for his fresh insights and practical future-focused strategies, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.

In addition to his corporate profile, Mike is a published photographer and supporter of the Arts. His photographic images from his travels around the world helped his book, FUTURETAINMENT, win an Art Director’s Club award in NYC. He has also served on the Director’s Circle at the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art.

As a global nomad and consumer trend scout, Mike does live research, in the trenches, with big corporations and entrepreneurs all over the world bringing a truly global perspective to every event.

Mike’s personal manifesto: “Everything is changing. How we live, how we work and how we play. But to understand the future you need to focus on anthropology (the study of human beings) not technology. After all, as interesting as it is when things change, the real magic happens when people do.”

Speech Topics

  • Designing Your Business for the 21st Century
    The companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change – they are also the first ones to break the rules. If you could start with a clean sheet of paper, how would you design your company? Should your youngest staff member be making coffee or running your R&D team? Is Big Data something for your IT department to worry about, or a weapon to be wielded by your management team? Do you ban social networks or use them to collaborate more effectively? Most companies are simply not designed to survive, They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product. That early success then becomes a rigid code, and as customer habits and markets change, many fail to see what everything that made them successful is exactly what will destroy them later.
  • The Next Generation
    The greatest challenge for any company is not just keeping its current customers happy, but anticipating the needs of its future consumer base. Exposed to a childhood of disruptive technology, your next generation of customers will discover, share and make brand decisions in ways you least expect. But that is only half your challenge.Generational change in your workplace is also inevitable. Your future co-workers and employees will both test the limits of your management models as well as challenge your traditional beliefs about your company culture.Will you be ready for them?
  • The New Marketing Model
    What will the marketing strategies of the future look like? The modern consumer is more complex, more informed and more in control than ever before. To win their hearts and minds requires new ideas, new tools and a whole new marketing playbook. With original research, practical evaluations of consumer behavior and case studies from some of the world’s most innovative firms, Mike Walsh’s analysis of 21st century marketing will give you the inspiration you need to totally re-imagine your engagement model.
  • Unlock Your Human Potential
    The world’s most innovative companies don’t let culture happen by accident, they code their culture for success. Great culture powers your people to perform at their best. The secret to “hacking” culture at your company starts with Network Capital, or the social graph of how your employees collaborate to achieve results. Forget the organizational chart. Your future depends on creating a fluid network of motivated and capable people, empowered to re-invent the way they do business.
  • Re-Imagining It
    The IT strategies that made you successful until now are also the biggest threats to your future. Upgrading your systems is easy. How will you upgrade the DNA of your people? Yesterday’s IT organization was defined by a “break-fix” mentality. Today, a new era of automation, virtualization and cloud IT service management means that your technology teams must flip from managing risk and downtime, to delivering innovation and enablement. This is a business revolution no CEO can ignore.
  • Human-Scale Innovation
    If you want to break the rules in a traditional business, you need patience and a bit of strategy. The best place to start is by learning to think like an anthropologist and exploring how technology impacts us as people. Human-scale innovation happens when we learn from how people actually use our products, regardless of what we intended for them to do.The world’s most innovative companies apply human-scale thinking in the way they approach everything from product to experience design. You can too.
  • Global By Design
    The future is already here, you just need to know where to look. From disruptive mobile technology from China and India’s low-cost business models to next-generation mobile banking in Africa and social consumerism in South America, global innovation is shifting to a new geography.How we interact, transact and entertain ourselves in the future will be shaped by a billion new consumers from emerging markets. Mike Walsh can deliver you a road map to navigate the growth potential of tomorrow’s world.
  • Data-Driven Leadership
    Big Data, once just the domain of technology professionals, will soon be the number one issue for all business leaders. Tomorrow’s leaders will make better decisions, not from experience, charisma or intuition but through their ability to integrate real-time data into their thinking. Based on first-hand research, analysis of disruptive strategies and real-world examples from some of the most innovative companies, Mike Walsh shows you why the real revolution is not just about how big your data is, but a mindset change about how data gets used in the enterprise.
The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas
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