Salim Ismail

Prolific speaker · Serial Entrepreneur · Best-selling author · Technology strategist

A BIT ABOUT SALIM

Futurist and best-selling author of Exponential Organizations and Exponential Transformation

Salim Ismail has been building disruptive digital companies as a serial entrepreneur since the early 2000s. A prolific speaker, Salim gives more than 150 talks a year to audiences of all sizes around the world. He has been profiled across a vast array of media outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, and the BBC

Keynote Speaking

Salim Ismail has spoken in front of top business leaders of Fortune 500 companies & boards including at the G20 Summit.

ExO

In the last few years, a new breed of organizational structure is emerging. How scalable is your organization? Is it an ExO?

Books

Salim Ismail is the lead author of the best-selling book Exponential Organizations – required reading at the world’s top organizations.

Workshops

In full- or half-day workshops, Salim walks participants through how any company can become an exponential organization

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Virtual · Keynote

Speech Topics

Salim Ismail has spoken in front of top business leaders of Fortune 500 companies & boards including a keynote at the G20 Summit.

Exponential Organizations

As a result of accelerating change, a new breed of businesses is scaling 10 times faster than established organizational structures. Salim Ismail calls these exponential organizations. This talk describes the characteristics and attributes of these organizations and finishes with how to implement these ideas into established companies.

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He looks at today’s fastest growing technologies and the social impact they will have on our organizational, political, legal, educational, and medical systems. From artificial intelligence to biotech, these disruptive technologies are changing the face of many disparate industries and creating new innovations and opportunities. Audiences walk away with a tailored action plan for moving forward that utilizes five internal and five external strategies to spur astounding growth – like partnering with an incubator and transforming their organization’s leadership team.

Disruptive Convergence

As a result of accelerating change, a new breed of businesses is scaling 10 times faster than established organizational structures. Salim Ismail calls these exponential organizations. This talk describes the characteristics and attributes of these organizations and finishes with how to implement these ideas into established companies.

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He looks at today’s fastest growing technologies and the social impact they will have on our organizational, political, legal, educational, and medical systems. From artificial intelligence to biotech, these disruptive technologies are changing the face of many disparate industries and creating new innovations and opportunities. Audiences walk away with a tailored action plan for moving forward that utilizes five internal and five external strategies to spur astounding growth – like partnering with an incubator and transforming their organization’s leadership team.

Exponential Finance

Today there are 8 billion internet-connected devices in the world. By 2020 Salim Ismail predicts there will be 50 billion. Will computer driven cars be a reality in three years? Will we see a dramatically lengthened lifespan and delayed retirements in a matter of 1-2 decades? What does this mean for investment, growth, and contraction in key industries?

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As the world becomes more digital, advancements in technology are skyrocketing. Technology strategist Salim Ismail knows the trajectory of fascinating projects that are sure to change our lives and challenge societal norms as we know them. His take on the impact to the financial services sector will have you thinking twice about where to put money and how much is needed for the future.

Exponential Medicine

The fastest technological improvement today is being seen in biotechnology. According to technology strategist Salim Ismail, by the year 2020 it will be cheaper to sequence your genome than to flush your toilet. What will this mean for personalized therapies? Will we eradicate allergies? Or grow replacement organs?

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Will artificial intelligence make better, more accurate diagnoses than human doctors? Could a computer be your future surgeon? Ismail tells incredible stories of the research and development he’s seen first-hand and the potential for next-generation disruptive technologies. He weighs the benefits with the sinister side and calls on society to prepare our systems for running the world (legal, political, medical) to meet the realities of the very near future.

The Future of Entrepreneurship

The confluence of new developments makes today the best time ever to be an entrepreneur. Salim talks about how accelerating technologies, crowd funding, incubators, fablabs, and cloud computing have made it faster, better, and cheaper to be an entrepreneur. This talk also covers the steps needed to create entrepreneurial ecosystems and start-up communities in different regions.

Overcome your organizational immune system and become a thriving exponential organization

We live today in a world of exponential technologies and accelerating breakthroughs, all of which present boundless opportunities. Accessing that opportunity, however, requires organizational evolution. No enterprise will be able to stay alive–much less thrive–without adapting to the exponential rate of change that accelerating technologies deliver.

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Exponential Organizations

How scalable is your organization?

Is it an ExO?

We are seeing a transformation in business that hasn’t been seen in the last hundred years – the future will be owned by this new breed of Exponential Organizations.

Our environment is changing exponentially, mainly driven by exponential technologies and globalization. As a result, the world is becoming increasingly open and transparent and we are slowly moving from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. However, our organizations are still linear: hierarchical, centralized, closed, top down and focusing on ownership due to scarcity of people, resources, assets and platforms. They evolved one hundred years ago for an era of economies of scale and relative stability and predictability.

Now it is time to introduce the Exponential Organization leveraging openness, transparency and abundance in a new way. This is a new organizational model that is condusive to an exponential age. It closes the gap between the linear organization and its exponential environment. It is at least 10x more effective, efficient and/or faster relative to its linear peers in the same market.

In the first half of the book, we examine these revolutionary structures and detail the ten characteristics and attributes of ExOs – five external elements and five internal organizational strategies. The second half of the book is a how-to guide: How can you build a startup with these principles? How could you apply them to a mid-market company? How can you retrofit these ideas into large organizations?

Exponential Organizations

For hundreds of years, traditional business structures have put an organizational/legal boundary around an asset or a workforce and ‘sold’ access to that scarcity.

In the last few years, a new breed of organizational structure is emerging that is able to scale at unimaginable rates.

We call these Exponential Organizations (ExOs). These new organization structures are leveraging a newly available set of externalities like big data, community, the crowd or accelerating technologies and by doing so, are performing 10x better than their peers in the same space. We are seeing a transformation in business that hasn’t been seen in several hundred years – the future will be owned by this new breed of Exponential Organizations.

Make your organization Exponential

Workshops

The business world has learned over the last two decades how to scale technology, but now it’s time to scale your organization. A new breed of Exponential Organizations – companies that grow at a minimum pace of 10x better than their peers – is delivering a new way of doing business. Getting an overview of accelerating technologies and understanding the new paradigm for building organizations

Overview

Getting an overview of accelerating technologies and understanding the new paradigm for building organizations

Linear vs. Exponential

Understanding and internalizing the distinction of linear vs. exponential

Scale 10x

Learning how to scale any organization to 10.

Regardless of an organization’s size or age, Ismail has a tailored action plan for getting it on track to grow at an astounding rate.

He offers real tactics, like partnering with incubators and transforming the leadership team, so that participants get a clear roadmap for moving forward.

This workshop is the perfect extension of his keynote for organizations looking to put his insights into practice.

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