Steve Brown, Bald Futurist: Speaker, Author, Strategiest & Advisor

STEVE BROWN

THE BALD FUTURIST, AND CEO OF POSSIBILITY & PURPOSE

Steve Brown is an energetic speaker, author, strategist, and advisor with over 30 years of experience in high tech. He is the former futurist and chief evangelist at Intel Corporation.

Speaking at events all over the world, Steve helps his audiences to understand the business and societal impacts of new technologies and how they will shape the future five, ten, and fifteen years from now.

Steve is passionate about helping people to imagine and build a better future. Whether talking about the future of work in a post-automation world, doing a deep dive on artificial intelligence, or discussing the future of flying cars, Steve inspires his audiences to think beyond the current status quo and to reimagine their businesses, and their lives, for the better.

Steve speaks and writes in plain language on how continued advances in computing will intersect business, cultural and human trends to create both new opportunities and new challenges. Steve has been featured on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, ABC News, Wired, WSJ:Digits, CBS, and many other media outlets.

Steve works with a broad spectrum of companies from small non-profits to Fortune 100s, spanning almost every industrial sector, including manufacturing, transportation, retail, hospitality, government, education, healthcare, agriculture, media and entertainment.

Steve holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Micro-Electronic Systems Engineering from Manchester University. He was born in the U.K. and became a U.S. citizen in 2008. He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.

Testimonials

Testimonial | Conference of State Bank Supervisors

"Steve is one of the best speakers I have had the pleasure to work with in my 19-year career organizing and hosting events. He is very responsive, easy to work with, and once on stage, he mesmerizes the audience with an awesome blend of humor, high-quality visual aids, and mind-blowing perspectives about the future."

— Sebastien Monnet, Vice President, Learning and Development, Conference of State Bank Supervisors


Testimonial | Northwest Public Power Association

“Once again Steve delivered a highly impactful keynote presentation that had the audience hanging on his every word as he dissected key technological and societal topics that will transform and shape the world we live and work in. He brought vast experience from the technology sector and did a masterful job of relating it to the utility industry – he left us wanting even more!”

— Chris Folta, 2019 NWPPA IT Conference Chair


Testimonial | Electric League of the Pacific Northwest

“Aiming to invigorate and add value to our energy efficiency conference, we invested in Steve Brown.  Best. Decision. Ever.  Working with Steve was a pleasure – he is personable, professional, and passionate. His keynote and plenary presentations were engaging, compelling, and timely. A week later, conference attendees are still raving about him! Steve got the audience hooked at lunch and at day’s end the room filled quickly for the plenary session. Normally, this is the time when attendees start sneaking out, but the room was full of people wanting more. Steve was definitely the highlight of our conference.”

— Brook Walker, Executive Director, Electric League of the Pacific Northwest


Testimonial | Wunderman

“Steve has the unique ability to turn data and facts into real insights that inspire and provide a framework for innovative thinking. Steve is also an amazing speaker and storyteller that can captivate and motivate an audience of 5 or 500.”

— Jamie Gutfreund, CMO, Wunderman


Testimonial | Chemeketa Community College

Steve Brown is an excellent presenter who customizes his futuristic presentations to his audience’s needs. I have seen him present to three different organizations and each one was very unique. Steve's presentations will make you think about how your occupation will be so different in the future. Steve's presentations are a must see.

— Johnny Mack, Executive Dean of Career and Technical Education, Chemeketa Community College


Testimonial | The Futures Company

“Your insights were incredible! We really appreciated your participation and your valuable time. Thank you.”

— Andrew Hahn, Vice President, The Futures Company


Testimonial | Glacier Bank

“Thank you for your timely and insightful presentation to our leadership team and key customers. Your presentation was perfectly tailored for our audience, easy to follow, and certainly thought provoking”

- Bob Nystuen, President, Glacier Bank


Testimonial | Northern District of Florida, District Court

“Thank you for your contribution to the 2018 Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference. If you haven’t already heard, your presentation was a smash hit! Without exception everyone found it fascinating (even if also frightening). I hope our paths cross again in the future. It’s been a pleasure.” 

- M. Casey Rodgers, Chief Judge, United States District Court, North District of Florida


Testimonial | Prolific

“I first met Steve at a CEO event where he was sharing a futurist’s view of technology and how it will shape our world. I was captivated, and have engaged Steve on behalf of the industry I serve and have used his provocation and insights to guide my company. He is an excellent speaker who provokes people with insights, challenges and non-linear thinking. 
Steve is not all “starry-eyed” with technology; he is very pragmatic and quick to point out the disruptions technology can bring and will challenge conventional wisdom and group think. It is comforting to know there are minds like his taking a hard look at how technology will affect companies, institutions and people.”

— Jeff Gaus, CEO, Prolifiq Software


Testimonial | Brinker

“Your investment in our team is amazing! We are so appreciative of you and your passion to help us think BIG! You have inspired me in more ways that you can imagine.”

— Tony Bridwell, Chief People Office, Brinker International


Testimonial | Federal Judicial Center

“Steve was able to synthesize a great deal of relevant information about the future of technology into a stimulating, engaging, and focused discussion of the implications of these changes for all of us. In the particular context Steve raised cogent questions and I found his presentation to be enjoyable and provocative all at the same time.”

— Dr Michael Siegel, The Federal Judiciary Center


Testimonial | Play Big Inc

“What a treasure! In our collection of PYNKrs (people you need to know), Steve shines bright as a leader eager to inspire and shape a better future, using his deep category insight to translate the impact of shifts ahead. IoT, wearables, 3D printing and bio-tech just to name a few. All are advancing radically change every aspect of how we shop, learn, play, and work. Steve is the guide who helps make the next steps clear—and the opportunities ahead more tangible—for all C-suite teams. We are always grateful to partner with him on our work to accelerate positive change and transform organizations and industries for greater relevance and societal benefit. He gets it.”

— Nancy Giordano, CEO, Play Big Inc.


Testimonial | Prime Lending

“Thank you for your outstanding contribution to the success of our National Branch Manager Meeting. Your presentation reinforced the need for our production leaders to drive change in how we connect, communicate and deliver world class service to the Modern Homebuyer. The presentation was inspiring and the tactical suggestions will play a key role in our sales strategy and evolution!”

Gene Lugat, Executive Vice President, Prime Lending    

Testimonial | Utah Education and Telehealth Network

"Steve Brown’s lively presentation engaged our tech leaders and challenged us to answer questions about our future strategies."

- Utah Education and Telehealth Network


Testimonial | Be Fab Skin Care

"I own a small skin care business and worked with Steve to help shape and craft my clear and compelling story. I learned through Steve that people want a connection with a business owner beyond their products and services. As consumers, we want to connect with a company’s passion, values, mission as well as a great product or service. Steve helped me share something very personal as a business owner in an authentic and inspiring way to connect with my core customers. He was a lot of fun to work with through this very revealing process. He is fantastic with the mega-big companies and also the not -yet - mega-big companies. Thanks so much for your guidance, Steve!"

— Gretchen Asher, Owner, BeFab Skin Care


Testimonial | Young Entrepreneurs Business Week

"We are honored that you were able to ‘wow’ the students at YEBW 2017 at the University of Portland. Thank you for all the insight and imagination you bring to this program; Our students are ever-inspired by your talks!”

— Kyle Kavas, Program Manager, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week


Testimonial | Mid-West Electric Consumers Association

“Steve’s presentation was a big hit.  People really appreciated his ability to make technology accessible and his knowledge of how technology might be applicable in their daily lives. I wanted the conference to inform, educate, and challenge my members.  Steve did all three.”

— William K. Drummond, Executive Director, Mid-West Electric Consumers Association


Testimonial | Oregon Business Council

“Thanks so much for the wonderful presentation last week at the OBC meeting. You definitely sparked a great deal of interest among my directors. I hope we can gather soon to think about how to spread your message to Oregon. We need to to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity."

— Duncan Wyse, President, Oregon Business Council


Testimonial | Open Compute Project

"Steve was a terrific presenter for our Annual Summit, with nearly 3,000 attendees. His keynote was dynamic, insightful, and he was able to utilize his expertise to draw meaningful and relevant connections to our core messaging and a very specific audience."

— Dirk Van Slyke, Open Compute Project Foundation, Marketing & Communications Director


Testimonial | We Connect Global Leaders

"Steve is a very engaging speaker. He knows his topics and has that amazing skill to sweep the audience off their feet. He made the crowd laugh, but also think deeply about the future of IoT and how it will impact our lives, businesses and environment. If you are looking for an engaging, polished, interesting and out of the box speaker, I would recommend Steve."

— Maria Relaki, Portfolio Director, we.CONECT Events


Testimonial | Portland Society for Information Management

"At a recent talk in Portland, Oregon, Steve Brown demonstrated his mastery at showing how things happening in today's world will change life and work in the coming decade. An extremely charismatic and energetic speaker, Steve has an excellent command of the subject matter and the ability to build a strong rapport with his audience."

— Pradeep Kumar, President, Portland Society for Information Management


Testimonial | Marquam Group

“Social and technical prognosticators are often too far over the time horizon to be of any meaningful use.  Steve Brown excels at connecting the concepts that will be important to us tomorrow back to the business decisions we need to make today.”

— Chad Layman, CEO, Marquam Group

 
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In the News

Steve Brown is regularly sought to provide insight and analysis on automation and the future of work. A specialist in artificial intelligence and Blockchain technology, Steve reveals how technology will reshape every business in the next decade. He specializes in the future of healthcare, robotics, retail, real-estate, and education. He has been featured on a wide range of media outlets including the ones below:


 
 
 
 
 
 
BBC News | Smart Cities & Sensor Networks

BBC NEWS

Tomorrow's cities: Sensor networks for the elderly

Steve talks about healthcare breakthroughs possible with smart sensors.

Wall Street Journal | Intel

WSJ: DIGITS

How small are Intel's chips getting?

Steve reviews new Intel products live from the Intel Developer Forum.

 
The Guardian | Data Ownership

THE GUARDIAN

Wearable Tech: Why Intel thinks we should own our data

Steve argues consumers should demand ownership of their personal data.

Career Profile

Steve Brown has a wide range of business experience spanning sales, manufacturing, strategic visioning, events planning, marketing and HR.