National editor for Forbes Media and business speaker on Technology and the Future of Society
He writes cover stories for America's most read business bimonthly, stars on Forbes on Fox, the most-watched business cable program and appears at conferences and events nationally and internationally.
Hardy is veteran of both Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, and has written cover stories on such diverse topics as the Internet, Africa, Finance, Enterprise Hardware and Software, Management, Satellites, Energy and even the Marijuana Industry.
He is also a frequent guest on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company, and speaks at over twenty events a year, ranging from CEO conferences and technology seminars, to luxury cruises and panels on national and international issues. Recent work includes running a full-day event at Google for corporate technology leaders, moderating a nationally-broadcast panel on doing business in China and speaking to executives of a major financial firm about the economy and U.S. Government policy.
Hardy began his career as an international publisher, and has lived and worked in a dozen countries, including Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. A recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business Journalism and an Overseas Press Club award, he also lectures on technology and social change at the Information School of the University of California, Berkeley.
Speech Topics Include:
The Way Ahead: Rebuilding Three Circles of Trust
In today’s business climate every business, institution and household faces the same problem: Whom should I trust and how do I get people to trust me? In the age of Bernie Madoff and the derivatives debacle, it seems like everyone on Wall Street is suspect. Meanwhile, good businesses cannot get loans—thanks to the credit crunch—while a culture of cynicism is fed by gotcha journalists and quick-hit bloggers. This should, can and will end. Quentin Hardy has reported on Japanese financial collapses, the dotcom bubble and today’s financial woes. He shares:
· His perspective on the technological roots of the problem
· Insights on the universal practices of trust that must be re-invented
· How to build better management and business structures that avoid historical repetition
Community, Contagion and Capitalism: Technology and the Future of Society
The communications revolution has not just sped up our lives; it has changed the way we think about politics, companies and even national power. If you are under the impression that this type of revolution is a new experience for humanity, think again. Comparisons with the distant past are important as we try to make sense of the ever-evolving role of technology in our lives and use communication tools and resources from Twitter, Facebook and Skype. Quentin Hardy shares:
· A comparative look at today’s revolution with those of our past
· His take on what is happening today, drawn from his university lectures to late-night conversations with CEOs
· He readies audiences for the coming “Concierge World” where custom business relationships, consumer goods and entertainment dominate
Managing that Matters: Lessons from Planet Google
Management guru Peter Drucker called the creation of the computer “the birth of a new basic civilization” in which managers would take on entirely new roles and work would be organized in unforeseen ways. His predictions are coming true as the organization and management of companies such as Google, Cisco and Yahoo! retool their structures aimed at achieving a new level of efficacy. After covering all the major technology players in globally and Silicon Valley, Quentin Hardy provides insights on:
· What efforts have worked and what has been a dead end
· Pointers on how communications technologies are used to market internally and externally, winning loyalty and inspiring people
· A look ahead to what management approaches to expect next from the technology leaders
A Skilled Moderator or Host
In addition to keynoting, Quentin Hardy often serves as discussion leader, moderator and/or emcee for Forbes conferences and other senior executive events. He has covered topics as far-ranging as corporate reform; the global economy; catastrophe preparedness and lessons from Hurricane Katrina; innovation and the impact of social media. Versatile and skilled, Hardy has interviewed rising entrepreneurs, top CEOs and political leaders alike. He possesses the rare ability to ask the right questions and turn high-level ideas into critical information audiences can readily use.