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Daniel Burrus
Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and business strategists, and is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients better understand how technological, social and business forces are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities. He is the author of six books, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestseller Flash Foresight: How To See the Invisible and Do the Impossible as well as the highly acclaimed Technotrends.

The New York Times has referred to Daniel Burrus as one of Americas top three business “gurus” in the highest demand as a speaker.

In 1983, Burrus became the first and only futurist to accurately identify the twenty technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic change for decades to come. Since then, he has continued to establish a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of predicting the future of technological change and its direct impact on the business world. He has helped hundreds of clients identify new opportunities and develop successful competitive strategies based on the creative application of leading-edge technologies, and has delivered over 2,500 keynote speeches to corporations, associations, and professional organizations worldwide. He is also a contributing blogger on the topics of innovation, change and the future for CNBC, Huffington Post, Wired Magazine and to name a few.

In his keynote presentations, Mr. Burrus is a master at tailoring his message to each individual audience as he addresses relevant trends and offers powerful, practical guidance for turning rapid technology-driven change into a competitive advantage. His captivating style blends timely and provocative insights and actionable knowledge with just the right amount of humor and motivation.

He has founded and managed six businesses, three of which were national leaders in their first year. As a highly successful entrepreneur, he knows how to translate research findings into practical business advantages.

Burrus’ client list encompasses a wide range of industries, and includes many Fortune 500 companies such as GE, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, DuPont, Google, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, American Express, Northwestern Mutual, ExxonMobil, and Sara Lee. He has been the featured subject of a PBS Special, has appeared on programs such as CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg, and is quoted in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune and Industry Week.

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Entries by Daniel Burrus

Smart Cities: Seeing the Invisible and Doing the Impossible

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 2:35 PM


By sheer definition, the word "impossible" connotes something that simply cannot be done. But we all know the impossible isn't completely out of our reach; for centuries, humans have been achieving the so-called "impossible" by developing conceptual understanding and making visible that which...

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Leading in a World of Disruption

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 12:49 PM

In today's world of technology-driven transformation, leaders need to embrace a new leadership principle if they want their organization to be relevant today and in the future. In recent years, leaders have added agility -- being able to change quickly based on...

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Moore's Law Continues to Drive Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 2:29 PM

When I talk about digitization and digital advancement, I often mention what I refer to as the Three Digital Accelerators: bandwidth, storage, and processing power. These three technological tenets drive digital disruption and are increasing exponentially every year, and thanks to rapidly...

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How Vertical Farming Is Disrupting Urban Food Production

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 10:08 AM

Too often, we see the present and the future in terms of "either/or," when, in actuality, the relation is more like "both/and." People might think, when it comes to technological innovation, "either we keep the old, or we adopt the new." In...

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Proven Social Strategy to Accelerate the Inventive Process

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 12:13 PM

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These days, we see new, dramatic innovations in technology with considerable frequency. Moreover, when we consider the past decade or so, the pace of new developments is increasing at an exponential...

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What Mobile Trends Should You Be Getting Behind?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 1:28 PM

thumbnailDematerialization is a Hard Trend -- we know that computer technology has only decreased in size while increasing in functionality, and it's going to continue in that direction. The use of mobile devices in the workplace is just the next...

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Make Digital Disruption Your Biggest Competitive Advantage

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Sharp Breakout Up (3D)In 1983, I identified digital disruption as one of twenty technology-driven Hard Trends that would increasingly shape the future at an exponential rate, and at the same time drive economic value creation.  Today, as more and more...

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How Energy Storage Can Change Everything

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:22 PM

thumbnailA number of years ago, as part of an international project, I made a short list of the biggest problems the world would face over the next fifty years which included shortages of food and drinking water to name a...

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Digital Healthcare: What Are the Opportunities?

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 1:54 PM

thumbnailMuch like every other prominent industry, the medical field is becoming inexorably digitized. Digital disruption and transformation within the healthcare profession is a Hard Trend -- something that will happen, something we can count on seeing in the future. But these developments aren't...

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Mastering the Art of Your Career

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 11:02 AM

It doesn't matter what you do for a living -- whether you work in medicine or retail, law or construction, whether you're a software engineer or a writer -- there's an art and science to just about every career imaginable. Every profession has its scientific aspects, those more mechanical facets...

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WYOD: Is Your Organization Ready?

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 2:20 PM

mail_image_previewShortly after the launch of Apple's iPhone, corporate Blackberry users started experimenting with the iPhone, and it didn't take long before we began seeing office workers and executives juggling two phones - the Blackberry because they had to and the...

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Anticipatory Healthcare: Predict and Prevent

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:48 PM

preventive healthcareThere's incredible value in foresight -- in business, in government, but most of all, in your personal life. And nothing's more intrinsically, existentially valuable than foresight about your own health. If you could know what will happen to your...

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Essential Strategies for Exceeding Expectations

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 2:23 PM

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAKVAAAAJDAwYTJlNTA1LWZiYjktNDg4Yy1iYWNkLTExYjM2OGRjYzQwOA-1In today's highly competitive world, it's never been more important to exceed both personal and professional expectations. If you're merely meeting expectations, you can position yourself as good -- but not great. Or, you might be positioned as great, but...

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Are We Educating Students for a Future That Doesn't Exist?

(9) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 1:04 PM

thumbnailFew subjects these days are more contentious than education, and rightly so. If our children are our future, it's essential we do everything we can do educate them properly, to prepare them for what's to come. But are we schooling...

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The Power of Certainty

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 11:21 AM

We all know that we live in an amazingly uncertain world full of doubts and reservations. Questions and misgivings about all manner of things, big and small, race through our heads constantly.2015-06-24-1435158288-5333284-Depositphotos_46021961_m.jpg

On the global stage, we wonder: What does the future hold for...

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What Makes a Good Leader Today -- And Tomorrow?

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:34 PM


What makes a good leader?

Things like integrity, honesty and personal responsibility immediately come to mind. While those are all vital traits, they're not the leadership traits I'm addressing right now.

There's a new leadership principle leaders must...

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Teach a Man to Fish: Training vs. Education

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 11:27 AM

thumbnail-1Given the transformational changes taking place in every industry, if you received a Ph.D. ten years ago, it means you used to know a lot. The need to learn new things, regardless of your age or position in an organization has never...

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Who's Afraid of Big Bad Data?

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 11:46 AM

thumbnail-1Perhaps you've heard the saying that a tool is only as useful as the person who wields it. I believe that's true for a lot of things -- including high-speed data analytics.

The term "high-speed data analytics" refers to the...

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Your Working Future

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:27 PM

thumbnailMore and more companies are going virtual, whether it's to save money, attract talented employees or benefit the environment. The extinction of the physical office is a Soft Trend -- it is not a future fact -- but the increasing...

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Transformational Planning

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 1:08 PM

mail_image_preview-1Whenever I think about the subject of planning, a quote from Benjamin Franklin always pops into my mind: "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." Successful people, and successful businesses, all know how important planning is. But in...

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