Quentin Hardy

Quentin Hardy

Speaker: Quentin Hardy

National Editor, Forbes Magazine; Technology and Business Expert


  • Community, Contagion and Capitalism: Technology and the Future of Society
  • The Way Ahead: Rebuilding Three Circles of Trust
  • Managing that Matters: Lessons from Planet Google
  • A Skilled Moderator or Host

Award-winning journalist, popular speaker and frequent television commentator, Quentin Hardy delivers analysis on technology, economics and global business with fearlessness, intelligence and wit. Pragmatic and audience-focused, Hardy offers timely, real-world insights you can use right away, uncovering the lessons to be found at the nexus of technology and future growth.

A Silicon Valley insider with vast global experience, Quentin Hardy is sought after for his fresh and uncompromising views, drawn from years of high-level business reporting around the globe. Hardy is National Editor of Forbes Magazine, writing cover stories on some of the world’s biggest companies, as well as a featured panelist on cable’s most popular business show, Forbes on Fox, and a frequent guest on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company. Before that, he spent over eight years writing global business stories for The Wall Street Journal. Opinionated and clever, his musings have earned him a loyal following on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Hardy, who speaks in a lively, anecdotal and informed style, energizes and inspires a room. Also a highly skilled and versatile interviewer/panel moderator, he has interviewed a wide array of political and business leaders, including Madeleine Albright, Carly Fiorina, Richard Haass, Eric Schmidt, Steve Forbes, Randall Stephenson and Mark Hurd. Hardy demystifies today’s business and technology challenges with candor and clarity, offering refreshing real-world practicality and insights that audience members can use in their work and lives.

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
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

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.

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