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Phil Simon

Award-Winning AuthorDynamic Keynote Speaker
Workplace-Technology Guru • Advisor Catalyst

ALL COMPANIES ARE TECH COMPANIES. SOME JUST HAVEN’T REALIZED IT YET.

The Age of the Platform

I am a world-renowned technology and collaboration authority ^ A dynamic keynote speaker ^ An award-winning author of eleven business books and counting, most recently Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work^A Slack and Zoom trainer and coach^An independent writer and advisor^A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Wired, The New York Times, and many other prominent media outlets^A technology and analytics professor for hire^The host of the Conversations About Collaboration podcast^A fan of obscure quotes

HUBS AND SPOKES WILL DEFINE THE FUTURE OF WORK.

BOOKS

I have penned eleven books including the award-winning The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business and Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It. My latest creation is a timely one. Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work dropped in January of 2021.

No, I don’t sleep much.

SPEAKING

Whether in person or virtually, I regularly speak to organizations of all types and sizes. Topics typically cover the future of work, Big Data, platforms, analytics, communication, collaboration, and technology. Since 1997, I have given more than 400 talks, presentations, and workshops to more than 40,000 people on three continents and in eight countries. I’ve spoken at organizations such as Netflix, eBay, SAS, and hundreds of others.

"A rare gift for the modern business audience.”

—Lori H. Schwartz, Managing Partner, StoryTech™

“In a word, awesome.”

—Julie Tulipane Stalknecht, Senior VP, NMHC

“Engaging, knowledgeable, and likable."

—Clinton Bonner, VP, Marketing, TopCoder

All companies are tech companies. Some just haven’t realized it yet.

SERVICES

For more than two decades, I have worked with individuals and organizations in a wide variety of industries and capacities. At a high level, I do three things today. First, I train employees on how to use collaborative tools, most notably Slack and Zoom. Second, I help organizations collaborate, communciate, and use analytics better. Third, I write articles, white papers, and other long-form content for my clients.

INSIGHTS

I write about the future of work, collaboration, communication, Big Data, platforms, higher education, technology, and other topics. I pepper my posts with humor and pop-culture references. Oh, and I freakin’ despise jargon. Over the last decade, I’ve penned thousands of posts, more than 1,300 of which live on this site.

Today the costs of inaction almost always exceed the costs of action.

PROFESSOR

Over the years, I have taught thousands of students a wide variety of management, data, and technology courses both in-person and online. These days, I give guest lectures and serve as a professor-for-hire.

COURSES

I teach other courses outside of the peculiar world of academia, Generally speaking, the audiences consist of driven writers and professionals looking to acquire new knowledge and skills.

THE LONG TERM HAS NEVER BEEN SHORTER.

POD

Every Tuesday morning, I drop an episode of Conversations About Collaboration— my timely and multi-disciplinary podcast about how we work together. I chat with interesting and smart cookies about collaboration and adjacent topics: the future of work, remote work, communication, creativity, productivity, technology, workplace culture, and business processes. At the risk of name-dropping, prior guests have included Kevin Roose of The New York Times and Brad Stone of Bloomberg Businessweek.