Chief Disruptor Autumn 2019: The Great Tech Backlash
Several (perhaps overzealous) tech commentators have been drawing parallels between the dotcom bubble in the early 2000s and the rush of tech IPOs in 2019. It’s been a year that has sent the tech media into a tizzy, with words like “spigot” slinking out of the thesaurus (shoutout to Vox’s staff writers) and rightly so: 200 companies were expected to go public in 2019.
At the same time, new headlines each week link tech executives to sexual harassment, social media platforms to failed content moderation (too much, too little) and gig economy darlings to employee mistreatment. There seems to be a gulf between accelerated innovation-driven revenue and power, and the ethics and regulations that have trailed behind it.
This autumn, Chief Disruptor magazine will be exploring the most disruptive thing yet: humans. This issue is about power play and what it will take to balance out the competition.
A sneak peek of what’s inside:
ACQUISITION SUSPICION: A RACE TO REINSTATE TECH DEMOCRACY
Economic “bigness” has gone too far. Allowing tech giants to grow and absorb small competitors has squashed tech democracy, leaving society with a race to reinstate it.
A snapshot of 3 funky new gadgets that you don't need, guaranteed to improve your life in some insignificant way
DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS: PEOPLE VS. BOTS
By Barry Devlin, founder of 9sight Consulting, discusses new frameworks for AI-augmented decision-making
LESSONS FROM HR
Group HR Director Ann Roberts provides an insight on her tricks of the trade at Magic Lab
LIGHTING UP THE ENERGY MARKET
In conversation with Clem Hobson, Head of Brand at Bulb, the 100% renewable energy company
THOUGHTS ON LEADING INNOVATION
Richard Corbridge, Director of Innovation at Boots, reveals his toolbox for coaching innovation