John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.
He has written nine books including the best book on blogging, Bloggers Boot Camp, and a book about the most expensive timepiece ever made, Marie Antoinette’s Watch. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
He runs the Keep Going podcast, a podcast about failure. His goal is to share how even the most confident and successful people had to face adversity.
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Let Me Make Your Event Amazing
As a lover of technology and a prolific writer, people ask me to speak at events about what I’ve seen and learned. I’m happy to do it and it ends up being quite fun for both me and the audience. I’m a dynamic, wry speaker and I will not bore a crowd. Here’s how to convince me to come out to talk with your group.
Please note: Because of the high volume of requests, I usually require a minimum honorarium plus expenses as outlined below. Exceptions can be made for worthy events.
I’ve been an active voice in the technology sphere for over a decade, not only as a technology speaker but also as an expert in cryptocurrency, AI, and fostering creativity through technological advancements. My journey from an IT professional to a seasoned journalist has given me a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and innovation, which I enthusiastically share in my speaking engagements. My insights are shaped by my extensive travels and firsthand experiences in worldwide manufacturing, highlighting the impact of technology on a global scale.
As a former CEO of the fintech startup Freemit, my expertise extends to the burgeoning field of cryptocurrency and its transformative role in financial markets. My dedication to addressing the challenges faced by the unbanked has positioned me as a thought leader in the realm of digital currencies and financial technology.
My writing credentials include contributions to the New York Times, TechCrunch, and a tenure as the editor of Gizmodo, further cementing my authority in the tech world. Currently, I’m collaborating with GritDaily, exploring the latest trends in AI and creative technologies.
Not only am I a skilled technology speaker based in Brooklyn, New York, but I’m also an adept MC, capable of guiding your event from start to finish with a focus on AI, cryptocurrency, and the creative uses of technology. My speaking services are available globally, including in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, offering insights into the dynamic world of technology and its future trajectory.
This event was far less formal and a bit more off-the-cuff.
I also run interview sessions and panels.
Interview With Eric Migicovsky of Pebble.
Interview With The Winklevoss Twins
Who I Am
As a dynamic technology speaker specializing in fintech, hardware, software, and Internet culture, I bring a unique blend of insight and fun to every event. My expertise isn’t just in the mechanics of technology like user experience or creating a Docker instance. Instead, I delve into the broader implications of the current technological boom, exploring its impact on areas like cryptocurrency, AI, and fostering creativity in the tech space.
My talks are perfect for audiences interested in understanding our evolving role in this era of rapid technological advancement. Whether your focus is on entrepreneurship or the future of technology, I offer valuable perspectives. Drawing from my extensive experience observing startups in various stages – from inception to growth, and sometimes even their explosive ends – I provide practical startup advice and share what truly makes entrepreneurs tick in this AI-driven, cryptocurrency-influenced era.
This isn’t just about the latest tech trends; it’s about understanding our place and potential in a world where technology, creativity, and innovation intersect. My experience and engaging speaking style make me an ideal choice for those looking to inspire and inform their audience about the dynamic world of technology and entrepreneurship.
Who You Are
You’re looking for a fun, engaging speaker to talk about the future, be it the world of AI, blockchain, or startups. I’m interested in fintech, hardware, software, Internet culture, and the future. I’m not going to tell your audience about the latest advances in user experience or how to perfect their UI. Instead, we’re going to chat about our place in the current technological boom.
Maybe you’re focusing on entrepreneurship. I can also give startup advice from various angles. I’ve watched small startups grow and blossom and/or explode and I know what makes entrepreneurs tick. I can give concrete advice and I’ve written 11,000 posts, most of them about startups of various types, along with countless decks and company presentations.
What You Can Expect
Here’s what you can expect from me:
- A personal phone consultation to your event to assess the audience and topic.
- An announcement on my private blog and social media channels.
- A solid, fun presentation in line with your requests.
- A resource page (if applicable) including a copy of the presentation.
- A follow-up communication after the event to discuss the value added and how I can help you in the future.
I cannot offer a promise of coverage for your event on the news sites and sources for which I write.
My Most Requested Topics
Startup Marketing: I’ve heard every pitch in the book. I’ll tell you how to give a good one and how to get the attention of someone like me. It’s not hard, but there are tricks.
The Future of Psychedelics: I created a site called Natural Goods News which follows the rise of the canna tech and psychedelics markets.
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. This nascent field is quite compelling and one of the hottest new technologies in many sectors. I have access to interesting data and information regarding the space thanks to my role as CEO at a blockchain startup.
Computer Security From A Human Perspective. Because I come into contact with a number of end users of security, I’m able to make assessments that go beyond wonky security talks.
Understanding Blogging. If your company is looking for a blogger whose brain they can pick, I’m your guy.
Hardware Startups: The Next Industrial Revolution I’ve been following hardware startups for nearly a decade and, with the rise of new manufacturing methods and funding sources, the space has exploded. I can share what I learned visiting the little guys (Makerbot, Adafruit Industries) and the big guys (Foxconn, Apple).
I expect transportation and lodging costs to be handled by the event staff and, ideally, transport too and from the airport closest to the event. An honorarium is also requested if possible.
Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to making your event fun, entertaining, and educational.