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Best-Selling Author, Disruptive Innovation & Organizational Change Expert

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Jim Harris Biography

Jim Harris is a one of North America’s foremost thinkers on disruptive innovation. Disruption has been brought into sharp focus by the global pandemic which has definitely been disruptive – driving a decade of change in many industries in just two years.

He is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers presenting internationally at more than 70 virtual and in-person conferences a year. Association magazine ranked him as one of North America’s top ten speakers. Jim also leads strategic planning sessions with executive teams.

Over the last 30 years he has worked with organizations in every industry. His clients include American Express, Barclays Bank, Canadian Construction Association, Canon, GM, IBM, SAP, Munich Re, the Top 200 CIOs of India, the UK Cabinet Office, Swiss Re, Walmart, Zurich Insurance.

Jim’s book, "Blindsided!," is published in 80 countries worldwide and is a #1 international bestseller. Soundview Executive Summaries selected "Blindsided!" as one of the best business books of the year sending a summary to 80,000 executives globally. The Miami Herald calls "Blindsided!" “Brilliant stuff!”

Speaking Topics
  • Pandemic Has Driven a Decade of Change

    The pandemic has driven a decade of change in just two years. Here are a few examples:

    • eCommerce experienced a decade of growth in the first 90 days of the pandemic! You can take the value of Walmart, Best Buy, Target and five other retailers, add them together and multiply by three and it’s just worth Amazon’s market cap. UBS predicts that 100,000 US retail locations will permanently shutter by 2025 as a result.

    • Telemedicine experienced 10X the growth rate in the first 15 days. In 2020 Americans made 1 billion medical visits via telemedicine. More than 300 million Chinese use the Ping a Good Doctor app.

    • Zoom grew its customer count from 10 million daily users to 300 million downloading the application in the first 90 days of the pandemic. How many companies do you know that grew their customer count by 30X in the pandemic? Zoom is now facilitating 3.5 trillion minutes a year. More than all the international long-distance calls of all telcos combined added to all international long distance VoIP calls globally of all providers.

    • Video Streaming (Netflix, Disney+ and others) experienced 7 years of growth in the first 5 months of the pandemic.

    • Tesla is now worth more than the following 11 traditional car companies combined: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, VW, Honda, Daimler (Mercedes Benz), Subaru, Hyundai, Ferrari, Mazda and BMW. So if you don’t think that electrification and autonomous vehicles are going to change the $10 Trillion a year transportation market, think again.

    What are the permanent business changes as a result of COVID?

    • Future of Work & Hybrid Work: Dell computers says that 60% of it’s 165,000 employees will never come back into the office. They’ll work from home. What are the implications for commercial real estate?

    • Mental Health: Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce admitted that 36% of the company’s 50,000 employees were experiencing mental health challenges. And that’s in a company that was growing during the pandemic! In this time of high stress for employees’ mental health and wellness has become very important.

  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies: Blockchain’s impact on society will be as transformative as the web’s

    On April 30, 1993 Tim Berners-Lee working at CERN in Europe publicly released code that created the world wide web. The impact over the last 30 years has been transformative as the web now profoundly influences our modern life. In the same way, Blockchain will have a transformative effect over the next 30 years.

    Blockchain broke into global consciousness when Bitcoin spiked to more than $60,000 in October 2021. At the time the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies peaked at $3 Trillion. Because of this Bitcoin – and more widely cryptocurrencies – became the top-of-mind blockchain application. But crypto is just one application of blockchain. Here are three applications illustrating how blockchain will transform greatly differing industries.

    Spinach & Supply Chain

    In 2006 three people died and 200 fell ill after eating spinach contaminated with E. Coli. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could not be sure which bags of spinach, from which sources, were contaminated, so it recommended that Americans avoid eating any fresh spinach altogether. The recall took two weeks to trace to the source of the problem and during that time all spinach on the shelves was pulled and destroyed. The crisis cost the industry $74 million.

    In reality, the contaminated produce involved one supplier’s production from one day on a single line. Blockchain use can avoid this wholesale recall and resulting loss. And it took months for people to trust spinach in supermarkets.

    Imagine a technology that could instantly trace the problem back. That is the promise of blockchain. The supply chain and logistics moves trillions of dollars of produce and goods a year. Blockchain will have a transformative impact.

    Remittance Market

    The remittance market is almost $800 billion a year market. What is it? Well, if you have a Filipino nanny, she will send $200 every other week back to her family in Manila. The banks on average take 10% of that. That’s usurious!

    The remittance market is actually larger than foreign aid from developed to developing nations (I find that disturbing).

    So why are the poorest people in the world paying outrageous fees?

    Blockchain can facilitate that transfer for 0.25%, but your Filipino nanny is not likely to be a Bitcoin miner. So she will go to a service that will take advantage of the underlying 0.25% cost structure and charge her 2.5% – which is four times less than traditional financial institutions.

    Shaving Peak Electricity Demand

    The time we use the most electricity in southern Ontario is on hot summer days when everyone’s air conditioning is running. It’s called peak demand.

    So how does the electric utility cope with peak? By building a $250,000,000 peaker plant that runs only 8 hours out of 8,760 hours a year. Is that a good asset utilization?

    But imagine, instead, the utility reaches out to your WiFi-connected thermostat – a Nest or an Ecobee – and negotiates powering down your AC for just five minutes and in return for a $1.62 credit on your next electricity bill.

    The reason we need technology to do this is for $1.62 you can’t put a human in the middle of that negotiation. There isn’t enough margin. Secondly, a call center can’t scale. This negotiation would happen instantaneously with a million homes in southern Ontario.

    So, the first 333,333 homes would power down for the first five minutes. The second third for the next five-minute slot, and the final third for the third five minute period. Then a 15-minute block has been built, which can be repeated four times, dampening demand for one hour.

    The smart contract on the Etherem platform would ensure that 1) my house actually powered down for the first segment and 2) that $1.62 was put as a credit on my account.

    Which is more politically saleable – building a quarter billion-dollar peaker plant that is used only 0.1% of the time or buying $20 million of power on spot markets from US coal fired plants contributing to climate change, or putting $20 million into the pockets of Ontario electricity consumers and taxpayers?

    If you’re stressed about the amount of change you will be experiencing, think about this: 150 years ago 80% of jobs were in agriculture. Today it’s less than 2%. So farm automation did not destroy the economy. But what is certain is that going forward, jobs, the nature of work, entire industries and society itself will all change.

  • Mega Trends 2022-2025

    Select one or two trends from each category and Jim will create a custom keynote focusing on your choices.

    • Energy Shift: The cheapest form of energy in North America? Globally? Solar.

    • Mobile First: Mobile first companies have an 825% higher valuation on IPO than those with no mobile enablement.

    • AI First: Artificial Intelligence is changing everything.

    • Edge Computing or Internet of Things (IoT) preventative maintenance

    • Electrification of Transportation: Tesla is now worth more than the following 11 traditional car companies combined: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, VW, Honda, Daimler (Mercedes Benz), Subaru, Hyundai, Ferrari, Mazda and BMW. So if you don’t think that electrification and autonomous vehicles are going to change the $10 trillion a year transportation market, think again.

    • Blockchain, Crypto, NFTs, DAOs, Web 3.0 Metaverse

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Books
Blindsided: How to Spot the Next Breakthrough That Will Change Your Business

Blindsided: How to Spot the Next Breakthrough That Will Change Your Business

The Learning Paradox: Gaining Success and Security in a World of Change, 2nd Edition

The Learning Paradox: Gaining Success and Security in a World of Change, 2nd Edition

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Jim Harris Biography

Jim Harris is a one of North America’s foremost thinkers on disruptive innovation. Disruption has been brought into sharp focus by the global pandemic which has definitely been disruptive – driving a decade of change in many industries in just two years.

He is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers presenting internationally at more than 70 virtual and in-person conferences a year. Association magazine ranked him as one of North America’s top ten speakers. Jim also leads strategic planning sessions with executive teams.

Over the last 30 years he has worked with organizations in every industry. His clients include American Express, Barclays Bank, Canadian Construction Association, Canon, GM, IBM, SAP, Munich Re, the Top 200 CIOs of India, the UK Cabinet Office, Swiss Re, Walmart, Zurich Insurance.

Jim’s book, "Blindsided!," is published in 80 countries worldwide and is a #1 international bestseller. Soundview Executive Summaries selected "Blindsided!" as one of the best business books of the year sending a summary to 80,000 executives globally. The Miami Herald calls "Blindsided!" “Brilliant stuff!”

Jim Harris Speaking Topics

  • Pandemic Has Driven a Decade of Change

    The pandemic has driven a decade of change in just two years. Here are a few examples:

    • eCommerce experienced a decade of growth in the first 90 days of the pandemic! You can take the value of Walmart, Best Buy, Target and five other retailers, add them together and multiply by three and it’s just worth Amazon’s market cap. UBS predicts that 100,000 US retail locations will permanently shutter by 2025 as a result.

    • Telemedicine experienced 10X the growth rate in the first 15 days. In 2020 Americans made 1 billion medical visits via telemedicine. More than 300 million Chinese use the Ping a Good Doctor app.

    • Zoom grew its customer count from 10 million daily users to 300 million downloading the application in the first 90 days of the pandemic. How many companies do you know that grew their customer count by 30X in the pandemic? Zoom is now facilitating 3.5 trillion minutes a year. More than all the international long-distance calls of all telcos combined added to all international long distance VoIP calls globally of all providers.

    • Video Streaming (Netflix, Disney+ and others) experienced 7 years of growth in the first 5 months of the pandemic.

    • Tesla is now worth more than the following 11 traditional car companies combined: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, VW, Honda, Daimler (Mercedes Benz), Subaru, Hyundai, Ferrari, Mazda and BMW. So if you don’t think that electrification and autonomous vehicles are going to change the $10 Trillion a year transportation market, think again.

    What are the permanent business changes as a result of COVID?

    • Future of Work & Hybrid Work: Dell computers says that 60% of it’s 165,000 employees will never come back into the office. They’ll work from home. What are the implications for commercial real estate?

    • Mental Health: Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce admitted that 36% of the company’s 50,000 employees were experiencing mental health challenges. And that’s in a company that was growing during the pandemic! In this time of high stress for employees’ mental health and wellness has become very important.

  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies: Blockchain’s impact on society will be as transformative as the web’s

    On April 30, 1993 Tim Berners-Lee working at CERN in Europe publicly released code that created the world wide web. The impact over the last 30 years has been transformative as the web now profoundly influences our modern life. In the same way, Blockchain will have a transformative effect over the next 30 years.

    Blockchain broke into global consciousness when Bitcoin spiked to more than $60,000 in October 2021. At the time the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies peaked at $3 Trillion. Because of this Bitcoin – and more widely cryptocurrencies – became the top-of-mind blockchain application. But crypto is just one application of blockchain. Here are three applications illustrating how blockchain will transform greatly differing industries.

    Spinach & Supply Chain

    In 2006 three people died and 200 fell ill after eating spinach contaminated with E. Coli. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could not be sure which bags of spinach, from which sources, were contaminated, so it recommended that Americans avoid eating any fresh spinach altogether. The recall took two weeks to trace to the source of the problem and during that time all spinach on the shelves was pulled and destroyed. The crisis cost the industry $74 million.

    In reality, the contaminated produce involved one supplier’s production from one day on a single line. Blockchain use can avoid this wholesale recall and resulting loss. And it took months for people to trust spinach in supermarkets.

    Imagine a technology that could instantly trace the problem back. That is the promise of blockchain. The supply chain and logistics moves trillions of dollars of produce and goods a year. Blockchain will have a transformative impact.

    Remittance Market

    The remittance market is almost $800 billion a year market. What is it? Well, if you have a Filipino nanny, she will send $200 every other week back to her family in Manila. The banks on average take 10% of that. That’s usurious!

    The remittance market is actually larger than foreign aid from developed to developing nations (I find that disturbing).

    So why are the poorest people in the world paying outrageous fees?

    Blockchain can facilitate that transfer for 0.25%, but your Filipino nanny is not likely to be a Bitcoin miner. So she will go to a service that will take advantage of the underlying 0.25% cost structure and charge her 2.5% – which is four times less than traditional financial institutions.

    Shaving Peak Electricity Demand

    The time we use the most electricity in southern Ontario is on hot summer days when everyone’s air conditioning is running. It’s called peak demand.

    So how does the electric utility cope with peak? By building a $250,000,000 peaker plant that runs only 8 hours out of 8,760 hours a year. Is that a good asset utilization?

    But imagine, instead, the utility reaches out to your WiFi-connected thermostat – a Nest or an Ecobee – and negotiates powering down your AC for just five minutes and in return for a $1.62 credit on your next electricity bill.

    The reason we need technology to do this is for $1.62 you can’t put a human in the middle of that negotiation. There isn’t enough margin. Secondly, a call center can’t scale. This negotiation would happen instantaneously with a million homes in southern Ontario.

    So, the first 333,333 homes would power down for the first five minutes. The second third for the next five-minute slot, and the final third for the third five minute period. Then a 15-minute block has been built, which can be repeated four times, dampening demand for one hour.

    The smart contract on the Etherem platform would ensure that 1) my house actually powered down for the first segment and 2) that $1.62 was put as a credit on my account.

    Which is more politically saleable – building a quarter billion-dollar peaker plant that is used only 0.1% of the time or buying $20 million of power on spot markets from US coal fired plants contributing to climate change, or putting $20 million into the pockets of Ontario electricity consumers and taxpayers?

    If you’re stressed about the amount of change you will be experiencing, think about this: 150 years ago 80% of jobs were in agriculture. Today it’s less than 2%. So farm automation did not destroy the economy. But what is certain is that going forward, jobs, the nature of work, entire industries and society itself will all change.

  • Mega Trends 2022-2025

    Select one or two trends from each category and Jim will create a custom keynote focusing on your choices.

    • Energy Shift: The cheapest form of energy in North America? Globally? Solar.

    • Mobile First: Mobile first companies have an 825% higher valuation on IPO than those with no mobile enablement.

    • AI First: Artificial Intelligence is changing everything.

    • Edge Computing or Internet of Things (IoT) preventative maintenance

    • Electrification of Transportation: Tesla is now worth more than the following 11 traditional car companies combined: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, VW, Honda, Daimler (Mercedes Benz), Subaru, Hyundai, Ferrari, Mazda and BMW. So if you don’t think that electrification and autonomous vehicles are going to change the $10 trillion a year transportation market, think again.

    • Blockchain, Crypto, NFTs, DAOs, Web 3.0 Metaverse

Jim Harris Videos

  • Jim Harris on Drones on Day 1 of the ExO World Summit
    The cost of drones is continuing to fall dramatically for both the average consumer and businesses. This means drones will continue to disrupt a...
  • Disruptive Innovation Reimagining Health Care
    Reinventing Health Care: Jim Harris, a leading speaker on disruptive innovation healthcare talks about how medical digital technology breakthroughs,...
  • Disruptive Innovation Speaker Jim Harris: AI & Autonomous Vehicles
    Due to Jim Harris’ popularity as a keynote speaker at Idea City (Canada’s version of TED Talks) Jim has been asked back to speak time and time...

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  • How to book Jim Harris?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Harris for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Harris, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jim Harris or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jim Harris?

    Booking fees for Jim Harris, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Harris, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jim Harris?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Harris for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Harris for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim Harris or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Harris or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jim Harris is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Pandemic Has Driven a Decade of Change , Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies: Blockchain’s impact on society will be as transformative as the web’s and Mega Trends 2022-2025. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Harris for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Jim Harris generally travels from OntarioCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erik Qualman, Josh Linkner, Jack Shaw, R "Ray" Wang and Peter Diamandis. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Harris for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jim Harris Speaking Topics

  • Pandemic Has Driven a Decade of Change

    The pandemic has driven a decade of change in just two years. Here are a few examples:

    • eCommerce experienced a decade of growth in the first 90 days of the pandemic! You can take the value of Walmart, Best Buy, Target and five other retailers, add them together and multiply by three and it’s just worth Amazon’s market cap. UBS predicts that 100,000 US retail locations will permanently shutter by 2025 as a result.

    • Telemedicine experienced 10X the growth rate in the first 15 days. In 2020 Americans made 1 billion medical visits via telemedicine. More than 300 million Chinese use the Ping a Good Doctor app.

    • Zoom grew its customer count from 10 million daily users to 300 million downloading the application in the first 90 days of the pandemic. How many companies do you know that grew their customer count by 30X in the pandemic? Zoom is now facilitating 3.5 trillion minutes a year. More than all the international long-distance calls of all telcos combined added to all international long distance VoIP calls globally of all providers.

    • Video Streaming (Netflix, Disney+ and others) experienced 7 years of growth in the first 5 months of the pandemic.

    • Tesla is now worth more than the following 11 traditional car companies combined: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, VW, Honda, Daimler (Mercedes Benz), Subaru, Hyundai, Ferrari, Mazda and BMW. So if you don’t think that electrification and autonomous vehicles are going to change the $10 Trillion a year transportation market, think again.

    What are the permanent business changes as a result of COVID?

    • Future of Work & Hybrid Work: Dell computers says that 60% of it’s 165,000 employees will never come back into the office. They’ll work from home. What are the implications for commercial real estate?

    • Mental Health: Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce admitted that 36% of the company’s 50,000 employees were experiencing mental health challenges. And that’s in a company that was growing during the pandemic! In this time of high stress for employees’ mental health and wellness has become very important.

  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies: Blockchain’s impact on society will be as transformative as the web’s

    On April 30, 1993 Tim Berners-Lee working at CERN in Europe publicly released code that created the world wide web. The impact over the last 30 years has been transformative as the web now profoundly influences our modern life. In the same way, Blockchain will have a transformative effect over the next 30 years.

    Blockchain broke into global consciousness when Bitcoin spiked to more than $60,000 in October 2021. At the time the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies peaked at $3 Trillion. Because of this Bitcoin – and more widely cryptocurrencies – became the top-of-mind blockchain application. But crypto is just one application of blockchain. Here are three applications illustrating how blockchain will transform greatly differing industries.

    Spinach & Supply Chain

    In 2006 three people died and 200 fell ill after eating spinach contaminated with E. Coli. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could not be sure which bags of spinach, from which sources, were contaminated, so it recommended that Americans avoid eating any fresh spinach altogether. The recall took two weeks to trace to the source of the problem and during that time all spinach on the shelves was pulled and destroyed. The crisis cost the industry $74 million.

    In reality, the contaminated produce involved one supplier’s production from one day on a single line. Blockchain use can avoid this wholesale recall and resulting loss. And it took months for people to trust spinach in supermarkets.

    Imagine a technology that could instantly trace the problem back. That is the promise of blockchain. The supply chain and logistics moves trillions of dollars of produce and goods a year. Blockchain will have a transformative impact.

    Remittance Market

    The remittance market is almost $800 billion a year market. What is it? Well, if you have a Filipino nanny, she will send $200 every other week back to her family in Manila. The banks on average take 10% of that. That’s usurious!

    The remittance market is actually larger than foreign aid from developed to developing nations (I find that disturbing).

    So why are the poorest people in the world paying outrageous fees?

    Blockchain can facilitate that transfer for 0.25%, but your Filipino nanny is not likely to be a Bitcoin miner. So she will go to a service that will take advantage of the underlying 0.25% cost structure and charge her 2.5% – which is four times less than traditional financial institutions.

    Shaving Peak Electricity Demand

    The time we use the most electricity in southern Ontario is on hot summer days when everyone’s air conditioning is running. It’s called peak demand.

    So how does the electric utility cope with peak? By building a $250,000,000 peaker plant that runs only 8 hours out of 8,760 hours a year. Is that a good asset utilization?

    But imagine, instead, the utility reaches out to your WiFi-connected thermostat – a Nest or an Ecobee – and negotiates powering down your AC for just five minutes and in return for a $1.62 credit on your next electricity bill.

    The reason we need technology to do this is for $1.62 you can’t put a human in the middle of that negotiation. There isn’t enough margin. Secondly, a call center can’t scale. This negotiation would happen instantaneously with a million homes in southern Ontario.

    So, the first 333,333 homes would power down for the first five minutes. The second third for the next five-minute slot, and the final third for the third five minute period. Then a 15-minute block has been built, which can be repeated four times, dampening demand for one hour.

    The smart contract on the Etherem platform would ensure that 1) my house actually powered down for the first segment and 2) that $1.62 was put as a credit on my account.

    Which is more politically saleable – building a quarter billion-dollar peaker plant that is used only 0.1% of the time or buying $20 million of power on spot markets from US coal fired plants contributing to climate change, or putting $20 million into the pockets of Ontario electricity consumers and taxpayers?

    If you’re stressed about the amount of change you will be experiencing, think about this: 150 years ago 80% of jobs were in agriculture. Today it’s less than 2%. So farm automation did not destroy the economy. But what is certain is that going forward, jobs, the nature of work, entire industries and society itself will all change.

  • Mega Trends 2022-2025

    Select one or two trends from each category and Jim will create a custom keynote focusing on your choices.

    • Energy Shift: The cheapest form of energy in North America? Globally? Solar.

    • Mobile First: Mobile first companies have an 825% higher valuation on IPO than those with no mobile enablement.

    • AI First: Artificial Intelligence is changing everything.

    • Edge Computing or Internet of Things (IoT) preventative maintenance

    • Electrification of Transportation: Tesla is now worth more than the following 11 traditional car companies combined: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, VW, Honda, Daimler (Mercedes Benz), Subaru, Hyundai, Ferrari, Mazda and BMW. So if you don’t think that electrification and autonomous vehicles are going to change the $10 trillion a year transportation market, think again.

    • Blockchain, Crypto, NFTs, DAOs, Web 3.0 Metaverse

Jim Harris Speaker Videos

  • Jim Harris on Drones on Day 1 of the ExO World Summit
    The cost of drones is continuing to fall dramatically for both the average consumer and businesses. This means drones will continue to disrupt a wide range of industries, including police...
    Disruptive Innovation Reimagining Health Care
    Reinventing Health Care: Jim Harris, a leading speaker on disruptive innovation healthcare talks about how medical digital technology breakthroughs, the future of medicine is shifting from sickness...
  • Disruptive Innovation Speaker Jim Harris: AI & Autonomous Vehicles
    Due to Jim Harris’ popularity as a keynote speaker at Idea City (Canada’s version of TED Talks) Jim has been asked back to speak time and time again. Watch Jim as he opens people’s minds to new...
    Jim Harris On Disruptive Innovation At Ideacity 2017
    Jim Harris, Keynote Speaker, Disruptive Innovation, Idea City Due to Jim Harris' popularity as a keynote speaker at Idea City (Canada's version of TED Talks) Jim has been asked back to speak time...

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