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James Whittaker

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Distinguished Technical Evangelist, Bestselling Author & Sought-After Speaker

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James Whittaker Biography

James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. After that, he freelanced his way through graduate school at the University of Tennessee working for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, and Cisco. Whittaker then joined the faculty at Florida Tech where he was promoted to full professor and built a research startup that was acquired by Raytheon.

Whittaker’s first stint at Microsoft was as an individual contributor on Windows and Visual Studio. He then joined Google to lead teams on Chrome, Maps, and Google+. In 2012 Whittaker rejoined Microsoft to lead ML efforts on Bing and Cortana; Whittaker’s storytelling gift landed him Microsoft’s first Distinguished Technical Evangelist title. In 2019, he retired to focus on in-person experiences through his brewery and taproom empire on the eastside of Seattle. He uses his remaining tech game collaborating with young founders and serving on boards of interesting companies.

Whittaker is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought-after speaker and author. Of his eight books, two have been Jolt Award finalists and two are best-sellers. His beer taste tends toward complex and malty.

Speaking Topics
  • Thinking Strategically About The Future of Technology

    AI, ML, Blockchain, Crypto, IoT, Web 3, the Metaverse ... Technology changes are coming fast and companies need to understand what is ahead so they aren't hampered by bad adoption decisions. This masterclass in understanding the future is based on James' experience at Google and Microsoft and teaching this material at top-rated MBA programs on two continents. Let James entertain and educate you in this funny, story-rich jaunt through how tech ate the world and continues to do so. You'll gain a new understanding of these technologies even if you aren't technical. You'll see how business and society is likely to change in the near and long-term. You'll understand what technologies are likely fads and which ones you need to plan for. The world is changing and this class will help you get ahead of those changes.

  • Supercharging Individual and Team Creativity

    Creativity is the one universal ingredient of success. Creatives report higher job satisfaction and lead more fulfilling lives than any other class of people. And yet our school curriculum focuses on rote learning and test taking at the expense of creativity, problem-solving and higher-order thinking. Former Microsoft Distinguished Engineer James Whittaker shows you how to develop your creative mind and use it as the fulcrum of a lifestyle where creativity doesn’t just happen, it becomes the default case for everything you do in work and life. Come to this session and learn to supercharge your creativity to make your work more interesting and your life more exciting. Learn:

    • How to learn faster and retain knowledge better.
    • How to merge your passions with your day job.
    • How to discover and nurture your creative biorhythms.
    • How to become an expert in your field.
    • How to turn your creativity on at will.

  • Public Speaking and the Art of Storytelling

    Boredom. Nowhere does it manifest more aggressively than in corporate conference rooms where speakers struggle to get an idea across in an engaging way. That boredom is killing those ideas, sapping audience energy and slowing down progress. Former Microsoft Distinguished Engineer James Whittaker has decoded the solution to engaging stage presence and cast it as a set of spells to be woven into the fabric of a presentation. Like actual spells, these techniques are activated by 1) what you say, 2) how you say it and 3) what you do while you are saying it. James presents these concepts, not by lecturing them, but by demonstrating them. Expect to be thoroughly entertained with authentic stories while you learn how to command a stage and turn an audience into a room full of believers. Whether you want to improve the story of your company, product or yourself, this course will turn you into a storytelling wizard.

    Learn:

    • How to conceive and structure a presentation for proper flow and maximum impact.
    • How to prepare for your presentation to conquer stage fright and ensure recall.
    • How to make important points stick in the minds of your audience.
    • How to weave story, voice modulation and movement to spellbind your audience.
    • How to tell your own story to improve your career.

Videos
Books
Think and Grow Rich The Legacy: How the World's Leading Entrepreneurs, Thought Leaders, & Cultural Icons Achieve Success

Think and Grow Rich The Legacy: How the World's Leading Entrepreneurs, Thought Leaders, & Cultural Icons Achieve Success

The Storyteller's Spellbook: How to make your ideas more compelling and your career more magical

The Storyteller's Spellbook: How to make your ideas more compelling and your career more magical

Career Superpowers: Succeeding on Purpose

Career Superpowers: Succeeding on Purpose

Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours, and Techniques to Guide Test Design

Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours, and Techniques to Guide Test Design

How to Break Software Security

How to Break Software Security

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  • HOW TO BOOK James Whittaker?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James Whittaker for both live and virtual events for over 15 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 James Whittaker, 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 James Whittaker or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK James Whittaker?

    Booking fees for James Whittaker, 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 James Whittaker, 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 James Whittaker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James Whittaker for clients worldwide for more than 15 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 James Whittaker 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 James Whittaker or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James Whittaker 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.
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Distinguished Technical Evangelist, Bestselling Author & Sought-After Speaker

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James Whittaker Biography

James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. After that, he freelanced his way through graduate school at the University of Tennessee working for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, and Cisco. Whittaker then joined the faculty at Florida Tech where he was promoted to full professor and built a research startup that was acquired by Raytheon.

Whittaker’s first stint at Microsoft was as an individual contributor on Windows and Visual Studio. He then joined Google to lead teams on Chrome, Maps, and Google+. In 2012 Whittaker rejoined Microsoft to lead ML efforts on Bing and Cortana; Whittaker’s storytelling gift landed him Microsoft’s first Distinguished Technical Evangelist title. In 2019, he retired to focus on in-person experiences through his brewery and taproom empire on the eastside of Seattle. He uses his remaining tech game collaborating with young founders and serving on boards of interesting companies.

Whittaker is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought-after speaker and author. Of his eight books, two have been Jolt Award finalists and two are best-sellers. His beer taste tends toward complex and malty.

James Whittaker Speaking Topics

  • Thinking Strategically About The Future of Technology

    AI, ML, Blockchain, Crypto, IoT, Web 3, the Metaverse ... Technology changes are coming fast and companies need to understand what is ahead so they aren't hampered by bad adoption decisions. This masterclass in understanding the future is based on James' experience at Google and Microsoft and teaching this material at top-rated MBA programs on two continents. Let James entertain and educate you in this funny, story-rich jaunt through how tech ate the world and continues to do so. You'll gain a new understanding of these technologies even if you aren't technical. You'll see how business and society is likely to change in the near and long-term. You'll understand what technologies are likely fads and which ones you need to plan for. The world is changing and this class will help you get ahead of those changes.

  • Supercharging Individual and Team Creativity

    Creativity is the one universal ingredient of success. Creatives report higher job satisfaction and lead more fulfilling lives than any other class of people. And yet our school curriculum focuses on rote learning and test taking at the expense of creativity, problem-solving and higher-order thinking. Former Microsoft Distinguished Engineer James Whittaker shows you how to develop your creative mind and use it as the fulcrum of a lifestyle where creativity doesn’t just happen, it becomes the default case for everything you do in work and life. Come to this session and learn to supercharge your creativity to make your work more interesting and your life more exciting. Learn:

    • How to learn faster and retain knowledge better.
    • How to merge your passions with your day job.
    • How to discover and nurture your creative biorhythms.
    • How to become an expert in your field.
    • How to turn your creativity on at will.

  • Public Speaking and the Art of Storytelling

    Boredom. Nowhere does it manifest more aggressively than in corporate conference rooms where speakers struggle to get an idea across in an engaging way. That boredom is killing those ideas, sapping audience energy and slowing down progress. Former Microsoft Distinguished Engineer James Whittaker has decoded the solution to engaging stage presence and cast it as a set of spells to be woven into the fabric of a presentation. Like actual spells, these techniques are activated by 1) what you say, 2) how you say it and 3) what you do while you are saying it. James presents these concepts, not by lecturing them, but by demonstrating them. Expect to be thoroughly entertained with authentic stories while you learn how to command a stage and turn an audience into a room full of believers. Whether you want to improve the story of your company, product or yourself, this course will turn you into a storytelling wizard.

    Learn:

    • How to conceive and structure a presentation for proper flow and maximum impact.
    • How to prepare for your presentation to conquer stage fright and ensure recall.
    • How to make important points stick in the minds of your audience.
    • How to weave story, voice modulation and movement to spellbind your audience.
    • How to tell your own story to improve your career.

James Whittaker Videos

  • James Whittaker on the Future of Technology | #ETS2019 - YouTube
  • James Whittaker - The Art of Storytelling
    James Whittaker, keynote speaker at the 2016 International Business Model Competition, delivers an engaging presentation about the Art of...
  • Yesterday, Today and the Next Decade
    From IEEE Software magazine's Software Experts Summit, sponsored by Shell Global Solutions, on July 17 at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Wash.

James Whittaker Books

FAQs on booking James Whittaker

  • How to book James Whittaker?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James Whittaker 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 James Whittaker, 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 James Whittaker or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book James Whittaker?

    Booking fees for James Whittaker, 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 James Whittaker, 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 James Whittaker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James Whittaker 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 James Whittaker 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 James Whittaker or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James Whittaker 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.

James Whittaker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Thinking Strategically About The Future of Technology, Supercharging Individual and Team Creativity and Public Speaking and the Art of Storytelling. The estimated speaking fee range to book James Whittaker for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. James Whittaker generally travels from Seattle, WA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are R "Ray" Wang, Nicole Yeary, Ray Kurzweil, Moran Cerf and Jimmy Wales. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James Whittaker for an upcoming live or virtual event.

James Whittaker Speaking Topics

  • Thinking Strategically About The Future of Technology

    AI, ML, Blockchain, Crypto, IoT, Web 3, the Metaverse ... Technology changes are coming fast and companies need to understand what is ahead so they aren't hampered by bad adoption decisions. This masterclass in understanding the future is based on James' experience at Google and Microsoft and teaching this material at top-rated MBA programs on two continents. Let James entertain and educate you in this funny, story-rich jaunt through how tech ate the world and continues to do so. You'll gain a new understanding of these technologies even if you aren't technical. You'll see how business and society is likely to change in the near and long-term. You'll understand what technologies are likely fads and which ones you need to plan for. The world is changing and this class will help you get ahead of those changes.

  • Supercharging Individual and Team Creativity

    Creativity is the one universal ingredient of success. Creatives report higher job satisfaction and lead more fulfilling lives than any other class of people. And yet our school curriculum focuses on rote learning and test taking at the expense of creativity, problem-solving and higher-order thinking. Former Microsoft Distinguished Engineer James Whittaker shows you how to develop your creative mind and use it as the fulcrum of a lifestyle where creativity doesn’t just happen, it becomes the default case for everything you do in work and life. Come to this session and learn to supercharge your creativity to make your work more interesting and your life more exciting. Learn:

    • How to learn faster and retain knowledge better.
    • How to merge your passions with your day job.
    • How to discover and nurture your creative biorhythms.
    • How to become an expert in your field.
    • How to turn your creativity on at will.

  • Public Speaking and the Art of Storytelling

    Boredom. Nowhere does it manifest more aggressively than in corporate conference rooms where speakers struggle to get an idea across in an engaging way. That boredom is killing those ideas, sapping audience energy and slowing down progress. Former Microsoft Distinguished Engineer James Whittaker has decoded the solution to engaging stage presence and cast it as a set of spells to be woven into the fabric of a presentation. Like actual spells, these techniques are activated by 1) what you say, 2) how you say it and 3) what you do while you are saying it. James presents these concepts, not by lecturing them, but by demonstrating them. Expect to be thoroughly entertained with authentic stories while you learn how to command a stage and turn an audience into a room full of believers. Whether you want to improve the story of your company, product or yourself, this course will turn you into a storytelling wizard.

    Learn:

    • How to conceive and structure a presentation for proper flow and maximum impact.
    • How to prepare for your presentation to conquer stage fright and ensure recall.
    • How to make important points stick in the minds of your audience.
    • How to weave story, voice modulation and movement to spellbind your audience.
    • How to tell your own story to improve your career.

James Whittaker Speaker Videos

  • James Whittaker on the Future of Technology | #ETS2019 - YouTube
    James Whittaker - The Art of Storytelling
    James Whittaker, keynote speaker at the 2016 International Business Model Competition, delivers an engaging presentation about the Art of Storytelling.
  • Yesterday, Today and the Next Decade
    From IEEE Software magazine's Software Experts Summit, sponsored by Shell Global Solutions, on July 17 at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Wash.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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