Mr. Rich Karlgaard is the publisher and global futurist of Forbes Media. In each issue of Forbes magazine, he conducts a featured CEO interview, known for its keen assessment of technology, economic, business and leadership issues. Karlgaard is an active investor and board participant. His past board affiliations include Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Silicon Valley’s Churchill Club. He is currently a board advisory member of C3IoT, a leading Internet of Things platform company founded and run by Tom Siebel. Karlgaard holds a B.A. from Stanford University. Karlgaard’s 2014 book on innovation culture, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, rapidly became Amazon’s top seller in the category of Strategy and Competition. The Soft Edge made the lists of top business books of 2014 for Inc., Time.com, Value Walk, 800-CEO-READ, Huffington Post, and Forbes India. His book, Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations, was published in 2015. It was endorsed by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft and Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx.
Read an excerpt from his 2019 book, "Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement," in preparation for the conference.