Michael Tchong: Innovation Speaker
Michael is a top-rated, innovation and trends speaker who has addressed tens of thousands of attendees at gatherings around the world, inspiring them with remarkable insights into changing business and consumer trends.
He’s an expert on disruptions that reinvent markets, in particular social media, technology and marketing trends and innovations that are reshaping our world. His trademark motto is, “I help you catch the next wave before it catches you.”
Michael takes audiences on his trademark “roller-coaster ride through the landscape of now,” during which he showcases innovative brands, ideas and products that leverage “Ubertrend” waves to alter the global landscape.
His incisive people-watching skills have lead to adjunct professorships of innovation and social media at the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley, where he teaches the anthropological framework of the eight Ubertrends he tracks. Ubertrends are massive waves that cascade through society leaving many subtrends in their wake, and they provide telltale signs for helping decode the future. His unique skills as a futurist lead the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph to label Michael “America’s most influential trend-spotter.”
Michael is a catalyst who inspires and motivates attendees by challenging their creativity and inventiveness. His informative yet entertaining style fuses the emotional and rational brain to help foster a new culture of innovation.
He has appeared in numerous publications and TV shows, including Access Hollywood, Ad Age, Bloomberg TV, BusinessWeek, CNET, CNN, The Independent (U.K.), The New York Times, PBS, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury-News, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Wired.
A successful four-time entrepreneur, Michael is the founder of four innovative startups, MacWEEK, Atelier Systems, CyberAtlas and ICONOCAST, each an ahead-of-the-wave innovators that helped pioneer such markets as desktop publishing, CRM, internet research and digital marketing.
Michael heads up incubator Ubercool Innovation LLC and is currently writing his third book, Ubertrends -- How Trends And Innovation Are Transforming Our Future, to be published in 2019.
“I help you catch the next wave before it catches you.”
You heard the buzz. Here is what past clients say.
“Engaging, inspirational, educational, futuristic and ‘crying out loud’ funny are just a few things our attendees told us about Michael. He had us laughing and hanging on his every word as he gave us a glimpse into what the future could hold and the role we all will play in it.”
— Howard Brodsky, CEO, Carpet One
Woke Me Up!
— Andrea Hadley, Director, Internet Marketing Conference
Entertaining and Engaging
— Jon Luther, Chairman and CEO, Dunkin’ Donuts
— Craig Spiezle, Executive Director, Online Trust Alliance Forum
— Stacy Levyn, Director, Conference Producer, Institute for International Research/IIR USA
Love His Attitude
— Bernice Brubeck Wong, Realtor, 2011 AREAA National Convention
Stunned and Energized
— Joni Doolin, CEO, People Report Best Practices Conference
Challenging Our Thinking
— Jay Witzel, President and CEO, Carlson Hotels Worldwide Regent Hotels
Funny and Irreverent
— Janet Branton, Senior Vice President, National Association of REALTORS
— Tom Costello, Director, Hospitality Industry Management ProgramUniversity of San Francisco
— Cliff Robinson, Vice President, Field Operations, Chick-fil-A Inc.
Future Consumer Landscape
— Clayton Reid, President, The Vail Summit
— Shirley Hastings, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Tennessee
— Cami Mattson, President & CEO, San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau
— Andrew Jaffe, Executive Director, CLIO Awards
— Pat Benkner, CMP, Director of Event Planning, Edgell Communications
— Roger Bloss, CEO, Founder, President, Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc.
— Kristin Asleson, Vice President Strategic Marketing, mPlayer.com
New Book: Ubertrends
Sub-titled “How Trends And Innovation Are Transforming Our Future," Michael’s third book, “Ubertrends,” graphically documents how eight Ubertrend waves are rippling through society today, and what innovations those trends are driving. This data-based guide to our shape-shifting world, available in 2019, helps readers connect the dots, providing more ready context for how the future is unfolding.
Interesting to see visual reactions during @Ubercool's #ftleadership preso on future trends. Some rapid note-taking and some head-shaking. Both attitudes are important to consider because they paint the reality of theoretical ideas v. practical realities.— Jake Neeley (@jakeneeley) November 29, 2017
Great speaker this morning at Leadership today conference with @ubercool— Scott Hill (@shillfurniture) November 29, 2017
@ubercool fantastic presentation at RILA. Engaging and opening minds of the audience— NKukuk (@NormKukuk) February 14, 2017
@ubercool Our team really enjoyed your insights and gathered a lot of great takeaways!— MercuryGate (@MercuryGate) February 13, 2017
Retail Industry Leaders Assoc. Supply Chain 2017
Chili’s General Manager Conference
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