David Kirkpatrick Best-Selling Author of The Facebook Effect is ranked one of the most influential tech journalists in the world. Specializing in the computer and technology industries as well as the impact of the Internet on business and society, David thinks that technology and the empowerment of the individual is the biggest transformational force in the economy today.
For more than two decades David Kirkpatrick was a writer for Fortune, most recently as the senior editor for internet and technology. He has written numerous cover stories about Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Sun and Intel. He is regularly ranked one of the world’s top technology journalists. His expertise on these subjects led him to pen the definitive book on Facebook, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World.
The Facebook Effect uncovers how in little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it has created surprising effects and been instrumental in political protests. David shares how Facebook was created, why it has flourished, and where it is going next.
David began writing about computing and technology for Fortune in 1991. In May 2008 he published “Microsoft After Gates,” a definitive account of Microsoft’s prospects and challenges as its founder stepped away. Other recent Fortune features have examined MySpace, Second Life, the safety of cell phones and Technology in China, plus his weekly “Fast Forward” column. He maintains a blog at facebook.com/thefacebookeffect.
David has appeared frequently as a technology industry expert on CNN and PBS. He developed and hosted Brainstorm (for five years from 2001), a multi-disciplinary conference which brought together global leaders to interact and discuss the future. In 2010 with a group of former Fortune colleagues, he organized a conference and media company called Techonomy, focusing on the centrality of technology innovation for all spheres of human activity. The inaugural conference was held in 2010. David thinks that technology and the empowerment of the individual is the biggest transformational force in the economy. But outside the tech bubble we live in, many of the world’s business and political leaders truly are “almost completely unaware” of what’s happening.
An in-demand speaker, David has spoken at companies including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, and AMD, at libraries, universities and numerous conferences. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council, consisting of 100 of global media leaders, since 2006, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College, and attended art school for two years. He lives in New York City.