Scott Kirsner

Keynote Speaker
Author and Co-Founder
Innovation Leader

Scott Kirsner is an Author and Co-Founder of Innovation Leader, a Cambridge-based information service focused on helping innovators in large companies. Scott has spent two decades as a business journalist and contributing editor at the Boston Globe, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Variety, The New York Times, BusinessWeek and other publications. His focus on how innovations that matter get introduced to the world has taken him to the White House, the Sundance Film Festival, the United Nations and the innovation labs of Google, Disney, General Motors, Delta Air Lines, iRobot and many other companies.

Scott is the author of several books on innovation and technology, including a highly-acclaimed collaboration with George Lucas, “Inventing the Movies,” which explores the challenge of bringing new ideas to a century-old, change-resistant industry: Hollywood. He has presented leadership strategies to corporate leaders, technologists and entrepreneurs at Harvard Business School, MIT R&D Conference, South by Southwest, the Sundance Film Festival, Mass Tech Leadership Council, SMPTE Annual Tech Conference, HubSpot Inbound, Internet Week, Churchill Club, and NAB Futures Summit. Scott has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show, NPR’s Science Friday, the Discovery Channel and WBURs Radio Boston. He delivered the Keynote, “Perils, Pressures and Productivity: How R&D Needs to Reposition Itself,” at the 2017 R&D 100 Conference.