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Cheryl Currid  

Leading Computer Industry Analyst

As one of America’s most respected industry analysts, Cheryl Currid brings rare insight about how people, business and technology can work together.

A former IT executive, award winning journalist and analyst to emerging technology companies, Cheryl brings many years of hands-on experience and secrets of tomorrow’s inventions. She understands ‘Why, When & How’ to best use information technology.

Cheryl’s understanding of technology trends make her a highly successful forecaster. She shares her enthusiasm on how people can make technology work for them. She challenges people to get smart, do things differently, and can explain technology to people at all levels - from novice to nerd.

An international lecturer, Cheryl’s speeches range from topics of organizational efficiency, computer forensics, social networking, and even the use of smart dust. She is often among the first to predict the use of emerging technologies while testing products before market distribution.

Cheryl’s 14 books and over 1,200 articles, journal papers, and opinion columns span both technical and business topics. Her work has been translated into more than 10 languages. She was named as one of the most influential industry personalities by Marketing Computers and won a Computer Press Association award for her expert “Opinion.”

Cheryl regularly contributes analysis and opinion to TV, radio, and print media. She's contributed to ABC's Cyber Bytes TV segment for more than seven years. Her segments also appear on ten video sites such as YouTube, MetaCafe, and Vimeo. Also, she’s lends her views on computer industry trends to business media such as The New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, ABC, CNN, CNBC, and PBS. She is currently working on two books that focus on managing in the information age and disruptive technology.

Cheryl’s research organization, Currid & Company, evaluates new technology concepts and products. Her firm frequently develops the educational content for industry conferences, seminars, symposiums and events.

She started using wireless email in 1993 and worked with early Internet search engines the following year. She was also dubbed a “Digital Mom” for showing parents how to outsmart even tech-savvy teenagers. Today she prepares parents how to counteract internet predators.

Prior to founding Currid & Company, Cheryl was in charge of applying information technology at a division of The Coca-Cola Company. There, she pioneered an enterprise-wide network that connected the company’s people by connecting their computers.

That innovative infrastructure helped open the world of information to corporate computer users and Cheryl was nationally recognized for her successes. Her operating model of the Internet and networked computers has become commonplace in business today.

Cheryl lives in Houston, Texas in an automated home that controls lighting, thermostats, drapes, a pool cleaner, and even talks. It is networked with more than 30 computers and 20 cameras which can be accessed over the Internet. Solar panels provide more than 50% of energy used.

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