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John Biggs    

Former Editor of Gizmodo & TechCrunch, Blockchain Entrepreneur

John Biggs is entrepreneur, writer, and technophile. He is a highly-respected source on digital technology, cryptocurrency, token sales (ICOS), internet culture, and the possibilities and risks of technology in the society of tomorrow.

For the past two decades he has been an influential editor at Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch. He also wrote for Wired, the New York Times, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, Sync, The Stir, and more and has appeared on television and in documentaries where he’s commented on technology and the future. He is currently a blockchain entrepreneur and was former CEO of fintech startup He has a practical background in hardware startups, fintech, cryptocurrency and in the technology of 3D printing. Recently he has written and spoken with authority on blockchain and cryptocurrencies and on the technological and social future of money including Bitcoin, financial markets, fintech, hardware, software, and the consequences for unbanked individuals and communities.

Combine that with over ten years of international experience in tech journalism, on- and offline, and John has an extraordinary understanding of both the long-term trends in technology and the cutting edge at any moment.

A dynamic speaker with palpable personal enthusiasm, John speaks to specialist and general audiences about the full range of tech subjects. He is in high demand for his always up-to-date presentations on the next big thing, whether that's big data or the rise of DIY manufacturing. His experience as a journalist and blogger makes him an authoritative speaker on online media and how they are transforming news.

He is the co-creator and host of the weekly podcast Technotopia. In the podcast, he talks with the greatest minds in tech, history, philosophy, and art about why the future won’t be awful.

He’s also written five books including Marie Antoinette's Watch, a history that explores the relationship between technology, individuals, and history through the story of one priceless 18th-century watch. Tracing its creation, its mysterious disappearance, and its recovery in 2008, Marie Antoinette's Watch is a testament to the power of technology on our lives and the remarkable feelings that personal electronics can inspires. He believes that modern technology tells equally fascinating stories.

Speech Topics

Hardware Startups

The Next Industrial Revolution I’ve been following hardware startups for nearly a decade and, with the rise of new manufacturing methods and funding sources, the space has exploded. I can share what I learned visiting the little guys (Makerbot, Adafruit Industries) and the big guys (Foxconn, Apple).

Computer Security From A Human Perspective

Because I come into contact with a number of end users of security, I’m able to make assessments that go beyond wonky security talks.

The Future

As a technophile, I come into contact with multiple new technologies. This talk is usually best for an audience looking for the next big thing. I help them find it.

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

This nascent field is quite compelling and one of the hottest new technologies in many sectors. I have access to interesting data and information regarding the space thanks to my role as CEO at a blockchain startup.

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