Tom Koulopoulos

Author. Futurist. Visionary. Leader; Featured in Forbes, CNN, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, CNBC

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Thomas M. Koulopoulos is President and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank and advisory firm. Delphi was founded in 1989 and has served nearly 20,000 clients across all industries, federal and state government agencies » Read Full Bio

Thomas M. Koulopoulos is President and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank and advisory firm. Delphi was founded in 1989 and has served nearly 20,000 clients across all industries, federal and state government agencies around the world.  

Since launching Delphi Group in 1989, Mr. Koulopoulos propelled Delphi to its position as an Inc. 500 company (one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the USA) with global offices, a trusted brand, and a leading independent advisor on business and technology trends to large enterprise and government.  

Tom is also a columnist for; an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, where he teaches graduate courses on Innovation; a Board member of the Kaplan School for Information Technology; and a faculty member of Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Tom has also been an adjunct professor at the Boston College Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management and a guest lecturer at the Boston University Graduate School of Management. He is the past Founding Executive Director of the Babson College Research Center for Advanced Business Innovation, where he oversaw some of the world’s leading research and thought leadership on the topic of Business Innovation.  

Named one of the industry’s “Killer Consultants” and most influential management consultant by InformationWeek magazine, he has delivered consulting services as a senior level advisor to hundreds of global organizations, including: Apple, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, USGS, FBI, Secret Service, DuPont, UBS, BAA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Digital Equipment Corp., NYSE, NY Port Authority, Pepsi, Washington Mutual, SAP, Intel, Library of Congress, Department of Justice, NY Life, Air France, British Airways, LG CNS, Microsoft, California Federal, Lawrence Livermore Labs, National Life, Revenue Canada, Canadian Government, USAF, Kimberly Clark, Las Vegas Water Authority, Dow Corning, Tennessee Valley Authority, CitiCorp, Arthur Andersen, Exxon Mobil, GD Searl, Warner Lambert, Mayo, Kellogg’s, Nomura, Intel, and Microsoft.  

Mr. Koulopoulos’ ten books include his most recent, The Gen Z Effect; Cloud Surfing; The Innovation Zone; and Corporate Instinct. During the past two decades Mr. Koulopoulos’ works have introduced core industry concepts, frameworks and vernacular such as Innovation Zones, Smartsourcing, Single Point of Access, Touch Points, Digital Control Rooms, Business Operating Systems and Corporate IQ, that are widely used today in describing the impact of technology on business. His insights have received accolades from luminaries such as Peter Drucker, Dee Hock, and Tom Peters who called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” According to Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”  

Mr. Koulopoulos’ philanthropic interests include being an early advisor to the non-profit Tech Foundation, which makes technology accessible to the non-profit sector in an attempt to bridge the widening digital divide and an Advisor/Donor/Team Manager for Destination Imagination, a global K-12 program with more than 200,000 participants in 20 countries, which focuses on developing creative problem solving and team-building skills in children to better prepare them for an innovation-based economy.      

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Digital Transformation and Business Ecosystems
The single most significant shift in business is underway - Digital Business Ecosystems. Simply put, Digital Business Ecosystems are at the heart of successful high growth companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, Google, Amazon, Netflix, MoDe, Alibaba, Samsung, Nest, Climate Corporation, GE, Discovery Health, Oculus, and Oracle. Digital Ecosystems create entirely new business models that drive out all of the friction in an industry and use data and technology to create an entirely new user experience that provides an integrated and nearly effortless customer experience. In this leading edge keynote, Tom looks at how Digital Transformation and Business Ecosystems, from insurance to healthcare to education to manufacturing and retail, will be critical to the success of every business in every industry over the decades to come.
Gen Z and Millennials
Every generation has faced its share of disruption in technology, economics, politics and society, but no other generation has had the ability to make sure that every human being (and everything) on the planet is connected, fully educated, and economically engaged. What might this mean for the way in which we build our business, markets, and institutions for education in the future? In this revolutionary keynote, drawing from his recent book, The Gen Z Effect, Tom delves into a vision of the future that will not only disrupt, but also reinvent, almost every aspect of how we work, live and play. Tom provides a mind-bending view of why we will need to embrace Gen Z, and how you can prepare yourself and your business for the greatest era of prosperity and advance the world has ever experienced.
The Cloud
You might think that by now the Cloud would be old hat, but many companies are still struggling to understand its implications, risks, and opportunities. Tom was one of the first pundits to focus on the Cloud with his groundbreaking book Cloud Surfing. In this tour-de-force keynote, he explores how businesses can be built using the Cloud to radically alter the economics of competition and success.
It's hard to go for more than a few hours without coming across some mention of the impact that cybersecurity is having on today's world. From the recent presidential elections in the US to the growing threat of global cyber terrorism, we are surrounded by the ever-present discussion of cybersecurity. As a leading expert on the topic, Tom teaches graduate courses on cybersecurity at Boston University and works with organizations to create cultures of security which can mitigate the risk of attacks by addressing the human element of security. Tom's keynote covers the spectrum of cybersecurity threats, from "influence hacks" such as WikiLeaks, meant to change opinions about brands, to the malevolent attacks that can potentially destroy a brand.


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