Larry Downes is a consultant and speaker on developing business strategies in an age of constant disruption caused by information technology.
Downes is author of the Business Week and New York Times business bestseller, â€œUnleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominanceâ€ (Harvard Business School Press, 1998), which has sold nearly 200,000 copies and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.
His new book, â€œThe Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Ageâ€ (Basic Books 2009) offers nine strategies for success in the emerging world of information law. It combines Downesâ€™s unique perspective on economics, law, and innovation in the digital age.
Downes is also a Partner with the Bell-Mason Group, which works with Global 1000 corporations, providing corporate venturing methodologies, tools, techniques and support that accelerate corporate innovation and venturing programs.
He has written for a variety of publications, including USA Today, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Wired, CNet, Strategy & Leadership, CIO, The American Scholar and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. He was a columnist for both The Industry Standard and CIO Insight.
Downes has held faculty appointments at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeleyâ€™s Haas School of Business, where he taught courses on corporate strategy and technology law. He is currently a nonresident Fellow with the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society.