Speaker "William Thompson" Details Back



The Truth About Data: Why It’s Really Valuable, and a Framework to Maximize its Potential


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that “data is the new oil.”  That’s true, but also not true.  The oil analogy is actually the most instructive at the point it breaks down.  In this keynote, we’ll explore the true economic basis of data’s value by following the breadcrumbs of this analogy until we plunge off a cliff.  At the bottom of that cliff is an undiscovered world of possibility.  This insight will give you a new lens to look upon every aspect of your work and how to methodically and systematically create more value from the same data.


Will Thompson is Managing Director of Forbes Insights, the research and technology analyst practice of Forbes Media, and the Publisher of Forbes AI, a new magazine dedicated to the business and technology of artificial intelligence and machine learning. An expert in the ways technology is transforming business strategy, Mr. Thompson came to Forbes from the Economist Intelligence Unit where he helped advise Global 2000 corporations and venture-backed start-ups on using research to position themselves as thought leaders. Prior to joining the Economist, he served as CEO of a boutique hedge fund communications consulting firm and launched two niche publications. A classically trained operatic singer, Will has a degree in music and a masters of business administration, both from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.