Scott Amyx

Venture Capitalist, Thought Leader and Author

Internationally recognised thought leader, venture capitalist, speaker and author on smart, sustainable cities, exponential technologies, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Biography

Scott Amyx is the Chair & Managing Partner at Astor Perkins. Astor Perkins is a deep tech and sustainability VC that backs mavericks solving some of the hardest problems facing humanity on Earth and in space.

From climate change mitigation and adaptation, longevity, and human survival on Earth and in deep space, to the space economy itself, Astor Perkins is tackling some of the most difficult scientific, engineering, and technical problems that have global market potential.

Scott is also a Forbes New York Business Council Member, a Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow  a disruptive innovation awards program of Tribeca Film Festival, a national Sloan Fellow/ Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has spoken at TEDx

Scott is a global thought leader on breakthrough innovation, voted top global innovation keynote speaker, and author on smart cities, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and winner of the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative and was voted Top Global Exponential Technologies Expert by Inc. Magazine, HP Enterprise, and Postscapes & Top 10 Global Innovation Keynote Speaker by Speaking.com.

Scott has been nominated to the World Economic Forum as a committee member for the Future of the Internet. The Republic of Korea nominated Scott to present at the ITU Telecom World, United Nations. Sovereignties, governments, multinationals, and international consulting & research firms look to Scott for unrivalled insights and pulse on the changing landscape.

Scott has been featured on New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Washington Post, WIRED, and many many more. Scott is the co-author of Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook, an academic publication by John Wiley and Sons and The Advances in Information Security, Privacy, & Ethics (AISPE) Book Series: Managing Security Issues and the Hidden Dangers of Wearable Technologies, an academic publication by IGI Global.

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Are You Ready for Disruption? 

How do you turn disruption Into innovation? In PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey, 62% expressed concern about the impact of disruption in their industry. Disruption is coming from all directions — from the Internet of Things, blockchain cryptography, AI/ machine learning, data analytics, decentralised computing to changes in consumer behaviour.

According to an Accenture study of 1,000 large enterprises, big companies struggle with innovation. The biggest barrier is not a lack of vision but because, by definition, big companies are mature. Organisational structures and processes are in place to guide the company towards efficiency. Seasoned managers steer their employees from pursuing the art of discovery and towards engaging in the science of delivery. Employees are taught to seek efficiencies, leverage existing assets, and listen to their best customers. Such practices and policies ensure that executives can consistently deliver positive earnings to Wall Street, but they also minimise the types and scale of innovation that can be pursued successfully within an organisation. No company ever created transformational growth by doing what they do a tiny bit better and a tiny bit cheaper.

The biggest barrier is not a lack of vision but because, by definition, big companies are mature. Organisational structures and processes are in place to guide the company towards efficiency. Seasoned managers steer their employees from pursuing the art of discovery and towards engaging in the science of delivery. Employees are taught to seek efficiencies, leverage existing assets, and listen to their best customers. Such practices and policies ensure that executives can consistently deliver positive earnings to Wall Street, but they also minimise the types and scale of innovation that can be pursued successfully within an organisation. No company ever created transformational growth by doing what they do a tiny bit better and a tiny bit cheaper.

Exponential Disruption: Is Your Organisation Ready For the Era of Human-Machine Innovation 

Disruption is a great term, as long as it’s being applied to your competitors and not your firm. Exponential technologies are creating disruption. The convergence of exponential technologies is expected to disrupt almost every sector and business. Changing trends are forcing leaders to take a hard look at their business models and core competencies. New entrants are threatening to displace “cash cows” and prominent brands. How is your company positioned to take advantage of the multi-billion dollar opportunity that beckons? Or is your business at risk from the advances in technology? If your company is not embracing technological and business model changes, it may be in danger of becoming obsolete.

The Future of Innovation & Jobs 

The new marketplace for industries like manufacturing, energy, gas and oil, and construction is a far cry from that in decades past. The perfect storm of problems has been brewing, as novel challenges cut into revenue and force corporations to scramble to find fresh opportunities. Obstacles to growth come in many forms. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that there has been a gradual slide in worker productivity, not over just the last few quarters, but over the last decade. However, just as some industries are struggling, there is little doubt that the tech sector is going strong—and that it is shaking up other verticals to create value and opportunities for expansion and growth. While it is not likely that a single solution can bring about significant change in the industrial sector, the appropriate application of advanced technologies, data analytics, machine learning and robotics can result in a greater optimisation of business workflows and processes, enhanced safety, improved research and development, and the creation of new revenue streams. The silver lining is that innovation also ushers in new types of jobs that didn’t exist before. Innovation coupled with continuous lifetime learning and retraining creates a flexible and adaptable labor force.

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Testimonials

“The true alchemy of Strive is that it combines, great storytelling, great anecdotes, and some pretty profound insights. No question Scott Amyx’s key takeaway is to get comfortable being uncomfortable… or perhaps find yourself a different journey. Learning to live perpetually outside your comfort zone is perhaps a condition precedent for success — the special sauce for cooking up ideas that will change the world.”  Tribeca Film Festival

“Scott was a delight to work with leading up yo, during and after Wearables TechCon. He went above and beyond just speaking at his session Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis in Wearables. With all the little extras, combined with fantastic comments on his presentation from feedback collected on the day, I would be thrilled to work with him again on future shows.”  Katie Flash, Conference Chair and Content Director of InterDrone at Emerald Expositions

“Scott has the finger on the pulse of IoT and Wearables. He’s a definitive source of knowledge who ties together all of the activity occurring in this nascent sector. Highly recommend Scott.” Tony Revello, Principal Product Manager, Alexa at Amazon

“Scott spoke at or conference on localization and had a theme of the IoT. He brought a lot of information, enlightening stories and eye-opening facts to our audience. He showed an incredible in-depth topic knowledge, yet the way he presented the information made all that data easy to understand and digest. Scott’s friendly style both on and off the stage made us all comfortable and ready to learn more. I highly recommend him as a speaker.” Donna Parrish, Publisher, MultiLingual

“Scott’s presentation was very refreshing, filled with interesting best practices from around the world and content tailored specifically for our country. We appreciate that he researched deeply into our culture, economics, politics and digital maturity to help our audience understand where we as a nation stand in digital transformation. His speech rallied the audience to keep moving forward, to continuously improve and to understand how Peru can lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” NED/Seminarium Team

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