Industry Analyst and Best-Selling Author
Technology, Strategy and the Law
Downes is author of the Business Week and New York Times business blockbuster, “Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance” (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, now a best-seller, is “Big Bang Disruption.” Co-authored with Paul Nunes, “Big Bang Disruption” challenges the conventional wisdom of business strategy and disruptive innovation, arguing that exponential improvements in core technologies have created a new kind of disruptor, one that enters the market better, cheaper, and more innovative than existing products. The book argues that incumbents must radically change their approach to strategy to survive the devastating impact of these new disruptors.
He writes regularly for The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CNET, and The Washington Post, covering the intersection of technology, politics and business.
He has written for a variety of publications, including USA Today, Inc., Wired, CNET, Entrepreneur, Upstart and The New York Times.
Downes has held faculty appointments at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was Associate Dean of the School of Information. From 2006-2010, he was a nonresident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society.
He serves as Project Director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy’s Evolution of Regulation and Innovation project, and as Research Fellow with the Accenture Institute for High Performance.