Industry Analyst and Author
Technology, Strategy and the Law
Larry Downes is an Internet industry analyst and speaker on developing business strategies in an age of constant technological disruption.
Downes is author of the Business Week and New York Times business bestseller, “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, “Big Bang Disruption,” co-authored with Paul Nunes, 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 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.
He writes regularly for The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and CNET, covering the intersection of technology, politics and business.
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 taught courses on corporate strategy and technology law. From 2006-2010, he was a nonresident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society.