About

 

 

 

I am available to speak at conferences and to corporations and organizations.  My contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

See On the Web for video and audio samples of a few of the public talks I’ve given.

 

Contact Linda Stone:

Email address:   linda – at – lindastone – dot – net

Twitter:   http://twitter.com/LindaStone

Widely recognized as a visionary thinker and thought leader, Linda Stone is a writer, speaker and consultant focused on:

+  Trends and their strategic and consumer implications

+  Innovation

+  The physiology of our relationship with technology and how our relationship with technology can evolve

Articles on her work have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Economist, Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and hundreds of blogs. She has spoken at Supernova, the ETech conference, GEL, the Collaborative Technologies Technologies Conference, the Hidden Brain Task Force for the Center for Work-Life Policy, and to executives at companies such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Edelman (www.edelman.com) and McDonald’s (www.mcdonalds.com). She was invited by Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to speak to the Medici gathering of positive psychologists, an invitation-only gathering of leaders in this field.

Previously, she spent close to twenty years as an executive in high technology. In 1986, she was persuaded to join Apple Computer to help “change the world.” In her 7+ years at Apple, she had the opportunity to do pioneering work in multimedia hardware, software and publishing. In her last year at Apple, Stone worked for Chairman and CEO John Sculley on special projects. In 1993, Stone joined Microsoft Research under Nathan Myhrvold and Rick Rashid. She co-founded and directed the Virtual Worlds Group/Social Computing Group, researching online social life and virtual communities. During this time, she also taught as adjunct faculty in NYU’s prestigious Interactive Telecommunications Program. In 2000, CEO Steve Ballmer tapped Stone to take on a VP role, reporting to him, to help improve industry relationships and contribute to a constructive evolution of the corporate culture. She retired from Microsoft in 2002.

Over the years, Stone has been recognized by Upside Magazine as one of the Upside 100 Leaders of the Digital Revolution, by I.D. Magazine as one of the I.D. 40, and she was featured in John Brockman’s book, THE DIGERATI, which described her as a visionary both within Microsoft and to the industry at large.

Stone serves on a variety of Advisory Boards, including:  Chill.com, Semi-Linear, Vital Connect, Leviathan Security Flipsicle and others.  She served a six year term on the National Board of the World Wildlife Fund and is currently on the WWF National Council. She has been an advisor for the Pew Internet and American Life Project, is on the MIT Media Lab Advisory Board, and part of the TED BrainTrust. In 2002 she was recognized as Outstanding Regional Volunteer of the Year by F.I.R.S.T., Dean Kamen’s non-profit dedicated to inspiring young people in science and technology.