Ben Casnocha

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur and author from Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with Linkedin founder/chairman Reid Hoffman of the #1 New York Times bestselling book The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. He is also co-author of a forthcoming book based on his article in Harvard Business Review entitled Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact. Ben has separately written for Newsweek, the American Enterprise Institute, NPR’s “Marketplace” and the U.S. State Department.

the start-up of youIn addition to his writing, Ben is a technology entrepreneur. He founded Comcate, Inc., a leading e-government software company, at age 14. He wrote a book about his experience titled My Start-Up Life. PoliticsOnline named him one of the “25 most influential people in the world of internet and politics.” He also incubates and advises internet entrepreneurs at Wasabi Ventures. BusinessWeek named Ben “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs.” And dozens of outlets have covered his work including CNN, Charlie Rose, and The Economist.

Finally, Ben is an accomplished world traveler and speaker. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people around the world. He’s traversed alleyways in Morocco, deserts in northern Chile, and busy city streets in China to lead inspiring conversations about entrepreneurship, careers, and the future of work.

Topics:

The New Talent Pact: Reinventing the Employer-Employee Compact In An Entrepreneurial Age

If you want to recruit, train, and retain the best people for your company, understand this: the old employer-employee compact is dead. Stability doesn’t rule. In today’s entrepreneurial age, the best employees are not pledging lifelong loyalty to your company. Instead, they want to be “entrepreneurial” at work — and they’ll readily leave if they don’t feel like they are growing personally and professionally.

Don’t shy away from this reality; embrace it. Entrepreneurial employees drive business success. These are the creative, adaptive superstars who make your company adaptive. Learn from Silicon Valley, which has long nurtured this kind of talent via a different sort of HR strategy.

In a seminar based on his forthcoming book from Harvard Business Review Press, bestselling author and Chief of Staff to LinkedIn founder/chairman Reid Hoffman, Ben presents a revolutionary way to make a new people pact work for your company. You will learn:

  • How to create a mutually beneficial relationship between your company and employees that’s based on reciprocity – a two-way flow of value.
  • How to craft 2-4 year “tours of duty” with your key employees that ultimately boosts  retention.
  • Why it’s a good thing for your employees to keep their LinkedIn profiles up-to-date.
  • The surprising importance of a “corporate alumni network” — and how to form one for your own organization.
  • The little things that Netflix, Amazon, LinkedIn and others do to support entrepreneurial employees who  want to take risks, grow their network, and build their personal brand while working a 9-5 job.

Every adaptive company has a 21st century talent and HR strategy. Ben presents a bold guide for building your own.

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The Start-Up of You: A Blueprint For Thriving In Today’s Challenging World of Work

Wages are stagnant. Global competition for jobs is fierce. Job security doesn’t exist. The career escalator that used to naturally propel workers up the ranks in a corporation is now jammed at every level.

In a keynote based on his New York Times bestselling book with LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, Ben presents a blueprint for how to thrive in this new economic landscape. The key: learn to think and act like an entrepreneur. In other words, move up that jammed escalator by running your career like it’s a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.

You don’t need to start your own business, but you do need to adopt the mindset and learn the skill set of entrepreneurs.

Why? Start-ups – and the entrepreneurs who run them – are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage.

Professionals need the very same skills to get ahead in today’s fractured world of work.

In this keynote, you will learn the Silicon Valley strategies that can jump-start your career. From crafting flexible career plans, to building genuine professional relationships, to finding breakout opportunities. This is a bold guide to thriving in a world where every professional must be the entrepreneur of his or her own life.

Life Entrepreneurship For Students: Inspiring Students To Live An Entrepreneurial Life

Students today face both great challenges and amazing opportunities. Entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha started his first company at age 12 and wrote his first book at 19. In a keynote aimed to inspire students to take action to improve both themselves and the world, Ben presents a blueprint for how to think outside the box and take an entrepreneurial approach to life. The key: learn to think and act like an entrepreneur. In other words, run your life like it’s a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.

You don’t necessarily need to start your own business, but you do need to adopt the mindset and learn the skill set of entrepreneurs.

Why? Start-ups – and the entrepreneurs who run them – are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage.

These are the very same skills students and new graduates need to create an entrepreneurial life for themselves in today’s new world of work.

In this inspirational yet practical keynote, students will learn from a generational peer the entrepreneurial strategies that will advance themselves no matter their industry of interest. From crafting flexible career plans, to building genuine professional relationships, to finding the breakout opportunities that can transform their lives, students will feel empowered to confront the economic challenges facing their generation.

Books Written:

  • My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley (published 2007, Jossey-Bass)
  • The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform your Career with co-author Reid Hoffman (published 2012, Crown Business)
  • The New People Pact (tentative title – to be published late 2013, Harvard Business Review Press)

Speaking Categories:

  • Innovation
  • Career Development
  • Human Resources
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intergenerational Issues

Speaking Blurbs:

Ben’s presentation was fantastic – concise, easy-to-understand, simple yet thought-provoking, inspirational, and engaging – full of interesting quotes and anecdotes. I truly loved his energy and enthusiasm!

– Jing Chen, The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

I highly recommend Ben to any organization looking for a well prepared and thought-provoking speaker to share fresh insights on how to treat their career path as a start-up company. His presentation was exactly what our audience needed to hear. To conclude his address, he provided insightful answers to some tough questions asked in the audience Q&A period. Ben also brought a comfortable yet high-energy style to the discussing to keep us all engaged throughout the presentation.

— Eric Olson, Vice President, Education Strategies, National Retail Federation

Everyone who participated in Ben’s presentations in Indonesia, from business students to businesspeople, and from public health students to members of the community, came away from the events with newfound insights on how to live a more fulfilling life.

— Daniel Phelps, Economic & Political Officer, U.S. Consulate, Surabaya, Indonesia

Everyone, women and men alike, needs to think big to succeed. This is a practical book that shows you how to take control and build a career that will enable you to have real impact.

Every college student should read this book.

— Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

He was phenomenal. I must have had 30 people come up to me and say ‘what a refreshing speaker’. He was just phenomenal. He had four great points and he talked from the heart.

We were so happy, I would definitely recommend him.

– Anne Mathison, University of Wisconsin Continuing Ed Program

Ben’s example as an entrepreneur provides a challenge for many experienced and mature business people; his interest to create and develop new ventures is refreshing, his enthusiasm is contagious and,

in spite of his age, we all like to learn from him.

— Jorge Zavala, CEO, TechBA Silicon Valley-Mexico

As a speaker, Ben is engaging, insightful and thought provoking. He is down to earth in style and uplifting in his message.

— Chuck Alvery, CEO, Western Nevada Economic Development Association

Phone calls and e-mails continue to flow in with accolades about how fantastic the workshop was. He showed us that just because we don’t follow the rules (established by traditional academics) we can still make our mark in this world. These drastic economic times call for drastic measures.

– Richard Warner, Lehigh Carbon Community College

 

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