Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen
Andrew Keen is an Anglo-American entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster and public speaker. He is the author of the international hit "Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing our Culture" which has been published in 17 different languages and was short-listed for the Higham's Business Technology Book of the Year award. As a pioneering Silicon Valley based Internet entrepreneur, Andrew founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. He is currently the host of "Keen On" show, the popular Techcrunch chat show. Andrew is an acclaimed speaker on the international circuit, speaking regularly on the impact of new technology on 21st century business, education and society. Andrew's new book about the social media revolution, "Digital Vertigo", will be published by St Martin's Press in 2012. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Andrew Keen

  • Keen On… 2010: Monkeys Riding on the Backs of Pigs, Third Waves, & Self-Driving Cars (TCTV)

    It’s that time of year again. 2010 is almost toast and it’s now time to figure out what just happened. So what were the most important developments in tech this year? Was it the rise of Groupon, Foursquare, and Twitter, the demise of Yahoo and Chatroulette, or Google’s self-driving car and the viral YouTube video of a monkey riding on the back of a pig? And who better to… Read More

  • Keen On… Tim Ferriss: How To Turn Your Body Into A Startup (TCTV)

    Keen On… Tim Ferriss: How To Turn Your Body Into A Startup (TCTV)

    Tim Ferriss is one of the world’s leading transcenders of limitations. Best known as the author of the 2007 monstrously successful self-help guide The 4-Hour Workweek, a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller that has accumulated over 1000 reviews on Amazon, the Princeton-educated and globe-trotting Ferriss is also a legendary bodybuilder, life hacker and re-inventor of… Read More

  • Keen On… Exposed – The Unholy Alliance Opposed to Solving the Network Neutrality Problem (TCTV)

    The political paralysis over network neutrality might be a microcosm of the broader political paralysis in America. Last week, after FCC chairman Julius Genachowksi laid out his Title I compromise strategy to finally resolve this seemingly never-ending debate, radical left and right wing groups conspired to destroy any possibility of consensus. On the left, activist groups like Free Press… Read More

  • Keen On… Is It Time To Get Rid Of The FCC? (TCTV)

    In a characteristically provocative op-ed in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Silicon Valley bomb thrower Andy Kessler said “it’s time to close the Federal Communications Commission.” Directly reacting to last week’s speech by FCC chairman Julius Genachowski which attempted to map out a compromise on the network neutrality issue, Kessler argued that any attempt… Read More

  • Keen On… Are We All Becoming Robert Scoble? (TCTV)

    Who doesn’t know Scoble? A-list blogger, Twitter evangelist, Rackspace videographer, serious party-boy, Robert Scoble is one of Silicon Valley’s most ubiquitous and transparent figures – a seemingly fully public personality in our open-sourced age of publicness. In person, though, Scoble isn’t quite Scoble. For all his professions of transparency and his claims that… Read More

  • Keen On… Marc Davis: Why Social is Changing Everything (TCTV)

    As John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins told Charlie Rose at Disrupt in May, we are now entering the third great wave of technology innovation – the age of social and mobile. Doerr is, of course, right. Barely a day goes without a reminder of this third wave – from Kleiner Perkins $250 million sFund to the increasing ubiquity of smartphones to the seemingly unstoppable rise of social… Read More

  • Keen On… David Sutphen: How technology innovation can reinvent America (TCTV)

    Yesterday, I interviewed George W Bush’s former assistant secretary of commerce Bruce Mehlman about the impact of last week’s election on the Obama administration’s technology policy. Today, I spoke to Mehlman’s co-chair at the Internet Innovation Alliance, David Sutphen, a one-time General Council to Senator Ted Kennedy and a prominent Democratic activist both in… Read More

  • Keen On… How Obama Can Win Back Silicon Valley (TCTV)

    How important were technology issues in last week’s Congressional election? Not very – at least according to Bruce Mehlman, the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy in the George W. Bush administration and a prominent Washington DC based Republican expert on technology policy. As Mehlman, who is currently Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council … Read More

  • Keen On… Don Tapscott to Malcolm Gladwell: “You’re just dead wrong” (TCTV)

    In an inflammatory New Yorker piece last month, Malcolm Gladwell argued that the revolution will not, in fact, be tweeted. Gladwell’s argument that social media isn’t enabling genuine political change elicited a predictable storm of protest – from Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Ev Williams to the co-founder of Hunch, Chris Dixon. Even Paul Carr, Techcrunch’s… Read More

  • Keen On… Jeff Jonas: Big Data is the Next Big Thing (TCTV)

    It’s hard to have metaphysical conversations in the technology game. Most of chat – even with techno-evangelists and social media utopians – is disappointingly mundane. But once-in-a-while, one comes across an exceptional individual who thinks so deeply about technology that he makes it seem profound, even other-worldly. Officially, Jeff Jonas is the chief scientist of the… Read More

  • Keen On… Jeff Jonas: Big Data is the Next Big Thing (TCTV)

    It’s hard to have metaphysical conversations in the technology game. Most of chat – even with techno-evangelists and social media utopians – is disappointingly mundane. But once-in-a-while, one comes across an exceptional individual who thinks so deeply about technology that he makes it seem profound, even other-worldly. Officially, Jeff Jonas is the chief scientist of the… Read More

  • Keen On… Yossi Vardi: Why He Likes To Exploit Child Labor (TCTV)

    Earlier this month, I had the great pleasure of spending some time at the Stream unconference in Athens, Greece with the legendary Israeli entrepreneur and investor Yossi Vardi. As the original investor in ICQ, Israel’s best known technology investor and a global networker par excellence , you’d think that Vardi would have regaled me with tales of his investment prowess. But no. Read More

  • Keen On… with Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO WPP: Free = Fail (TCTV)

    Sir Martin Sorrell, the New York City based co-founder and long-serving CEO of WPP, a global communications company that employs over 140,000 people in 121 countries, is arguably the world’s most powerful advertising executive. Unlike many other CEOs of global enterprises, however, Sir Martin is sensitive and, in some ways, sympathetic to the disruption of the digital revolution. Not… Read More

  • Steve Martocci on GroupMe's Inception and New Features

    TC Hackathon Alum GroupMe Hits 1 Million Texts, Adds Sponsored Groups

    Born from the cradle of Disrupt’s NY Hackathon, GroupMe is turning the codefest into something of a company tradition. The startup, which officially launched in August and recently raised $850,000 from a few prominent investors, took the stage on Sunday at the San Francisco Design Center to pitch their latest hack in 60 seconds or less. Read More

  • Keen On… with Lisa Gansky: Denies she's a communist (TCTV)

    Lisa Gansky has always been early. She was early in 1993 when, with Tim O’Reilly and Dale Dougherty, she co-founded the first commercial website Global Network Navigator (GNN) and then, as CEO, sold it to AOL in 1995. And she was early when, in 1999, she co-founded the photography sharing website ofoto and then, as CEO, sold it to Kodak in 2001. And now Gansky is early in recognizing… Read More

  • Keen On… with Justine Bateman: "I’ve been waiting for this my entire life" (TCTV)


    “I’ve been waiting for this my entire life,” the actress, technologist and entrepreneur Justine Bateman confessed to me when we spoke recently over Skype. But Bateman – best known probably for her role as Mallory Keaton in the Eighties cult sitcom “Family Ties” – wasn’t talking about Hollywood parties, stretch limos or any other supposedly… Read More

  • Keen On… with Hagel and Seely Brown: Building a New Normal (TCTV)

    John Seely Brown and John Hagel are two of the most respected technology and business thinkers in Silicon Valley. Seely Brown is best known as the long time Chief Scientist at Xerox Parc, while Hagel is the author of a number of influential business articles and books including Net Worth. The great change in contemporary economic life – what Seely Brown and Hagel call the “big… Read More

  • Keen on… with Reid Hoffman: "You Need to be a Leader in Society" (TCTV)

    If there is a father of social media in Silicon Valley, it may be Reid Hoffman, the Stanford and Oxford educated entrepreneur best known for co-founding LinkedIn in December 2002. Hoffman, currently the executive chairman of LinkedIn and a partner in the venture firm of Greylock Partners, saw the future before almost anyone else. Grasping the Internet’s shift from a platform for data to… Read More

  • Keen on … Net Neutrality: Is America Losing its Edge? (TCTV)

    Is America losing its edge? This was the rather depressing subject of this year’s Aspen Forum, the annual event put on by the DC-based Technology Policy Institute. Attracting speakers as illustrious as former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Intel CEO Paul Otellini, Verizon EVP of Public Policy Tom Tauke, Intuit CEO Brad Smith, the author the National Broadband Plan Blair Levin and Linkedin… Read More

  • Keen on… with Paul Kedrosky : "As bad as 1929" (TCTV)

    While most economists tiptoe nervously around the D word, Dr Paul Kedrosky has no inhibitions about throwing this verbal grenade around in public. We’re in an economic depression, Kedrosky told me when the San Diego based CNBC business pundit came into the TechCrunch.TV studio last week. “As bad as 1929”, Dr Kedrosky described a situation in which all the governments in the… Read More