Digital Thinking

Thinkers50 founders Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove spend their time scanning the world of business ideas. Here is their selection of some of the best commentators and thinkers on matters digital.

Jeremy Bailenson @stanfordVR
Founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and co-author Infinite Reality (William Morrow, 2012).

Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee @erikbryn @amcafee
MIT co-authors of The Second Machine Age (Norton, 2014) and Race Against the Machine (Digital Frontier Press, 2011).

Enrique Dans @edans
Professor at IE Business School, blogger at, one of most followed tech opinion formers.

Peter Diamandis @peterdiamandis
Founder X Prize Foundation, co-author of Abundance (Free Press, 2012) and Bold (Simon & Schuster, 2015), and co-founder Singularity University.

Jose Esteves @jmesteves13
IE Business School professor researching hacking, egovernment and more.

Umair Haque @umairh
Commentator, HBR blogger, author of The Lamp and the Light (ebook, 2015).

Ben Horowitz @bhorowitz
Co-founder Andreessen Horowitz VC firm, blogger and author The Hard Thing About Hard Things (Harper, 2014).

Salim Ismail, Michael S. Malone and Yuri van Geest @salimismail
Authors of Exponential Organizations (Diversion, 2014). Ismail is an entrepreneur and former VP of Yahoo, founding executive director of Singularity University. Malone is a journalist and author; van Geest is a Dutch digital consultant and speaker.

Andrew Keen @ajkeen
Author of The Internet is Not the Answer (Atlantic Books, 2015), executive director of Future Cast, columnist and presenter.

Nilofer Merchant @nilofer
Silicon Valley-based ex-exec, author 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era (HBR, 2012).

Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Director Human Dynamics Lab at MIT, author of Social Physics (Penguin, 2014).

Rohit Talwar @fastfuture
CEO of Fast Future, author and futurist. Editor of The Future of Business (Fast Future, 2015).

Don Tapscott @dtapscott
Author of Digital Capital, Wikinomics and other bestsellers including Radical Openness (TED, 2013).

Jim Whitehurst @jwhitehurst
Ex-Delta CEO and now CEO of Red Hat, author The Open Organization (HBR, 2015).

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