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Amy Webb

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Amy Webb is an American author, digital, strategist, entrepreneur, and digital futurist who is the founder and CEO of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm. Founded in 2005, Webbmedia Group Digital Strategy is an innovative company that advises emerging technology organizations in media and entertainment as well as assistance and direction for private equity firms, venture capital groups, hedge funds, technology companies, advertising and marketing, nonprofits, and government entities.

Webb is also a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a lecturer on emerging technology and media at Columbia University, and a contributing editors and tech columnist at Inc. Magazine. In addition to establishing and growing Webbmedia Group, Webb has headed numerous other startups, including Knowledgeawebb Training, Dragonfire, and Spark Camp. She worked as a reporter and freelancer for several big publications before founding her own company, including Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Economist.

In 2009, Webb was appointed a Delegate on the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Her duties included working with Russian media and technology executives with the intention of strengthening international security and improving overall communication. She also serves on the Board of Directors for a handful of organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Online News Association.

Last but certainly not least, Webb authored a successful memoir, Data, A Love Story in 2013. In the book she chronicled her attempts at online dating and how she was eventually successful about collecting and analyzing data in order to ‘game’ online dating. The book has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese and the TED Talk she did about the book has been translated into 31 languages and has been viewed nearly 4 million times.

Companies and Investments

Webbmedia Group Digital Strategy (Founder and CEO), Inc. Magazine (Contributing Editor and Tech Columnist), Knowledgewebb Training (Co-Founder), Spark Camp (Co-Founder), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Board Member), Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group), Data, A Love Storey: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match (Author), Dragonfire (Founder), New York Times, Econmist.com (Stringer and Freelancer), FeedBrewer Inc. (Board Member)


Lessons Learned

Take something you are good at and turn it into something you can actually profit from.

Pay attention to how consumer behavior is changing and what role it may have on your service or product.

Pinpoint what motivates you and use it to master your craft. While this may change over time, you should always be motivated by something.

Pay attention to your client needs and wants and don’t be afraid to change your course of action if something different (read: better) comes up.

Try your best to stay calm and create a stress-free, positive working environment.

Have a competitive edge and keep an eye on your competition.

Sometimes you just need to follow your intuition and go down a path that many are thinking isn’t right, but that you know in your gut is the right one.


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I think I’ve been successful precisely because of how competitive I am, and because I express an emotion or two.

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The opportunity to help disrupt something, whether it’s a conference or an industry or just a usual train of thought, is what drives and excited me.

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The site tries to set itself apart from the other news sources. Most people approach (online news) with the idea that the goal should be quantity and speed.

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Influential Books

Amy Webb - Data, a Love Story: How I Cracked the Online Dating Code to Meet My Match

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