Amy Webb is a digital media futurist and Founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm for emerging technology advising in media, entertainment, financial services and technology companies, advertising and marketing firms, and for higher education, nonprofits and government. Webbmedia Group researches near-future trends in digital media and technology, and develops business strategies to help clients engage bigger audiences and capture more market share.
Webb is a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Lecturer on emerging technology and media in the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University. In addition, Webb is the co-founder of Knowledgewebb Training, a hands-on corporate training firm that was incubated at Webbmedia Group. She is also the co-founder of Spark Camp, a next-generation convener that facilitates important conversations on the future of a better society. Recently, Forbes named her one of the “Women Changing The World,” while the Columbia Journalism Review included Webb on its “20 Women To Watch in Media” list.
Webb was appointed a Delegate on the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission in 2009. Her work on the Commission included working with Russian media and technology executives to advance President Obama’s objective of identifying areas of cooperation, strengthening international security and improving communication. (The Commission’s activities were suspended due to recent conflicts.) Webb was asked to serve on the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Libraries, where she worked together with former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and others to create a sustainable future for America’s libraries. She participated in the seminal “The Web at 25” study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, contributing her expertise on the future of artificial intelligence and robotics. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group – Emmy award judge), serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and and serves on several startup and advisory boards, including the SXSW Accelerator, Temple University’s School of Media and Communication and the International Center for Journalists.
Webb began her career as a journalist, and she continues to write extensively today. She is a contributing editor and tech columnist at Inc. Magazine, where she writes a column about the future of technology as it relates to business. She writes the Data Mine column at Slate, where she focuses on the future of data and our everyday lives. She contributes to the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post and many other publications. Previously, Webb reported for Newsweek Magazine (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong), covering media, technology and pop culture.
In 2013, Webb published Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin), a memoir about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data is one of the most-viewed TED talks of all time and has been translated into 31 languages. During 2014, it was part of the featured in-flight entertainment on Delta flights.
Webb originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test and speaks fluently.
Amy Webb is the youngest segment of Gen X, which means that she grew up with a computer at home but not the Internet. She was extremely fortunate to have parents who nurtured her early desires to tinker and experiment. As a result, she is uniquely positioned to bridge the divide between digital natives and everyone who got started before the Information Age. While she lives on the bleeding edge of technology, she specializes in relating the changes she sees coming back to business strategy in the present.