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.
Amy is a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Lecturer on emerging technology and media at Columbia University. In addition, Amy 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 Amy one of the “Women Changing The World,” while the Columbia Journalism Review included Amy on its “20 Women To Watch in Media” list.
Amy 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.
Amy holds many professional affiliations and collaborates with a number of institutions. She is a Delegate on the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, a member of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Libraries, and a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer Group – Emmy award judge). She is 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.
Amy 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 began her career as a reporter/ writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. She contributes to a number of publications, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Slate, where she writes the “Data Mine” column.
In 2013, Amy published “Data, A Love Story” (Dutton/ Penguin), a bestselling book about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. Amy was featured on Good Morning America, 20/20, The View, NPR and CNN, and her book was covered by numerous media outlets, including People Magazine, Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Wired. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 3.5 million times and has been translated into 31 languages.