Patrick Schwerdtfeger


Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Business Futurist

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist specializing in technology trends such as big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, social media, and disruptive innovation. He was an early, popular media commentator on financial services, real estate, and entrepreneurial success, and during the “mortgage meltdown” and ensuing financial crisis, he became a sought-after speaker on the business environment and on the then-burgeoning field of podcasting and social media. As an independent business analyst, his unparalleled knowledge of geopolitical dynamics, demographic shifts, and technology combine to leave his audiences with the knowledge and tools they can immediately use to strategize within their industries.

When Barack Obama’s presidential campaign became recognized as the first to be driven by social media, demand for the topic grew, taking Patrick to hundreds of events all around the world, and earning him a stellar reputation for his tactical and energizing keynotes about technology driven change and innovation.

Patrick has headlined events for Oracle, Bloomberg TV, Marriott, Bank of America, Trek Bicycles, RE/MAX, Century 21, Keller Williams, Comcast Cable, Time Warner Cable and United Healthcare among many others, and has also appeared at hundreds of industry conferences and conventions around the world.

In the media, Patrick has been featured by The New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN Money, Reader’s Digest, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Associated Press, MONEY Magazine, and Forbes.

Patrick is the founder of Trend Mastery Inc., a strategic consulting agency, identifying a world of transformational opportunities, and host of the Strategic Business Insights, a video blog that has over 20,000 subscribers and four million views on YouTube.

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

The explosion of big data technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) have led to dramatic advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. These technologies are fueling innovation in predictive analytics, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality and countless other fields.

Patrick has accumulated dozens of case histories and success stories in a variety of different industries, allowing him to explain the trends in a way that people understand. His technology keynotes don’t get into technical specifications. Instead, they highlight trends and strategies for executive and managerial audiences.

Blockchain Protocol and Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin was the first application of blockchain protocol. Since 2009 when it was officially launched, the bitcoin blockchain has never been hacked. This distributed public ledger technology is now finding its way into hundreds of different applications. Its popularity is part of a larger trend from centralized to decentralized structures. Ironically, the industries that are most threatened by blockchain technology (banks, insurance companies and other financial services) are the ones investing in it most aggressively.

Patrick explains the risks as well as the opportunities that today’s executives need to know.

Embracing Disruptive Innovation

Disruptive innovation invalidates existing business models. That’s why it’s become so important for executives around the world. Technology is evolving along an exponential curve. Entire industries are collapsing as new (mostly digital) business models provide better outcomes for fewer dollars. Disruptive innovation generally comes from the edges of industries, not the center. It comes from ‘adjacent markets’ often catching executives by surprise. Patrick dissects the topic and leaves attendees with a series of questions they can use to spot possible threats and also opportunities within their business models.