Larry Downes

Larry Downes
Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow
Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

Larry Downes is a best-selling author on developing business strategies in an age of accelerating technological disruption. He is the co-author, with Paul F. Nunes, of Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation (Portfolio 2014), now a bestseller. Based on extensive research, the book describes a new kind of disruptive innovation and teaches executives across industries how to adjust their strategies to survive it.

His previous book, The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age, explored the accident-prone intersection of law and innovation.

Downes is the author of the New York Times and Business Week bestseller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.

He writes regularly for Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, and CNET, and is frequently quoted in media stories in both mainstream and trade outlets.

He is currently a research fellow with the Accenture Institute for High Performance.

He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was associate dean of the School of Information.

Recent Events and Presentations

July 11, 2017

Net neutrality has become the most contentious issue in modern telecommunications policy. Join ITIF for a panel of experts to discuss opportunities, challenges, what is new, and how best to move forward in this perennial debate.

July 31, 2014

ITIF will host a panel discussion on why disruptive IT transformations are occurring and how they impact consumers businesses and IT policy.

September 13, 2011

What set of policies will make more spectrum available for innovative uses?