FIR Interview – David Kirkpatrick, Fortune magazine: July 2, 2007

Fortune magazine’s iMeme 2007 conference in San Francisco on July 12-13, 2007, will bring together top thinkers in technology to share the ideas and digital memes that will drive the future. Co-chaired by David Kirkpatrick, the conference will address the digital evolution now transforming the worlds of commerce and culture. Participants will include leaders of the internet, tech, media, and telecom industries, as well as founders of the information age and explorers of new digital frontiers.

Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz talked with David about the event, its speakers and programme in a wide-ranging conversation that includes platforms of the future, the challenges tech and telecom face as the connected world expands, digital media, the impact of green technology, and upcoming digital disruptors.

About our Conversation Partner

Kirkpatrick-fortuneDavid Kirkpatrick, senior editor, internet and technology at Fortune, specializes in the computer and technology industries, as well as in the impact of the internet on business and society. He writes Fast Forward, a column which appears weekly on and through email and RSS subscription.

Kirkpatrick joined Time Inc. in 1978 while working as a video artist, and started at Fortune in 1983. In 1991 he began covering the computer beat. In 1990 his story “Will You Be Able to Retire?” was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in the personal service journalism category. He has written cover stories on Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Sun, and numerous other topics including blogging. He is regularly ranked one of the most influential tech journalists in the US.

Kirkpatrick has appeared frequently as a technology industry expert on CNN and PBS. Working with other Fortune editors, he developed and hosts Brainstorm, a multi-disciplinary conference which brings together global leaders to interact and discuss the future. The conference, first held in 2001, takes place annually in Aspen and is produced in partnership with the Aspen Institute.

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.