Viktor is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute / Oxford University. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. In addition to “reinventing Capitalism”, Viktor has published eleven books (including the international bestseller “Big Data” (with Kenneth Cukier), and the awards-winning “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” with Princeton University Press) and is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the information economy.
After successes in the International Physics Olympics and the Austrian Young Programmers Contest, Mayer-Schönberger studied in Salzburg, Harvard and at the London School of Economics. In 1986 he founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security and developed the Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person of the Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000. He has chaired the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy in the New Economy, bringing together leading strategists and decision-makers of the new economy.
He is a frequent public speaker, and sought expert for print and broadcast media worldwide. He is also on the boards of foundations, think tanks and organizations focused on studying the information economy, and advises governments, businesses and NGOs on new economy and information society issues.
Thomas is technology correspondent of brand eins and writes for The Economist. His work focuses on all things digital, connecting the dots between technology, its impact on business and management and consequences for society and policy-making. He also serves as Chief Explaining Officer to the German-American Analytics company QuantCo.
After his studies in Germany, France and the US, Thomas started his career as a radio host and TV reporter for the German national public broadcasting network ARD. He then became a political correspondent at Deutsche Welle TV, a fellow at the Berlin based thinktank stiftung neue verantwortung and is a co-founder of the start-up hartplatzhelden.de, a renowned platform for soccer amateurs.
Over the past 15 years Thomas has written a dozen books, including Spiegel’s bestseller The Flicks, In Data We Trust and Smart Data and, together with Erik Spiekermann, a bestselling book on Design Thinking. In 2014 he published his first novel. He received journalism and book awards, including the Herbert Quandt Media Prize, the German Business Book Award, the ADC Award and the Best-of-Corporate Publishing Award. He was short-listed for the International Book Award and the Kisch-Prize.
Thomas is an acclaimed keynote speaker and frequent moderator of public events, conferences and panels. He lives in Berlin with his wife and son.
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Viktor and Thomas keynote conferences and speak at executive retreats across the globe every year. If you are interested in booking us as a team, please feel free to contact us regarding rates and availability. For solo bookings Viktor is being represented by Bob Katz Enterprises (email) in North America – for all other locations please contact him directly; and Thomas Range is being represented by …