Larry Downes

Larry Downes
Project Director
Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

Larry Downes is an Internet industry analyst and 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 (Penguin 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 also the author of the Business Week and New York Times business best-seller, 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 has 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.

He is currently a Research Fellow with the Accenture Institute for High Performance and Project Director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.

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.

Recent Events

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?