berkun-speakingI’m a bestselling author and speaker, most famous for my writing and speaking on creativity, philosophy and management.

My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, Forbes, USA Today, Wired, Fast Company, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post and other media. I taught at the University of Washington, was a co-host of CNBC’s The Business of Innovation show, I am named on 5 U.S. patentsblog for Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, and have appeared as an  expert on various subjects on CNN, CNBC, NPR and MSNBC. I taught creativity at the University of Washington, I’m the speaker coach for Ignite Seattle and the director of the film project We Make Seattle.

My latest book, The Year Without Pants: & The Future of Work released in Sept 2013 and was named an best book of the year.

I post 2 or 3 times a week on this website. Since 2003, there have been over 1600 posts. Popular topics include creativity, writing well, managing and speaking. My 50 best posts of all time are a great place to start. Many posts are born from reader comments and questions.

I’ve authored five popular books:

I make my living from book royalties and fees from speaking for hire. You can see me in action here.

I worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003, mostly on Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0 (not 6). From 2010 to 2012 I worked as a team leader for Automattic on I’m back to being a full time author and speaker. This short interview describes me well.

Contact: You can contact me directly or follow on Twitter at @berkun.

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28 Responses to “About”

  1. Mohlape Brakie |

    Wow, I have not read any of you books , being a best selling author of four books that shows you have a talent but I’m going to check them. you are really best writer.what advise would you give me, I really love to be a writer. I have written a non-fictional story book, but its not finished.

  2. Karen Farthing |

    You, sir, are freaking awesome. A google search on “how to write a good book” led me here, and here I’ve been for about two hours!!! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your blog – now I guess I’ll have to buy a book. Dammit. Since I’ve decided that I’m probably unemployable, the only things I like to do are read and shoot, and I don’t know ANYONE who’s going to pay me to shoot things for a living (not legally, anyway) I guess I’ll have to get off my tail and start writing something.

    Thanks for the great read!

  3. Ramona Anderson |

    Can’t wait for my free kitty :)

    • Scott |

      It’s on its way, I promise.

  4. Tina |

    You sir, are very handsome. By the way I enjoyed reading your post. Have a nice day. :)

  5. megaxus |

    Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

    • Scott |

      Get back to work.

      No wait! Stay here!

  6. Lucian |

    Hey! I’m from Romania and are a big lover of books, I got here from cause your book, CONFESSIONS OF A PUBLIC SPEAKER.

    It helped me enormously. Good luck and good health.

  7. Jay |

    Can anyone please tell me which is the theme of this website…..?

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