scottaction1.jpgScott is a writer and speaker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post and other media. He has taught at the University of Washington, blogs for Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, and has appeared frequently as an expert on various subjects on CNN,  CNBC and MSNBC.

He is the bestselling author of four books:

He lives off book royalties and fees from speaking for hire. You can see him in action here.

He worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003, mostly on Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0 (not 6). From 2010 to 2012 Scott worked for Automattic on WordPress.com. He is back to being a full time author and speaker.

This short interview describes him well.  You can contact him directly or follow on Twitter at @berkun.

(Photo by Halan, Press Headshot available here)

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  1. […] “You can only learn from a mistake after you admit you’ve made it. As soon as you start blaming other people (or the universe itself) you distance yourself from any possible lesson. But if you courageously stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible” the possibilities for learning will move towards you. ” Scott Berkun […]

  2. […] Scott’s bio notes that he grew up the Queens borough of New York City. While I suspect it’s an OK place, I suspect that Queens is not exactly Menlo Park, Ross, or Pacific Heights. He attended Carnegie Mellon, and later worked at Microsoft. Good CS school, and a chance to work at Microsoft at an earlier time in it’s evolution. And while he doesn’t carry a B-school degree from the “right” or any school for that matter, he also did not hold a senior role at Microsoft. Berkun notes someplace that the only time he was in private with Bill Gates was in an elevator and Gates ignored him. […]

  3. […] starts by qualifying users to select the best workflow. Well, the post TurboTax Design FAIL from Scott Berkun shows even leading tax software company Intuit can get it wrong.Scott has used Turbo Tax for many […]

  4. […] Scott Berkun, ehemaliger Manager bei Microsoft und Autor des Buchs “The Myths of Innovation” (Amazon Partnerlink*), ist bekannt für folgendes Zitat: “The abuse of words like innovation, disruption, game changing and breakthrough is killing us. We’re tripping over our own egos, lost in the ignorance of romance for the vagaries of pseudo-thinking associated with these words. The more often people in a company use this word, the less likely anything worthy of that label is actually happening, as it’s often the confused and the desperate who believe simply saying a word again and again like a magic spell causes anything at all to happen.” […]

  5. […] Scott Berkun é um conhecido escritor e palestrante na área de negócios e tecnologia. Publicou alguns livros que se tornaram best-sellers e hoje são leitura recomendada para quem deseja ou precisa aprender a gerenciar negócios, sejam eles ligados ou não à tecnologia. Eu acompanho o blog dele e recentemente ele postou um texto que é uma carta aberta aos microgerentes. […]

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