Watch Geoffrey Cain interview Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine, via WIRED here.


With his deep insights and captivating storytelling, Geoffrey inspires audiences to think critically about the intersection of technology & society, and to explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Geoffrey Cain is a bestselling author of books on technology and business around the globe. He has interviewed presidents, tycoons, innovators, and financial titans. He is frequently sought for strategic counsel by leaders seeking to break through the noise with their ideas.


His books, Samsung Rising and The Perfect Police State, have been called “gripping” (Financial Times), a “thriller” (The Wall Street Journal), “riveting” (The Economist and Forbes), “a crisp narrative” (Publishers Weekly), and “a prescient, alarming work” (Kirkus starred review).


His citations include the longlist for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, the NPR “Book of the Day,” and the “best nonfiction book in international affairs” from the Overseas Press Club. He is a regular guest on CNN, NPR, Fox News, and Bloomberg Television.


He has interviewed world leaders and covered historic global events. He has advised the White House and regularly testifies before Congress. As a Managing Partner at Alembic Partners, he helps C-suite executives bring their big ideas to the world through thought leadership campaigns, courses, and books.

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Where the world is headed

As a foreign correspondent and geopolitical expert, Geoffrey Cain has lived all over the world, interviewing world leaders including Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, exploring the remote, improbable, dangerous and authoritarian—and, for his investigative work, has been subject to a police investigation for spying and detained many times.

He’s found that emerging authoritarian nations like China and Russia, with growing power, will shape the future for American business and political leaders.

First, the world of the future will be determined by who controls the software space—AI, facial recognition, biotech, while the era of hardware is fading. Second, business victories will also go to the leaders who can tap into creative and narrative-driven fields, since AI will automate reasoning-heavy fields. Finally, as future epidemics and geopolitical conflict takes hold, most successful businesses will pull back from China. They’ll bring manufacturing home due to falling logistical costs and AI advancements.

Time to Build

For decades, America has struggled with steep divisions, poverty, and hollowed out communities. Now it’s time to build. After more than a decade covering the rise of hostile foreign powers bent on keeping America down, and traveling across gutted communities throughout the heartland, author and technologist Geoffrey Cain shows that building will be essential for America to survive and thrive — that means local communities, their workforces, jobs, and a common prosperity. Taking us on a journey around the world, Cain shows how great leaders and companies have pulled themselves out of trouble before, and how doing this at home will not be as hard as we think.

America’s Technological Renewal

America is in the early throes of a little-seen and little-known technological revival. Not the kind happening in Silicon Valley, where software, apps, and venture capitalists reign supreme. Different than the incredible success of Silicon Valley, this industrial renaissance is spread out across the country, where unprecedented advances in robotics, space technologies, and advanced manufacturing are firing up growth in states and regions clustered around Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia. Author and technologist Geoffrey Cain brings us into these resurgent communities and shows why American industry, far from dead, will be the future of tech.


The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey into China's Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future

An in-depth, on-the ground view of how Chinese officials have co-opted technology, infrastructure and the minds of their people to establish the definitive police state.

Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech

An explosive exposé of one of the biggest and most secretive companies in the world, Samsung, as the Korean juggernaut battles Apple and Sony to dominate the world of technology


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