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Scott Kirsner

Journalist & Author "Fans, Friends & Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age"





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Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His “Innovation Economy” column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he also writes a companion blog for BetaBoston. He is also editor of the site Innovation Leader, which focuses on R&D, product development, and new initiatives within large companies. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. Scott’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and Newsweek, among other publications.

Scott serves as the program chair for three regional events on innovation: the Nantucket Conference, held each June since 2000; Future Forward, held each fall since 2001; and the Convergence Forum, launched in 2004. He is the author, most recently, of the book Fans, Friends & Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age. His earlier books include Inventing the Movies, a technological history of Hollywood that was published in 2008, and The Future of Web Video. He can be reached at



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