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Nationality  American
Name  Phil Simon

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Alma mater  Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University
Occupation  Author and Public Speaker
Education  Carnegie Mellon University
Residence  Henderson, Nevada, United States
Books  The Visual Organization: Data Visu, The Age of the Platform, Too Big to Ignore: The Business, The New Small: How a New Br, The Next Wave of Technolo

Phil Simon - Author - Tech Cocktail Week: June 2013

Phil Simon (born ca. 1972) is an American speaker, journalist, and author. He writes about management, technology, publishing, disruption, communication, and analytics.



Simon studied economics and political science at Carnegie Mellon University, receiving his BS in Policy and Management in 1993, and labor relations at Cornell University obtaining his MILR in 1997.


Simon started his career as human-resource consultant in 1997 at Capital One for a year, and at Merck & Co. for two years. After two more years as application consultant for Lawson Software. In 2002, he started his own consulting firm.

He has written eight management books, most recently Analytics: The Agile Way Beyond his proper books, he served as editor for the 2011 book, 101 Lightbulb Moments in Data Management: Tales from the Data Roundtable. In May 2016, SImon announced that he had accepted a position as a full-time faculty member at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

His work has been featured in Fast Company, the New York Times, CNN, Inc. Magazine, Harvard Business Review The Huffington Post, and many other sites.


In February 2016, Simon received a 2015 Axiom award for Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It in the category of networking / communication. In 2012, he received a 2011 Axiom best business technology book award for The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business.

Simon announced in April 2012 that The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business would be translated into Korean in late 2012.


Simon believes that the platform represents a fundamentally new business model—the most important one of the 21st century. Specifically, APIs and SDKs are enabling developers to build mobile apps and web services faster and on a much greater scale than ever. The most successful companies of the day—e.g.,, Apple Inc., Facebook, and Google—no longer focus on one line of business. Rather, they quickly and frequently add adjacent offerings, products, and services—i.e., planks.

Through increasingly powerful ecosystems, companies today are externalizing a great deal of their innovation and evolving at rapid speeds. What's more, emerging platforms like Twitter, Kickstarter,, WordPress, Udemy, and scores of others are redefining business in tectonic ways that we have only begun to understand.

Simon's belief in the power of platforms is supported by the extensive economic research of people like Marshall Van Alstyne.

Selected publications

  • Simon, Phil (2010). Why New Systems Fail. Cengage. p. 354. ISBN 9781435456440. 
  • Simon, Phil (2010). The Next Wave of Technologies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 432. ISBN 978-0-470-58750-8. 
  • Simon, Phil (2010). The New Small. Motion Publishing. p. 316. ISBN 9780982930236. 
  • Simon, Phil (2011). The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. Motion Publishing. p. 312. ISBN 9780982930250. 
  • Simon, Phil (2013). Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data. John Wiley & Sons. p. 250. ISBN 9781118638170. 
  • Simon, Phil (2014). The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. John Wiley & Sons. p. 240. ISBN 9781118794388. 
  • Simon, Phil (2015). Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It. John Wiley & Sons. p. 250. ISBN 9781119017035. 
  • Simon, Phil (2017). Analytics: The Agile Way. John Wiley & Sons. p. 292. ISBN 1119423473. 
  • References

    Phil Simon Wikipedia