Kara Swisher, Ian Beacraft, & Brian Yamada



This session was presented at RE/IMAGINE Innovation, the fourth installment of a multi-part series. Learn more at VMLYR.com/Reimagine.

Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher is good at what she does. And she knows it. 

Kara Swisher is the host of On with Kara Swisher and co-host of the Pivot podcast. She is the former host of the Sway and Recode Decode podcasts and the co-founder of the technology website Recode. Swisher recently stepped away from her role hosting and organizing the Code Conference, which she co-founded nearly two decades ago. She also left her role as a weekly columnist at the New York Times. Swisher is also editor-at-large of New York Magazine and a regular contributor to NBC, CNBC, and MSNBC.  

Considered the top reporter in the tech game, Swisher has been reporting on the industry since the early 1990s. She was there when Amazon was looking for its first headquarters in Seattle, when Google was in its garage and when Netflix was just a small startup. Once called Silicon Valley’s most feared but revered journalist by New York Magazine, Swisher has established herself as the oracle of the tech world with unrivaled access to the industry’s most significant leaders. 

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Ian Beacraft



CEO and Chief Futurist, Signal and Cipher

Considered one of the top voices in AI and the future of work, Ian Beacraft is a trusted advisor to the world's most innovative companies. The founder and Chief Futurist of Signal and Cipher, Ian leads a strategic foresight and development agency guiding companies through the rapidly changing technology landscape to find meaningful routes to innovation that impact the bottom line, inspire cultural change, and create new products and services.   
Previously responsible for P&L’s and innovation departments at the largest agencies in the world, Ian is known for making bleeding-edge technology understandable and monetizable. Brands he has advised include Samsung, Intel, Coca-Cola, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Universal Pictures, and dozens more. 
He’s known as a Gonzo Futurist, personally experimenting with new and emerging technologies before they leave the research lab to understand the implications and applications for the future of work and society at large. Ian is the first person ever to host a news segment as a synthetic human, the Future Report on Defiance Media, streaming to over 100 million devices around the world. 

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Brian Yamada



Chief Innovation Officer, VMLY&R

As Chief Innovation Officer, Brian Yamada leads the Experience Innovation and Analytics & Data Science teams. The Innovation team enables the application of emerging technologies such as AR/VR/XR, AI/ML, NLP, Computer Vision, Blockchain/Web3.0 and the metaverse. The Analytics & Data Science practice drives smarter decisions and measurable outcomes for brands and businesses.  

Brian joined VML over twenty years ago and his past and present client partners include Astra-Zeneca, Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, Ford, Gatorade, GSK, H&R Block, International Olympic Committee, Tennessee Tourism, United Rentals, and Wendy’s.   

Brian is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. And recently completed an Executive Diploma in Artificial Intelligence for Business from Oxford University. He led training for Digital Way Forward and WPP’s Maestro program.  Brian also served as a mentor with TechStars and other startups.   

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