The Next 20 Years series since 1997, has been about engaging and connecting industry leaders through a series of live events. From London to New York, to Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin and San Francisco, visionaries, press, policy makers, VCs, analysts, local entrepreneur’s and start-ups have come together in a long-range exploration of what lies ahead. Connecting interesting with the interested, has always been ground zero for us.
The project, affectionately known as TNTY, was originally born from a series of SF industry salons called Last Saturdays held the last Saturday of every month in the private SF home of Bob Ayres. These smaller gatherings through generous support of executives at Ziff Davis publishing (most notably Terri Holbrooke and Dan Farber) morphed into a larger ongoing lecture and showcase series which eventually traveled to 7 US cities and London. TNTY was, at its heart an industry insider’s preview of the future, covering technology, science and medicine.
Between 1997 and 2001 the live events featured more than 500 sponsoring companies, famed futurists Paul Saffo and Michio Kaku among others, top line VC’s and journalists from around the world- all speaking on what they saw coming in the next 20 years. Some of the transcripts of those shows will be posted on this site soon.
The TNTY live lecture series took a sabbatical while our executive producer Bob Ayres contributed on the prestigious Board of Advisors for the TED Conference and became in 2006-2008 the inaugural Executive Director of THE TED PRIZE. TED Prize winners include, among others Bono and Bill Clinton.
In 2011 Bob became the Executive Producer / Licensee for TEDxMarin Coupling the years working in and around the TED conference including his smaller industry Salons called TwoDegrees, The Next 20 years project is now poised to relaunch a series of lectures and showcases about what is coming in the next two decades.
We encourage you to keep in touch with all activities buy requesting an invitation to TwoDegrees here.