OpenMatters is a technology investor and strategic advisory firm. Barry has spent the last ten years investing in and founding companies that deploy social, mobile and cloud technologies in their businesses. In 2001, he founded Mzinga, a social software and analytic company. He currently serves on the board of directors of Innocentive, a social innovation software company; Activate Networks (ANI), a social analytics company; The Pulse Network, an enterprise social video company; and The SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Networked Organizations at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Us Against Alzheimer’s Network, an advocacy network seeking to end Alzheimer’s by 2020 using today’s technologies. He is also strategic advisor to a number of other companies including Sonicbids, a social music marketing company and Melange, a new age crowd sourcing clothing design firm.
Libert has authored five books on the value of social interactions and communications in business, healthcare and government. His fifth book, Social Nation, was published in the fall of 2010 by John Wiley & Sons. In 2007, Libert co-authored We Are Smarter Than Me with Jon Spector (CEO of the Conference Board), which focused on the power of open innovation. Using a wiki and the contributions of more than 4,500 people, We are Smarter than Me illustrated through practical applications (e.g. the first business book to be written by a crowd using a wiki) how businesses can profit from the wisdom of crowds using today’s technologies.
Prior to publishing We Are Smarter Than Me, Libert also published Value Rx: How to Make the Most of Your Organization’s Assets and Relationships in 2001 and Cracking the Value Code: How Successful Businesses Are Creating Wealth in the New Economy in 2000. Both of these books focused on his research into the value of social interactions between constituents of an organization. He also published the book Barack, Inc, which showed how Barack Obama used social media to win his presidential campaign and the lessons that could be used by business leaders seeking to win the loyalty and support of their customers and employees.
Libert also authored more than ten e-books on the value of social media, mobile and cloud technologies. His newest e-book, Social Power, focuses on what leaders need to know and do in today’s connected world. Barry Libert has authored 1100 articles on the importance of social technologies in enterprises. These articles have covered strategy, people, processes, technologies and financial ramifications. Further, Libert has researched the impact on risks of these technologies, as well the returns from social enterprise business models. His articles have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Baron’s, Institutional Investor, CIO Magazine and Mckinsey Quarterly.
Libert has appeared on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, as well as many other local and national outlets. He has discussed how social, mobile and open technologies impact business, government and finical markets. He has also appeared on more than 300 radio stations, including two appearances on National Public Radio. Barry has addressed more than 30,000 people at more than 300 events globally. Libert holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.