As one of America’s most respected industry analysts, Cheryl Currid brings rare insight about how people, business and technology can work together.
A former corporate IT executive, award winning journalist and analyst to emerging technology companies, Cheryl brings many years of hands-on experience and secrets of tomorrow’s inventions. She understands ‘Why, When & How’ to best use information technology.
Cheryl’s understanding of technology trends make her a highly successful forecaster. She shares her enthusiasm on how people can make technology work for them. She challenges people to get smart, do things differently, and explains technology to people at all levels - from novice to nerd.
An international lecturer, Cheryl’s speeches range topics from knowledge-based systems, data mining, and even the use of smart dust. She is a leading analyst of emerging technologies, and tests many products before they enter the market.
Cheryl’s 14 books and over 1,000 articles, journal papers, and opinion columns span both technical and business topics. Her work has been translated into more than 10 languages. She was named as one of the most influential industry personalities by Marketing Computers and won a Computer Press Association award for her expert “Opinion.”
Cheryl regularly contributes analysis and opinion to TV and radio. Her weekly Cyber Bites segment has been a part of ABC’s Sunday Extra and Saturday Extra shows for more than seven years. Also, she’s lent her views on computer industry trends to business media such as The New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, ABC, CNN, CNBC, and PBS. She is currently working on two books that focus on disruptive technology and the digital home.
Cheryl’s research organization, Currid & Company, researches new technology concepts and products. Her firm frequently develops the educational content for industry conferences, seminars, symposiums and events.
She started using wireless email in 1993 and worked with early Internet search engines the following year. She was also dubbed a “Digital Mom” for showing parents how to outsmart even tech-savvy teenagers.
Prior to founding Currid & Company, Cheryl was in charge of applying information technology at a division of The Coca-Cola Company. There, she pioneered an enterprise-wide network that connected the company’s people by connecting their computers.
That innovative infrastructure helped open the world of information to corporate computer users and Cheryl was nationally recognized for her successes. Her operating model of the Internet and networked computers has become commonplace in business today.
Cheryl lives in Houston, Texas in an automated home that controls lighting, thermostats, drapes, a pool cleaner, and even talks. It is networked with more than 30 computers and 20 cameras which can be accessed over the Internet.