Leonard Brody has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order”. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author and a two-time Emmy nominated media visionary.
He has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet initial public offerings (IPO) in history, and has been involved in the building, financing and or sale of, five companies to date.
In his compelling, customised talks, which range from the United Nations to Visa and Pepsi, Leonard addresses the rapid pace of change, innovation, and disruption facing us all, and what to do about it.
After selling his company in 2009, Leonard became the President of the Innovation and Digital Group for the Anschutz Company. This is one of the largest live sport and entertainment businesses in the world. It owns assets that include stadiums such as the O2 Arena in London and Staples Centre. Other Assets include sports teams like Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Galaxy and the Los Angeles Kings. Today, the company is one of the premiere concert promotion businesses in the world, seating hundreds of millions of people every year.
Leonard is also one of the proud owners of Coventry City Football Club in England. He also acts as principal in several venture capital funds throughout the world and is behind the financing and creation of 20 to 30 startup companies a year.
A highly sought-after public speaker, Leonard has lectured at institutions such as Stanford, the G8 and the United Nations. His insight has been requested by companies such as The Financial Times, Warner Music, Dell, Visa and Pepsi, as well as, the governments of countries such as India, Israel, Ireland, Russia and South Africa.
Leonard’s work has been featured in such publications as Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC and the New York Times. He is a co-author of the bestselling books, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java, and Everything I Needed to Know About Business…I Learned from a Canadian. He is currently writing a new book in partnership with Forbes, called The Great Rewrite.
Leonard holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Program at the Harvard Business School.