Stowe Boyd

Head of Research, Spark PR
New York City

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Stowe is a research contributor for Gigaom. He is a well-known futurist, researcher, and analyst. His focus is the future of work, and the tectonic forces pushing business into an unclear and accelerating future.

Stowe worked as an analyst, and later lead analyst, for the original Gigaom Research from 2011, and as the research lead in social tools, work technology, and the future of work area since fall 2012. He served as head of Research for Gigaom from July 2015 to November 2016. Stowe has been tracking the social revolution online since 1999, when he coined the term ‘social tools’, and starting blogging.

He was president of Corante, a blogging pioneer, in the mid ‘00s, and has been widely recognized as a theorist and influencer in the social web. He coined the term ‘hashtag’ in ’07 during an online conversation with Chris Messina, the originator of the convention.

Stowe has participated in numerous conferences and events worldwide, including Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Gigaom Net:Work, Reboot, Next, Mesh, Shift, Lift, SIBOS, Defrag, SxSW, and several TEDx events.

His personal blog is, and his twitter is @stoweboyd.