Alan Young

Co-Founder, Knowingli Market Research and Puzzle Partner

Alan YoungA seasoned business and technology visionary, Alan is co-founder of Knowingli, the market research division of Puzzle Partner, a leading PR and Marketing firm. He is recognized for his provocative insight into how emerging technology impacts industries and how leaders can better connect with their customers and employees for sustained growth. Alan has held high level executive positions and advisory roles at global companies including Infor, Newtrade Technologies, (acquired by Expedia), Hotel Booking Solutions (acquired by IBS Software) and TrustYou (acquired by Recruit). He sits on several advisory boards and is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that drive meaningful outcomes and actions. He is a respected thought-leader, battle-tested consultant, mentor, and sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business strategy, growth, transformation and innovation. Alan focuses on increasing business happiness and believes that everything hinges on the power of communication and effective story-telling. Born in Montreal, Alan has lived and worked in Australia, Bermuda, The Bahamas and California but he now calls Toronto his home.
Insights by Alan Young (6)

Buzzfeed, Amazon & DoorDash: The One Where the Businesses Around the Globe Started to Pivot, Pivot, and Pivot some more

In a Friends episode titled, "The One with the Cop", Ross, Chandler and Rachel struggle to maneuver a couch up the narrow staircase of their apartment building. As the group attempts to turn a corner, Ross repeatedly yells "Pivot!" in an increasingly hysterical tone, setting the stage for a hilarious, now-iconic scene that is frequently referenced across social media.

UgoVirtual on the Future of Events and How Technology Can Help Us Be Everywhere at Once

Steve Jobs once said, "Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity, not a threat." To this effect, the last six months have been a whirlwind of opportunity. The coronavirus pandemic has altered many industries and touchpoints in ways we never saw coming, as global communities continue to adapt to emerging regulations and recommendations.

Is Silofit ‘Gym on Demand’ the Future of the Fitness Industry?

You've been at the gym for 30 minutes already and, somehow, the squat rack still appears to be taken. You train your eyes on the seemingly coveted piece of equipment while pushing through a final set on the leg press machine, before clueing in to the hovering presence behind you.

FREE REPORT: The Inevitable Rise of Virtual Events in a Post-Pandemic World

The world has officially gone virtual. As industries respond to shifting consumer preferences in the wake of COVID-19, along with a widespread demand for pandemic-specific innovation, the new socially distanced reality is rapidly shaping the way we do business and interact.

COVID-19: Voice of Consumers on Travel & Hospitality

It's a Tuesday evening, and you wait at the curb for your Uber. The app prompts you with a reminder that riders must wear a mask, and you sort through your bag to make sure you packed one. As you strap on your mask, your driver pulls up, and you duck into the backseat, where you spot a hand sanitizer bottle in the cupholder.
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