Joel Comm

The Functional Futurist

Joel Comm is New York Times bestselling author, blockchain enthusiast, podcast host, professional keynote speaker, social media marketing strategist, live video expert, technologist, brand influencer, futurist and eternal 12-year old. With over two decades of experience harnessing the power of the web, publishing, social media and mobile applications to expand reach and engage in active relationship marketing, Joel is a sought-after public speaker who leaves his audiences inspired, entertained, and armed with strategic tools to create highly effective new media campaigns. His latest project is as co-host of The Bad Crypto Podcast, a top cryptocurrency show making the future of digital payments easy to understand.

Latest Posts From Joel Comm

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Why PewDiePie Sees New Opportunities in Live Video’s New Features

PewDiePie is coming back to YouTube. The Swedish video star, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, was once the platform’s biggest creator. He left in 2019, taking his live videos to rival upstart DLive. Here is why PewDiePie sees new opportunities in live video’s new features. PewDiePie has had a volatile relationship with Google’s video […]

How to Build Your Community with Live Video

Members of a community share a set of views. They think the same way about at least one thing, whether that’s politics, a football team, a cause, or a favorite choice of toothpaste. A community has at least one thought, issue, feeling, concern, or a goal in common. But having and maintaining only one thing […]

Social Media has had its Day

Social media was supposed to be the ultimate free speech platform, a place where the world would come together to swap information and share opinions. It would be the battleground of ideas. Someone would say something that looked sensible, face a challenge from someone with a different experience, and new facts, and the world would […]

What It Really Means to Be Forward-Thinking

We all want to be right. We all want to feel that we’re smart and rational, that we’ve weighed the evidence and come to the best decision possible. When we’re proven right, we want to be able to say “I told you so!”—because there are few feelings more powerful than that. But here’s the thing: […]

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Where Does Social Media Think it’s Going Now?

You know things are bad when the comedians have it in for you. In November, Sacha Baron Cohen went viral. The comedian has pulled some pretty good pranks in the past, but this video didn’t show him fooling a politician as a rapper or playing a journalist from Kazakhstan. The vid showed him as himself […]

Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Professional

Facebook started life as the place to go meet the people at your college. It then became the place to meet the people you used to know at college. Now it’s not quite clear what it’s for. User growth is continuing, but more slowly than in the past which means that everyone you want to […]

Where Live Video Fits into Your Marketing Strategy

Live video is a hugely powerful marketing tool. It combines visual imagery with a unique form of urgency, two-way communication, and an appearance on popular social media channels. But like any marketing tool, it shouldn’t stand alone. Live video has to be worked into an overall marketing strategy in which different elements support and reinforce […]

Why Libra Regulations Will Be Good for Cryptocurrencies

Facebook’s Libra landed with a splash. It’s since drifted into stormy waters. What Mark Zuckerberg might have seen as a simple way for his users to send and receive money online — governments and regulators have taken to a whole new level. Some have seen an evil plan to take over the world, or at […]

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The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists

Technology affects every aspect of our lives. It affects the way we communicate, and how we travel, but it also determines how we learn, how we bank, and the way we run our businesses. Futurist speakers think about those changes and try to understand how they’ll affect us. Here are the top five issues faced […]

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How Libra Will Change Social Media Marketing

Mark Zuckerberg has already changed the way we market. The rise of Facebook, with its mixture of detailed personal demographics and ongoing engagement, has forced marketers to create new ways of building relationships with leads and customers. As the platform has grown, we’ve all grown used to creating posts, producing videos, broadcasting live, answering questions, […]

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The Biggest Mistake Your Startup is Making

Entrepreneurs always make mistakes. When you’re building a business, you will get things wrong. Everyone does. It’s part of the learning process. If you’re not failing occasionally, you’re not trying hard enough. Let me explain the biggest mistake your startup is making. Some mistakes, though, are more significant than others—and there’s one mistake that’s the […]

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The Biggest Mistakes Made by Live Broadcasters

Live video is one of the most effective tools that marketers can use to reach and engage audiences. It allows businesses to address large numbers of customers at the same time. You are able to demonstrate products, and to make offers, but also to answer questions and quash objections. Here are some of the biggest […]

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10 Crypto Gurus You Have to Follow

The world of cryptocurrency is still new, and we all need guidance. Paying attention to people who understand the technology and can explain what’s going on could be helpful. Here are ten crypto gurus you just have to follow. Charlie Lee Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin, the silver to Bitcoin’s gold. He was […]

3 Top Tools to Broadcast to Facebook Live

3 Top Tools to Broadcast to Facebook Live

Social media has always made it possible for businesses to communicate with audiences. Live streaming has made that communication two-way. Businesses can talk to an audience, and that audience can use the comments to interact with the broadcaster. There are three top tools to broadcast to Facebook Live. A broadcaster on Facebook can ask questions, […]

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3 Reasons Decentralization is the Future of Currency

A lot of big claims are made about cryptocurrency in general and Bitcoin in particular. It’s going to change the world, we’re told. The foundation of those big cryptocurrency claims has nothing to do with Bitcoin’s value — or the fact that it only exists in a digital form. It’s the future of money. It’s […]

12 Interesting Startups from Collision 2019

12 Interesting Startups from Collision 2019

More than 25,000 people descended upon Toronto for Collision Conference 2019. Speakers and big brands alike showed up to explore the future and how technology can be leveraged to improve quality of life. And while the larger companies are set to make a major impact on the world, there are hundreds of startups who have […]