Tim Sanders is the maverick CEO of Los Angeles tech start-up Net Minds and founder of research firm Deeper Media Incorporated. Prior to these positions, he was the chief solutions officer at Yahoo!, as well as its leadership coach (2001-2005). He’s a strategic consultant to leading brands, associations, and government agencies.
His background is economics, psychology, and debate, giving him a rare blend of stories and science to move audiences to action. He’s weathered the Quality Movement, the Dotcom Crash, and the recent downturn of 2008—emerging stronger from the experience.
Time magazine called him a “public consultant” because of his extensive pre-keynote research and highly customized advice points for groups. He’s one of the top-rated speakers in the history of over 20 conferences, conventions, and off-site meetings.
Sanders is the author of four books, including the global bestseller Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends. His second book, The Likeability Factor, was featured in major media from USA Today to The New York Times. His latest book, Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence, is an Inc. Magazine business bestseller. Its message, “Take control of your outlook and get your confidence back!”, is right for the times.
After graduate school and a short stint working with quality movement guru Ed Deming, Sanders went to work for Southwestern Bell Mobile systems at the birth of the US cellular phone industry. He applied his expertise of quality, marketing, and sales to help launch one of the most important industries of our time: wireless communications for the masses.
In 1996, Sanders went to work at broadcast.com for Mark Cuban, an audacious entrepreneur. After the company was sold to Yahoo!, Sanders created and led the Yahoo! ValueLab, an in-house “think tank” which delivered futuristic insight on technology and human behavior.
In 2002, Sanders was named chief solutions officer at Yahoo!, at a time when the Internet industry was going through significant change and pressure from the stock market. He was charged with responding to multi-million dollar critical situations and empowered to make decisions in the field. From this experience, he learned that leadership is a personal decision, not just the function of a title.
His work is frequently featured in the media, most recently in The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Oprah.com.
Tim Sanders attended Loyola Marymount University and studied in the graduate school of communications at the University of Arizona.