As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, David Rowan travels the world to meet entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating the future and is able to communicate complex trends in a clear and engaging way.
David Rowan explains compellingly how emerging technologies will impact business — and how leaders should prepare now. He came to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. He has since invested in many early-stage tech companies and is an adviser to Lakestar, one of Europe’s largest venture-capital funds.
David is an Amazon Business #1 bestselling author and has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times, as well as hosting a new podcast series about tech founders called Walks With Founders. He has been asked to give more than 600 keynotes in recent years, including a TED Global presentation, and has received repeat requests to present for clients such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Google, KPMG, McKinsey, Chanel and Unilever. David has moderated events for the World Economic Forum and the UK and French governments, and is increasingly in demand to host webinars and virtual conferences.
David deconstructs tech trends in real time, unpacking how major innovations like AI, quantum computing, autonomous vehicles, and more, are changing businesses and consumers. He focuses on how technology-led innovation can build prosperity even in economic downturns and amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Moreover, David delivers fast-paced, energetic and research-based presentations that are infused with wit and full of knowledgeable insight into the future of technology, together with lively examples and engaging video clips which reveal that, in some cases, the future is already here. He’s typically asked to speak about how innovation and technology are likely to impact a particular sector (from manufacturing to motoring), and what incumbent companies can do to protect themselves. David also speaks a lot about changing business models, and how companies can develop a culture of innovation.
And he is still searching for the future.
David’s current specialist keynote topics include:
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I wanted to thank you for your time to moderate the G8 Innovation Conference. You set the tone for the day perfectly, engaging the audience and steering the presenters through a very full agenda. The feedback from the day has been overwhelmingly positive, which is largely due to your dynamism, good humour and professionalism. Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, G8 Innovation Conference
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