The founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition David Rowan is also an author and keynote speaker. Furthermore, he is the author of the Amazon #1 business bestseller Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Penguin, 2019). This book has been published in many countries around the world.
In his speeches David explains compellingly how emerging technologies will impact business — and how leaders should prepare now.
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David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times. He also hosts a new podcast series about tech founders called Walks With Founders.
In addition he has given more than 600 keynotes in recent years, and has received repeat requests to present many times. His clients include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Google, KPMG, McKinsey, Chanel and Unilever.
What makes David Rowan Special
David deconstructs tech trends in real time, unpacking how major innovations like artificial intelligence, 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 fascinating and knowledgeable presentations full of insight into the future of technology. And he combines these with lively examples and engaging video clips which reveal that, in some cases, the future is already here.
David Rowan’s speeches
David is 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.
He customises every talk, and in recent months has addressed audiences in finance, fashion, utilities, television, insurance, shipping, travel, real estate and business software. David also speaks a lot about changing business models, and how companies can develop a culture of innovation.
Equally talented as a moderator he has moderated events for the World Economic Forum and the UK and French governments. And increasingly he has been much in demand to host webinars and virtual conferences.
David Rowan’s Investments
He has since invested in more than 60 early-stage tech companies, including two that became billion-dollar “unicorns”. David is also an adviser to Lakestar, one of Europe’s largest venture-capital funds.
His book Non Bullshit Innovation is a 20- country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. It sets out sixteen proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business — helping leaders build resilience in a post-COVID- 19 world.
Incredibly well connected he knows the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious start-ups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.