David Rowan is the founding UK Editor-in-Chief, WIRED and the author of Amazon #1 business bestseller “Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds”. He is a technology columnist (The Times, The Sunday Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller), an event moderator (for governments, WIRED, TED, World Economic Forum) and adviser to and investor in 60+ tech startups including two that became billion-dollar “unicorns”.
Rowan explains compellingly how emerging technologies will impact business and how leaders should prepare now. As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition (award-winning technology and trends magazine covering innovation and the people and businesses that are building the future), 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, and is an adviser to Lakestar, one of Europe’s largest venture-capital funds.
David studies all the things that are, or soon will be changing business, culture and every aspect of our lives from AI to VR.
His Amazon #1 business bestseller “Non-Bullshit Innovation” is a 20-country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption, sets out sixteen proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business - helping leaders build resilience in a post-COVID-19 world.
He hosts a new podcast series about tech founders called “Walks With Founders”, has been asked to give more than 600 keynotes in recent years, has received repeat requests to present for clients such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Google, KPMG, McKinsey, Chanel and Unilever and is increasingly in demand to host webinars and virtual conferences.
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. He delivers fascinating and knowledgeable presentations full of 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. He customises every talk, and in recent times has addressed audiences in finance, fashion, utilities, television, insurance, shipping, travel, real estate and business software. He also speaks a lot abot changing business models, and how companies can develop a culture of innovation.
David is renowned for his insightful, inspirational and thought-provoking speaking style. His presentations are lively and quick-paced.
And he is still searching for the future. David travelled across the world to understand what it takes for businesses and governments to leverage digital transformation in exciting ways – and travels frequently.