Dan Cobley

Dan Cobley

Former MD, Google UK and Ireland

Synopsis

Originally an oil exploration engineer and marketer, Dan became head of Google UK – with responsibility for $5bn revenue. He’s now focused on Fintech, with the aim of disrupting financial services. In his speech Dan shows how Google use technology in the search for transformative solutions to major problems. They include balloons in space to beam internet signals to remote parts of the world, and contact lenses with an embedded glucose sensor for diabetes sufferers.

Biography

Dan Cobley is a tech entrepreneur, investor and partner at UK venture capital / builder firm Blenheim Chalcot, where he oversees their fintech portfolio. Prior to that he spent almost a decade at Google, serving as Managing Director, UK & Ireland (the company’s biggest and most advanced market outside the US) and as Vice President of EMEA Marketing.

As MD at Google, Dan was responsible for over $5Bn of revenue, and for helping companies large and small harness the power of digital to generate insights, increase sales and transform culture. As the search giant’s VP of Marketing he was responsible for all aspects of European business and consumer marketing.

Before joining Google Dan held senior marketing roles at Capital One Europe, where he helped make the company the UK’s leading new card issuer, and Ask Jeeves, Pepsi and Walkers. He began his career in consulting and oil exploration after studying Physics at Oxford.

Dan addresses the disruptive power of fintech, technology more broadly, innovation, and Google’s unique approach to business. He has been an chair of, advisor to and investor in tech startups, is a trustee of the charity Technology Trust, and has served on the advisory boards of Telegraph Media Group and eHarmony. His TED speech on physics and marketing has been watched over one million times, and he has been rated as one of the influential digital people by both Wired magazine and the Evening Standard.

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Agent Recommendation

To say Dan has his finger on the pulse of technology is an understatement. His insights into what we should expect in our homes and businesses in the future are truly thought provoking – as is his advice on how to harness current technology to make a workplace thrive. You’re watching an expert at the top of his game, with a wonderfully accessible and humorous presentation style. JLA Agent Jonathan Stewart

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