David Rowan

David Rowan

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Former Editor, WIRED UK

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As Editor of the technology and trends magazine for almost a decade, David has a unique insight into digital businesses, gadgets, new developments and the culture taking shape around them. He has also chaired the G8 Innovation Summit, enjoyed rare access to Chinese mobile manufacturers Xiaomi, and tracked the progress of the world’s smartest companies. In presentations David explains how tech-led disruption is impacting on everything from manufacturing to motoring to services – and what incumbent companies can do to protect themselves.


David Rowan explains how emerging technologies will impact business, and how leaders should prepare now. As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, he came to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter, and many other ambitious start-ups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. He has since invested in more than a hundred and fifty early-stage tech companies, including two that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and is an adviser to venture-capital funds, the Harwell Science, and Innovation Campus.

His business bestseller Non-Bullshit Innovation: 17 Proven Ways to Transform How You Work, is a twenty-country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. The book sets out seventeen proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business, helping leaders build resilience in an uncertain world. David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller, and The Sunday Times. He has been asked to give more than six hundred keynotes, and has moderated events for the World Economic Forum, WIRED and the UK and French governments.

David deconstructs tech trends in real time, unpacking how major innovations like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and autonomous vehicles are changing businesses and consumers. He focuses on how technology-led innovation can build prosperity even in economic downturns and amid market crises. David delivers presentations full of insight into the future of technology with lively examples and engaging video clips which reveal that, in some cases, the future is already here. He regularly speaks about how innovation and technology are likely to impact a particular sector (from manufacturing to motoring), and what companies can do to protect themselves.

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If you want a speaker to provide a glimpse of what the future holds for your sector and your customers, David is for you. He sees himself as a storyteller, describing ways in which the world is rapidly changing and how technology is creating new opportunities for all businesses. But it comes with a warning: there are serious dangers if you ignore what’s happening around you. JLA Agent Andrew Stoney

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