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As Zopa co-Founder and CEO, James was a pioneer in peer-to-peer lending. Putting those with a small amount to invest in front of reliable borrowers has proved a successful business model, creating what is now globally £100bn sector. James is now helping organisation make more informed strategic choices as part of FutureAgenda.org, the world’s largest open foresight programme. In presentations he examines disruption across a range of industries and considers how long-established organisations can drive innovation and be better prepared for the future.

The former banker was the first outsider brought in by the two founders of Skype. James has since built, advised and invested in a series of digital businesses. He also led the online transformation of Condé Nast brands like Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair. As the second generation of disruptors take aim, James reveals their thinking and positive paranoia. He also explains why the challenge for ‘legacy companies’ is not technical implementation, but shifting cultural attitudes.

Simon has developed software that connects print buyers to expensive presses across the country that are sitting idle at their time of need. Seeing himself as an ‘open and honest rule-breaker’, he has already grown the start-up into a £30m turnover enterprise. Simon puts their success down to recruiting the best talent they can find and sharing the rewards. Each ‘webmarteer’ then receives as much training and mentoring as they want – and the chance to teach at the firm’s school in Ethiopia.

Daniel launched in-game advertising and developed bestselling video games before founding the online fashion company’s venture capital division. Scouring the world for innovations, he assembled a network of FashionTech talent and forged partnerships across marketing, production and imagery. In presentations Daniel considers the demand for instant experiences and relationships, how every business is becoming a tech business, and how to find and grow talent.

Rachel Botsman writes and talks about the power of collaboration and network technologies; she argues that it might have a bigger impact on our lives than the Industrial Revolution. New markets have opened up with ‘mass online democratisation,’ but with data at the centre it brings a risk of power merely moving from banks to web giants. Rachel explains why every industry must adapt to service networking, and why we all need to own our own data.

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.

Justin is the CMO of Kinetik, an investment and technology company involved in AI, driverless cars, electric trucks and the future of healthcare at home. Justin ran PR at Stella McCartney and Burberry, then became CMO at Topshop before setting up a buzzy social media site. Mixing audio and visual, Tunepics was among the first apps to launch on Apple Watch. Cooke has been described as the British Zuckerberg. In speeches Justin weaves technology, trends, company history, brand and culture to explore how customers might expect to interact, and what the business can do to engender loyalty.

Leaving her job at Accenture for the uncertainty of a startup, Alex and her friend started Hassle.com. The pair got through the challenges, the mistakes, and the lack of investment to build a company that sold for over £20million. She looks at the lessons for other startups and those wanting to emulate them, as well as how the tech sector is performing, the sharing and gig economy, and what the future holds.

Kevin led European growth strategy at the world’s leading business-focused social network, which now has 175 million subscribers across 200 territories. His own background in high-tech runs from start-ups to large multi-cultural companies. Kevin explores what drives hyper-growth digital performers, and how to gain online advantage. He looks at the lessons of disruption and dealing with change. He also considers how best to attract and develop savvy talent – probably the most important differentiator of all.

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