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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.

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.

Arguably one of the biggest names in business in the world, Sir Richard is the flamboyant power behind the Virgin group. Starting off in music the company has covered everything from trains to wedding dresses, perfume to airlines.

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.

Mick began in Hollywood special effects, but his life changed after meeting an artist who had contracted Motor Neurone Disease. Mick set about designing an open-source device to track eye movement, allowing him to communicate again. The team has since used the same creativity in war-torn Sudan, reducing the cost of prosthetics for children by 90% with the help of 3D printing. Mike shares his infectious enthusiasm and asks “If not now, when? If not me, who?”

Having run a range of digital and internet businesses in the US, Margaret has turned to analysing where leadership in organisations so often goes wrong. Ignoring potential problems, failing to encourage or develop talent, building a culture of isolation and internal competition; all are commonplace issues that could easily be addressed. As in her bestseller Wilful Blindness and her acclaimed TED speeches, Margaret simply and effectively considers what makes a great leader.

The founders of Skype had a simple idea that went on to revolutionise the entire telecoms sector. Since the company was sold Jonas has taught at Stanford, launched an early stage fund to back scaleable new business models, and co-authored books on growth strategy and ways to test the enterprise’s durability. He speaks about spearheading an idea, standing out from the crowd, creating a winning sales culture and bringing the whole organisation together.

Bill heads the world’s largest business software firm with over 70,000 employees and over 290,000 customers in 190 countries. He’s also author of Winners Dream, showing what can happen when you build a rapport and recognise team potential. Bill considers how to strengthen critical relationships and align product development with real-world application: “Unless a company has a bias toward innovation rather than the status quo, it’s easy to become irrelevant.”

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