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As Zopa co-Founder and former 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 organisations make more informed strategic choices and deliver more impactful innovation as part of FutureAgenda.org, the world’s largest open foresight programme and advisory in foresight, strategy and innovation. James tells a powerful founder story as a bridge into discussing and sharing practical approaches for disruption, innovation and foresight.

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.

One of the most influential thinkers on trust and technology, Rachel looks at the implications for individuals and businesses in a world where people often trust strangers and AI over public institutions and traditional media. She considers what responsibilities the tech companies have and whether this shift will create greater division or unity.

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.

After leading one of the biggest tech IPOs of its time, Leonard founded the pioneering citizen journalism site NowPublic. He sold the business to the sports and live promotions giant Anschutz where he led their digital strategy. He’s since partnered with talent management company CAA working on projects with their A-list talent, become co-owner of Coventry City FC, invested in around 20 businesses a year, and led The Great Rewrite project with Forbes, an examination of how industry sectors are responding to disruption and change.

One of the world’s leading AI and machine learning experts, Adam’s work helped created two of the world’s leading intelligent assistants in Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby. With experience in engineering, research, management and consulting he is a pioneer in the field.

After seven years as a management consultant, Jules took a leap of faith, left her job, taught herself coding, and with her friends Alex Depledge and Tom Nimmo, started Hassle.com. Based on Jules’ idea of a way to find a local piano teacher, the site evolved from a tool to find almost any domestic service to focusing just on cleaners. It grew and the trio sold the company for over €30million. Jules and Alex then took on the architecture and planning sectors with their next company, Resi.Jules looks at how startups work, the importance of focusing on what customers want, the need to protect the culture, as well as addressing more technical aspects of tech and digital.

Leaving her job at Accenture for the uncertainty of a startup, Alex and her friend Jules 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. They’re repeated the process with Resi, a disruptive architecture and planning business. Alex 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 economies, and what the future holds for brands and consumers.

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?”

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