David Rowan

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  • Editor-at-Large and Founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK
  • Renowned Tech Journalist, The Sunday Times

“You can’t really ignore the new rules of business,” says David Rowan, WIRED UK’s founding editor. A prolific writer and speaker, Rowan is deconstructing tech trends in real time—how the Internet of Things, 3D printing, big data, artificial intelligence, and more are changing businesses and consumers. Currently writing a book on how corporations can innovate, Rowan frequently delivers fully customized keynotes that reveal the future of your industry, how companies can transform their values, and how to survive and prosper in a tech future. 

 
  

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You played the key role in our Women in European Business Conference and we very much appreciated your input: The event was a great success and the feedback has been outstanding. Your scene-setting opener around the ten mega-trends was fascinating and encouraged us all to stretch our thinking. Your navigation of the numerous themes for the panel session was excellent and the relaxed tone of the conversation was just what we were aiming for. You achieved our goal of inspiring our audience, both professionally and personally and for that, we are truly grateful.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted David Rowan
  • World Economic Forum
  • Lloyds of London
  • Microsoft Bizspark
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Samsung
  • Accenture
  • G8 Innovation Conference
  • KPMG, Shanghai
  • Unilever
  • Audi
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The New Rules of Business

·        Ten technology megatrends you can’t ignore—and how they’ll transform manufacturing, hospitality, finance, insurance, entertainment, and travel industries·        The Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence: why the rules of business just changed·        Digital commerce and ...

·        Ten technology megatrends you can’t ignore—and how they’ll transform manufacturing, hospitality, finance, insurance, entertainment, and travel industries
·        The Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence: why the rules of business just changed
·        Digital commerce and the future of retail
·        The new rules of product innovation, and how to create a culture of innovation
·        How to survive, prosper, and embrace transformation in a world of exponential technologies
·        What you can learn from the smartest people in Silicon Valley
·        How to disrupt your organization, and disruptive business models that can save media companies
·        What corporations need to understand about mobile opportunities
·        Trends affecting the television industry
·        What your business can learn from startup thinking
·        How digital transformation impacts the employer value proposition
·        How digital meets physical in the shopping center of tomorrow
·        The opportunities of 3D printing and the new “maker” culture. 

Recent Presentations

—How smart companies are innovating  —How tech will impact financial services  —How artificial intelligence can boost (not destroy) your business  —Why the world will never move this slowly again  —The future of the workplace —Lessons from the great disruptors  —How the internet of things is redefin ...

—How smart companies are innovating 

—How tech will impact financial services 

—How artificial intelligence can boost (not destroy) your business 

—Why the world will never move this slowly again 

—The future of the workplace

—Lessons from the great disruptors 

—How the internet of things is redefining the relationships between business and consumers

—How will emerging technologies affect insurance/ the legal industry/ motoring/ travel/ healthcare? 

—How to embrace transformation in an exponential era

—Ten technologies shaping our future 

—How utilities will change in the decade ahead 

—The future of television 

—Ten lessons I’ve learned from the world’s fastest innovators 

—New business models that are redefining industries 

—The future of insurance / television / food / energy / retail

—The future of the customer experience

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<p>David Rowan explains the role of machine learning in business</p>

David Rowan explains the role of machine learning in business

“I get to see a lot of startups and there's a new buzz word. They all have to be machine learning Startups. If they make coffee, if they do your laundry, they're building robots, they're all about machine learning.” - Founding Editor of WIRED UK, David Rowan discusses the coming revolution of machine learning in the world of Startups in a short video with Harvard Business School. Rowan delivers compelling, accessible talks on the acceleration of innovation and machine learning. Just as every start-up previously associated itself with the words “big data”, Rowan says that now the scramble is on to build your business model on “machine learning”. He’s taken 125 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies.

Watch David Rowan’s keynote presentation “Technology-driven trends that are changing business" >>
<p>David Rowan reveals the human side of technological advancement </p>

David Rowan reveals the human side of technological advancement 

“Technology doesn’t happen in isolation,” David Rowan, said at the opening of his keynote at the CEB’s ReimagineHR event in London. Rather, Rowan continued, technological advancements create new norms of behavior that affect society and business in far-reaching ways. In today’s world of rapid and accelerating technological change, there is an unprecedented need for business leaders to understand not only new technologies, but also what they do to human behavior. When it comes to the impact of technology on the workforce, Rowan is sanguine about the human role in the future of work. Human workers have survived past technological disruptions and will survive this one as well, he said, as artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine learning take over people’s routine tasks and free up their time for higher-level work like planning and strategy.

Watch David Rowan’s keynote presentation “How to Make the Most of Where Technology is Taking the Workplace” at CEB’s ReimagineHR event in London >>
<p>David Rowan sees first-hand what is happening at the edges of our tech culture</p>

David Rowan sees first-hand what is happening at the edges of our tech culture

The Founding Editor of WIRED UK and a renowned journalist, David Rowan reports on the major shifts, disruptions and advances in tech first-hand, decoding what is happening at the edges of our culture for a wider business audience. Having met, interviewed and spent time with titans of the tech and business world—such as Elon Musk, Niklas Zennstrons, Jack Dorsey, Larry Page, Reid Hoffman, and more—Rowan brings his readers and audiences in close proximity to the people changing the very nature of how we work, interact, and live. Having taken 125 flights in the past year to see first-hand what’s happening at the world’s most influential tech hubs, Rowan has observed advances in research labs from Boston to Zurich, and translated these findings into takeaways for the wider world of business.  Rowan's WIRED cover stories have included exclusive access to WhatsApp before it sold to Facebook, the Google and Facebook leadership teams, Spotify's Daniel Ek, the AI team at DeepMindReid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, and more. He brings fascinating insights into the tech trends of tomorrow, today, consistently receiving rave reviews from audiences such as: " "David was incredible and we’ve had some great feedback ... We were engaged, inspired and enjoyed every minute of his keynote" (Accenture); "We had nothing but praise for his forward thinking piece, it was both informative and entertaining. I didn’t see a single attendee checking their smartphone during David’s talk, which is a testament to his skill as a speaker. I will definitely recommend him to our other offices around the world" (Terrapinn Limited).

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David Rowan is founding Editor-in-chief and now Editor-at-large of WIRED’s UK edition, and technology columnist for The [UK] Sunday Times. He’s taken 125 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. For a book, he’s currently on a global quest for successful examples of corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and recent stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian. At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences and a consulting business. He's an early-stage investor in 40 tech companies and co-founder of FlowJourneys.com, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.

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