David Rowan

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  • Editor-at-Large and Founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK
  • Author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World's Smartest Minds
  • Renowned Tech Journalist, The Sunday Times

“You can’t really ignore the new rules of business,” says David Rowan. As founding editor-in-chief of WIRED UK and a renowned technology columnist who has written for The Times, GQ, Conde Nast Traveller, and the Sunday Times, Rowan deconstructs tech trends in real time, unpacking how major innovations like the Internet of Things, 3D printing, big data, artificial intelligence, and more, are changing businesses and consumers. Rowan travels excessively to meet crazy-driven startup entrepreneurs who are reinventing every industry in fascinating ways. Fortune 100 companies regularly seek out his insights on how these startups are thinking and scaling.

Author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds, Rowan shares game-changing tips for anyone looking for radical ways to adapt and thrive in the digital age. He offers fully customized keynotes that reveal the future of your industry, how companies can transform their values, and ideas for creating genuine innovation.

 

 

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David was incredible and we’ve had some great feedback already from our analysts and leadership team that were there. We were engaged, inspired and enjoyed every minute of his keynote.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted David Rowan
  • APEC
  • World Economic Forum
  • Lloyds of London
  • Microsoft Bizspark
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Samsung
  • Accenture
  • G8 Innovation Conference
  • KPMG, Shanghai
  • Unilever
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Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds

Founding editor-in-chief of WIRED UK David Rowan travels the globe in search of the most exciting and pioneering startups building the future. He’s got to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Didi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious entrepreneurs disrupting busi ...

Founding editor-in-chief of WIRED UK David Rowan travels the globe in search of the most exciting and pioneering startups building the future. He’s got to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Didi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious entrepreneurs disrupting businesses in almost every sector. He’s also discovered some genuinely exciting and transformative approaches to innovation, often in places you’d least expect. In this eye-opening, actionable, and engaging talk, Rowan takes audiences behind the scenes of the years of travel and research that went into his new book Non-Bullshit Innovation. Rather than innovate through jargon-- with talk of change agents and co-creation gurus, ideas portals and webinars, make-a-thons and hackfests, paradigm shifts and pilgrimages to Silicon Valley—he reveals the companies and leaders that are truly and successfully thinking outside the box. From the bank that performs surgery to the country that’s an app store, Rowan’s talk is chock-full of engrossing stories collected on his 20-country journey from Peru to China. Packed with practical tips on radical ways to adapt and thrive in the digital age, Rowan’s talk reveals how to create genuine innovation regardless of your industry.  

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 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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<p>David Rowan's book is a valuable guide on implementing real innovation </p>

David Rowan's book is a valuable guide on implementing real innovation 

Founding editor-in-chief of WIRED UK DAVID ROWAN travels the globe in search of the most exciting and pioneering startups building the future. He’s got to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Didi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious entrepreneurs disrupting businesses in almost every sector. He’s also discovered some genuinely exciting and transformative approaches to innovation, often in places you’d least expect. His new book Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World's Smartest Minds, brilliantly unpacks what he has learned in his journeys. Rather than innovate through jargon-- with talk of change agents and co-creation gurus, ideas portals and webinars, make-a-thons and hackfests, paradigm shifts and pilgrimages to Silicon Valley—he reveals the companies and leaders that are truly and successfully thinking outside the box, and provides an actionable guide on how other companies can emulate their success. From the bank that performs surgery to the country that’s an app store, Rowan’s talk is chock-full of engrossing stories collected on his 20-country journey from Peru to China, and packed with practical tips on radical ways to adapt and thrive in the digital age. Heralded as "deeply engrossing... and hugely valuable" (Dan Cobley, former Google UK MD), and "perfectly observed, painfully funny and brutally honest... it's the front line in the fight back towards sanity" (Mark Adams, Chief Innovation Officer, VICE), Rowan has brought audiences behind the research of his book at recent events such as PopTech, where he delivered the opening keynote. He was also selected for GQ's "Ten must-see events at this year's Hay Festival." Sought-out to speak everywhere from Microsoft to Unilever, Rowan customizes his keynotes for every audience and regularly receives rave reviews such as: "David was incredible and we’ve had great feedback... We were engaged, inspired and enjoyed every minute of his keynote." (Accenture), and "David Rowan was awesome, lots of amazing feedback." (Salesforce).

<p>David Rowan offers insights on the future of education </p>

David Rowan offers insights on the future of education 

A prolific writer and speaker, DAVID ROWAN offers revealing insights on how new technologies will impact the future of education and work with clarity, substance and humor. The founding editor of WIRED UK, Rowan has spent years on the frontlines of innovation, diving into the stories, research and work of the biggest, boldest names in business, and the institutions and startups at the cutting-edge. From spending time with the Elon Musks, Jack Dorseys and Larry Pages of the world, to decoding what's happening in research labs from Boston to Zurich, Rowan brings his close proximity to those redefining tech and translates the implications for the wider world. His articles for WIRED have included an in-depth look at a university in Paris that is reinventing the future of education, a fascinating interview with the founder of Khan Academy on how online education is redefining itself, an examination of Singularity University, and more. Rowan has been sought-out for his thought leadership and fully customized keynotes, at The World Economic Forum, TED Global, Google Zeitgeist, Fortune 100 businesses, and more. He has also been in-demand to speak for a range of educational institutions, including Harvard Business School, the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, and Autodesk University. He was also interviewed on Kidspiration on his advice for young people. Rowan’s forthcoming book "Non-Bullsh*t Innovation: How the World’s Smartest Leaders Manage Changewill detail his global quest to identify visionary leaders who have managed to recalibrate their organizations in radical ways to grow and succeed in the digital age, showcasing test cases of genuinely exciting innovation in places you might not expect.

<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 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 UKDAVID 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.

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David Rowan, founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition (2008-17), is the author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Transworld, 2019), a global quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. He’s taken 130 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, and has spent time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times. He's an early-stage investor in 50 tech companies and founder of a non-profit 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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