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


David Rowan explains compellingly how emerging technologies will impact business — and how leaders should prepare now. As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, David came to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. He has since invested in more than 80 early-stage tech companies, including three that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and built a health-tech and climate-tech fund, and he’s an adviser to Lakestar, one of Europe’s largest venture-capital funds. His best-selling book Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Penguin, 2019) has been translated to Japanese, Korean, Russian and Ukrainian. The book, a 20-country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption, sets out 17 proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business — from “Turn products into services” to “Empower your team” and “Become a platform”. David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times, and founded the VOYAGERS not-for-profit community of 400 innovators working to solve health and climate problems. He has received repeat requests to keynote for clients such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Google, KPMG, McKinsey, Chanel and Unilever, and has moderated events for the World Economic Forum and the UK and French governments. And he is still searching for the future. 

 

David will customize a talk for your meeting. His recent themes include: 

• How to build a radical culture of innovation 

• How emerging technologies will transform your industry 

• What AI, data analytics and blockchain mean for business leaders 

• How to optimize customer engagement 

• What talent wants in the new world of work 

• Why purpose plus profit is the new business mantra 

 

 

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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
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan
  • Temasek, Singapore
  • Warner Bros
  • Google
  • Founders Forum NY
  • PopTech
  • APEC
  • World Economic Forum
  • Lloyds of London
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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 Speaks and Writes About Transformative Approaches To Innovation</p>

David Rowan Speaks and Writes About Transformative Approaches To Innovation

DAVID ROWAN searches for the most exciting and pioneering leaders and startups building the future, and learns from the pioneers at WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Didi, Nest, Twitter as well as countless other ambitious disruptors in almost every sector. Rowan can spot the difference between pointless innovation theatre ― corporate nonsense that has little to do with delivering real change -  and true innovation. In his bestseller, Non-Bullshit Innovation, and his speeches, he helps companies learn how to truly innovate and how to effectively respond to disruption.

<p><strong>VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: David Rowan’s insights into the tech trends of tomorrow, today, consistently receiving rave reviews from audiences</strong></p>

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: David Rowan’s insights into the tech trends of tomorrow, today, consistently receiving rave reviews from audiences

Few people have more access to the world’s leading technology and innovations from companies all over the world than DAVID ROWAN, the Founding Editor of WIRED UK and a renowned journalist.  Rowan has 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 gained exclusive access to WhatsApp before it sold to Facebook, the Google and Facebook leadership teams, Spotify's Daniel Ek, the AI team at DeepMind, Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, and so many more. He brings what he’s learned about the latest developments impacting nearly every industry throughout the world right to your event. 
Whether it’s an in-person or virtual program, David Rowan’s 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). During these new realities, Rowan has been helping businesses everywhere understand and respond to a world that is both more connected and distant than any other time in the history of the world. If you not only want to make it in today’s socially-distant connected world, but thrive, David Rowan is the man for your event.

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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.

Watch David Rowan’s keynote presentation “Technology-driven trends that are changing business" >>
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David Rowan explains compellingly how emerging technologies will impact business — and how leaders should prepare now. As founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition, David came to know the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. He has since invested in more than 80 early-stage tech companies, including three that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and built a health-tech and climate-tech fund, and he’s an adviser to Lakestar, one of Europe’s largest venture-capital funds. His best-selling book Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Penguin, 2019) has been translated to Japanese, Korean, Russian and Ukrainian. The book, a 20-country quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption, sets out 17 proven strategies for future-proofing a successful business — from “Turn products into services” to “Empower your team” and “Become a platform”. David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times, and founded the VOYAGERS not-for-profit community of 400 innovators working to solve health and climate problems. He has received repeat requests to keynote for clients such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Google, KPMG, McKinsey, Chanel and Unilever, and has moderated events for the World Economic Forum and the UK and French governments. And he is still searching for the future. 

 

David will customize a talk for your meeting. His recent themes include: 

• How to build a radical culture of innovation 

• How emerging technologies will transform your industry 

• What AI, data analytics and blockchain mean for business leaders 

• How to optimize customer engagement 

• What talent wants in the new world of work 

• Why purpose plus profit is the new business mantra 

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