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David Rowan

Editor-at-large and Founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED UK

Using his skills as long-time WIRED Editor-in-chief, David Rowan translates what really matters in tech to audiences and inspires them to seize the opportunities of emerging technologies and avoid the risks of disruption with dazzling examples from the front line -- and also some gentle British humor.

  
The New Rules of Business

In fast-paced, fully customized talks, David Rowan tackles the latest trends in technology, innovation, and business and reveals how your company can get ahead. Drawing on his extensive research in the field—he has taken well over one hundred flights in the past year to understand from the front line how everything from genomics to 3D printing are changing the way businesses and consumers will operate—Rowan’s clear-eyed, accessible talks guide audiences through the new rules of business.

Topics include:

  • 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
  • The opportunities of 3D printing and the new “maker” culture.

Meet David Rowan

Using his skills as long-time WIRED Editor-in-chief, David Rowan translates what really matters in tech to audiences and inspires them to seize the opportunities of emerging technologies and avoid the risks of disruption with dazzling examples from the front line -- and also some gentle British humor.

As founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine in Europe, now Editor-at-large, David Rowan travels the world to meet the entrepreneurs and innovators creating the future - from the Silicon Valley founders of Google and WhatsApp to the entrepreneurs building world-changing technology businesses in China. He writes for WIRED, authors a technology column in The Sunday Times, and contributes to publications including GQ, The Times, The Guardian, and Condé Nast Traveler.

Having taken well over one hundred flights in the past year to understand from the front line how everything from genomics to machine learning are changing the way businesses and consumers will operate, Rowan brings his extensive experience as a newspaper and magazine editor and television broadcaster to communicate complex trends in clear, accessible ways that give audiences that "Aha" moment of understanding. Rowan's presentations are fast-paced, energetic, visually stimulating, packed with concrete examples, and infused with wit. His recent audiences include leading global banks, real-estate professionals, consulting firms, manufacturing and retail businesses, and governments. Rowan also moderates for the World Economic Forum and the British and French governments. 

Appearing on stages across the world, Rowan takes pride in custom-researching his presentation for each audience.

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Global Marketing Officer, Procter & Gamble (2001-2008); Author, Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups and Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies

Fellow, Singularity University and Stanford Law School; Distinguished Fellow and professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering; Director of Research at Duke University; Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post; Entrepreneur and Futurist