I have worked in digital strategy and development for over 20 years, with a speciality in education and technology. I help organisations and investors around the world find their strategies and execute them, mostly in education and learning. Right now I spend most of my time as SVP of Global Strategy for adaptive learning pioneer Area9. We raised $30m from the Danish Growth Fund in early 2018, and are rolling out a world-beating platform for creating, curating, delivering and measuring personalised learning (with, rather than against, humans). I also advise the charities Big Change and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Until mid-2016 I was Head of Business Insights for one of the largest media organisations in the world, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, where I managed a thought leadership, market intelligence and internal strategy consultancy team for the board. Previously, I imagined, created and managed a series of high-profile and cutting-edge software development companies and projects in education markets around the world, including co-founding a startup which raised £3m of venture capital in the 2000 “dot-com” boom and survived, executive producing major digital learning projects for the BBC, and putting the Complete Works online for the Arden Shakespeare.
This site is a home for my ongoing thinking about how education, technology, business and the media are evolving and might get better.
I am fascinated by creating better forms of capitalism and investment, which look to the long term, consider all stakeholders, nurture our world, and have measurable social impact. I am particularly interested in solving problems around education, employability and the “skills gap“, which are simultaneously an enormous challenge and a vast opportunity.
With acknowledgements and in a few cases delightful debate, I find professional inspiration in the work of Eric Ries, Evgeny Morozov, Tim Brown and Sandy Speicher at IDEO, Fred Wilson, Audrey Watters, Charles Fadel, Todd Rose, the e-Literate team, Esther Wojcicki, Ulrik Christensen, Stefan Leuthold, Daniel Kahneman, Ed Catmull, Michael Braungart and William McDonough, Dale Russakoff, danah boyd, Ricardo Semler, Benedict Evans, the Enders Analysis team and many others.
I am also a husband & dad; and fan of the outdoors, good food, culture and the world’s diversity.