I am a business development and strategy consultant specializing in the application of emerging tech in enterprise, particularly blockchain and distributed ledger technology. I have delivered keynotes and panels for events in the UK, Europe and US on the opportunities of emerging technology innovation, and the application of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Over my 30-year career I have held senior technical and financial roles in businesses across multiple sectors including utilities, manufacturing, leisure and software, leading several companies through their start-up and growth phases. My latest book Blockchain Hurricane: Origins, Applications and Future of Blockchain and Cruptocurrency (Business Expert Press) is due for publication in February 2020. I also author the futurist SimCavalier sci fi series, I holds a 2nd Dan black belt in karate, and I have two children.
My overriding passion is emerging technology innovation and the opportunities for business growth and success.
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The dangers of Getting It Wrong with blockchain are pretty scary. Because a blockchain is supposed to be an immutable (unchangeable) record of transactions, it's vital that the coding around the transaction itself - what's called a smart contract - is solid. The worst story I ever heard was an investor losing $70,000-worth of ETH when a smart contract failed to execute properly. A whole industry is growing up around the auditing of smart contracts to make sure that the risk of error is minimised. It's a real sea-change for developers who have become used to rushing out software to business deadlines and fixing errors later.
A graduate of the University of Newcastle and a Chartered Management Accountant with 30 years in business, my love of all things tech started as a CU intern through AIESEC with JD Edwards in Denver, way back when the AS/400 was a really cool piece of hardware and the World Wide Web didn't exist. Returning to the UK I helped to solve tech problems for my employers while training as an accountant, and spent more than 20 years with dual responsibility for finance and technology in several industries. In 2012 I co-founded community software company Ambix, which was acquired by a large tech group in 2016, and during that time discovered blockchain, which clicked with me immediately thanks to my accounting background. I now write extensively, both fiction and serious books and article, and consult with businesses who have a wicked problem to solve, finding the right tech for the job.
Where did blockchain and cryptocurrency come from, how can they be used effectively to solve business challenges, and what are the opportunities and threats which lie in the future? This talk can be tailored to a specific industry audience, to C-suite executives, and MBA students. I draw case studies and examples from my book "Blockchain Hurricane: Origins, Applications and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency" (Business Expert Press, 2020) and demonstrate the complex concepts in a clear and accessible way.
As a sci-fi author, I feel a responsiblilty to ensure that the tech in my futurist novels is believable and accurate. Research shows that people absorb facts from stories and see them as part of their background general knowledge - even if the facts are wrong. One of the most effective ways to communicate is therefore through stories. How can you improve adoption of technology through storytelling?
Businesses are always looking for that edge to grow or even to survive, and increasingly the difference is made by adoption of emerging technology, whether in products, business processes, or communication with markets. What tech is coming along in the next decade, and how will it impact business?