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Dan Cobley

Dan Cobley

Former VP Brand Solutions at Google

Dan Cobley is an entrepreneur and investor in innovative tech startup businesses, focusing on financial services.  He leads the FinTech portfolio for Blenheim Chalcot, a long-established London venture builder. Through this role he has co-founded a number of fast-growth fintech companies including; Salary Finance, Koodoo Mortgages, OpenWrks and ClearScore, and he is on the boards of Liberis, Modulr and Tully.

Beyond fintech he is an investor / advisor to a number of companies including Brompton Bicycle, Personal Boardroom, Onfido, Qubit, Fospha and Hive Learning.

To learn more about Dan, listen to his podcast here

Until late 2014, Dan Cobley spent over 8 years at Google. For the last three years he was Managing Director, UK & Ireland – the biggest market for Google outside the US and the most advanced major country in terms of e-commerce and online advertising spending. Dan was promoted to the UK MD role after five years in Google marketing, first as Marketing Director, UK, Ireland and Benelux and then as VP Marketing, EMEA.

Previously, Dan was VP of Brand and Marketing for Capital One Europe, Marketing Director for Ask Jeeves, and Marketing Director at Pepsi/Walkers.

Dan Cobley is a regular keynote speaker at conferences; speaking on the disruptive power of FinTech, technology, innovation, and Google’s unique approach to business. He is also an accomplished moderator, interviewer and after-dinner speaker. Dan has shared his thoughts on Physics and Marketing at the TED conference and with over 1.4 million people online. He was named as number 3 in Wired UK top 100 list 2012 and among the Maserati 100 Innovators of the Year in 2018. He appeared on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World as a technology commentator and helped Alan Sugar choose his 2014 Apprentice.

He has a first degree in physics from Oxford and a master’s in management from Cambridge. He is a trustee of the charity Technology Trust.

"Its a pleasure working with the team at MFL. Always helpful, responsive and lining me up with great events and clients." Dan

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Getting ready for the rebound - creating a culture that responds to seismic change

The winners of the past 25 years have been driven by technology and digital. The current lockdown has driven a massive and immediate change in digital adoption, digital ways of working and customer expectations. This presents huge opportunities to organisations that can respond to the change more quickly and an existential threat to those that cannot. But adapting to change is hard.

Dan spent the dot.com crash in Silicon Valley, the financial crisis leading Google UK, and the past 6 years building some of Europe's top fintech startups. Drawing on this experience he will talk about the changes that the current crisis is driving, what is likely to stick, and how companies can develop a culture that is more flexible and nimble. More than ever it is the organisations that are the most responsive to change that will survive and thrive.

Pretotyping - a vital toolkit for validating ideas for new products or services quickly, objectively and accurately

With the seismic shift in consumer attitudes and preferences that will follow the Covid-19 pandemic, we will all have to reassess our offerings. Pretotyping is a smart approach, developed by Google, to evaluating genuine customer responses to a proposition, before investing heavily in developing it. In an interactive workshop (even over video!)

Dan will help teams understand the power of this approach and how to adopt it in their every day business. He will leave the teams with a reduced fear of failure and an ability to iterate on ideas more quickly and cheaply.

Creating an innovation culture

Building teams that win in a fast moving world, drawing on lessons from Google, Capital One and the best tech startups

Platforms and applications

How technology platforms drive value creation and destruction

The Changing Consumer

How digital (led by cloud and mobile) is transforming the way we all live and what that means for how companies need to serve us.

The Power of Data

How measuring everything and harnessing the power of smart / beautiful data visualisation and machine learning gives you an edge

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I just wanted to say, again, thank you for doing such a masterful job with the panel this morning.
It’s always tough to bring four disparate voices together, but your preparation, skills and knowledge shone through. Much appreciated.

PI Capital

Your own participation received one of the two highest ratings for the Summit overall at 4.23 out of 5, together with much very favourable written and verbal feedback.
On behalf of Fidelity International I would like to thank you sincerely for your significant contribution towards making this year’s Summit a success.

Fidelity International

Dan presented at our Middle East Forums and was fantastic. He is an engaging and entertaining speaker, is deeply knowledgeable and is intuitive to his audience. He was very well received by our clients, many whom commented on his presentation skills and content. Thank you Dan for your invaluable contribution and for helping make our first Forums a success.

The Boston Consulting Group

The group’s response was very positive; we had references to ‘10x thinking’ throughout the rest of the day! It was really valuable for everyone to remind themselves why we are focused on digital strategy and transforming our thinking. There was definitely a boost in enthusiasm after your session with some great ideas being thrown around in the following discussions.


Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom



* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

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