Dan Cobley is an entrepreneur and investor in innovative tech start-up 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 and now chairs three fast-growth fintech companies; SalaryFinance, BusinessFinanceCompared and ClearScore, and he sits on the boards of Liberis, Modulr and Onfido. Beyond fintech he is an investor and advisor to a number of companies including Brompton Bicycle, PersonalBoardroom, Qubit, and HiveLearning.
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. Cobley 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 Cobley was VP of Brand and Marketing for Capital One Europe, Marketing Director for Ask Jeeves, and Marketing Director at Pepsi/Walkers.
Drawing from a career at the cutting edge of technology businesses, Dan helps audiences grasp the imperative for change and navigate future opportunities. With rich and entertaining examples from Google, his startup portfolio, and elsewhere, Dan brings a fresh perspective to any audience, helping energise them towards action with a blend of inspiration and practical, usable advice.
Dan expertly leads engaging interactive sessions on innovation culture subjects such as learning from failure, pretotyping and OKRs (objectives and key results). Expect your teams to return fired up to think and act differently.
Dan is a lively discussion partner for a fireside chat or moderated panel on anything related to innovation, disruption and technology-led change. His 'second order impacts of technology change' discussions have led to multiple repeatbookings. Dan can also support you as an accomplished interviewer or moderator.
Lockdown / Video Talks
Dan has invested in a full set up for reliable high-quality delivery of virtual speeches and panels.
A dedicated iMac, dual, high-speed internet, and specific camera, mic and lighting will ensure remote events are as professional as those on your own premises.
Dan can also record and edit offline for the audience to view when it suits them, perhaps followed by an interactive panel or Q&A.