The London Evening Standard has just published a list of the city’s most influential people in the worlds of sport, retail, property, law, education, health, and most interestingly ‘new media’. Lord Sugar and the Dragons are up there alongside foodies Heston Blumenthal and critic Giles Coren. Founder of Kids Company Camila Batmanghelidjh has been acknowledged for her philanthropic work and the environmental successes of keynote speakers including Sir Jonathon Porritt and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have also been recognised.
The media section includes the likes of Andrew Marr, Andrew Neil, Robert Peston and the impressive talent that is Armando Iannucci. Armando is not only a talented actor, comedian and awards host - he is also responsible for Westminster satire ‘The Thick of It’ and Oscar-nominated ‘In the Loop’.
The ‘new media’ section is also a very interesting addition and includes a range of increasingly important speakers in one of the most influential areas around. Keynote speakers including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman are all recognised. Julie Meyer – one of the ‘online’ Dragons – is also up there alongside leading lights Daniel Ek, Ajaz Ahmed, and Michael Acton Smith. Daniel Ek is the Swedish co-founder of music service Spotify – which recently celebrated reaching 10 million users in Europe alone. Ajaz is a digital marketing king, having pushed the boat out at Apple before going on to found AKQA – which is the current subject of a suspected £400 million global bidding war. Keynote speaker Michael Acton Smith is the founder of Moshi Monsters and gadget shopping super-site Firebox. He is not only a gifted and enthusiastic entrepreneur but has also survived many turbulent times on the road to fulfilling his dreams, receiving excellent feedback along the way for his ability to convey this as an engaging keynote speaker.
So with 2011 fast approaching the new media players are the ones to watch as social media and peer reviewing online gain an increasingly important role in business, from bedrooms right through to board rooms and beyond.
Copyright Speakers Corner 2016