Former Skype and Yahoo executive James Bilefield quit his investment banking day job to build a unique set of technology-based businesses around the world. As an engaging keynote speaker, the serial entrepreneur draws on his extensive experience, such as scaling Skype's global activities and managing the digital transformation of Condé Nast, to inspire audiences to keep up with changing technology.
Former Skype and Yahoo executive and serial entrepreneur James Bilefield bid farewell to investment banking in order to build a unique set of high-growth, digital businesses around the globe.
His talks are enriched by relatable, personalised case studies drawn from his own career, over the course of which he has worked in, been on the board of, and consulted to numerous tech companies.
From CEO of OpenX, the world’s leading digital and mobile advertising platform, James moved on to Skype, where he was responsible for scaling the company’s global activities as part of its founding management team.
As President of the digital division of Conde Nast International, he led the multimedia transformation of iconic brands such as Vogue, GQ, Wired and Vanity Fair across 27 markets outside the USA.
James has also previously held a range of senior commercial and general management roles at Yahoo! in Europe, and, prior to that, he co-founded UpMyStreet, one of the UK's first digital businesses, following a successful stint in the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan Chase in London and New York City.
In addition to these entrepreneurial and executive roles, James has served as a non-executive chairman and board director: he led Series C round investments in e-commerce leaders Farfetch and Vestiaire Collective, whose boards he joined as part of those transactions.
He continues to build a portfolio of board roles, investments and advisory positions with the likes of Stagecoach, Cambridge Satchel Co, Ticketscript, Seedcamp, Roli, and Advent International.
He also currently serves on the UK Government's Digital Advisory Board and on the Enterprises Board of the Science Museum Group in London.
His speaking topics include:
- The world of digital
- Making the most of technology