David Shrier

Futurist, Innovation catalyst and VC - Visionary Future LLC

London (United Kingdom)

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David Shrier

Futurist, Innovation catalyst and VC - Visionary Future LLC

London (United Kingdom)

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David Shrier

Futurist, Innovation catalyst and VC - Visionary Future LLC

London (United Kingdom)

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Panel: Does Europe have the right financing environment to support deeptech advances like those in the space [and other hardware intensive] sector[s] June 26th, 13:00 – 13:25 Finance District Stage

Panel: Does Europe have the right financing environment to support deeptech advances like those in the space [and other hardware intensive] sector[s] June 26th, 13:00 – 13:25 Finance District Stage

Panel: Does Europe have the right financing environment to support deeptech advances like those in the space [and other hardware intensive] sector[s] June 26th, 13:00 – 13:25 Finance District Stage

Keynote: Sovereign AI, Scarcity and Abundance June 26th, 14:45 – 15:00 PureTech District Stage

Keynote: Sovereign AI, Scarcity and Abundance June 26th, 14:45 – 15:00 PureTech District Stage

Keynote: Sovereign AI, Scarcity and Abundance June 26th, 14:45 – 15:00 PureTech District Stage

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David Shrier is a futurist and innovation catalyst with expertise in artificial intelligence, data/analytics, fintech, digital identity, cybersecurity, and collaborative innovation. He leads venture studio Visionary Future LLC, helping Global 2000 companies create breakout growth as well as incubating new technology-enabled businesses.

David led a SPAC that trades on the NYSE under the ticker ADEX into its announced merger with Griid Infrastructure*. David is a Senior Advisor to Dandelion Science, an AI healthtech company that treats the brain as a data processing engine to address mental health issues; Kaleidoco, a revolutionary artificially intelligent Augmented Reality (AI/AR) company; and The Emissions Capture Company (ECCO), a machine learning-driven carbon utilization provider. ​

David holds an appointment as Professor of Practice, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, and is a Visiting Scholar with the GEAR Lab at the School of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously was an Associate Fellow with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a Lecturer & Futurist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also held positions as Managing Director, Connection Science and New Ventures Officer, MIT Sloan. David specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue and new markets. Notable engagements include Kyriba, Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GE/NBC, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as private equity funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO, in either interim or full-time capacities, and has cofounded four AI-enabled MIT spinout enterprises.

David sits on the European Parliament's advisory committee for artificial intelligence, having provided input into the EU AI Act. He served as a founding member of the FinTech Industry Committee for FINRA, the U.S. securities industry's self-regulatory body; advisor to the European Parliament on distributed ledger applications and policy; a senior advisor to Revenue & Customs (UK HMRC), and on the Fintech Trade & Investment Steering Board for the Department of International Trade. He also informally engages with OECD, Bank of England, FCA, SEC, US Treasury, and FDIC on innovation, cybersecurity, digital identity, blockchain, and AI. David is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering.

David has previously counseled the Commonwealth of Nations (the 53 countries formerly comprising the British Empire) on fintech and innovation policy, having served as principal author on their 2020 Commonwealth Fintech Toolkit; was a member of the European Commission-affiliated High Level Group on citizenship innovation; Copper Technologies (UK) Ltd, a markets infrastructure provider for institutional crypto trading, during its growth from Series A to Series C unicorn valuation; Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on founder succession, growth strategy, corporate culture, and technology trends; helped realign strategy for Mode Global Holdings plc (LSE: MODE), one of only three FCA-licensed crypto wallet providers, as a non-executive director; the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity; the OECD, on blockchain policy and standards; and the European Commission on commercializing innovation across Europe.

David and MIT Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland have published books including Global Fintech (MIT Press; winner of Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association's Choice Awards), as well as Trusted Data (MIT Press), New Solutions for Cybersecurity (MIT Press), Frontiers of Financial Technology, and Trust::Data.

David’s monographs include Basic Blockchain (2020) and Augmenting Your Career: How to Win at Work in the Age of AI (2021), both from Little Brown.

His most recent book is Basic Metaverse. His next book, Basic AI: A Human Guide to Artificial Intelligence will be published in January 2024. Both Basic Metaverse and Basic AI are jointly published by Little Brown and Harvard Business Publishing. David’s writing has appeared in CNBC.com, Newsweek.com, Forbes.com and Coindesk.com, and he also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press.

He was named 2018 Global Fintech Person of the Year by Fintech Galaxy, a Refinitiv Top 100 Social Influencer in Financial Technology, and listed on One World Identity’s Top 100 People for both 2017 and 2019.

David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally in theatre after college.



David Shrier is a futurist and innovation catalyst with expertise in artificial intelligence, data/analytics, fintech, digital identity, cybersecurity, and collaborative innovation. He leads venture studio Visionary Future LLC, helping Global 2000 companies create breakout growth as well as incubating new technology-enabled businesses.

David led a SPAC that trades on the NYSE under the ticker ADEX into its announced merger with Griid Infrastructure*. David is a Senior Advisor to Dandelion Science, an AI healthtech company that treats the brain as a data processing engine to address mental health issues; Kaleidoco, a revolutionary artificially intelligent Augmented Reality (AI/AR) company; and The Emissions Capture Company (ECCO), a machine learning-driven carbon utilization provider. ​

David holds an appointment as Professor of Practice, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, and is a Visiting Scholar with the GEAR Lab at the School of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously was an Associate Fellow with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a Lecturer & Futurist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also held positions as Managing Director, Connection Science and New Ventures Officer, MIT Sloan. David specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue and new markets. Notable engagements include Kyriba, Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GE/NBC, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as private equity funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO, in either interim or full-time capacities, and has cofounded four AI-enabled MIT spinout enterprises.

David sits on the European Parliament's advisory committee for artificial intelligence, having provided input into the EU AI Act. He served as a founding member of the FinTech Industry Committee for FINRA, the U.S. securities industry's self-regulatory body; advisor to the European Parliament on distributed ledger applications and policy; a senior advisor to Revenue & Customs (UK HMRC), and on the Fintech Trade & Investment Steering Board for the Department of International Trade. He also informally engages with OECD, Bank of England, FCA, SEC, US Treasury, and FDIC on innovation, cybersecurity, digital identity, blockchain, and AI. David is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering.

David has previously counseled the Commonwealth of Nations (the 53 countries formerly comprising the British Empire) on fintech and innovation policy, having served as principal author on their 2020 Commonwealth Fintech Toolkit; was a member of the European Commission-affiliated High Level Group on citizenship innovation; Copper Technologies (UK) Ltd, a markets infrastructure provider for institutional crypto trading, during its growth from Series A to Series C unicorn valuation; Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on founder succession, growth strategy, corporate culture, and technology trends; helped realign strategy for Mode Global Holdings plc (LSE: MODE), one of only three FCA-licensed crypto wallet providers, as a non-executive director; the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity; the OECD, on blockchain policy and standards; and the European Commission on commercializing innovation across Europe.

David and MIT Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland have published books including Global Fintech (MIT Press; winner of Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association's Choice Awards), as well as Trusted Data (MIT Press), New Solutions for Cybersecurity (MIT Press), Frontiers of Financial Technology, and Trust::Data.

David’s monographs include Basic Blockchain (2020) and Augmenting Your Career: How to Win at Work in the Age of AI (2021), both from Little Brown.

His most recent book is Basic Metaverse. His next book, Basic AI: A Human Guide to Artificial Intelligence will be published in January 2024. Both Basic Metaverse and Basic AI are jointly published by Little Brown and Harvard Business Publishing. David’s writing has appeared in CNBC.com, Newsweek.com, Forbes.com and Coindesk.com, and he also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press.

He was named 2018 Global Fintech Person of the Year by Fintech Galaxy, a Refinitiv Top 100 Social Influencer in Financial Technology, and listed on One World Identity’s Top 100 People for both 2017 and 2019.

David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally in theatre after college.



David Shrier is a futurist and innovation catalyst with expertise in artificial intelligence, data/analytics, fintech, digital identity, cybersecurity, and collaborative innovation. He leads venture studio Visionary Future LLC, helping Global 2000 companies create breakout growth as well as incubating new technology-enabled businesses.

David led a SPAC that trades on the NYSE under the ticker ADEX into its announced merger with Griid Infrastructure*. David is a Senior Advisor to Dandelion Science, an AI healthtech company that treats the brain as a data processing engine to address mental health issues; Kaleidoco, a revolutionary artificially intelligent Augmented Reality (AI/AR) company; and The Emissions Capture Company (ECCO), a machine learning-driven carbon utilization provider. ​

David holds an appointment as Professor of Practice, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, and is a Visiting Scholar with the GEAR Lab at the School of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously was an Associate Fellow with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a Lecturer & Futurist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also held positions as Managing Director, Connection Science and New Ventures Officer, MIT Sloan. David specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue and new markets. Notable engagements include Kyriba, Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GE/NBC, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as private equity funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO, in either interim or full-time capacities, and has cofounded four AI-enabled MIT spinout enterprises.

David sits on the European Parliament's advisory committee for artificial intelligence, having provided input into the EU AI Act. He served as a founding member of the FinTech Industry Committee for FINRA, the U.S. securities industry's self-regulatory body; advisor to the European Parliament on distributed ledger applications and policy; a senior advisor to Revenue & Customs (UK HMRC), and on the Fintech Trade & Investment Steering Board for the Department of International Trade. He also informally engages with OECD, Bank of England, FCA, SEC, US Treasury, and FDIC on innovation, cybersecurity, digital identity, blockchain, and AI. David is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering.

David has previously counseled the Commonwealth of Nations (the 53 countries formerly comprising the British Empire) on fintech and innovation policy, having served as principal author on their 2020 Commonwealth Fintech Toolkit; was a member of the European Commission-affiliated High Level Group on citizenship innovation; Copper Technologies (UK) Ltd, a markets infrastructure provider for institutional crypto trading, during its growth from Series A to Series C unicorn valuation; Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on founder succession, growth strategy, corporate culture, and technology trends; helped realign strategy for Mode Global Holdings plc (LSE: MODE), one of only three FCA-licensed crypto wallet providers, as a non-executive director; the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity; the OECD, on blockchain policy and standards; and the European Commission on commercializing innovation across Europe.

David and MIT Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland have published books including Global Fintech (MIT Press; winner of Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association's Choice Awards), as well as Trusted Data (MIT Press), New Solutions for Cybersecurity (MIT Press), Frontiers of Financial Technology, and Trust::Data.

David’s monographs include Basic Blockchain (2020) and Augmenting Your Career: How to Win at Work in the Age of AI (2021), both from Little Brown.

His most recent book is Basic Metaverse. His next book, Basic AI: A Human Guide to Artificial Intelligence will be published in January 2024. Both Basic Metaverse and Basic AI are jointly published by Little Brown and Harvard Business Publishing. David’s writing has appeared in CNBC.com, Newsweek.com, Forbes.com and Coindesk.com, and he also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press.

He was named 2018 Global Fintech Person of the Year by Fintech Galaxy, a Refinitiv Top 100 Social Influencer in Financial Technology, and listed on One World Identity’s Top 100 People for both 2017 and 2019.

David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally in theatre after college.