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Azeem Azhar

Azeem Azhar
Azeem Azhar
Azeem Azhar

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Azeem Azhar is an entrepreneur, analyst, strategist, investor and #bestseller geopolitics author. He produces Exponential View, the leading newsletter and podcast on the impact of technology on our future economy and society.

Summary:

Azeem Azhar (UK) explores the intersection of technology and society. He is the founder of Exponential View, the leading newsletter and podcast building which explores the political economy of the exponential age. He is also an active angel investor, as well as an advisor to the top management of a number of global firms. He is a venture partner at Kindred Capital, an early-stage VC firm. He sits on the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council on Digital Economy & Society, on the board of the Ada Lovelace Institute, and of Beit, a quantum computing startup. Previously, he founded PeerIndex, a big data analytics firm which was acquired by Brandwatch. He has had senior roles in global media businesses and started his career as a journalist where he was a writer The Economist and The Guardian.

Biography:

Azeem Azhar is on a mission to explain how our societies and ways of life will change under the force of exponential technologies. He is determined to bring together the two cultures of innovation and tech and of business, society and policy and help us understand the real implications of the changes we are witnessing.

He does this from the vantage point of over 25-years career as an entrepreneur, investor and analyst in the tech industry.

Today, he runs the highly-cited newsletter, ExponentialView, is a sought-after advisor to boards, an international keynote speaker and active early-stage investor. 

Exponential View covers the societal implications of technology and is a totemic source for the investors, entrepreneurs, senior leaders and policy-makers. Exponential View has 187,000 subscribers via Substack and LinkedIn.

In addition, Azeem hosts the Exponential View podcast, distributed by Harvard Business Review. This is a top ten podcast in technology in the UK and top 50 in the US. His guests have included Prime Minister Tony Blair, Yuval Harari, Reid Hoffman, Elif Shafak, Stuart Russell, Andrew Ng, Mariana Mazzucato and many others. It is a unique forum which sits convenes experts from the worlds of science, culture, politics, economics, technology, innovation and business. 

Exponential View has been lauded by publications like The Times, Wired, Fast Company and others. His first book "Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It" published by Random House Business was released September 2021 receiving wide acclaim and Amazon best seller in Geopolitics on day 1 of release.

Azeem was up to July 2020, senior advisor to professional services firm, PwC and prior to that senior AI advisor to the CTO Accenture. He also advises breakthrough entrepreneurial firms, including Kindred Capital, Onfido, Ocean Protocol, ReInfer and quantum-computing startup, Beit. He is an investor in early-stage startups in AI, renewable energy, female healthtech, self-driving cars and marketplace. He is a trustee of the Ada Lovelace Foundation, an independent research entity focused on AI ethics. He sits on the Global Futures Council for the Digital Economy and Society for the World Economic Forum. 

Previously, he’s been an award-winning entrepreneur founding the VC-backed, PeerIndex, which was acquired in 2014. He’s also invested in more than 30 startups, with exits to Microsoft & Amazon, amongst others. The early part of Azeem’s career took him to journalism, where he covered technology at The Guardian and The Economist. Azeem has also had strategy and innovation roles at the BBC and Thomson Reuters, and was on a non-executive board at Ofcom, the UK’s converged communications regulator.

In addition, Azeem is a LinkedIn Influencer with 425,000 followers and more than 35,600 followers on Twitter. 

He lives in London with his wife and three kids. 

In December 2019, Azeem’s podcast was listed in the Times as one of the best business podcasts in the UK. Azeem's recent article Trends Preparing for 2030 - https://www.exponentialview.co/p/-preparing-for-2030-251 has received eminent acclaim from senior business leaders globally.

Topic Areas: 

  • Technology
  • Digital Transformation, Leadership, Ethics, Regulation
  • Business Models
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Geopolitics, Political Economy and Society
  • Climate Change, Humanity
  • The Future
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Business, Commerce and Enterprise
  • COVID-19 Research, Data, Impact, Post COVID-19

Publications:

  • The Exponential View - weekly
  • Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It. Random House Business September 2021

On Exponential, Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and author of Blitzscaling commented 'Comprehensive but lively . . . An essential addition to the ongoing discourse about where remarkable new technologies can take us, and where we should be aiming to go. Highly recommended!' 

Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO of Spotify commented 'Azeem Azhar is one of the best-regarded thought leaders in the industry . . . He has a broad understanding of the ways technology can be used to solve our biggest problems, shape our society, and bridge cultural divides.'

Social Stats:

  • Newsletter: members: 62,129 members
  • Twitter followers 42,400
  • Linkedin followers: 424,705
  • Podcast total downloads: 3,816,934

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Testimonials:

I love the way Exponential View carefully brings together and celebrates many different perspectives, and I look forward to being challenged and inspired by it every week.

Mustafa Suleyman, Co-Founder, DeepMind

Exponential View is a must read and always provides a thoughtful perspective on our exponential world.

Daniel Ek, Founder Spotify

While populist politicians lower the standards of public discourse and cynically ignore science and shun data-driven debate, Azeem reminds us each week in Exponential View what the curious mind can learn.

Tom Glocer, Former CEO of Thomson Reuters

The juiciest source I know for what’s new in the world of artificial intelligence, biotech, and the near future.

Kevin Kelly, Senior Executive Editor at Wired Magazine

Still blown away by Azeem's newsletter. Excellent and useful aggregation of AI and 'exponential tech' news.

Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large at TechCrunch

Azeem's talk on the the impact of artificial intelligence on humanity was a captivating blend of history, philosophy and technology.

Ciaran O'Leary, General Partner Blueyard Capital, Berlin

Azeem delivered a high-energy, authoritative overview of artificial intelligence that hit the sweet spot for our audience.

Andrus Virg, Director, Estonian Space Office

Azeem delivered a knowledgeable presentation on artificial intelligence to a demanding audience. He brought humour and in-depth understanding to this key topic.

Neil Murray, NordicNext

Azeem Azhar delivered a riveting talk on exponential change and what it means for global business. He left us inspired and ready to act.

Lars Silberbauer, Senior Global Director at LEGO Group