About Edd

Emerging technology and business guy: also an entrepreneur, conference chair, writer, editor and sometime software developer. Formerly Edd Dumbill.

I've always believed technology should be meaningful and enabling for humans, and that drives my career and interests. I love to write, speak and collaborate, so why not get in touch?

Some of my landmark thinking is embedded in my Forbes.com article The Experimental Enterprise, explaining how the technology of the last ten years enables a new kind of business.


For over 20 years, I've worked in the worlds of connected technology, open source and data: in startups, in corporations and as an analyst and community leader.

Silicon Valley Data Science

VP Technology Strategy

04 / 2013 Current

Founding member of the executive team, solving difficult large-scale data challenges for top firms. Built a world-class brand, leading strategy and marketing.

O'Reilly Media

Program Chair, Strata Conference

07 / 2010 10 / 2013

Conceived and launched new conference centered on data and analytics and their effect on business,
technology and society. Curated programs, selected keynote s
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CSC Leading Edge Forum

Research Associate

03 / 2014 Current

Analyzing and applying emerging technologies to businesses and their ecosystems.



09 / 2013 Current

Advising hardware and internet of things startups on the use of data.

O'Reilly Radar


2007 Current

Observe and comment on emerging technology.

TheThingSystem, Inc.

Board Member

06 / 2013 2014

An open source platform for controlling the internet of things. Seed investor, advisor and board member.

Big Data Journal

Founding Editor

08 / 2012 2014

Led the launch and first year of "Big Data", an innovative open access peer-reviewed journal, providing
a unique forum for exploring big data and data science.
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O'Reilly Media

Program Chair, Open Source Convention

2008 07 / 2013

Hosted 3,200+ attendees on stage. Curated and scheduled over 200 presentations for a large multi-track
conference. Selected keynote speakers. Set marketing dir
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O'Reilly Media

Lead Architect, Conferences

08 / 2008 08 / 2012

Leading the development of web applications supporting the conference business.

Useful Information Company


08 / 1999 02 / 2010

Consulting and training on web technologies, and developed Expectnation: a SaaS platform for conference management


Programme Chair, XTech

2002 04 / 2008

Programme chair for the annual XTech conference focusing on web and emerging technologies. See http://
xtech.org/. (Was XML Europe conference in Barcelona, 2002
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Bridgehead International Ltd

Managing Director, Pharmalicensing

06 / 2005 06 / 2006

Responsible for managing the business unit producing Pharmalicensing, the foremost online IP exchange for
biopharma, and Partneringdesk, a suite of business in
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Bridgehead International Ltd

IT Director

08 / 2004 05 / 2005

Executive director with responsibility for IT infrastructure and software development. Bridgehead is a
consultancy and business intelligence provider for licen
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O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Editor at Large, O'Reilly Network

07 / 2004 01 / 2005

Commentator and editor focused on open source and wireless topics.

Bridgehead International Ltd

Non-executive Director, IT

08 / 2003 08 / 2004

Non-executive Board member with responsibility for advising on IT and internet matters. Bridgehead
acquired Pharmalicensing Ltd., which I had co-founded in 199
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O'Reilly and Associates

Managing Editor, XML.com

08 / 1999 06 / 2004

Long term contract as editor of XML.com and WebServices.XML.com. XML.com is a weekly online
publication at the core of the XML developer community.

Pharmalicensing Ltd

Co-founder and IT Director

05 / 1999 05 / 2002

Co-founded and developed pharmalicensing.com, an intellectual property exchange for life-sciences. Now
retained in a consultancy role.

Press Association

Head of Web Development

05 / 1995 05 / 1999

Progressed from Software Engineer to head up PA (UK national news agency) web development. Various
online firsts including Olympic coverage, election coverage,
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Take a look at a few of my favorite projects I’ve started or been a part of during the course of my career.


Founding chair of the data world's most innovative and significant conference


Chair for six years of the core event in open source, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention

Big Data Journal

Founding editor of peer-reviewed journal for big data


Creator of full-featured conference management platform

Learning Rails

Author of enduring and successful book on programming Ruby on Rails


Co-founded and created a ground-breaking licensing platform for the biotech and pharma industries

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For me, nothing beats sharing and sharpening ideas by talking, teaching and inspiring.

I've years of experience as speaker at technology and business events, as well as a conference chair, moderator and MC. If you want to work with me, do get in touch.

Speaking in San Francisco, 2014. Photo credit: MIH Studio.

Select recent talks

  • Keynote session on data science, IBM Insight 2015. (Video).
  • Keynote "How to win when the playing field changes", International Cash & Treasury Management 2015.
  • Tutorial instructor "Developing a Modern Data Strategy", various events including Strata, Enterprise Data World 2015, 2016
  • Talk "Data as an asset in the age of IoT", Voyager Capital IoT/Analytics Summit, Stanford, 2016.


A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

Emerging Technologies
Technical Leadership
Strategic Executive
Open Source
Big Data
Speaking Engagements
Industry Analysis
Data Science
Thought Leadership
Technology Evangelism
Product Management
Organizational Leadership
Technical Writing
Evangelist & Advocate
Strategic Consulting
Conference Organizing
Personal Development


Writings and musings

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I've been lucky enough to work on several books on various aspects of programming and technology over the years.


University of York

Computer Science

1992 1995

B. Eng. (Hons.) First Class


Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, share an idea or just say hello.

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