Dan Cobley

Fintech Entrepreneur and Former Google MD

Dan Cobley is passionate about both physics and marketing. 

And the way he brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding is just one of the ways he wows audiences.

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Dan Cobley is an entrepreneur and investor in innovative tech startup businesses, focusing on financial services.

He leads the FinTech portfolio for Blenheim Chalcot, a long-established London venture builder. Through this role he has co-founded and now chairs three fast-growth fintech companies; SalaryFinance, BusinessFinanceCompared and ClearScore, and he sits on the boards of Liberis, Modulr and Onfido. Beyond fintech he is an investor and advisor to a number of companies including Brompton Bicycle, PersonalBoardroom, Qubit, and HiveLearning.

Until late 2014, Dan spent over 8 years at Google. For the last three years he was Managing Director, UK & Ireland – the biggest market for Google outside the US and the most advanced major country in terms of e-commerce and online advertising spending. Cobley was promoted to the UK MD role after five years in Google marketing, first as Marketing Director, UK, Ireland and Benelux and then as VP Marketing, EMEA.

Previously, he was VP of Brand and Marketing for Capital One Europe, Marketing Director for Ask Jeeves, and Marketing Director at Pepsi/Walkers.

His TED speech on physics and marketing has been watched over one million times, and he has been rated as one of the influential digital people by both Wired magazine and the Evening Standard.

"No speaker we’ve ever had, has been recommended so often by former speakers than one Dan Cobley. So much so, we’ve decided to invite him to Ireland." - Pre Event Publicity, Dublin Web Summit, March 2011

"Dan, short note to say thank you so much for a great talk. It was fun, insightful and uplifting, and there have been some incredibly positive blog posts and tweets about your speech." - Paddy Cosgrove, CEO, Dublin Web Summit, March 2011

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