Gavin Starks

Gavin Starks
CEO, Open Data Institute

Website | @agentGav

With a unique background in business, technology, science and media, Gavin has broad and deep knowledge of how data can change the world.

He began developing internet-based research tools in 1993, and joined Branson’s award-winning Virgin Net (now Virgin Media) in 1995 as its 5th team member. In 2006 he created AMEE, raising over $10m from world-class venture investors including O’Reilly, USV, and Amadeus (AMEE organises the world’s environmental data, standards, and calculations into a simple web-service). In 2011 he joined the UK Government’s “Energy Sector Board” as part of their Midata open-data initiative.

Having helped to kick-start the streaming media industry in Europe in the late 90’s, he created an award-winning media-technology service, Tornado, and sold it to a larger media group in 2003. He then helped create the digital supply-chain as founding CEO of world-leading digital distributor, CI: the first company to deliver digital products to iTunes, and delivered Amazon US ~25% of its download store.

At the UK’s Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory he worked on systems designed to map and interpret the universe. He created courses and lectured in Engineering and Music at Glasgow University, and has degrees in Astronomy (B.Sc.), and Electronic Music (M.Mus.). He has also co-created a co-operative harbour on the Thames where he now lives, as a musician has released his own album, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

You can follow Gavin @agentGav.

Sessions

Location: Online
Gavin Starks (Open Data Institute)
Data is the raw material for tomorrow's business. And just like any manufacturing process, transforming and refining that raw material is key to unlocking its value. This opening session looks at the creation of the data supply chain, from collecting and cleaning various data sources, to correlating and analyzing them, to delivering them when and where they're needed. Read more.