John Straw

Internet Entrepreneur & Speaker

Expert technology speaker, author and businessman John Straw is best known as the European VP of Operations for the Interse Corporation, whom he helped to make one of the most successful start-ups of the 1990’s and who were later bought by Microsoft in 1997.

An entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a specific interest in emerging technologies Straw is a leading authority in digital technology and has been involved in a number of well-known and influential start-up companies and has been brought on as an advisor and technology speaker by some of the UK’s biggest businesses.

Renowned as one of Britain’s foremost technology speakers and a digital services expert John Straw currently acts as Chairman of both Thomas Cook’s Digital Advisory Board and the search start-up Cloudfind. He has been working within the technology industry for more than a decade and continues to be actively involved in the development of a variety burgeoning digital and technological businesses, most notably working as the principal in the recently established investment group Thorium Technology Investors. His experience as an investor and entrepreneur make him a popular choice of after dinner speaker at a business conferences and events.

Frequently working as both an advisor and investor John Straw has been applauded for his keen eye and ability to accurately judge the trends and changes in the versatile and volatile technology industry. Particularly interested in internet business and entrepreneurship Straw is an expert in Search and Marketing and has worked as a keynote speaker at a number of digital business events.

Straw made headlines in 2000 when his company Linkdex broke ground and utterly changed the face of SEO forever. His work as an after dinner speaker not only relies on his magnificent business career and experience within the digital technology industry but is also fuelled by a personal passion for technology, as a keynote speaker he is engaging and encouraging and his work has helped to inspire people across the business world.

As well as working as a technology and business speaker John Straw also co-wrote an introductory text reflecting on the world of digital technology, iDisrupted, which he authored alongside fellow digital business expert and technology speaker Michael Baxter.

To book John Straw as the technology speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, John is known to cover the following topics:

  • Online Business
  • Investment
  • Emerging Digital Technologies
  • Internet Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Linkdex
  • Microsoft
  • AI & Digital Disruption