I read David because I can never accurately predict his opinion, which means either it's all signal, or he is in fact a natural source of randomness, both of which are highly valuable.

Danny O'Brien (July 2009).

See you in Amsterdam!

The lovely people at Money20/20 Europe have asked me to chair the open banking stream stream this year and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s the hottest of hot topics and they’ve got some great speakers and panelists lined up. See you there!

At last! I’m in a Cartoon!

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Well! I gave the keynote talk at Know 2019 in Las Vegas and it showed up in a cartoon! That week’s edition of Richard Parry’s “The Chaps” included kind words about my efforts and an invitation for me to deal with topic of market failure in the cybersecurity sector in a future keynote!

Finovate Video Up

You might enjoy this video clip of an interview at Finovate Europe in London earlier this year.

A revised paperback edition of “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin"

I am genuinely excited to report that a revised paperback edition of Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin will be published shortly by the London Publishing Partnership.

Identity Top 100

Hey thanks guys. According to a survey undertaken by OWI, the folks organising the fabulous Know identity conference in Las Vegas in March, I’m one of the world’s top influencers in the field of identity.

Influential start to the year

Rather proud to have made the Onalytica social media influencer lists for January 2019. A nice start to a new year of tweeting, blogging, writing and speaking.

Wired World 2019

Wired World 2019

I was delighted to be a chosen as a contributor to Wired magazine’s annual special Wired World for 2019. They asked me to write something about identity, so I chose robots as my theme. You can read the full article here.


I am delighted to announce that I have joined the Advisory Board for PaymentWorks, the Boston-based Supplier Information Management platform. Thayer Stewart, the CEO, and his superb team have built a platform that solves a serious real-world problem for organisations that deal with large numbers of suppliers. They’ve asked me to help them to grow and develop the company and its products through their next phase of growth and I am more than excited to be rising to this challenge.

Here comes the judge

Absolutely delighted to have been asked to be a judge for the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards for 2019. This year there are 42 awards across ten categories so if you been doing something cool with mobile (especially something cool with digital money or digital identity) then head on over the awards side and enter now!

GSMA GLOMOAwards 2019

European Women Payments Network

Very flattered to be invited along to the European Women Payments Network annual event in Amsterdam as one of the “male allies”. Here I am with Sophie Wawro from Money2020 (who will be sponsoring the event next year and making it part of Money2020 Europe) presenting the “Pink Chip” award. The award recognises a company that has created a culture that helps women to advance at all levels in the organisation. Sophie got to open the envelope and announce “the winner is… PaySafe!” and we presented the award to Andrea Dunlop and her team.