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).

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.


Emerging Payments Award

I was surprised (to say the least), greatly honoured and immensely proud to be chosen as Industry Contributor of the Year Award at the Emerging Payments Awards for 2018 in London this week (gallery). As I said in my (very short) acceptance speech, the reason I had the honour to recieve the award was that I work with great, great people. They make me think, and I can offer no higher praise than that. Here I am with Jon Chaplin, chair of the judging panel, and the actor Stephen Mangan (who, I have to say, was an excellent host of the event).


Here’s a short video with interviews with the award winners (including me!)

Money2020 China

I’m geniuinely excited to announce that I have been invited to speak at the inaugural Money2020 China this year! I’m really looking forward to coming to Hangzhou in November to take part in what is shaping up to be a superb event.

Big in Japan

Well, I’m very excited to report that the English version of “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin” made it to the top of the hit parade in Japan! Yes, that’s right - I was number one in the banking category on the Amazon there! Anyway, just saying.


Summer Choice

Wow. Thanks! American Banker has chosen Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin as one of their 12 “books for bankers” this summer, calling it “an insightful, witty look at how money has changed over the ages”.