I focus on how technologies can solve big problems at scale in business and society. This is expressed across academia, private sector work, and government advisory.
David Shrier is a futurist and innovation catalyst with expertise in artificial intelligence, data/analytics, fintech, digital identity, cybersecurity, and collaborative innovation. He leads venture studio Visionary Future LLC, helping Global 2000 companies create breakout growth as well as incubating new technology-enabled businesses.
Heis the Executive Chairman & co-founder of Esme Learning Solutions, an AI-enabled workforce transformation company that works with top universities like MIT, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and London Business School. David led a SPAC that trades on the NYSE under the ticker ADEX into its announced merger with Griid Infrastructure*. David is a Senior Advisor to Dandelion Science, an AI healthtech company that treats the brain as a data processing engine to address mental health issues, and Kaleidoco, a revolutionary artificially intelligent Augmented Reality (AI/AR) company.
David holds an appointment as Professor of Practice, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London. He previously was an Associate Fellow with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a Lecturer & Futurist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also held positions as Managing Director, Connection Science and New Ventures Officer, MIT Sloan. David specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue and new markets. Notable engagements include Kyriba, Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GE/NBC, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as private equity funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO, in either interim or full-time capacities, and has cofounded four AI-enabled MIT spinout enterprises.
David sits on the European Parliament's advisory committee for artificial intelligence, and is a member of the FinTech Industry Committee for FINRA, the U.S. securities industry's self-regulatory body; advisor to the European Parliament on artificial intelligence applications and policy; a senior advisor to Revenue & Customs (UK HMRC), and on the Fintech Trade & Investment Steering Board for the Department of International Trade. He also informally engages with OECD, Bank of England, FCA, SEC, US Treasury, and FDIC on innovation, cybersecurity, digital identity, blockchain, and AI. David is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering.
David has previously counseled the Commonwealth of Nations (the 53 countries formerly comprising the British Empire) on fintech and innovation policy, having served as principal author on their 2020 Commonwealth Fintech Toolkit; was a member of the European Commission-affiliated High Level Group on citizenship innovation; Copper Technologies (UK) Ltd, a markets infrastructure provider for institutional crypto trading, during its growth from Series A to Series C unicorn valuation; Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on founder succession, growth strategy, corporate culture, and technology trends; helped realign strategy for Mode Global Holdings plc (LSE: MODE), one of only three FCA-licensed crypto wallet providers, as a non-executive director; the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity; the OECD, on blockchain policy and standards; and the European Commission on commercializing innovation across Europe.
David and MIT Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland have published books including Global Fintech (MIT Press; winner of Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association's Choice Awards), as well as Trusted Data (MIT Press), New Solutions for Cybersecurity (MIT Press), Frontiers of Financial Technology, and Trust::Data. David’s monographs include Basic Blockchain (2020) and Augmenting Your Career: How to Win at Work in the Age of AI (2021), both from Little Brown.
His next book, also to be published by Little Brown in June 2023, is Basic Metaverse.
David’s writing has appeared in CNBC.com, Newsweek.com, Forbes.com and Coindesk.com, and he also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press. He was named 2018 Global Fintech Person of the Year by Fintech Galaxy, a Refinitiv Top 100 Social Influencer in Financial Technology, and listed on One World Identity’s Top 100 People for both 2017 and 2019.
David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally in theatre after college.
Regarding the GRIID-ADEX transaction Additional Information and Where to Find It This communication relates to a proposed transaction between Adit EdTech Acquisition Corp. (“Adit EdTech”) and Griid Holdco LLC (“GRIID”). This communication is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of GRIID, the combined company or Adit EdTech, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. Adit EdTech intends to file a Registration Statement on Form S-4 containing a proxy statement/prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). 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Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this communication, including but not limited to: (i) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the price of Adit EdTech’s securities, (ii) the risk that the transaction may not be completed by Adit EdTech’s business combination deadline and the risk that Adit EdTech may not obtain an extension of the business combination deadline if sought by Adit EdTech, (iii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the transaction, including the adoption of the merger agreement by the stockholders of Adit EdTech and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals, (iv) the lack of a third party valuation in determining whether or not to pursue the proposed transaction, (v) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (vi) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on GRIID’s business relationships, operating results, and business generally and on Adit EdTech’s stock price, (vii) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations of GRIID and potential difficulties in GRIID employee retention as a result of the transaction, (viii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against GRIID or against Adit EdTech related to the merger agreement or the proposed transaction, (ix) the ability to maintain the listing of Adit EdTech’s securities on a national securities exchange, (x) the price of Adit EdTech’s securities, which may be volatile due to a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive and regulated industries in which Adit EdTech plans to operate or GRIID operates, variations in operating performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting Adit EdTech’s or GRIID’s business, and changes in the combined capital structure (xi) GRIID’s inability to implement its business plan or meet or exceed its financial projections, (xii) changes in general economic conditions, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and (xiii) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the proposed transaction, and identify and realize additional opportunities. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. We refer you to the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Adit EdTech’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and other filings made with the SEC and that are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. All of the forward-looking statements made in this communication are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements contained or referred to herein. The actual results or developments anticipated may not be realized or, even if substantially realized, they may not have the expected consequences to or effects on GRIID, Adit EdTech or their respective businesses or operations. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to rely too heavily on the forward-looking statements contained in this communication. These forward looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication. Except as required by law, neither GRIID nor Adit EdTech undertakes any obligation, and specifically declines any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.