Lecturer and Futurist
David Shrier is a globally recognized authority on financial innovation, and teaches ``Future Commerce`` at the MIT Media Lab (the first graduate fintech class in North America). He also created and runs the MIT Translational Innovation Alliance. David has published multiple books on fintech, blockchain and cybersecurity.
He has as dual appointment as an Associate Fellow with the University of Oxford's Said Business School, where he teaches the Oxford Fintech and Oxford Blockchain online programmes.
David is the CEO of Distilled Analytics, a data/machine learning company derived from MIT research that is transforming the financial services industry with behavioral analytics; Vice Chairman of Endor.coin, a price prediction solution for cryptocurrencies; and Chairman of Riff Learning, an AI-driven collaboration technology platform provider also leveraging MIT intellectual heritage. He counsels the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity; Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on technology trends; and Cleer.digital, a blockchain-based commodities exchange, on strategy.
His pro bono and public service includes serving on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering. He previously advised the European Commission on commercializing innovation with a focus on digital technology. He is presently a member of the FinTech Industry Committee for FINRA, the U.S. securities industry's self-regulatory body, advising on new developments impacting financial services; and assisting the OECD with its understanding of fintech disruption.
He specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue, having developed
$8.5 billion of growth opportunities with C-suite executives for Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, GE, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as private equity and VC funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO.
David's courses and workshops for MIT include “Future Commerce”, “Data Academy”, “Inspiring Change”, and “Big Data and Social Analytics”. David and Alex “Sandy” Pentland have published books including Frontiers of Financial Technology, New Solutions for Cybersecurity, and Trust::Data. He also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press. David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally as a dramaturg and director after college.