At a Glance
Dr. Mark van Rijmenam, Founder, Datafloq
Focus Areas: Big Data, Analytics, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Strategy, Governance, Decision-Making
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Overall Thought Leader Ranking on Thinkers360: #42 (as of 8/31/19) | Big Data Thought Leadership Leaderboard Ranking: #1 (as of 8/31/19) | Check Availability for Speaking
Thought Leader Interview
Thinkers360 interviews profile prominent members of the Thinkers360 community who embody the power of ideas in their work. In this edition, we speak with Dr Mark van Rijmenam founder of Datafloq, he is a globally recognized speaker on big data, blockchain and AI, a strategist and author of 3 management books.
Thinkers360: Tell us a bit about your background
MR: I am the founder of Datafloq. Datafloq is the one-stop source for emerging tech, offering C-level Executives information, insights, knowledge and opportunities to drive innovation with data. I have a bachelor’s in hospitality management – I was part of the opening team of the first ski resort in Dubai -, a Master of Science in Marketing Management and I hold a PhD in Management from the University of Technology Sydney. My research is on how organizations should deal with big data analytics, Blockchain and AI. I have written three management books: My first book Think Bigger – Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business, was published globally in April 2014 and published in Chinese in 2017. I am the co-author of the book: Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World, which was published in English in August 2018. My third book, The Organisation of Tomorrow, discusses how AI, blockchain and analytics turn every business into a data organisation.
I am an entrepreneur with a drive for (disruptive) innovation and to make a difference and inspire others. My objective is to be a catalyst for global innovation and to enable organisations and societies to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Currently, I am working on turning Datafloq into a reputation-based content platform to combat fake news and reward content producers.
Apart from building my own companies, I advise organisations on how to incorporate trends such as big data analytics, blockchain and AI in your organisation and how to develop a data-driven strategy. To do so, I have created a unique model, the D2 + A2 model, which is part of my third management book: The Organisation of Tomorrow.
Thinkers360: What are your current responsibilities and what’s a typical day look like?
MR: My main responsibilities are twofold. On the one hand, I help organisations understand and incorporate emerging information technologies such as big data, analytics, blockchain and AI. I do this through keynotes, workshops, boardroom sessions and consultancy. I work with senior leaders from large organisations in various industries to assist them building the organisation of tomorrow.
On the other hand, I work on building and expanding Datafloq. Datafloq is a content platform around emerging technologies. We are currently pivoting towards a reputation-based content platform. To achieve that, we are launching a browser plugin as a Minimum Viable Product. This plugin allows users and AI to rate articles across the web-based on quality, fake news probability and plagiarism probability. Users will receive tokens for their effort and authors can build a global immutable reputation, non-existent today. In addition, authors that publish articles on Datafloq will also receive tokens depending on the quality of their article and their reputation. Finally, our new search engine will allow users to find articles, or authors, based on quality, fake news probability or plagiarism probability. A novelty for the web. Working on this pivot takes up a big chunk of my day!
Thinkers360: What’s the favorite part of your current role?
MR: My favourite part of my current role is that I get to inspire and help organisations, build and expand my own company and get to see something of the world! I have helped organisations all over the world, from Australia to Canada, France, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, South Africa, Colombia, United States and the Middle East. I enjoy talking to organisations, understanding their challenges and helping them move forward.
Thinkers360: How do you utilize Thinkers360?
MR: The platform brings together a large variety of speakers and thought leaders and interacting and sharing knowledge with them helps me stay up to date in the exponential times that we live in.
Thinkers360: How do you like to work with brands who wish to engage you as a thought leader?
MR: I work with organisations in a variety of ways that best suits the company involved. This includes giving keynotes, boardroom sessions or workshops. My keynotes are inspirational and provide the audience with a deep understanding of the accelerated change that we are currently experiencing. Boardroom sessions will help executives understand how to build a product/service that is truly customer-centric and is based on data. In these sessions, I will guide executives into the world of Emerging Information Technologies and explain how they should change their organization to be ready for the digital revolution that is upon us. Finally, I have developed a set of unique workshops that will get organisations up to par with disruptive innovation in no-time.
Thinkers360: What’s your main advice for upcoming thought leaders?
MR: My main advice for upcoming thought leaders is to dive deep into the topic that interests you, learn all about it and understand how it will affect organisations. Only once you have a clear understanding of your niche, will you be able to assist others. Above all, have fun in what you do!
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