Hello, I’m Gavin Starks. I’ve been combining technology, science, art, media, and business for over 20 years.

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Speaking at TEDxEast in New York, 2010

Commercial – active

Commercial – previous

  • two companies I’ve created were part of the initial ten ‘Silicon Roundabout’ companies (Wired)
  • co-chairman – Open Banking Working Group, creating the Open Banking Standard that led to new UK regulation
  • founding CEO – Open Data Institute, a world-first created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Prof. Nigel Shadbolt, unlocking over £50M ($90M) for the data-driven economy
  • founder – CEO and Chairman – multi-award-winning AMEE, raising over $10m from leading international venture capital funds (O’Reilly, USV, and Amadeus)
  • advisory board member – UK Government’s Midata – “Energy Sector Board”, shaping policy with utilities and consumer-rights groups
  • founding CEO – Consolidated Independent to create the digital supply-chain for music, and become the market-leader in digital distribution in 3-years
  • founder-team member/CTO – Asset TV, a secure video network where investment professionals share information
  • founder / CEO – award-winning cross-media company, Tornado Productions (sold to a larger media group in 2003)
  • founder-team member and pioneer of streaming media in the UK and Europe from 1995 helping to set up Richard Branson’s “Virgin Net“, and the International Webcasting Association (IWA) in Europe
  • mentor to innovative UK startups in “Tech City” in both web and space/satellite industries
  • have led projects with UK Govt, BBC, Channel Four, Rolls Royce, Tate Modern, Shell, Radiohead, and UNICEF

Non-commercial – active

  • trustee – Longplayer trust, helping to sustain a 1,000-year music performance
  • co-founder and treasurer – Hermitage Community Moorings, the first official residential harbour development on the Thames in 90 years
  • regular speaker at arts, music and geek events

Non-commercial – previous

  • founder-team member of Global Cool, a charity tackling public communication and mitigation of climate change
  • founder of exequo, a non-profit streaming media company for the 3rd sector

Academic / Research

d::gen engages with a broad range of commercial and non-commercial projects, matching people to projects.


Gavin has a unique lens on how the web of data is changing the world. With diverse experience across business, technology, science and media, he has led projects with organisations ranging from BBA to BBC,from Governments to Google,  from Radiohead to Rolls Royce, and from Shell to Sony.

He is the founding-CEO of The Open Data Institute, a world-first created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Prof. Nigel Shadbolt to unlock the value in open data.

He created AMEE in 2006, and sold it in 2015 having raised over $10m from world-class venture investors including O’Reilly Alphatech Ventures, Union Square Ventures, and Amadeus Capital Partners. AMEE organised the world’s environmental data, standards, and calculations into a simple web-service. It worked with governments, multi-nationals, SME’s, universities, and individuals to help them assess and address their environmental impact. In 2011 he joined the UK Government’s “Energy Sector Board” as part of their Midata open-data initiative.

Gavin began developing internet-based research tools in 1993, then in 1995 joined Branson’s award-winning Virgin Net (now Virgin Media) as its fifth team member, and helped to kick-start the streaming media industry in Europe. In 1999 he created award-winning media-technology service, Tornado, and sold it to a larger media group in 2003. He helped create the digital supply-chain as founding CEO of world-leading digital distributor, CI: the first company to deliver digital products to iTunes, and delivered Amazon US ~25% of its download store.

At the UK’s Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory he worked on systems designed to map and interpret the universe. He created courses and lectured in Engineering and Music at Glasgow University, and has degrees in Astronomy, and Electronic Music. He built a co-operative harbour on the Thames, where he now lives, as a musician has released his own album, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

You can follow Gavin @agentGav or http://dgen.net


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  3. Javier says:

    Hello Gavin,

    Do you do angel investments in start-ups? Around 20K in size? I am working on an initiative(www.Niru.in) I thought you might find interesting. Let me know and I can share more information.


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  5. simon jackson says:

    having read the article ‘out of the box’ in the current issue of the economist, i am curious to see if i can do the simple maths test involving two probabilities that most british mps could not do.
    is it possible to let me have a link to the test?