Hello, I’m Gavin Starks. I’ve been combining technology, science, art, media, and business for over 20 years.
Commercial – active
Commercial – previous
Non-commercial – active
Non-commercial – previous
Academic / Research
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.