David Rowan - Kstart Catalyst
David Rowan
Editor-in-chief, WIRED’s UK edition
David Rowan is editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition. He’s taken 120 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and recent stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian. At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences, apps, and a consulting business. He is co-founder of FlowJourneys.com, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.

What are the 3 most important qualities an entrepreneur should have?

  1. Resilience
  2. Huge sense of mission and unfeasible degree of optimism
  3. Determination to solve a big problem with enthusiasm


What makes a great leader?

A combination of total self-belief, a strong sense of ethics, and the ability to communicate in a compelling way (whether to customers, partners or team)


Why did you choose to be part of Kstart?

Most of what I learn comes via entrepreneurs, who are the engines of progress and the builders of the future. As India transforms into a digital economy, the scale of the opportunities open to India’s entrepreneurs make this one of the world’s most exciting growth markets – with the potential to transform everything from families’ economic security to political transparency. Kstart is the town square where the talent meets, relationships are built, and ideas become action. I come both as a student and as a willing participant keen to help build value.


The one thing you wish you had known when you were 25

It’s less about how hard you work and more about the networks you build. Make yourself useful to other people and good things will happen.


Books or articles you would recommend

  • The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  • The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant;
  • Hooked by Nir Eyal;
  • Bold by Peter Diamandis;
  • Addiction by Design by Natasha Dow Schull

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