Martha Lane Fox

Co-founder of lastminute.com, UK Digital Champion, Non-executive Director of Marks and Spencer

Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

Travels From: London, UK

Martha Lane Fox is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Martha Lane Fox

    Co-founder of lastminute.com, UK Digital Champion, Non-executive Director of Marks and Spencer

    Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

    Travels From: London, UK

    Martha Lane Fox is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Martha Lane Fox Speaker Biography

    Popular tech keynote speaker Martha Lane Fox co-founded and led lastminute.com, the revolutionary online travel shopping site. Having established the brand, seen it become dominant in its sector, and weathered the dot-com bubble today she serves as a non-executive Director of Twitter, and is the co-founder and executive chair of Doteveryone, which aims to provide an ethical and social perspective on the internet.

    In lastminute’s early days, Martha helped define the business as one of the leading online brands. She led the innovative launch strategy and raised the company’s public profile, making an immediate impact on the internet and e-commerce arena. She met co-founder Brent Hoberman at Spectrum Strategy Consultants, a specialist media and telecoms consultancy.

    Realising the potential for a site like lastminute.com, Martha and Brent raised startup capital, attracting investors and forging business relationships. Bain & Company and Management Today voted it the top website out of more than 300 startups in the search for the most exciting entrepreneurial ventures in cyberspace.

    Martha was appointed the UK’s Digital Champion by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, with a remit to bring every UK citizen online and help them develop vital digital skills. She also helped to transform the government’s online presence through the introduction of the gov.uk portals, which for the first time prioritised the user’s experience and made governmental information publicly available. She is also a member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy working with military and civil servants on cybersecurity policy.

    An active crossbench peer, Martha is the founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk, an organisation that lobbies for responsible, fairer technologies. She is also a patron of Reprieve and founded Antigone to provide grants to UK charities. She is Chancellor of the Open University, and chair and co-founder of LuckyVoice, a national chain of up-market, private karaoke clubs. She still serves on the board of lastminute.com as well as of Marks & Spencer and Channel 4.

    As a speaker, Martha Lane Fox often talks about the need to create a movement for the responsible use of technology and about her amazing success as a digital entrepreneur.

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    Martha Lane Fox Keynote Topics

    Has the digital world had a mid-life crisis? What can we do to fix it? Martha Lane-Fox, one of the pioneers of the dot.com revolution looks at the next steps in this fast pace, ever evolving world.

    And we need it now, says Martha Lane Fox, founder and executive chair of DOTeveryone. It's not just about technology, though – it's about how we must tackle, head-on, the biggest changes and challenges that are right around the corner.

    25 years of the internet, so how's it going? Martha takes us on a roller coaster tour of the internet, from the 'glory' days of dial up, the boom of Lastminute.com to the lows of two crashes - first the stock market, then a car crash that left her in hospital for two years changing her perspective on life and seeing the internet not as a fuel for economic growth but as something much more personal to survive.

    She shares her experiences as UK's digital champion, explaining the importance of getting people online - as well as the lack of Government support, with more 'sexy stuff' on the agenda. She reflects on 25 years feeling 'muted' with where the internet has ended up - the same old power players, lack of female representation and a complete lack of privacy where personal data really isn't personal at all.

    Martha Lane Fox Speaking Videos

    Martha Lane Fox - The digital world is having a mid-life crisis
    Martha Lane Fox - We Need a Movement For Responsible Technology