Dave Knox

Brand Marketer, Venture Investor, Startup Advisor

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As a brand marketer, venture investor, and startup advisor,  Dave Knox bridges the worlds of the Fortune 500 and entrepreneurship. The intersection of these two worlds is the subject of his book, Predicting The Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business  Between Startups and Blue Chips, which was named the Grand Prix winner of the Atticus Award. Dave is the former Chief Marketing Officer for  Rockfish, a widely recognized digital innovation agency that was acquired by WPP, where he also served as the Managing Director for WPP Ventures. Prior to Rockfish, Knox was a seven-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, where he was instrumental in the digital turnaround that led to P&G being named to AdAge's Digital A-List.

Dave is widely recognized as an industry thought leader. He was named a Cincinnati Marketing Legend by the American Marketing Association, to the iMedia 25 of Digital Innovators, by Cincinnati Business Courier as the CMO of the Year in the inaugural C-Suite Awards, and as a 40 Under 40 by both AdAge and the P&G Alumni  Network. Dave is a frequent keynote on digital innovation and disruption, including appearances at SXSW, TEDx, Back End of Innovation, NRFtech, Brand Innovators, AdTech NYC, and the iMedia Summit.

He is the co-founder of The Brandery - one of the top 10 startup accelerators in the country. Dave is also a Managing Partner in the seed fund Vine St Ventures, and an advisor to Bullpen Capital, Glasswing Ventures, and Hyde Park Venture Partners.

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“Dave’s  unique  experience  –  spanning  brand  at  P&G,  agency  at  Rockfish,  and  with  entrepreneurs  at  the  Brandery  –  positions  him  as  a  versatile  and  knowledgeable  resource  for  conference creators and attendees  alike. As a speaker, he is dynamic and engaging on both small and large stages. Book Dave for your next event, and I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.”

Katharine Panessidi

“Few people can meaningfully speak of both the entrepreneur’s universe and the Fortune 50. Dave Knox’s unique background in these two worlds gives him a perspective like no other. Knox lays out brilliant-but-simple strategies for how large companies can meet their industries’ inevitable disruption head on. Through real-world examples of technology impacting even the most traditional organizations, he shows how the startups, software, and social changes these companies fear might just be their salvation.”

Pete Blackshaw
Global Head of Digital & Social Media, Nestlé

“Dave Knox prepares big company leaders for the new competitive set that operates with radically different business models—and there is no one better to tell this story! Dave has operated successfully in both worlds.”

Jim Stengel
President / CEO, The Jim Stengel Company

“The future of innovation is all about connectivity. The largest brands connecting with startups, creating a flywheel of energy. I can’t think of a single person more uniquely qualified to connect the dots and layout the playbook for making it happen. Others have written the book on theory, Dave applies over a decade of real world experiences and stories that truly bring the concepts to life.”

Tim Kopp
Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners & Former CMO, Exact Target

“However belatedly, we’ve absorbed the new truth: in business, size no longer delivers security. Irrespective of sector, digital innovation can make the mightiest quake. Speed beats scale, but  speed alone is not enough. Major companies seeking a pilot to help guide them through the new turbulence will find Dave’s work of immeasurable value.”

Sir Martin Sorrell
Founder, WPP

“I had the privilege of using Dave Knox as an opening speaker and would echo what one of my attendees told me afterwards ‘Dave Knox was the best opening keynote I have ever heard’. He energized the room and set the tone for the day!”

Christine Franklin

“Dave challenged us to think differently about everything – exposing us to new start-ups, technologies, and engagement techniques. Most importantly, he encouraged us to NOT follow our own rules but TO follow the rules of  our target audience if we want to be invited to play in their sandbox. Working with him is exciting, scary, but ALWAYS delivers the right results.”

Heather Shultz