Jason Smith

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A highly strategic, technical and commercially astute executive. Jason has over 20 years of experience of starting, growing and managing businesses in c-suite or senior leadership roles. The last 10 years of which have been with data/tech businesses. Jason previously led a project as part of a global data innovation team focusing on data privacy and data sharing. He has also co-led projects on digital ID, privacy enabling technologies and consumer personal data management applications. Jason also contributed to the 2020 EU Data Strategy consultation.  

Previously, he established a research data lab as part of ScaleUpNation, in Amsterdam, using machine learning & network science to research ‘what lies behind a successful scale-up’. Prior to that Jason co-founded and was CEO of Blurrt, a social media data intelligence software using AI natural language processing for sentiment and emotional analysis as well as topic clustering. Blurrt achieved a number of UK technology awards and firsts – notably real time analysis of political debates and sports matches using tweets which were broadcast live.

Jason has written, presented and produced 3 radio documentaries for BBC on technology (‘BeingSocial’ on social media & data; ‘Becoming Artificial’ on AI & what it means for humans and ‘Going Viral’ on the use of technology during the first Covid lockdown). In addition Jason has written and been invited to speak on data & AI. He is a member of the European AI Alliance and was previously recognised by TechCityInsider as one of the top 200 tech entrepreneurs in the UK.