Dan Ballin

As Chief Executive of Ideas Crucible Dan advisors and secures investment capital for technology start-ups and scale-up working with leading venture capitalist and angel investors, where a particular focus is those using AI and VR. As an entrepreneur he has had four startups two of which were exited through acquisition.

He is the long-standing Editor-in-Chief of Virtual Reality (Springer Nature) and studied a Doctorate in the application of artificial intelligence to virtual environments. A Chartered Engineer, inventor on 9 patents, and has lectured and published widely on the subject of AI and its ethics and regulation.

A large part of his career was focused on sourcing innovative tech start-ups and scaleups from around the world and launching multimillion new business ventures for brands including Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, Novartis, BT, and IAG.
He was a Chief Information Officer for BT Group level, where he led innovations from idea into launch across all market facing divisions, including a £25M health business, as well as launching their mobile business in Spain and Italy.

He is Board member for a Property Tech and Cyber Security company, and board advisor to several startups and a tech venture capital fund.