Monty Munford

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Monty Munford
Born (1961-06-04) 4 June 1961 (age 55)
Twickenham, England
Nationality British
Occupation Tech Journalist, Emcee, Panellist, Moderator and Speaker
Known for Technology

Monty Munford (born 4 June 1961) is an English-born tech journalist,[1] emcee, panellist, moderator and a popular speaker around the world in cities such as London, San Francisco, Beirut, Helsinki, Moscow, Dubai, Lagos, Austin and Dublin at events such as SXSW,[2] The Europas,[3] Slush,[4] STEP,[5] Startup Village, ZEST,[6] BDL Accelerate,[7] Mobile Web Africa[8] and others.

Early life[edit]

Munford was born in Twickenham, SW London and attended Hampton School before doing a number of jobs including working on building sites and managing betting shops in 'tough' districts of London. He left the country to join a kibbutz in 1983 and then travelled the world for the next 15 years.

To fund this travelling, Munford worked for several years (and winters) as a motorbike despatch-rider in London despite breaking his knee, nose, left arm, ribs and nearly having his left foot amputated, before retraining as a journalist at the London College of Printing in 1998.[9]

Career[edit]

Speaker[edit]

Munford has recently focused on his career as a professional speaker and conference interviewer of influential tech personalities, highlighted by an hour-long interview with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Beirut in November 2016.[10]

Columnist[edit]

Munford has been active for 20 years in the mobile and digital sectors, and is a tech columnist for Forbes[11] in New York and The Telegraph[12] in London. He writes monthly for the BBC[13] and regularly for The Economist. He also contributes to TechCrunch,[14] Mashable, Fast Company,[15] The Huffington Post and Wired,[16] MIT Technology Review[17] and among others. He has a well-trafficked and Google News-verified tech blog, Mob76 Outlook.[18]

Journalist[edit]

As a journalist, Munford has written for The Independent,[19] The Inquirer, and several games through companies. After resurrecting his journalist career in 2009 while in India, he wrote for The Telegraph, The Guardian,[20] The Observer, Financial Times,[21] and The Times of India.[22]

Munford has also written and self-published The Dust Bowls of Maturity.[23] He is also a sought-after panellist, moderator and keynote speaker at global events including South By South West in Austin[24] and The Europas in London.[25]

Actor[edit]

Leaving Player X in 2009, still writing for Times of India, Munford began part-time acting in Bollywood films.[21] His first role was as a 1930s British officer for the Ashutosh Gowariker film Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.[26] His second role was as a Russian gangster name Alexis in the Rohan Sippy film Dum Maro Dum.[27]

Business[edit]

In 2005 Munford joined mobile media games publisher and distributor Player X having previously worked for mobile game testing house Babel Media. In May 2008 it was announced that Player X had made a deal with Paramount Pictures and would be providing feature films for "the 4th screen". After Player X acquired Gaelco Moviles and announced its splitting itself into two companies, and upon the subsequent acquisition of Player X by European mobile content giant Zed in October 2009,[28] Munford left Player X to devote his time to connecting UK and Indian mobile content providers[29] working with in Paramount and FC Liverpool, as well as to pursue acting in Bollywood.[30]

In 2011 after spending two years in India with his young family and consulting for various brands, he returned to the UK and set up his own consultancy Mob76 (a brand name after his graffito tag in the 1980s). Mob76 works with a personalised and select portfolio of companies to help them raise money, raise their profile, connect with the right network and eventually exit via acquisition. Recent successes have seen one company rise in value from $10 million to $400 million, a design company sold for $40 million and a games-based chat platform being recently valued at up to $100 million.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monty Munford – Technology Writer for the Economist, Wired & Telegraph". London Real TV. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Monty Munford, SR WRITER, The Economist". SXSW.com. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Press List". The Europas. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Tech Is Eating Jobs But At The Slush Conference Nobody Cares". Forbes. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Our First World Technology Problems Are Nothing Compared to Those in the Middle East". Huffington Post. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  6. ^ "Speakers". Zest. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  7. ^ "Monty Munford". bdlaccelerate.com. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Speakers Faculty". Mobile Web Africa. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Monty Munford - Technology Writer for The Economist, Wired & Telegraph". Silicone Real. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  10. ^ "Steve Wozniak Went To Beirut And Wowed 8,000 People". Forbes. 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  11. ^ "Monty Munford". Forbes. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Munford, Monty (2015-12-19). "This medical app is being used in Europe's refugee camps to help doctors". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  13. ^ Munford, Monty (2016-10-28). "Could your 'smart' home be a weapon of web destruction?". BBC. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  14. ^ "Monty Munford". Tech Company. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  15. ^ Munford, Monty (2016-09-23). "Can Armies Of Interns Close The Cybersecurity Skills Gap?". Fast Company. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  16. ^ "Monty Munford". Wired. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  17. ^ "Monty Munford". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  18. ^ "Mob76outlook". Webstatsdomain.org. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  19. ^ "Monty Munford". The Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "The mobile playground is now open". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  21. ^ a b Laws, Jeremy (27 October 2009). "Monty Munford Leaving Player X". Cabana Mobile. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  22. ^ "Monty Munford". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  23. ^ "Mob76 Outlook - Words, wisdom and the occasional genius". www.mob76outlook.com. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  24. ^ "2016 SXSW Accelerator® Emcees and Judges". South by Southwest 2016 Music, Film and Interactive Festivals - Austin Texas. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  25. ^ "Speakers". The Europas | 14 June 2016 | London. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  26. ^ "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey". IMDB. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  27. ^ "Dev Anand's and Rohan Sippy's Dum Maro Dum - Art & Entertainment". sites.google.com. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  28. ^ "Zed acquires Player X for mobile games, TV and video". pocketgamer.biz. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  29. ^ "Monty Munford quits Player X". www.develop-online.net. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  30. ^ "Monty Munford interview: from blogging to Bollywood and back again - Life | siliconrepublic.com - Ireland's Technology News Service". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  31. ^ "Monty Munford – Performance Marketing Awards 7th May 2013". www.performancemarketingawards.co.uk. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 

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