Last updated on: 5/4/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Theo Priestley Biography

Title:
Former VP of Marketing at Software AG
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“Social networks and social media in general are a great tool for people to connect with friends and relatives but they’ve also become a convenient excuse not to do just that: connect.

Social media has turned a lot of us into a reflex-based automaton…

It’s become easier to scribble a couple of sentences for all to see rather than pick up the phone and have a real conversation with someone on the other end. And what’s actually pretty frightening is how we’ve come to accept opening our front door to the world as the norm…

Social media has turned the art of expression into a post-it note…

Social media is an addiction, but not a good one…

Social media is rapidly becoming as bad as smoking for the human condition…

Social media is just another habit to kick.”

“Is Social Media Just Another Bad Habit To Break?,” Forbes, Aug. 13, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Mentor, Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, Feb. 2016-present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Magnifact, Feb. 2016-present
  • Independent Technology Evangelist, Futurist, and Keynote Speaker, ITredux, 2002-present
  • Mentor, Virgin StartUp, May 2015-present
  • Mentor, Alchemist Accelerator, Apr. 2015-present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Cupenya, Sep. 2014-present
  • Contributing Writer, Forbes, June 2015-Feb. 2016
  • VP of Marketing and Chief Technology Evangelist, Software AG, July 2013-Aug. 2014
  • Senior Strategy and Solutions Advisor, Wipro Technologies, Apr. 2013-July 2013
  • Principal Business Architect EMEA, Pegasystems, Mar. 2012-Nov. 2012
  • Lead BPM Consultant, 2i Ltd, Mar. 2008-Dec. 2008
  • Analyst, Bank of Scotland (UK), 1995–2001
Education:
  • HND (Higher National Diploma), Legal Studies, Edinburgh Napier University (UK), 1992
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @ITredux
  • Named one of the Top 50 Tech Writers to Follow in 2016 by Data2Go Wireless, Feb. 2016
  • Named one of the Top 100 Data Experts by Maptive in Jan. 2016
  • Named one of the Top Influencers in Consumer Technology by Traakr in 2015
  • Named one of the Top 200 Big Data & Analytics Thought Leaders by Analytics Week in 2013
  • Has been published in: Wired, Forbes, Venturebeat, European, and ComputerWorld
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?