• About Theo

    One of Europe's foremost futurists and metaverse consultants

    Theo is a leading tech futurist and globally recognised author and public speaker on the convergence of many emerging trends towards the metaverse and play-to-earn economics using blockchain, cryptocurrencies and NFT markets.


    He is the founder of Metapunk™, an agency consulting on the business, technology and cultural impacts that will arise out of the metaverse and helping brands, organisations and investors navigate this revolution.

    Priestley has worked with some of the biggest names in tech and business including SAP, Siemens, Bosch, Software AG, AON, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, consulting and implementing innovation strategies, strategic foresight, and emerging technologies, and providing content marketing services.

    He has mentored in a number of startup accelerators including HTC ViveX and Alchemist.

    Priestley has published more than 250 articles on topics including Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech and Blockchain, Smart Cities, Crypto, Healthcare, Marketing, Digital Transformation, and Virtual Reality, for Forbes, the European, WIRED, Huffington Post and Business2Community. He has also contributed to VentureBeat, GigaOM, The Times Raconteur, and has been interviewed for BBC Radio and UK national television news on technology trends.

    He recently authored the book, The Future Starts Now, published internationally through Bloomsbury.

    An energetic, informative, and polished speaker, he has engaged groups ranging from 20-2000 on Emerging Technology trends and featured talks have occurred at CeBIT, TEDx, Marketing Society UK, Big Data Expo China, Gartner Symposium, IDC, meetups, webinars, innovation summits, and corporate events.

  • The Future Starts Now

    Now available from Bloomsbury and via leading international booksellers.

    The Future Starts Now looks toward the various innovations and technologies that may shape our future. Authors Theo Priestley and Bronwyn Williams have brought together the world's leading futurists to articulate and clarify the current trajectories in technology, economics, politics, and business.

  • Highlights

    A selection of some of Theo's more popular published articles and conference appearances discussing emerging trends and technologies.


    "Would you be happy to follow a robot leader?"

    A question posed at this TEDx talk on living in a future with Artificial Intelligence, and where it may lead humanity next.


    "Everything is connected in the Internet of Things", a little WIRED piece I wrote a few years back.


    "AI and IOT are inseperable."


    A piece on Forbes considering a future where AI and IOT live hand in hand.

    Bosch C-World

    "Building a connected world."


    Keynote address at Bosch Connected World, discussing and asking the question, 'just who are we building this new world for?'

  • Testimonials

    Don't just take his word for it.

    SVP, HPE

    This is a tough recommendation to write, because it's going to come off sounding like a paid advertisement - but it simply reflects the incredible talent and experience that Theo brings to the table.

    Conference Manager, IDC

    His assessment by the audience was best among all the rest of speakers. He grabs attention of delegates with highly professional content, combined with humor great energy and outstanding presentation skills.

    Director, Pegasystems

    Theo is a man on a mission, he knows his stuff inside out and when he opens his mouth, you really ought to sit up and listen.

    MD, Berkeley PR

    Theo is one of the smartest people I have had the pleasure ofworking with. He deeply understands technology but more importantly how it can impact the lives of business and people.

    MD, Deloitte Digital

    His opinions on industry trends and market activity are well respected & despised at the same time, making him a true industry influencer.

    CEO, Elements.Cloud

    He challenges the status quo and therefore plays a vital role in driving innovation and thought leadership in the industry.

    CTO, Pegasystems

    I had more creative ideas from Theo in 6 months than I have had in 6 years from most people. Working with Theo can be a white knuckle ride, fast, exhillerating and fun.

    Director, Wipro Digital

    He can process a few bits of information, do the necessary research, get a vision of a big picture and quickly form a pretty strong opinion of his own. And what's even better, that opinion is nursed in an open mind and is not hard-coded.

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  • Contact Theo

    Feel free to get in touch for consulting, speaking or writing engagements.