Founder and CEO, Velocity
Zia Yusuf is a leading European tech entrepreneur who believes in the power of exponential technologies and artificial intelligence to improve our lives. He speaks passionately on a range of subjects including the experience economy and the instagram generation, conversational commerce, artificial intelligence, automation, and the role of machines in our future. He was named as one of the eight most influential Goldman Sachs alumni in Fintech by Business Insider, and has been profiled in the likes of Esquire, Forbes, Fox Business and CNBC.
Zia succeeded in creating one of the world's fastest growing technology companies, having grown revenues 14x in the last 12 months, with this growth driven by next-generation products based on pioneering artificial intelligence. He has assembled an elite team of engineers in London, including the likes of Ijaz Akram as Velocity's CTO (former Global Head of Engineering at Amazon Prime), and other data scientists and AI experts. Through harnessing AI, Velocity has been able to generate $700k of revenue/employee, 5-10x greater than old-economy players in the space. Zia recently spoke at Founders Forum, and Velocity counts the likes of Sebastien Thrun (Founder of Google X) as an AI advisor.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, Zia enjoyed a meteoric career in finance, firstly at Merrill Lynch and then at Goldman Sachs where, aged 28, he was named an Executive Director. He covered the Automotive, Industrial and Aerospace sectors, learning what made great businesses.
He quit his job and co-founded Velocity, a tech startup whose mission is to inspire and facilitate extraordinary lives in the digital age. Velocity Black, its flagship product, is a revolutionary technology to enhance and optimise your life. A 24/7/365 always-on digital assistant powered by human and machine intelligence, which simplifies and enriches your time. From discovering and booking restaurants to hotels, from flying fighter jets to swimming with orca whales. Velocity Black is the fastest, most convenient, advanced way to get the most out of life.
Velocity has raised over $30m in venture capital, and has offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Miami.