James Poulter is the founder and CEO of Vixen Labs, one of the UK’s leading Voice Technology companies. He is also a thought-leader and speaker on innovation culture, the future of work and emerging technologies, including the Metaverse. He believes that voice-first interfaces and conversational artificial intelligence can make the way we experience the internet and its content more human, empathetic and healthier.
James is a popular speaker on technology and innovation. From the future of work and emerging technologies to creating innovation culture within organisations and how they can adapt to new ways of working – especially since the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Previously as Head of the LEGO Group’s Emerging Platforms and Partnerships team as part of their Digital Consumer Engagement division, James Poulter pursued new technologies, platforms and partners to build digital consumer engagement with LEGO’s global customers, shoppers and consumers.
He previously was the Head of Social Media for LEGO children’s network, LEGO Life, which launched in 2017 and has since gained over two million users. As well as developing these social features – which included emojis and custom characters – James oversaw the launch of their global partnership with GIPHY, leading the LEGO channel to accumulate over one billion GIF views in the first year alone.
James has had over a decade worth of experience in the world’s leading marketing, advertising and PR films, including Edelman and Ogilvy. He also contributed work to the likes of Unilever, Bose, PayPal and Adobe.
In 2018, James founded Vixen Labs, one of Europe’s leading voice and strategy consultancy, design, and app development studios. Starting with just two people, he grew to 20 staff members in just three years. Even during a global pandemic, Vixen Labs has continued to grow from strength to strength. He founded Voice2 in the same year, the leading VoiceFirst community to help bring country-wide industry practitioners to drive the AI industry forward.
Outside of Vixen Labs and Voice2, James is an advisor to the Church of England’s digital board, is a founding board member of the Digital Future Council, and a start-up advisor for Resurgo Ventures Accelerator and Impact Central. He is also the host of the show Signal for The MediaNet, which explores the link between technology, media and faith. He also produces the podcast Talking Shop, Making Voice Work, where he discusses how voice technology impacts businesses on a day-to-day basis.
James’ work in the industry has been well received and highly commended. In 2011 he received the Young Communicator of the Year award from the PRCA and then the Best Newcomer award at the Christian New Media Awards 2012. He has also been shortlisted for the 2010 Outstanding Contribution Award from the Recommendation Online Awards and the 2011 Mark Hanson Award.
“The millennial generation is that last in history to know what life was like before constant-connectedness, before our attention was forever altered by devices and before our relationships with one another, with society and culture were transformed by the internet”.
James believes we all have a responsibility to ensure the next generation has a healthy and productive relationship with old and new technologies.
James is now a highly popular keynote speaker for industry events, speaking about technology, AI, communications, marketing, social media and emerging trends. He has a number of set keynote speaking subjects that have all been very well received.
As the field of artificial intelligence continues to grow and evolve, we are seeing major players like Google, Amazon, and Meta entering the space and competing with OpenAI for dominance in the area of large language models (LLMs). This competition is driving innovation which is great news for businesses looking to leverage the power of AI. But what is coming? When can you expect this to really impact the way you work? Why is it important to learn more and embrace these technologies, and how can you benefit from the new wave of AI? In this speech, James Poulter looks at how the future is arriving fast and how you can use it, and how it can impact any industry from heath, tech, retail, and education.
One of the few people I’ve met that have the real ability to read people and situations well, and act on that knowledge in ways that lead to real interpersonal effectiveness. In the fast-paced and dynamic digital environment, there are some situations where entrepreneurs often find themselves struggling to steer safely out of a conversational jam – James definitely does not have that problem, he loves sharing his experience to help others build their business or community.
TeComm & Lebero Events
JP is full of energy, ideas and passion for technology. He is a very strong networker and collaborator who is always looking to support new projects and initiatives and is focussed on ensuring he has a strong knowledge and expertise on whatever the ‘next big thing’ around the corner is. He also has a fantastic network and is a valued sparring partner on many topics – from Voice to Blockchain via GIFs and Emojis. It has been great working with him at LEGO Group.
JP is the ultimate collaborator. He empowers his teammates and shares his knowledge of digital trends and technologies at every opportunity. He is the first person to volunteer for a hackathon and is an exceptional facilitator of strategic partnerships. JP was a key member to the development of LEGO’s social app LEGO Life (launched #1 in Kids category) and the driving force behind the LEGO emoji language (featured on Jimmy Fallon).
Mixed Reality, Microsoft
In this new age of digital marketing and PR, there are few people in the UK that absolutely ‘get it’. Those that do have been busy proving just how valuable this new way of doing things is to business and James is one of those people. Knows his stuff, explains it in an easy to understand way and keeps his eye on future trends and how it all fits together.
Business & Mindset Mentor
I thought that James’ talk was intuitional, intentional and intelligent. His delivery style was very much the zeitgeist of our times. It inspired a vast amount of ideas.
Syniad 2019, Cardiff University