James FlintLondon, Greater London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
I'm CEO of Hospify, a compliant and secure communication platform designed specifically for use in UK & EU healthcare (www.hospify.com) which I co-founded with two doctors.

In a former life I was a technology journalist, starting out at Wired magazine and going on cover the digital revolution for a wide range of publications. This led me on to product manage various projects at the interface of media and technology: a cross-platform interaction social media drama for the BBC; a climate change wiki; a range of online tools for the Telegraph Media Group; and an SAAS video marketing platform called Videojuicer. I've also published several novels inspired by the collision of culture and technology.

I’ve recently completed the Springboard Data Science Career Track program in order to update my technical skills in data analysis and machine learning, something that I've been fascinated by since coming across the concept of neural networks as a post-grad back in 1993. And in 2018 I published a new novel, Midland, with the innovative crowdfunding publisher Unbound.


Business: Strategy; reporting; team building and leadership; market research; competitor analysis; budgeting; analytics; online advertising and marketing; data protection and security.

Technical: Python, Java, JavaScript, Python, Neo4j, HTML; CSS; agile.

Editorial: writing and presentational skills (all formats), video production, design.

Educational background: Psychology, neuroscience, logic, ethics, statistics, literature, music.

Co-founder and CEO
Jan 2014 - Current
- Co-designed and product managed delivery of Hospify secure and compliant messaging platform for healthcare.• Raised pre-seed capital of £350k from Bethnal Green Ventures, Telefonica, MSD Pharmaceutical, Innovate UK and various angel investors.• Attended Bethnal Green Ventures incubator programme and Wayra Velocity Health accelerator programme.• Obtained NHS information governance and ISO27001 compliance and certification.• Applied for and obtained US encryption export license for the company; created partnerships with DigitalHealth.London and Digital Catapult.• Drew up business strategy and marketing strategy; drove adoption of Hospify app in more than 100 NHS Hospitals; won national deal with largest healthcare union in the UK.• Won place on NHS digital health accelerator programme.
Core Advisory Group member
The AHSN Network AI Initiative
Jan 2019 - Current
Helping the AHSN AI initiative shape its 2019 programme and make further progress in key areas requiring attention identified in its "Accelerating Artificial Intelligence in health and care: results from a state of the nation survey", including data infrastructure, workforce education and public engagement.
Member, Finance & Audit Committee
IMPRESS: The Independent Monitor for the Press
Jan 2016 - Current
Pro bono position on the Finance & Audit Committee of the Impress Project, providing strategic and financial oversight and advice.
Artificial Intelligence consultant
London Fieldworks
Jan 2017 - Sep 2018
Technical advisory work on a machine-learning and robotics artwork being built by London Fieldworks in association with the V&A museum, the Arts Council, and Southbank University.
Artificial Intelligence consultant
Curation Corporation
Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
- Built semantic analysis machine-learning engine to automatically classify and tag content feeds.• Wrote twice-weekly newsletters covering Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, quantum computing, VR, AR, robots, drones and 3D printing. • Produced daily market alerts on sectors including AI & Future Computing, Blockchain & Digital Currencies, Insurance, Asset Management, Environment & Social Governance, Internet of Things, Robots & Drones, Battery Technology and Electric Vehicles, Carbon Eradication, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Cyber Security, Black Swan risks, Education Technology, Digital Health, Digital Advertising.• Liaised with shareholders and advisors including C-level members of Reuters, Vodafone, XL Caitlin, & Intelligent Energy.• Set up technical and editorial processes for publishing daily insights generated by the existing editorial team, contributing to major content supply deal with Dow Jones.• Created strategy around graph database and machine learning project to automate and scale the news curation platform.
Interim CEO
Apr 2012 - Mar 2014
- Hired as a consultant; was promoted to CEO within six months of arrival. Raised £100k and restructured company.• Initiated, specified, managed (agile) and successfully delivered a scalable rebuild of the core product in Java, JavaScript and HTML5 and acomplete rebuild of internal video analytics engine (powered by server logs); wire-framed and designed front-end for new SAAS website.• Re-designed all company promotional materials and pitched for new business; brought on clients including Lexus Germany.• Led the company from a heavily indebted, loss-making concern to break-even and a successful trade sale.• Project-managed online video website builds, live video events, social media campaigns, and Google Adwords campaigns for clients includingPokerstars, New World Symphony, Wella, Lexus Germany, Amazon Web Services, Universal Music Group, ValueMyStuff, Schuh, SouthbankCentre, Sage Gateshead and Virgin Media.• Handled client partnerships, pitching, reporting and wire-framing.• Oversaw company website redesign and wrote website copy; wrote and designed all company communications including blog and social.
Editor-in-chief, Telegraph Weekly World Edition and telegraph.co.uk/expat
Telegraph Media Group
May 2009 - Apr 2012
- Product-managed and launched product suite: newspaper, iPad edition, website, comment channel and “Expat Directory” social media site.• Restructured weekly newspaper production cycle distributing 50,000 copies into 130 countries from five global print sites each week.• Created, ran and contributed to six-day editorial production cycle (4 full-time in-house staff, 5-10 remote, plus freelancers).• Designed all newspaper front pages and wireframed multiple page layouts daily.• Wrote and produced an international television ad for the product.• Wireframed, redesigned and published rolling news website; wireframed page layouts of weekly iPad edition.• Initiated, specified, and managed build and launch of Expat Directory social media site, taking total monthly page views from 400k to >2m,adding 20,000 registered users and attracting £200k commercial sponsorship from British Airways, LloydsTSB, John Lewis, and Sotheby’s.• Hired and managed team, conducted 360 degree HR reporting, commissioned all freelance copy; handled all editorial budgets and payments.• Worked with commercial department to produce monthly budgets and KPI reporting, including newspaper sales and online metrics.• Personally wrote and/or edited multiple pages of newspaper, online, and promotional copy on a daily basis.• Created, designed and launched biannual print Globetrotter supplement, attracting over £150k per issue in sponsorship and advertising.• Initiated and ran the Best of British Awards, an international competition run via the Expat Directory; organised prize ceremony in Bahrain.• Extended the Expat Directory to include World’s Best International Schools and World’s Best Places to Live.
General Manager, Telegraph TV
Telegraph Media Group
Apr 2008 - May 2009
Restructured and managed Telegraph TV, a business-within-a-business with over £2m of initial investment and over £1m in annual revenue. Completely overhauled the online delivery technology and production workflows; redesigned the product and integrated it with the new Escenic content management system; brokered and managed a new relationship between editorial and commercial; increased plays; increased revenue; launched new products; built a new inventory tracking system; implemented a completely new advertising format, an industry first that was subsequently mimicked and adopted by News International, ITV, Sky and Virgin Media. Brought the video operation (c. £1m p.a. turnover) from a heavy loss-making position to break-even within 18 months.
Head of Digital Development
Telegraph Media Group
Sep 2007 - Apr 2008
Created, project managed and launched new functionality to the telegraph.co.uk/website, as well as helping to oversee the rebuild of the website as a whole, during its transition from TeamSite CMS to Escenic CMS. Helped integrate newspaper operations with online operations. Launched several commercial/editorial interactive products: pension planner, cruise planner, election map and swing-o-meter, national family events map. Worked closely with Barclays Bank on a £1m sponsorship of the online Finance pages.
Founder and Director
Feb 2007 - May 2009
Set up an online wiki dedicated to the topic of climate change. Formed company, created brand, published site using WikiMedia tools, seeded content.
Online Arts & Features Editor
Telegraph Media Group
Nov 2006 - Sep 2007
Ran the online department for all of the Daily Telegraph's online arts and features, including Music, Film, Fashion, Motoring, Expat, Health, Education, Science and several other verticals. Created and launched telegraph.co.uk/earth, an environment channel.
Member, Writers in Prison Committee
English PEN
2005 - 2007
Helped co-ordinate the committee's work and strategy; visited prisons and helped prisoners to better learn how to use writing to educate and express themselves; liaised with the Foreign Office regarding imprisoned writers abroad, with particular responsibility for Cuba, as I know the country well and my Spanish is good.
Jan 2001 - May 2002
- Technical lead and co-author of interactive drama for TV and Internet, designed to include user-generated content from an online community.• Wrote and co-produced a 30 minute pilot with a budget of £100k.
Journalist / Author / Producer / Director / Developer
Self - Employed
1998 - 2006
- Published three novels and one book of short stories (see Interests section for details)• Published regular arts, technology, lifestyle and travel features in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, Sight & Sound, Time Out, The Times, The Independent, Arena, Zembla Magazine, The Economist, Dazed & Confused and many other newspapers and magazines.• Wrote and directed five short films for lastminute.com. • Curator, film tent, the Port Eliot Festival 2005 & 2006• Producer, the Birmingham Odeon, Robbie Williams Live From Berlin cine-cast.• 10-minute script The Nuclear Train filmed for Channel 4’s Animate! series by the director Daniel Saul in 2002. • Scripted Little Earth (2004), a film-installation by the award-winning artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson. • Script advisor on Garbage Warrior (2007), a documentary about renegade off-grid architect Michael Reynolds, directed by Oliver Hodge. The film won the audience award at the Vancouver Film Festival and several other accolades (www.garbagewarrior.com).• Made several small documentary films, screened at the Bart Wells Institute, Hackney and the Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall. • Set up and maintained a small online climate change wiki (www.wikiclimate.net).
Section editor and Staff writer
Wired Magazine
1996 - 1998
- Ran both the news section and the reviews section; responsible for recruiting, managing and editing a large stable of freelancer contributors.• Created an innovative picture news section and enlisted help from San Francisco-based team on its design and launch.• Wrote many feature articles, including one cover piece. These features often involved foreign travel and extensive research: a study of fractal-based financial services in Switzerland; an exposé of the condition of the nuclear industry in northern Russia; an analysis of the politics surrounding the digitisation of the Vatican library archives in Rome.
Editor and Contributing writer
Mute Magazine
1995 - 2002
- Mute (www.metamute.org) is a highly respected member of the independent media community. I was a founder member of the magazine and helped guide it through various format changes and redesigns, including its current online incarnation.• Ran both science and arts sections for several years.• Learned a great deal about all aspects of magazine production, from writing and editing through to funding, page setting and paper selection.
The Times of India
1988 - 1988
- Before going to University I spent time apprenticed to the reporters on The Times of India News Desk, an experience which exposed me to everything from riots to cabinet meetings and gave me a basic grounding in news journalism.
University of Oxford
BA, Philosophy, Psychology, Physiology, Statistics, 2:1
University of Warwick
MA, Philosophy & Literature, Distinction
London Metropolitan University
MetLab Screenwriting Course
Data Science Career Track, Computer Science
Warwick School
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