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Andrew Keith Walker

4 start-ups. 4 exits. Swapped London for the country & the rat race for writing.

Andrew Keith Walker is a freelance writer focused on the future of technology, culture, economics & politics. He's the author of alternative business handbook "Screwproof: Doing Deals that Won't F*ck-up" and the successful pop-psychology blog series Man Vs. Brain. After a career as a designer and coder in the '90s, he set up his own creative agency and three successful tech start-ups in the world of digital news, music and data privacy. He holds the dubious honour of doing the first ever interview with a British Prime Minister over twitter, has written features for The Independent, The Guardian, the BBC and numerous tech magazines, made appearances on radio and TV news, and spoken as the professional scruffy middle-aged geek at countless conferences about the effect of digital technology on society and the economy. After exiting the London tech scene, he now lives in the countryside and writes for a living.

What Traffic Congestion Tells Us About Post-Brexit Britain

As with all things economic, Brexit was never going to be an easy journey, but the idea that things will get better over time is as daft as thinking a new motorway will permanently ease congestion and boost economic growth. Sadly, in the real world, things are never that simple.
13/07/2017 13:23 BST

2016 Was Below Average For Celeb Deaths

You might find it hard to accept, but contrary to all the news stories (and Facebook posts) that declared 2016 as an unusually bad year for celebrity deaths, it wasn't. In fact 2016 was probably below average for famous departures.
09/03/2017 17:26 GMT

Working Out The Article 50 Date - March 30th Is Worth a Bet

If you take a scan through the political betting odds for what day they'll trigger Article 50, they are few and far between. It seems the bookies are being unusually cautious about it. Most of them are offering a plethora of odds on subjects like the next Labour or Conservative leader, even the next general election... but triggering Article 50? The bets tell us a lot about the reticence in the pundit-sphere to make the call.
07/10/2016 11:12 BST

Charlie Hebdo Earthquake Cartoons Spark A Digital Identity Crisis

This u-turn in public opinion illustrates the flawed marketing mythology of the platforms where we share our thoughts and pictures, the myth that we're all part of some big global culture. We're not. That's just a sales tactic to buy our clicks and data with warm fuzzy feelings of togetherness.
09/09/2016 16:47 BST

Team GB Is In Great Shape, Shame About The Rest of Us

But why are we making such a big effort to succeed in an international sporting arena that appears to be rife with cheats, corruption, dirty politics and whatever you call Ryan Lochte? Has the balance of public sport funding swung to far towards the bling and away from the council footie pitch?
31/08/2016 14:52 BST

The Problem With Political Speeches Isn't Plagiarism, It's Platitudes

You can't claim to be the anti-establishment choice if you appear like the last establishment candidate (who lost) and your wife's speech sounds just like the last establishment guy's wife (the guy you hate, who won). How Trump handles that issue, unlike the speeches, will be interesting to watch.
22/07/2016 10:17 BST

Can Theresa May Beat the Replacement Prime Minister Odds?

So what is May's prognosis? If Brexit goes badly, will May follow suit with Eden and Macmillan and resign? Will someone mount a leadership challenge in 2018/19 claiming she's unelectable? Both look possible. If Brexit goes well, she might see out Cameron's full term, face the polls and win. The odds marginally favour the first two if you want to bet a fiver on it, the last one is at best a coin toss, but a second win after that? Don't bet on it.
15/07/2016 11:46 BST

Health Minister Alistair Burt Resigns - Nobody Cares, But They Really Should.

Alistair Burt, Health Minister, resigned this week. It's important news. It's not because of a scandal, nor (as he joked) because resignations are contagious. He's just stepping down. Hardly worthy of headlines compared to the Brexit story, the leadership contests or the Chilcot enquiry, is it? Well actually, yes.
07/07/2016 12:54 BST

Brexit Highlights How Broken British Democracy Really Is

The arcane nature of British democracy has, over the last 60 years, delivered one electoral minority after another into the corridors of power. It's led to a situation where no matter how many of us vote, we get a result that rewards people who wouldn't win in any other situation where the principle of "we'll do what the majority of people want" applies.
30/06/2016 14:05 BST

Paid Writing: The Attrition Economy

Five years ago I dumped the commute, sold out of my various business interests and became a full time freelance writer. It was in many respects the worst career decision I've ever made, but at the same time, also the best. It depends on which day you ask.
24/06/2016 07:12 BST

You'll Miss the Referendum Campaign... No, Really

At least we can console ourselves with the thought that, in every way that really matters, no news is still good news. Except for the global economic malaise, the human tragedy in Syria, the plight of the refugees and the rise of political extremism in the most powerful nation on the planet. Yes, now the referendum is over we can remember that things are still pretty bad everywhere else. It's not just here. That's why we'll miss the dog and pony show. The real news is much more depressing.
23/06/2016 13:39 BST