David Orban

An investor, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker and thought leader of the global technology landscape.

David’s past entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years. He is an advisor to Dotsub, which he led as CEO through a period of rapid growth from 2011 to 2015. Dotsub, based in New York City, is the leading technology and services provider for captioning and translating video in any language to increase access, engagement and global reach. He is also a founder of Dotwords, an international language service provider based in Milan that supports businesses and organizations operating in competitive multilingual markets.

David is the founder of Network Society Research, a London-based global think tank. It is creating a vision and analytical tools to allow individuals, enterprises and the society at large to deal positively with the unstoppable transformation to a world based on decentralized exponential technologies disrupting the centralized and hierarchical functions of governments and corporations.

He is a faculty member and advisor at Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. David is a mentor at the Thiel Fellowship, which brings together some of the world’s most creative and motivated young people, helping them bring their most ambitious ideas and projects to life. He is also an Adjunct Professor at LUISS Business School in Rome, one of Italy’s leading institutions preparing the management and innovation leadership of the future.

David is an author of two books, Something New about the role of artificial intelligence in society and Network Society on the phase transformation towards exponential technologies and decentralization. He is a keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events, where he stimulates important shifts in the mindset of attendees with his provocative and meaningful message. From information technology companies like Cisco, to pharmaceutical manufacturers like Roche, to system integrators like NTT Data, his high impact talks are sought out and valued across several industries.

david-orbanDavid is a founder of Axelera, an Italian non-profit whose aim is to inspire future leaders, entrepreneurs and technologists by spreading knowledge about exponential technologies and the importance of addressing widespread global challenges. He was the Chairman of the Board of Humanity+, and is now an advisor to the organization dedicated to promoting understanding, interest, and participation in fields of emerging innovation. H+ represents a growing movement of people willing to work proactively to benefit the human condition through a commitment to scientific advancement.

Born in Budapest, he studied Physics at both the University of Milan and the University of Padua.

David cuts across the limits of deep specialization to contribute to a new renaissance. He explains, “My vision is at the crossroads of technology and society as defined by their co-evolution.” His personal motto is, “What is the question I should be asking?” This concept is his vehicle to accelerating cycles of invention and innovation in order to build the new world ahead.

David’s Blog

If you are searching for the right questions,  please visit David’s Blog



netsocbookNetwork Society

The Coming Phase Change In The World Around You, And How To Thrive Through It.


singularitybookSomething New

AIs and us: the coming age when “there is nothing new under the sun” is not true anymore.


Other Publications

For more publications from David, please visit his page on Scribd