Steven Bartlett is the 27-year-old Founder and former CEO of Social Chain, one of the UK’s largest publicly listed social marketing agencies & media publishers.
Social Chain are leading, global company with a track-record for leveraging owned media, technology and insights to build brands that earn a meaningful share of people’s lives. From a bedroom in Manchester, this university dropout built the group’s two flagship companies – Social Chain and Media Chain – when he was just 22 years old before taking his company public at 27, with a market valuation of £200m.
Steven leads a global team of 700+ innovators who have spent the last 5 years keeping brands at the forefront of what is possible. Social Chain’s impressive client list includes the likes of Apple, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Superdry and Samsung, with their presence now felt in Manchester, London, Berlin, Munich, New York and Bangkok. Since its onset, the digital publishing house ‘Media Chain’ now owns some of the largest media assets online – reaching over 1.8 billion people a month through a series of online brands.
Now a recognised entrepreneur, speaker and investor, Steven has amassed a following of over 2 million people across Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. But as many similar entrepreneurs have distanced themselves from society as their growth increases, Steve has adopted the opposite approach by making it a responsibility of his to connect with his generation.
Steven has spoken over 400 times for various conferences, brands and businesses including the United Nations, SXSW 2019, VTEX Day alongside Barack Obama, BBC, Ted Talk, Red Bull plus many more. His talks range from inspirational, to business and technology focused, with audiences ranging from 15 people to 15,000 people. He has completed campaign work with Facebook, Virgin Money, HP, and Uber and more recently starred in Channel 4’s Education-focused show The Secret Teacher, which saw him go undercover in an underprivileged school to speak to and discover students who deserved opportunity.
In addition to this, the end of 2019 say Steven sign a publishing deal with one of the biggest publishers in the world, with his book set to launch later this year.