James Silver is a writer and editor specialising in tech, media & business. He writes and creates content for leading technology brands and VCs including Index Ventures. He has written 500+ articles for UK national newspapers, magazines and websites including, most recently, WIRED, The Observer, The Guardian and Informilo. He has also written for The Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Spectator, Total Politics, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Press Gazette, Media Week, BBC News Online and Sky News Online.
He has presented more than 100 documentaries and features for Radio 4, 5 Live, the World Service and American Radio Works. From 1995-2002, he worked for the BBC as a current affairs radio producer. In 2000, he was part of the Radio 5 Live team which won the Sony Gold Award for News. Interviewees in broadcast and print include: Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Norman Mailer, Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Michael Gove, Alistair Darling, Lord Tebbit, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Christiane Amanpour, Carl Bernstein, Clive James, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Robert Peston, Piers Morgan, Kelvin MacKenzie, Jeremy Kyle and Richard & Judy.Away from journalism, James is a screenwriter. He has written seven screenplays including: Monkey Slam, a feature originally developed by BBC TV Drama, currently in development with lo-fi, the low budget Scottish film initiative; World of Weird, a series of 10 micro comedy/dramas for the Channel Flip YouTube channel The Multiverse, which have been viewed a total of 125K+ times; The Ridge, a thriller, formerly in development with ITV Studios; Skivvy, a feature film based on a true crime story, now in development with Fablemaze. He is represented by Sean Gascoine at United Agents.
The Government Digital Service, with a hit squad drawn from startups, wants to reclaim the billions wasted on IT. But can it overpower the civil service and big suppliers? By James Silver. If you want to get an idea of how the UK public sector came to spend £17 billion per year — that’s the equivalent of 30-odd new hospitals — on information technology as recently as 2009-2010, you could do worse than delve into the recent history of the Rural Payments Agency...Read More
From my archive, this is my conversation in 2005 with Max Clifford Max Clifford’s kiss-and-tell stories of politicians, pop stars and footballers are the lifeblood of many a tabloid newspaper. As he launches his own autobiography, the most powerful man in PR tells James Silver why it’s not about settling scores Monday, 15 August 2005 For every red-top Sunday breakfast splash, Clifford claims to turn down “dozens” more stories – most of which would...Read More
Fearing Market Disruption, Banks Are Partnering With Their Nimbler Rivals, reports James Silver. 16th September, 2013. Square, the first start-up to enable self-employed professionals and small merchants to accept card payments via smartphones and tablets,processed payments of over $10 billion in 2012. Its phenomenal success did not escape the attention of Banco Santander, the leading bank in the Eurozone by market cap and the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America. But...Read More
From accommodation to cars, the internet is turning us from consumers into providers and challenging established business models. We talk to Martin Varsavsky, founder of Fon – the largest Wi-Fi company in the world –...Read More
Submitted by James Silver on June 6, 2013 The fast-growing P2P lodging marketplace is clearly eating into the business of hotels and, according to some arguments, is even starting to impact property values. It should come...Read More
From my archive, this is my conversation in 2005 with Max Clifford Max Clifford’s kiss-and-tell stories of politicians, pop stars and footballers are the lifeblood of many a tabloid newspaper. As he launches his own...Read More
Interview with Dmitry Grishin, By James Silver There’s something of the Victorian freak show about the World Maker Faire — a three-day annual makers’ jamboree held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens,...Read More
Beppe Grillo has achieved a stunning success in the Italian elections with the performance of the new citizens’ protest network – the Five Star Movement. He is its guiding star, a comedian-turned politician....Read More
Designer Tom Ford has become a brand in his own right. Running his own label, producing and directing the film ‘A Single Man’ and dressing the stars are just some of his successes. Now as he prepares his first...Read More
By James Silver, July 8, 2013 Competition from online commerce will force highstreet stores to cut back dramatically on physical space as the retail industry struggles to reboot itself for a new era, predicts David Roth,...Read More
A New Twist On The Sharing Economy: Peace And Quiet On Demand Submitted by James Silver on June 6, 2013 Zigzagging the stage at Le Web London 2013 as he pitched his new startup Breather, Julien Smith said that for all their...Read More