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Interview with Vladimer Botsvadze

by | Jan 24, 2019 | Interviews,

Vladimer Botsvadze

Vladimer Botsvadze

Entrepreneur, Fortune 500 Consultant, Professor & Keynote Speaker

Key Topics:Social Media, Digital Marketing, Retail Tech, Gamification, UKGovTech, Disruptive Technology, IoT, Customer Experience, Machine Learning, Salesforce, Cloud
Location:New York, Washington D.C., London, Dubai, Shanghai

Vladimer Botsvadze is a globally renowned, multi award-winning, digital transformation and social media influencer, Fortune 500 consultant, thought leader, professor, keynote speaker and TV commentator. He is ranked No. 2 Retail Tech and No. 7 Disruptive Technology Influencer  by GlobalData, No. 9 IoT Influencer and No. 10 Customer Experience Influencer by Node, No. 13 Machine Learning Influencer by Make Me Stats, also ranked among Top 50 Digital Transformation Influencers in the Fintech Community, Top 100 Digital Transformation Influencers, Top 100 VR Influencers and Top 100 B2B Marketing Influencers by Onalytica. He inspires as a keynote speaker at top conferences, organizations and business schools worldwide. His expertise is trusted by Forbes, The Economist, London Business School, Audi, FedEx, Bayer and more. Vladimer helps top global brands maximize their success. His work has inspired in 1142 cities and 185 countries and has reached 40 million people annually. Vladimer has been praised by American Airlines, Intel, and Jaguar for his unparalleled experience, unrivaled track record and unmatched professionalism.

How did you get to become an expert in digital transformation?

I’ve been a global citizen since childhood and my passion has always been tech. I come from Europe and I first moved to the US when I was 18, where I got my first job. Working in the US has always been my goal and the environment has totally changed my DNA. I became obsessed with growth in business and tech. I’m grateful to my American friends who have always inspired me to learn more and become more.

I literally wake up with determination and try to be as productive as possible. I’m obsessed with firing on all cylinders every single day and I’m passionate about what I do that positively impacts 40 million individuals annually. I’ve worked in Washington D.C., New York, London and Dubai where I have collaborated with the world’s leading brands, business schools and conferences.

Success is like an iceberg, people only see the tiny part, but what really happens: Desire, passion, focus, effort, hard work, late nights, patience, spirit, perseverance, courage and discipline. Without these qualities, I wouldn’t stand where I do today. I’m proud of my efforts, which show that through hard work and persistence everything is possible. I absolutely agree with Nelson Mandela who said: ”After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

Winners always focus on winning and I’ve always focused on winning. I’ve never complained in my life, I’ve put in the work and my efforts have performed miracles. I’m always happy, my optimism, positivity, and patience drive my results. It’s also about making yourself better every single day, I spend a couple of hours reading management, marketing, business, leadership and tech books. Jim Rohn said that: ”Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” I also travel as much I can, constantly expanding my horizon. Soft skills also play a big role in my success that include leadership – I’m able to lead and inspire my colleagues with my insight, experience and innovation and creativity – I bring new ideas on ways to help the world to be successful.

I always start with where I want to end up and aim high. All in all, I give a head start to tomorrow today, keep the mornings for the toughest projects, always schedule time for revenue generating activities and track my progress. It’s in my DNA to work outside my comfort zone by going for my dreams, exploring new things and getting the most out of my life.

I’m honored that global media, top brands, business schools and top executives have recognized me as one of the world’s most influential digital transformation influencers and speakers. My work inspires 40 million people annually in 1142 cities and 185 countries. I’m proud I have over 110K followers across all my social media channels. Predominantly I’ve grown my Twitter (54.5K followers), LinkedIn (16.6K followers) and Instagram (13.4K followers). I have achieved Kred scores of 964 for influence and 9 for outreach. My strategies help top brands maximize their success. My marketing track record is exceptional, which is the reason why so many leading executives trust my award-winning expertise. TV and radio shows, and podcasts like to feature my voice. Regardless my success, I’m a frank person, audiences love my personality and they enjoy interacting with me. I always put helping others first and constantly focus on adding value to other people’s lives.

What areas of digital transformation are you most passionate about?

AI – is the battleground on which long-term business success will be decided. AI-powered organization are getting ahead. AI technologies learn, understand, express, foresee, develop and function autonomously. AI can develop your business models, relationships with customers and marketing.

Machine Learning – is the process of using data to gain experiential intelligence over time, works by understanding information using neural network. It can offer something to every industry and understand consumers like never before.

Chatbots – are set to revolutionize how customers interact with brands.

AR + VR – are changing the reality the way that people perceive and interact with the digital world.

IoT – from mobile first to mobile only, IoT is going to change the face of mobile device forever, people are able to enjoy enhanced protection for their homes at lower costs.

Big data – continuously drives business innovations, real-time insights optimize and boosts profits.

Fintech – consumers now have access to a myriad of ways to pay, e-commerce, m-commerce and one-click commerce are becoming popular.

Retail Tech – retailers have to meet expectations of customers, who are increasingly shopping on mobile devices. By targeting and personalizing experiences, companies can increase sales.

Which digital transformation influencers influence you?

Gary Vaynerchuk – knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.

Glen Gilmore – inspires others to become more.

Outside of digital transformation who else influences you?

Elon Musk – because of his ability to empower others.

Roger Federer – who thinks that winning never grows old and winning is a habit.

Clint Eastwood – motivates others to dream big, set the bar high and inspire people to work hard to make it happen.

How would you describe your offline influence?

I help managers accelerate brands by consulting, speaking, startup advising, teaching, training, workshops, coaching, mentoring, boardroom sessions and roundtables. Collaboration brings them more new ideas, more new clients and more sales.

What are going to be the key developments in the industry in the next 12 months?

  • Use of automation and AI to triple by 2019. AI will be critical to delivery products and services.
  • Chatbots will significantly improve customer experience by 2019.
  • 5G is the fifth age of mobile communicaiton. It will be ”100x faster than 4G”. Virtually every industry will be impacted by 5G.
  • IoT device shipments will reach 6.7 billion, revenues from devices, services and software will reach $600 billion.

If a brand wanted to work with you, what activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

  • Speaking opportunities
  • Consulting
  • Teaching
  • Training
  • Masterclasses
  • Boardroom sessions
  • Startup advising
  • Podcasts / fireside chat / interviews / TV guest expert
  • Promoting & advertising events & services
  • Sponsorship opportunities

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

Get in touch and request my availability,  I’m always ready to take your success to the next level.  You can connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter. You can also visit my website at or contact me at