Top Influencers: 101 UK Founder’s To Follow in 2022

3 years ago

Founder and CEO play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Founder and CEO role. We have selected these Founder and CEO’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Founder and CEO’s. The list is in no particular order!

Taavet Hinrikus

Founder and CEO @ Wise

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Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and CEO of TransferWise. Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. One of the World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers, Taavet is an adviser to Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda. He’s also a mentor and angel investor; his investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Property Partner, Sunrise, Improbable and Mapillary. Learn more about Taavet Hinrikus on Crunchbase…

Wise is a money transfer service allowing private individuals and businesses to send money abroad without hidden charges. Read more aboutWise on Crunchbase…

Will Neale

Founder @ Grabyo

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Founder (Grabyo, Fonix). Investor. Learn more about Will Neale on Crunchbase…

Grabyo is the premium video editing and publishing platform built for live, social and mobile. Read more aboutGrabyo on Crunchbase…

Charles Delingpole

Founder & CEO @ ComplyAdvantage

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Charles Delingpole is Founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a technology company focused on wiping out financial crime using Machine Learning. As CEO, Charles leads the product development and growth of the company. His passion for the issue came from his time as the MLRO of a previous startup he founded when he realized how inefficient processes around money laundering are. Over 99% of money laundering is successful, ComplyAdvantage is working to stop it completely. Founded in 2014 with offices in London, New York, Singapore, and Cluj, ComplyAdvantage work with over 350 firms across 45 countries. Charles set up his first company, The Student Room Group, now the world’s largest student discussion forum when he was 16. After completing his MA in Politics at Trinity College Cambridge, and then an MSc in Management, Strategy, and Finance from the LSE, he became an associate at J.P. Morgan Cazenove. Learn more about Charles Delingpole on Crunchbase…

ComplyAdvantage provides AI-driven financial crime risk data and detection technology. Read more aboutComplyAdvantage on Crunchbase…

Alexander Edward Chesterman

Founder & CEO @ Cazoo

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Alex Chesterman is the founder and CEO of Cazoo. He was the Founder & CEO of ZPG Plc, a FTSE-250 listed company. Previously Alex co-founded Lovefilm, Europe’s leading digital movie rental business, which was successfully sold to Amazon. Alex is also one of the UK’s most active tech angel investors having backed dozens of early stage digital startups and was awarded an OBE for services to services to digital entrepreneurship in 2016. Learn more about Alexander Edward Chesterman on Crunchbase…

Cazoo is an online used car marketplace designed to transform the way people buy, finance, or rent used cars. Read more aboutCazoo on Crunchbase…

Guillaume Pousaz

Founder & CEO @

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Guillaume Pousaz is CEO and founder of, a leading digital payments solution company. Guillaume believes that financial complexity is a barrier to innovation which is blocking global economic prosperity. Having witnessed the growth of the internet since he was young, he founded in 2012 with a mission to build the banking that businesses deserve. Over the last decade, he has worked with some of the world’s most innovative companies to provide them with solutions to complex payment problems. is now one of the largest fintechs globally with 13 offices and a team of 750+ people. Originally hailing from Switzerland, he has since lived all over the world as he drove’s ambitious international expansion. Learn more about Guillaume Pousaz on Crunchbase… is an API-based platform providing online payment solutions that improve the user’s checkout experience. Read more on Crunchbase…

Harry Stebbings

Founder @ Stride.VC

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Harry is the Founder of The Twenty Minute VC, the world’s largest independent venture capital podcast with over 100,000 listeners, partnerships with Mattermark and ProductHunt and guests from over 200VCs including the likes of Accel, Kleiner, Y Combinator, Benchmark and Index. He is also a contributor for TechCrunch covering all things startups and VC funding and has recently joined Jason Lemkin at Saastr to build out the platform and expand into new verticals. Learn more about Harry Stebbings on Crunchbase…

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Vlad Yatsenko

Co-Founder & CTO @ Revolut

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Prior to co-founding Revolut, Vlad spent ten years building financial systems at tier one investment banks. Serving as CTO, Vlad has been at the forefront of Revolut’s award-winning technology, building a next generation banking experience. Learn more about Vlad Yatsenko on Crunchbase…

Revolut is a financial services company that specializes in mobile banking, card payments, money remittance, and foreign exchange. Read more aboutRevolut on Crunchbase…

Romain Afflelou

Co-Founder @ Cosmo Connected

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Romain spearheaded the digital strategy of Alain Afflelou Group before becoming an investor in numerous start-ups. He uses his fine-tuned analysis skills to support and invest in innovative start-ups. In addition to being a major shareholder and Co founder of Cosmo Connected a French start-up specialized in connected objects related to security and mobility. Romain is Director and Board member of Multiwave Technologies /develops breakthrough metamaterial technologies to improve people’s lives. Serial investor in +50Tech companies 6over6 (Acquired by 1-800 contacts) Cityscoot Clay Inc VR Cowboy Bike Epicery Everoad (Ex Convargo) Fithouse Fré Skincare Fokoya Guillotine Vodka Klassroom Laminate Technologies MeetFabric Molotov TV Multiwave Technologies Nestor Octopus Officeriders Onoff telecom Pledg Quiqup Universal Standard Shapr Spendesk Zipdrug…(Acquire by Anthem Pharmacy) Learn more about Romain Afflelou on Crunchbase…

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James Hind

Founder & CEO @ Carwow

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James is the big boss of carwow, so it’s hardly a surprise that cars are one of his biggest passions.He studied Finance but was put off a city career after just 2 months of trying one. He’s very competitive, especially when it comes to ping pong at the office. He invented the rule that if anyone loses a game 11-0 they have to buy donuts for the entire team! Learn more about James Hind on Crunchbase…

Carwow is a company that helps efficiently connect car buyers to car dealers. Read more aboutCarwow on Crunchbase…

Brent Hoberman

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder @ Founders Factory

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Brent Hoberman is chairman and co-founder of Founders Factory, an ambitious corporate backed incubator/accelerator based in London, and also of Founders Forum, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow. Brent is a co-founder and was founding chairman of Smartup, Grip &, a leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer. Most recently, Brent co-founded Firstminute Capital, a London-based pan-European seed fund, backed by some of the world’s top entrepreneurs. Brent co-founded lastminute.comin April 1998, was CEO from its inception and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Technology businesses he has co-founded have raised over $500m. Brent sits on the Advisory board for LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund), the Oxford Foundry and the UK Government Digital Advisory Board. He is a board member of The Economist, a YGL and one of the Prime Minister’s Business Trade Ambassadors. Brent was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship in the 2015 New Year’s Honour’s List. Learn more about Brent Hoberman on Crunchbase…

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Guy Podjarny

Founder & President @ Snyk

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Guy Podjarny, or Guypo for short, is a web performance researcher and evangelist, constantly chasing the elusive instant web. Guy is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Akamai’s Web Experience business unit, dealing with everything fast browsing and mobile. Guy was previously the co-founder and CTO of, acquired by Akamai in 2012. Guy focuses heavily on Mobile Web Performance and Front-End Optimization, is a fan of large scale tests using real world websites, and regularly digs into the guts of mobile browsers. Guy is also the author of Mobitest, a free mobile measurement tool, and contributes to various open source tools. Before digging into performance, Guy spent a decade working on Web Application Security, and more specifically the first Web App Firewall (AppShield) and the market leading Web Application Security scanner (AppScan). Learn more about Guy Podjarny on Crunchbase…

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Nikolay Storonsky

Founder & CEO @ Revolut

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Nikolay Storonsky is the Founder and CEO at Revolut. He is a former Equity Derivatives Trader at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. Storonsky graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) (MIPT) with a master of science in General and Applied Physics and earned a master of arts in Applied Economics and Finance at New Economic School. Learn more about Nikolay Storonsky on Crunchbase…

Revolut is a financial services company that specializes in mobile banking, card payments, money remittance, and foreign exchange. Read more aboutRevolut on Crunchbase…

Marc Lore

Founder & CEO @ Jet

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Marc Lore is the Founder and CEO of Jet. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Wizkids, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Topps Company, Inc. (NASD: TOPP) and a leading game manufacturer. Prior to joining Wizkids, Marc was the co-founder and CEO of The Pit, Inc., an Internet market-making collectible company constructed as an alternative to eBay. The Pit, Inc. was successfully sold to the then publicly traded Topps Company in 2001. Prior to ThePit, Marc held various investment banking positions, including as Executive Vice President of Sanwa International Bank in London where he was head of the bank’s Risk Management Division. Before Sanwa, he was Vice President and Global Head of Emerging Markets Risk Department at Credit Suisse First Boston in London. In 2000, he was named by The Sunday Times Magazine of London as one of Britain’s top ten “new high-tech entrepreneurs and whiz kids.” Marc graduated from Bucknell University, where he received a B.A. in Business Management/Economics, cum laude, and is currently on leave from the Wharton University School of Business MBA program. He is also a C.F.A. (Chartered Financial Analyst). Marc has two young daughters, Sierra and Sophia, with his wife, Carolyn. Learn more about Marc Lore on Crunchbase…

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Peter Smith

CEO and Co-Founder @

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Peter Smith is a Co-Founder and CEO at Blockchain. He is also the Director, Board Member at UK Finance. Learn more about Peter Smith on Crunchbase… is a platform that offers ways to buy, hold, and use cryptocurrency. Read more on Crunchbase…

Kristo Kaarmann

Founder and CEO @ Wise

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Kristo Kaarmann is the co-founder and CEO of TransferWise, a peer-to-peer international money transfer business. The business is the first of its kind: it allows regular people to access the real mid-market exchange rate by cutting out traditional banking fees altogether. It charges only a tiny, totally transparent service charge. Prior to starting TransferWise, Kristo was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He worked with European banks and insurers to modernise their processes and systems. Stunned by their inefficiency, he teamed up with Taavet Hinrikus, then Skype’s director of strategy, to develop an entirely new system for moving money across borders. Kristo started his first business, an online investments tracking portal in 1999, when he was 19. Although the service was popular at the time, it never turned a profit and was acquired a few years later for an undisclosed amount (read: very little). Kristo is also involved in the organisation of Young Scholar Grant, where grants are given out to the brightest prospective university students of Estonia to study abroad in Europe’s best universities. Learn more about Kristo Kaarmann on Crunchbase…

Wise is a money transfer service allowing private individuals and businesses to send money abroad without hidden charges. Read more aboutWise on Crunchbase…

Somdip Dey

Founder & CEO @ Nosh Technologies

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Nosh Technologies operates as a deep tech company that develops applications to optimize food management and food waste at home. Read more aboutNosh Technologies on Crunchbase…

Hayden Wood

Co-founder / CEO @ Bulb

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Hayden co-founded Bulb with Amit Gudka in 2015 with a mission to reduce people’s bills and cut carbon emissions. Today Bulb has over 1 million members, supplies 100% green electricity and 100% carbon neutral gas and was recently named the fastest growing private company in the country. Learn more about Hayden Wood on Crunchbase…

Bulb provides affordable renewable energy for homes and businesses. Read more aboutBulb on Crunchbase…

Rune Christensen

Founder & CEO @ MakerDAO

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Rune Christensen is Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder of MakerDAO. MakerDAO issues Dai, the world’s first stablecoin on the Ethereum blockchain, that eliminates volatility through a system of smart contracts designed to respond to market dynamics. Since 2015, Christensen has focused on establishing the vision and organizational structure of the Maker Decentralized Autonomous Organization and the economic foundations of the Dai stable digital currency. Previously, he served as co-founder of Try China, a company providing international recruiting. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen and studied International Business at the Copenhagen Business School. Learn more about Rune Christensen on Crunchbase…

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Tony Jamous

CEO and Co-Founder @ Oyster®

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Tony Jamous is a tech entrepreneur and angel investor. He has made over 15 direct investments in global technology companies with a focus on developer tools, platforms models, impact, FinTech and HR Tech. Five of his companies have realized an exit to-date. Tony is currently building the future of work through his new venture Oyster, a distributed talent enablement platform that allows growing companies to tap into the global talent pool and offer their remote workers around the world a great employment experience. Priori to Oyster, Tony co-founded and led Nexmo, a leader in CPAAS (Communication Platform As A Service) acquired by Vonage in 2016. Tony started his career in 2004 in the cloud, communication and mobile industries. At mBlox and Boku, Tony opened up global messaging and payment services. Tony holds a Masters in Computer Science from Grenoble Institute of Technology in France and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland, with a focus on leadership development and organization behavior. Learn more about Tony Jamous on Crunchbase…

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Bhanu Choudhrie

Founder @ Alpha Aviation Group

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Bhanu Choudhrie is a British-Indian entrepreneur, investor and business owner. He specializes in emerging Asian markets such as India and China. He founded C&C Alpha Group in London and serves as the firm’s executive director. Bhanu Choudhrie was born in Delhi, India, in June of 1978 and earned a degree in international business and marketing at the University of Boston. His father is Sudhir Choudhrie, a London-based businessman with interests in media, hospitality, aviation, health care, and retail development. An internship at JP Morgan followed his graduation, and Bhanu went to work at C&C Alpha Group in London after that. C&C Alpha Group is a private investment strategy company that he is a founder of. He became the executive director in 2001 and maintains that role today. At C&C Alpha Group, Bhanu Choudhrie works with his brother and the rest of the leadership team to provide advising and consulting services to venture capital investors. In addition to identifying and sourcing deals for new and emerging markets, Bhanu develops solutions and promotes client companies in the hospitality, aviation, health care, agriculture, and utility sectors. In 2016, Bhanu expanded his education by completing the Harvard Business School’s Owner and President Management program. Those skills helped him become the director of Megalith Financial Acquisition Corp. He accepted the position in 2018 after the company’s IPO. Bhanu Choudhrie serves on the board of directors for both Citizens Bank and Atlantic Coast Bank. He is also the director of a charitable organization called Path to Success. The organization was founded by Bhanu’s mother, and it exists to help disadvantaged people and especially women access quality education and disability accommodations. It is especially known for its role in helping women with disabilities reach their sports-related goals. At the 2008 Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards event in the UK, Bhanu Choudhrie received the award of Entrepreneur of the Year. Two years later, he was recognized again for his outstanding achievements at the Public Life Awards. Bhanu’s passions are helping businesses in new markets, helping people reach their professional goals and spending time with his family. Bhanu Choudhrie currently resides in the Belgravia area of London, United Kingdom. Learn more about Bhanu Choudhrie on Crunchbase…

A leading provider of aviation training solutions for the global airline industry Read more aboutAlpha Aviation Group on Crunchbase…

Gilbert Verdian

CEO and Founder @ Quant Network

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Gilbert is building the Internet of Trust by converging Blockchain and Cybersecurity as the Founder and CEO of Quant Network, tasked with connecting the world’s networks to blockchains. Having over 20 years of industry experience and C-level accountability, he has worked across Government in Downing St, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and NSW Health and private sector at CSC, EY and HSBC. Having a keen interest in disruptive technology, he’s the author behind the Blockchain ISO Standard TC307 initiative and is the Chair of the UK’s national committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies (DLT/1). He also sits on committees in the Federal Reserve, the EU’s Blockchain Observatory, PayUK’s Cybersecurity board and UK Government’s DLT committees. He’s actively working to advance technology in the areas of AI, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Fintech & Health. Learn more about Gilbert Verdian on Crunchbase…

We’re unleashing the power of networks as connected as the world we live in. Read more aboutQuant Network on Crunchbase…

Antoine Argouges

Founder @ tulipshare

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Tulipshare is the first activist investment platform, with a focus on impactful project to make this planet better. Read more abouttulipshare on Crunchbase…

Sebastien Breteau

Founder & CEO @ QIMA

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Sebastien Breteau is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of QIMA, a global supply chain compliance solutions provider headquartered in Hong Kong. Founded in 2005, QIMA partners with brands, retailers and manufacturers in consumer goods and food to secure and improve the quality of their global supply network. QIMA combines on-the-ground experts in 85 countries for quality inspections, supplier audits, certification and lab testing, with a digital platform that brings accuracy, visibility and intelligence for quality and compliance data. In 2013, Sebastien created the Breteau Foundation, a non-profit organisation which aims to promote digital education for children in developing countries. 18,000 children are now enrolled in its program. Sebastien Breteau is also an active private investor in Europe, China & the US and has invested in over 30 start-ups globally. Learn more about Sebastien Breteau on Crunchbase…

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Azeem Azhar

Founder @ The Exponential View

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Azeem produces the Exponential View newsletter. This covers the impact of exponential technologies. Learn more about Azeem Azhar on Crunchbase…

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Michelle You

Co-founder and CEO @ Supercritical

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Michelle You is the co-founder and CEO of Supercritical, a software platform fighting the climate crisis by helping businesses get to net zero. A former venture partner at LocalGlobe, where she focused on climate investments, Michelle is a repeat entrepreneur with a proven track record. As co-founder of Songkick, she grew the company to over 20 million monthly unique users and raised capital from Y Combinator, Index Ventures and Sequoia before exiting to Warner Music Group in 2017. Contact us through [email protected] Learn more about Michelle You on Crunchbase…

Supercritical is a software platform that helps businesses reach carbon net zero and tackle the climate crisis. Read more aboutSupercritical on Crunchbase…

Max Keiser

Founder @ StartCOIN Holdings

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Max Keiser is an American broadcaster and film-maker. He hosts Keiser Report, a financial program broadcast on RT, an English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news; presents a weekly show about finance and markets on London’s Resonance FM; and writes for [The Huffington Post]( Keiser is the CEO and co-founder of [StartJOIN]( He is also a co-founder of Max Keiser invented “Virtual Specialist Technology,” a software system used by the Hollywood Stock Exchange. Learn more about Max Keiser on Crunchbase…

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Demis Hassabis

Co-Founder & CEO @ DeepMind

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DeepMind is a neuroscience-inspired AI company, bought by Google in Jan 2014 in their largest European acquisition to date. Demis is now Vice President of Engineering at Google DeepMind and leads Google’s general AI efforts, including the development of AlphaGo, the first program to ever beat a professional player at the game of Go. Demis is a former child chess prodigy, who finished his A-levels two years early before coding the multi-million selling simulation game Theme Park aged 17. Following graduation from Cambridge University with a Double First in Computer Science he founded the pioneering videogames company Elixir Studios producing award-winning games for global publishers such as Vivendi Universal. After a decade of experience leading successful technology startups, Demis returned to academia to complete a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at UCL, followed by postdocs at MIT and Harvard, before founding DeepMind. Learn more about Demis Hassabis on Crunchbase…

DeepMind is a research company that specializes in artificial intelligence for positive impact. Read more aboutDeepMind on Crunchbase…

Jonathan Seaton

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ Twinkl

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Jonathan Seaton is the co-founder and chief executive officer at Twinkl. Learn more about Jonathan Seaton on Crunchbase…

Twinkl is a provider of teacher-created lesson planning, teaching, and assessment materials. Read more aboutTwinkl on Crunchbase…

Craig Wright

Founder & Chief Scientist @ nChain

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Craig Wright is an inventor, computer scientist and businessman, who is one of the earliest minds behind Bitcoin. He is the Chief Scientist at nChain, research and development company involved in bitcoin and blockchain technologies. His vision is to transform how the world conducts all transactions – using the blockchain’s distributed, decentralised ledger that chronologically records transactions in an immutable way – and to grow the bitcoin network to its full potential as a transformative technology platform. Learn more about Craig Wright on Crunchbase…

nChain is in blockchain centric research and development.The nChain Group includes nChain Holdings Limited and nChain Limited. Read more aboutnChain on Crunchbase…

Victoria van Lennep

Co-Founder @ Lendable

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Lendable is a lending platform. Read more aboutLendable on Crunchbase…

Kumar Gaurav

Founder and CEO @ Cashaa

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Kumar is the Founder & CEO of Cashaa, a UK based neo-bank providing businesses access to crucial banking infrastructure. Cashaa is a community of more than 250 crypto businesses including the industry leaders making it the biggest crypto-friendly banking platform. Kumar started his career as an engineer by building navigation systems for Ferrari before pivoting into the FinTech space in 2014 to begin working on blockchain-powered innovations. In recognition of his pioneering work on blockchain technology, he was awarded extraordinary (O-1) status by the United States government in 2017 and got listed among the Top 100 Most Influential People in Blockchain in 2016-2018 by Rise global. As a thought leader in the Fintech space, he has been invited to numerous global forums, including Money 2020, TechCrunch Disrupt, the European Parliament and Ivy League universities. In 2017, he was also nominated among the ‘World’s Top 50 Innovators from the industries of the future in the UK. Learn more about Kumar Gaurav on Crunchbase…

Next Generation Banking Platform Read more aboutCashaa on Crunchbase…

Saul Klein

Partner & Co-Founder @ LocalGlobe

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Saul is a Founding Partner at Localglobe, a new seed fund focussed on helping London’s great most ambitious founders build game changing businesses. Previously, Saul was a Partner at Index Ventures from 2007 until May 2015. In 2012 David Cameron appointed Saul to be the UK’s first tech envoy to Israel and a Technology Business Ambassador. Saul is serial entrepreneur with two decades of experience building and exiting companies in the US, Israel and Europe. He has a passion for working with seed and early stage businesses. Most recently Saul co-founded Kano and Seedcamp, as well as a co-founder and original CEO of Lovefilm International (acquired by Amazon). He was also part of the original executive team at Skype (acquired by eBay). Learn more about Saul Klein on Crunchbase…

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Emre Baran

CEO & co-founder @ Cerbos

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Emre Baran is currently an executive director in charge of engineering and product management at Qubit. Emre has been involved with information technology since 1999. He was a Senior Product Manager at Google before leaving after 4 years working on various AdWords and AdSense related products & building large scale artificial intelligence and analytics systems to scale and automate operations. Prior to Google, Emre was the co-founder and CTO of, Turkey’s largest social network. He also has 5 years of experience in IT consulting for telecommunications and federal & local financial systems industries in the United States. Emre holds degrees in Economics and Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA degree from INSEAD. Learn more about Emre Baran on Crunchbase…

Cerbos is a software company that makes user permissions and authorization simple to implement and manage. Read more aboutCerbos on Crunchbase…

Callum Negus-Fancey

CEO & Founder @ Pollen

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Pollen builds, curates, and delivers the best travel experiences. Read more aboutPollen on Crunchbase…

Nikolai Durov

Co-Founder @ Telegram Messenger

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Nikolai Valeryevich Durov is a Russian programmer and mathematician.He is the elder brother of Pavel Durov, together with whom he founded the social networking site VK and later Telegram. Learn more about Nikolai Durov on Crunchbase…

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Andy Chung

Co-Founder @ Stealth

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Aviad Eyal

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Entrée Capital

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Aviad Eyal is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Entree Capital. Learn more about Aviad Eyal on Crunchbase…

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Michael Sackler

Founder & Managing Partner @ Supernode Global

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Michael Sackler is the Founder and managing partner at Rooks Nest Ventures. He is a film producer of indie hit films like The Witch and Obvious Child, and the one behind film studio Rooks Nest Entertainment. Learn more about Michael Sackler on Crunchbase…

Supernode Global is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in media-tech. Read more aboutSupernode Global on Crunchbase…

Tristan D’Agosta

Founder/CEO @ Poloniex

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Simon Squibb

Co-Founder @ Nest

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Simon is a prominent member of the Hong Kong startup ecosystem and one of Asia’s leading public speakers in entrepreneurship, business and innovation. ​Simon has strong startup credentials and a broad experience as an entrepreneur. He started his first company at 15 in Cambridge, U.K., where he grew up, and has been creating and growing original businesses ever since. He has personally started 12 companies over the last 25 years and as an angel investor has backed more than 35 startups from around the world. Prior to working at Nest he was the co-founder and CEO of creative agency Fluid based in Hong Kong and in 2016 he sold it to PricewaterhouseCoopers. ​In 2010 Simon founded Nest. His personal vision was to build a series of platforms to help other entrepreneurs in areas such as funding, resources, marketing and network. He took inspiration from his own needs over the last two and half decades. ​ Learn more about Simon Squibb on Crunchbase…

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Richard Fearn

Director & Founder @ The Friday Club London

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Richard started in his career in advertising but has since shifted his attention to start-ups. As an investor/advisor to over 50 early stage companies, including Sofar Sounds, Blaze, Dojo & What3Words, Richard has learnt a lot about what it takes to launch & grow a start-up. He also the co-founder of the ‘Friday Club London,’ a ‘non-profit’ events company aimed at providing start-ups free access to senior marketing expertise. Since launching, over 250 start-ups have benefitted from the programme. And in exchange for their advice, industry mentors have had access to the UK’s brightest founders. In 2013 & 2014 Richard was named in BIMA’s ‘Hot 100’ list and in 2016 and 2017 short-listed for the Europas ‘Investor of the Year’ award. Learn more about Richard Fearn on Crunchbase…

Friday Club London setup to help boost the success rates of London’s start-ups by getting them better access to top marketing professionals. Read more aboutThe Friday Club London on Crunchbase…

Fred Destin

Founder @ Stride.VC

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Fred is the founder of Stride.VC. Learn more about Fred Destin on Crunchbase…

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Abakar Saidov

Co Founder & CEO @ Beamery

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Beamery is a talent acquisition, engagement, and retention platform that manages sourcing, hiring, and retaining of people. Read more aboutBeamery on Crunchbase…

William Shu

Co-Founder and CEO @ Deliveroo

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Will Shu founded Deliveroo in London in 2013, alongside his childhood friend Greg Orlowski. As the company’s first rider and CEO, Will has overseen the company grow at a phenomenal speed. Headquartered in London, with over 2,500 employees, Deliveroo now operates in over 500 towns and cities in 14 different markets across the globe. The company with over 80,000 restaurants and takeaways across the globe, while 130,000 individuals across all its markets made a delivery in 2018, helping make Deliveroo the best food delivery experience in the world. The company is considered a tech unicorn and is currently valued at over £1.5 billion. Will still enjoys regularly delivering food orders on his bike. Before Deliveroo, Will previously worked in finance as an analyst with SAC Capital, ESO Capital and Morgan Stanley in New York and London. Learn more about William Shu on Crunchbase…

Deliveroo is an online food delivery service that allows users to order restaurant meals using the web and mobile. Read more aboutDeliveroo on Crunchbase…

Tom Chapman

Investor & Co-Founder @ Chapman Office

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Tom Chapman OBE is an investor in early-stage companies and co-founder of MATCHESFASHION.COM. Tom has an investment portfolio that spans multiple industries including technology, logistics, beauty, fashion, health, and medical cannabis. He invests in committed founders and experienced management teams to grow disruptive mission-driven businesses that leverage technology to deliver a better service to consumers and transform the way the world works. Tom’s recent investments include disruptive beauty brand HEYDAY, a one-stop shop for personalised skincare treatments; size-inclusive womenswear brand Universal Standard; Caliva, California’s largest fully licensed integrated cannabis dispensary, retailer and distributor; by Humankind, a personal care brand seeking to eliminate single-use plastic; Convoy, which connects truckers with shippers to fill unused trucking capacity, reducing the environmental impact of freight; feminine health brand, OHNE; baby food business, Cerebelly; medical cannabis startup, Plena; and the world’s first stock exchange dedicated to the IPO and trading of commercial real estate assets, IPSX. Tom’s work as an investor builds on his experience founding MATCHESFASHION.COM, operating at the forefront of the changing face of retail for more than 30 years. With his wife Ruth, they grew the company from a single bricks-and-mortar store to a global luxury fashion brand with a reputation for supporting and nurturing new and emerging talent, and are credited with introducing designers such as Versace, Prada and Bottega Veneta to the UK. Under Tom’s leadership, MATCHESFASHION.COM invested heavily in technology across all areas of the business, enabling the company to better understand the lives of its customers and provide them with a fast, convenient and highly personalised service. MATCHESFASHION.COM was one of the first luxury brands to go online in 2005; one of the first businesses to launch 90-minute delivery in 2016; and one of the first retailers to build a platform to provide a single truly unified view of customer’s shopping across both online and physical channels. It was, however, his understanding of how digital could radically transform how companies engaged with their customers and his appetite for challenging traditional practices that led to him being inducted into the Business of Fashion’s Hall of Fame in 2018 and being described as a “retail innovator”. Tom recognised that MATCHESFASHION.COM could use digital not only to reach a global audience quickly but to build highly personal, intimate customer relationships, engaging shoppers with rich, resonant content and storytelling. Paired with his challenger mentality, this insight saw Tom transform the company from a 14-store physical retailer into a leading global luxury e-commerce giant. From the launch of their website in 2007, MATCHESFASHION.COM grew at a rate of up to 100 per cent per year, raising £20 million in 2012 for a minority stake in the business. In 2013, Tom’s commitment to digital saw him rebrand all Matches’ physical stores as MATCHESFASHION.COM. These decisions collectively enabled the business to accelerate from a valuation of £76m in 2012 to an acquisition price in excess of $1 billion just five years later. In 2017-18, the business had 95 per cent of sales online and 85 per cent internationally. MATCHESFASHION.COM is also credited with pioneering blended retail, seamlessly bringing together physical and digital commerce to connect with customers over multiple touchpoints – whether that be through the company’s events, magazine or private shopping experiences. Before the sale of the business, Tom conceived of 5 Carlos Place, a five-storey townhouse combining luxury private shopping in a home environment with a purpose-built broadcasting hub and events space focused on creating engaging content for MATCHESFASHION.COM’s 100 million annual online visitors. Carlos Place was an extension of the private-shopping concept behind No.23, which reinvented retail service along the lines of private-client banking, delivering a highly personalised, intimate, bespoke shopping experience. Throughout the growth of MATCHESFASHION.COM, Tom has focused on keeping customers and their lifestyles at the centre of all company decisions, recognising that top-class service is the foundation of all consumer-facing businesses and that technology investment should always enable a business to connect better with the consumer and support them. Like MATCHESFASHION.COM, many of Tom’s investments both challenge the status quo and have strong brands that build deep, personal relationships with customers by connecting with them across both physical and digital touchpoints, and place special importance on social responsibility, inclusiveness and environmental impact. Having been described as “trailblazers” by The New York Times and “pioneers” by VOGUE, Tom and Ruth Chapman were awarded Draper’s Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to fashion retail in 2017. In the same year MATCHESFASHION.COM won British Luxury Brand of the Year at the prestigious Walpole British Luxury Awards. Tom Chapman, along with his wife Ruth Chapman, were awarded OBEs in the 2020 New Year Honours list for services to the international fashion retail industry. An advocate of arts, sustainability and cultural causes, Tom is a member of the Innovation Circle at the Serpentine Gallery. Learn more about Tom Chapman on Crunchbase…

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Nick D’Aloisio

Co-founder and CEO @ Sphere (Acquired by Twitter)

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Nick D’Aloisio is an English computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. He is best known as the inventor of Summly, which is a summarization and artificial intelligence technology developed with SRI International. D’Aloisio has been recognised as the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital in technology from a Billionaire, at just 15 years of age. As of March 2013, Summly was sold to Yahoo for a reported $30 million US dollars making him one of the youngest self-made millionaires ever. D’Aloisio was awarded “Innovator of the Year” in New York City by the Wall Street Journal for his work on Summly and at Yahoo. D’Aloisio was also included in TIME Magazine’s ‘Time 100’ as one of the world’s most influential teenagers, as well as being profiled in their “Secrets of Genius” Publication. D’Aloisio currently leads the critically acclaimed Yahoo News Digest, which launched at CES 2014 and won the 2014 Apple Design Award at WWDC for its technological and product excellence. He is also an undergraduate student at Hertford College, Oxford University, where he is studying Computer Science and Philosophy, and is the “Entrepreneur in Residence” at Airbnb. Learn more about Nick D’Aloisio on Crunchbase…

Now part of Twitter! Sphere is a community chat app turns groups into close, vibrant, purposeful and productive communities, instantly! Read more aboutSphere (Acquired by Twitter) on Crunchbase…

Ivan Mazour

Co-Founder & CEO @ Ometria

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Ivan Mazour is a Russian-born, London-based serial entrepreneur, investor and author. He is the CEO and Founder of Ometria – a predictive analytics and marketing platform built specifically for retailers, letting them use data to increase revenues and provide an improved customer experience. Ometria is his seventh company, in a career spanning various industries from property to education – Alongside this main role, he is also the Founding Partner of Innova Kapital – an early stage VC firm investing in UK-based technology startups, including companies like YPlan and organisations like Entrepreneur First – As well as holding multiple degrees in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and in Economics from the Open University, Ivan Mazour is the author of a number of books including “Russian Convoys – Memories of the Heart”. His translations of Russian literature have been staged professionally in various cities, and he has been presented with a UNESCO medal for his literary achievements. He regularly speaks at conferences around the world on topics of ecommerce, technology, and investment, and also writes a popular blog called “A Young Entrepreneur in London” – Learn more about Ivan Mazour on Crunchbase…

Ometria is a customer data and marketing platform that helps retailers increase CRM revenue by sending personalized marketing messages. Read more aboutOmetria on Crunchbase…

Olivier Roussy Newton

Co-Founder, Director @ HIVE Blockchain

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A visionary young technology leader and a co-founder of HIVE, Olivier advises Genesis Mining, the world’s largest crypto miner, on new business initiatives. He is a partner at Latent Capital, an investment fund focused on quantum computing, financial technology and bioinformatics. Olivier’s expertise in the blockchain space helps the HIVE board to navigate challenges and identify new opportunities. Learn more about Olivier Roussy Newton on Crunchbase…

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Antoni Trenchev

Co-Founder @ Nexo

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Alex Cheatle

CEO and Founder @ Ten Lifestyle Group Plc

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Alex Cheatle set up the world’s first lifestyle concierge service in 1998 and Ten Group now supports millions of the world’s High Net Worth and Mass Affluent households, working behind branded partners including HSBC, RBC, City National Bank, Coutts, Barclays and Scotia bank. Ten’s partners can expect to see deeper customer engagement and increases in key metrics from AUM to acquisition and retention, as well as improved Net Promoter Scores. Ten Group operates from 22 offices globally, including 5 in North America. Ten Group developed and launched the world’s first digital concierge platform. This is integrated with expert lifestyle managers, in areas from dining and travel to event tickets and luxury retail. Prior to Ten Group, Alex worked in various positions at Procter & Ga Learn more about Alex Cheatle on Crunchbase…

Ten Lifestyle Group Plc is a technology enabled lifestyle and travel platform company. Read more aboutTen Lifestyle Group Plc on Crunchbase…

Euan Blair

Founder & CEO @ Multiverse

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Multiverse is a tech startup that matches talent who have not graduated from college with apprenticeship opportunities. Read more aboutMultiverse on Crunchbase…

Reshma Sohoni

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Seedcamp

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Reshma has always combined technology and business from university to today. Getting degrees in both Engineering and Business (UPenn M&T) meant that from an early age she was cultivating a path that would always bring business and technology together. Early on in her career during the height of the dot com boom, Reshma worked in M&A and venture capital across B2B Software and Internet services businesses in the US and India. She had a small helping hand in building MakeMyTrip (NASDAQ) in its formative days. Following on from this, Reshma went to INSEAD and earned her MBA, fell in love with Europe and stayed on to work in Commercial and Marketing Strategy at Vodafone. Starting Seedcamp in 2007 was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that she jumped into with a strong desire to help the European founder realize global success. Reshma brings a good mix of tech, business, commercial drive, marketing and that American chutzpah to our incredible team. Learn more about Reshma Sohoni on Crunchbase…

Seedcamp is a European seed fund that identifies and invests early in founders attacking global markets. Read more aboutSeedcamp on Crunchbase…

Navroz D. Udwadia

Co-Founder and Partner @ Falcon Edge Capital

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Navroz D. Udwadia is the Co-Founder and Partner of Falcon Edge Capital. He was an investment professional in Eton Park’s Emerging Markets team in London. Mr. Udwadia graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a BA in English & Political Science and received an LLB in Law at the University of Oxford. Navroz also received an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Award and Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award. Learn more about Navroz D. Udwadia on Crunchbase…

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Kabir Barday

Founder, CEO @ OneTrust

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Barday is Fellow of Information Privacy, a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT), and Chief Executive Officer of OneTrust. Barday oversees all aspects of OneTrust’s product development, operations, and sales, and is the driving force behind the company’s international expansion. Prior to OneTrust, Barday served as Director of Product Management at AirWatch, which was acquired by VMware in 2014 for $1.54B. At AirWatch, Barday received the HPE-IAPP’s Most Innovative Privacy Technology Award after launching the Privacy First program. Learn more about Kabir Barday on Crunchbase…

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Norris Koppel

Founder and CEO @ Monese

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Norris Koppel is CEO & Founder of Monese, a service which enables customers to open a UK banking account in a matter of minutes, using a mobile app. Monese’s breakthrough technology can validate the identity of customers in real time. This enables the company to offer accounts to the hundreds of thousands of expats and migrants who find it slow and painful to open bank accounts with major banks across Europe. Monese’s fully-featured UK current account comes with cheap global payments and a contactless debit card. Norris founded Monese after his first-hand experience of the hassle involved with opening a bank account in a new country. Prior to starting Monese, he built multiple FinTech companies in the UK. Learn more about Norris Koppel on Crunchbase…

Monese is a digital banking option that provides mobile-only, multi-currency accounts in countries across the European Economic Area. Read more aboutMonese on Crunchbase…

Nicolas Cary

Co-Founder & President @

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Nicolas Cary is the Co-Founder & Vice Chairman at Learn more about Nicolas Cary on Crunchbase… is a platform that offers ways to buy, hold, and use cryptocurrency. Read more on Crunchbase…

Niccolo Maisto

Co-Founder & CEO @ FaceIT

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Niccolo is the co-founder and CEO at FACEIT. He drives the company’s vision, strategy and growth as he assures that the future and the present of the product come together. Under Niccolo’s leadership, FACEIT has expanded to over 5,000,000 users and 12,000,000 game sessions per month on 7 different games, becoming the most active competitive gaming platform in the world. He has a NYU Stern MBA degree and worked in Investment Banking and Private Equity before co-founding FACEIT. Learn more about Niccolo Maisto on Crunchbase…

FaceIT is the gaming platform for professional competitions within online multiplayer video games. Read more aboutFaceIT on Crunchbase…

Shravin Bharti Mittal

Co-Founder @ Unbound

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Shravin is the Founder of Unbound and a Director of Bharti Global Ltd (Bharti family office). Unbound is a globally focused long term technology investment arm that aims to build and back technology companies. Select investments include Databricks, mPharma and FreightHub. Bharti Global has numerous investments in Telecommunications, Technology, Energy and Hospitality. Portfolio companies: Airtel, One Web, Delonex Energy, TriTon, mPharma, Hike and Hoxton Hotels. Previously, Shravin was an Investor at Softbank (2016-2017). Prior to that, Shravin was an Assistant Director at Better Capital (2014-2015), a Private Equity firm in London. Between 2010 to 2012 Shravin was the MD at Airtel in Africa and India. Prior to that he worked with J.P.Morgan in Investment Banking Covering TMT. Shravin has an MBA from Harvard Business School (Class 2014) and founded Airtel Rising Stars (a youth football initiative in Africa and India). Learn more about Shravin Bharti Mittal on Crunchbase…

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Noel Hayden

Co-founder @ Yoti

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Noel is a serial tech entrepreneur and investor. He is currently Executive Chairman of Gamesys, which he co-founded in 2001, and Co-founder of Yoti. Noel has a programming background, having developed websites for a few years at the start of the dot com boom. Noel co-founded a web development business called IDM in 1997 with Robin Tombs which they sold for £7m. Using some of the funds from this sale, Noel decided it was time to entertain the world by making games and co-founded Gamesys with Robin in 2001. Since founding Gamesys, Noel has concentrated on building a talented team and growing the business organically, as well as through the acquisition of Virgin Games. Through cutting edge innovation Gamesys has continued to maintain its market leading position and has over 25 million players, 1,100 staff and operates in 6 countries. Noel stepped down as Gamesys CEO in 2015, and is now Executive Chairman. Outside of work Noel enjoys travelling, checking latest tech innovations making the headlines and keeping up with family. Learn more about Noel Hayden on Crunchbase…

Yoti is a digital identity platform that provides a simple and secure way of proving identities, online and in person. Read more aboutYoti on Crunchbase…

Nick Telson

Co-Founder @ DesignMyNight

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Reece Chowdhry

Founder & CEO @ RLC Ventures

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Reece is the Founder & CEO of RLC Ventures – an early-stage SEIS/EIS VC fund investing in technology companies primarily focused on Fintech, Enterprise and Gaming. He was awarded “Top 5 Asian Tech Investors” 2018 (KPMG & Diversity UK) and is the youngest-ever investor to profiled by The Sunday Times. Reece is a frequent keynote and panel speaker at prominent industry events such as StartupGrind Europe and Fintech Live. Reece holds a BA in International Business from Durham University and is a Chartered Management Consultant (ACMA, CGMA) having started his career as a Management Consultant at EY. Reece invests personally in all of RLC Ventures’ investments. Learn more about Reece Chowdhry on Crunchbase…

RLC Ventures is an award-winning VC which continues to back founders building global tech companies, from idea to exit. Read more aboutRLC Ventures on Crunchbase…

Rob Dobson

Chairman and Co-Founder @ DevicePilot

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Rob founded Actix ( in 1991 and as CEO (1991-2005) grew it to over $50m revenue by 2005. More than 90% of the world’s mobile phone customers have their networks optimized by Actix software and Rob has worked with many of the world’s leading mobile operators and infrastructure vendors. In 2005 he sold a majority stake in the company to PE firm Summit Partners at a $100+m valuation. He has invested in a further 30+ startups and has had five very successful exits (he’s not counting failures as they come with the territory). Rob is chairman of Robotical ( and He’s also the founding chairman of and a supporter of the unique orchestra As an inveterate tinkerer in software and hardware, he’s fascinated by IoT, 3D printing and the maker movement (as you can probably see from his personal website ( Rob is a Fellow of the IET and has a 1st class honours degree in Electronic Engineering. Learn more about Rob Dobson on Crunchbase…

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Hermann Hauser

Co-founder, Director, and Venture Partner @ Amadeus Capital Partners

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Hermann Hauser co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners in 1997 with Anne Glover and Peter Wynn. In his long and successful history as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Hermann has founded or co-founded companies in a wide range of technology sectors. These include Acorn Computers (where he helped spin out ARM), Active Book Company, Virata, Net Products, NetChannel and Cambridge Network Limited. He was a founder director of IQ (Bio), IXI Limited, Vocalis, SynGenix, Advanced Displays Limited (acquired by Cambridge Display Technology), Electronic Share Information Limited, E*Trade UK and has supported many other start-ups. Hermann’s successes at Amadeus include: CSR plc (LON: CSR); Entropic Research Laboratory (acquired by Microsoft in 1999); Solexa (acquired by Illumina in 2007); and Icera (acquired by Nvidia in 2011). He is currently a non-executive director of XMOS, a company that is revolutionising re-configurable silicon chips; Intune Networks, a pioneer in the field of Optical Packet Switch & Transport; Tobii, the world leader in eye tracking and gaze detection; Plastic Logic, the first company to commercialize flexible plastic transistors (currently used in computer displays); and Cambridge Broadband Networks, a leader in point-to-multipoint wireless backhaul products. Hermann holds an MA in Physics from Vienna University and a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Hermann holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Loughborough and from Anglia Ruskin University and was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’ in 2001. In 2004, he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science & Technology. In 2012 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his contribution to the translation of science into business, and in 2013 a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Austrian by birth, Hermann speaks German, English and conversational Italian and French. Learn more about Hermann Hauser on Crunchbase…

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Akin Babayigit

Co-Founder @ Tripledot Studios

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Akin Babayigit is currently a co-founder of Tripledot Studios, a mobile games studio based in London. Before starting Tripledot, Akin was an active investor & advisor to various companies in the gaming space as well as serving as the Head of Business Operations & Special Projects at King Digital Entertainment. Before his experience at King, Akin was the head of Facebook Audience Network in EMEA. Learn more about Akin Babayigit on Crunchbase…

Tripledot Studios is a mobile games studio. Read more aboutTripledot Studios on Crunchbase…

Sam Mathews

Founder & CEO @ Fnatic

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Sam Mathews is an entrepreneur most known for his exploits in the gaming community. Best known for founding Fnatic, the worlds number 1 professional gaming team, managing over 25 professional video gamers with big name sponsors such as title sponsor MSI. He founded UGAME in 2008, a focused social network providing a complete gamer profile, as well as linking niche gaming content sites together through one user base and offering a platform to share user content around gaming. Learn more about Sam Mathews on Crunchbase…

Leading esports performance. Read more aboutFnatic on Crunchbase…

Chris Niarchos

Founder & Chairman @ Cobra Group of Companies

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Chris Niarchos is the Founder and Chairman of the Cobra Group of Companies is an is an entrepreneurial organisation that specialises in incubating, developing and managing an exciting portfolio of businesses, with interests in sales and marketing, insurance, mobile technology, financial services, high-performance race car design and manufacture, and energy. The Cobra Group currently has 13 subsidiary companies, which include Appco Group – one of the world’s leading face-to-face fundraising and marketing agencies – McLaren GT and AmTrust Mobile Solutions. Cobra is continuing to build on its diverse portfolio of businesses, all with the common theme of opening up a world of opportunity to the people associated with them. Learn more about Chris Niarchos on Crunchbase…

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Natalia Vodianova

Founder, CEO @ Naked Heart Foundation

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Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova, nicknamed Supernova, is a Russian model, philanthropist and occasional film actress. She is well known for her rags to riches life story and for her eight-season, seven-figure contract with Calvin Klein. Learn more about Natalia Vodianova on Crunchbase…

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Adrien Cohen

Co-Founder and President @ Tractable

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Adrien Cohen is the President and Co-Founder of Tractable. Learn more about Adrien Cohen on Crunchbase…

Tractable is a software company that develops artificial intelligence for accident and disaster recovery. Read more aboutTractable on Crunchbase…

Will Martin

Founder and Director @ Portfolio Ventures

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Andrea Bonomi

Founder and Managing Principal @ InvestIndustrial Holdings

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Andrea C. Bonomi founded Investindustrial in 1990 and serves as its Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board and Managing Principal. Previously, he was Principal Partner, Senior Partner, and Senior Principal at the firm. Andrea Bonomi previously also served as the President and Head at the firm. He served as the Chairman of Management Board of Banca Popolare di Milano Scarl since 2011. Previously, Andrea Bonomi was responsible for the monitoring of the Saffa Industrial Group investments in Europe and the United States, which included acquisitions, divestments, disposals, and fund raising. Prior to that, he served at Kleinwort Benson, where he was responsible for Spain and Italy, and at Lazard Frères & Co. Andrea Bonomi taught Economics at the University of Pavia. He serves as a Director of a number of companies including 21 Investimenti S.p.A. and 21 Centrale Partners. Andrea Bonomi served as a Director of Ing. Castaldi SpA. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Inversiones Ibersuizas and Permasteelisa SPA. Andrea Bonomi speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish. He received a B.Sc. in Business Administration from New York University in 1985. Learn more about Andrea Bonomi on Crunchbase…

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William Adams

Founder @ The Black Eyed Peas

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William Adams, is a multi-faceted entertainer and creative innovator, and a seven-time Grammy Award winner. Known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, who have sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide, he also works with some of the industry’s biggest names including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, David Guetta, and film composer Hans Zimmer. is the developer of the dial, the first smart band device with an onboard, untethered mobile phone capability powered by AneedA, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-focused operating system.  Fusing the worlds of technology and fashion, and team also developed EPs Bluetooth Wireless Headphone.  EPs feature magnetic earpieces, when clipped together, transform the listening device into a stylish necklace made of spun metal and woven fabric that incorporates a microphone connected to AneedA for making calls and finding music, both hands-free. Frontman and founder of The Black Eyed Peas has released three songs from his upcoming solo cd, #willpower on Interscope Records, due out in April, 2013. The three singles from the cd released in 2012 were: “This is Love” featuring Eva Simons; and “Scream & Shout” that has gone to number one on iTunes and radio play charts in dozens of countries. In 2013, he released his latest single “#ThatPower” featuring Justin Bieber. is the first recording artist to send a song to Mars in conjunction with NASA’s Curiosity Mars Space Lab. Space and music industry firsts were achieved on August 28, 2012 when “Reach For The Stars (Mars Edition)” was played back from Mars during a youth education event hosted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His songs and imagery have entertained and inspired millions, and the power of his words resonated deeply in his song “Yes They Can” that mobilized an entire generation to action during the 2008 presidential campaign. Demonstrating that music, brands and causes can be intertwined to entertain and inform, “Yes They Can” garnered an Emmy Award for “Best New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment” as well as a CLIO award in the Interactive category. In addition to his music career, is very active in front of, and behind the camera. His educational TV special “ Reach For The Stars”, a behind-the-scene look at the artistic and scientific elements involved in sending a song to Mars aired on Discovery’s SCIENCE Channel in August, 2012. In 2011, executive produced and starred in his first prime time TV special “ FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll” to get young people excited about math and science education, as well as technology and science-related careers. In front of the camera, returned in 2013 for a second season as a Coach on reality TV hit show “The Voice” UK on BBC One. Learn more about William Adams on Crunchbase…

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Shachar Bialick

Founder & CEO @ Curve

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Shachar Bialick is a serial entrepreneur, passionate about using technology to improve lives. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Curve -a fintech startup. Hefounded Curve to give people a simpler, smarter way to manage their financial life. It allows people to spend from all their bank accounts and cards through one smart Curve card, connected to an even smarter app. Cardholders can see all their business and personal spend in one place, cut out bank fees on business trips, make their existing cards more secure, manage cash flow with ‘financial time travel’, and never worry about doing their expenses again. Learn more about Shachar Bialick on Crunchbase…

Curve is a banking platform that consolidates cards and accounts into one smart card and app. Read more aboutCurve on Crunchbase…

Chris Morton

Co-Founder & CEO @ Lyst

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Chris Morton is the CEO and cofounder of Lyst (, a social curation platform for online fashion. Prior to founding Lyst, Chris was an investor at Balderton Capital and Benchmark Capital, focussing on consumer internet; specifically ecommerce, music and games. Chris was also Business Development Manager of the Energy and Materials division at QinetiQ, one of Europe’s leading technology R&D organisations. Chris earned his M.A. in Natural Sciences (Physics and Philosophy) from Cambridge University, 2003, and he is a DERA Scholar. Learn more about Chris Morton on Crunchbase…

Lyst is a global fashion search platform that allows users to browse through thousands of online fashion stores. Read more aboutLyst on Crunchbase…

Will Brooks

Founder & Director @ Portfolio Ventures

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Ophelia Brown

Founder & Partner @ Blossom Capital

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Ophelia is the founder of Blossom Capital, an early stage venture fund that brings a wholly differentiated approach to investing. Blossom makes a small number of high conviction investments each year, which allows the team to work closely with their companies, helping them achieve their ambitious goals. Fascinated by user behaviour and design, Ophelia loves worked with founders with strong product DNA and design-oriented teams. Previously Ophelia was a GP at LocalGlobe and a principal at Index Ventures where her investments included Typeform and Robinhood. Ophelia is also the founder of ALT “Ambitious Ladies in Tech” – a mentor programme that matches junior women in technology start-ups with senior functional leaders to provide them with valuable coaching, skills development and networking. The network includes executives from some of the world’s leading tech companies like Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Uber and many more. Learn more about Ophelia Brown on Crunchbase…

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Marcus Swanepoel

Co-founder & CEO @ Luno

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Marcus previously worked for Standard Chartered in Singapore and before that 3i and Morgan Stanley in London.He holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder. He is a South African citizen and a Singapore Permanent Resident. Learn more about Marcus Swanepoel on Crunchbase…

Luno is a global cryptocurrency company. Read more aboutLuno on Crunchbase…

Ali Parsa

Founder and CEO @ Babylon

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Ali is an entrepreneur and engineer. He built Circle to become Europe’s largest partnership of clinicians, achieving around £200M in annual revenue, 3000 employees and a successful IPO, all during an economic recession. He was named by The Times as among the 100 global people to watch, and was the recipient of the Royal Award for young entrepreneurs for founding V&G earlier in his career. Ali is a UK Cabinet Office Ambassador and has a PhD in engineering Physics. Learn more about Ali Parsa on Crunchbase…

Babylon is a world leading, digital-first, value-based care company. Read more aboutBabylon on Crunchbase…

Paul Taylor

Founder and CEO @ Thought Machine

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Paul is a serial entrepreneur specialising in speech, language and artificial intelligence. In 2006, he co-founded Phonetic Arts, which developed speech software for the games industry. Phonetic Arts was acquired by Google in 2010, and Paul worked at Google as head of the text-to-speech group and as a research scientist until leaving in 2013. 2004-2006 Paul was a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University, working and teaching in the Engineering department. During this time, he wrote Text-to-Speech synthesis, widely regarded as the definitive book in the field. In 2000, Paul co-founded Rhetorical Systems which was the world leader in text-to-speech. Rhetorical was acquired by Nuance in 2004. From 1989-2000, Paul was at Edinburgh University, where he gained his PhD, worked as a post-doc, tenured lecturer and eventually director of the Centre for Speech Technology Research. He is author of more than 80 academic papers. Learn more about Paul Taylor on Crunchbase…

Thought Machine is a Fintech company that builds cloud-native technology to revolutionize core banking. Read more aboutThought Machine on Crunchbase…

Graham Edwards

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman @ Telereal Trillium

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Graham Graham Edwards is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Telereal Trillium. He initiated the transaction which resulted in 6,700 properties being transferred from BT to Telereal in a £2.4bn property outsourcing deal. In January 2009, Graham led the negotiations which resulted in the acquisition of Trillium from Land Securities Group Plc. This transaction firmly established Telereal Trillium as the market leader in property outsourcing and investment, creating a combined business with annual revenues in excess of £1 billion. Prior to Telereal Trillium, Graham was chief investment officer of Talisman Global Asset Management, having established it as the Pears FSA registered asset management arm – today having AUM in excess of £1bn. Before joining Talisman, Graham held positions as a fund manager at Merrill Lynch Investment Management and head of finance for the BT Group Plc’s property department. He read economics at Cambridge University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA), the Association of Corporate Treasurers (AMCT), the UK Society of Investment Professionals (ASIP) and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Learn more about Graham Edwards on Crunchbase…

Telereal Trillium provides real estate management services in the United Kingdom. Read more aboutTelereal Trillium on Crunchbase…

Oliur Rahman

Founder @ UltraLinx

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I’m a designer and entrepreneur living in the South East of England. I’m also known as UltraLinx online. Learn more about Oliur Rahman on Crunchbase…

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Matthew Luczynski

Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Office @

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Matthew Luczynski is a Tech & Marketing Entrepreneur, Strategic & Innovative Thinker, and the Founder of Book 2,200,000 hotels and homes worldwide with savings of up to 40%. Pay with 30 cryptos and credit card. Best price guaranteed and 24/7 Support. Matthew has worked on a number of start-ups within the travel space, with a focus on Fintech & Blockchain technology. Learn more about Matthew Luczynski on Crunchbase…, the world’s leading cryptocurrency-friendly hotel booking service with the best prices on 2 Million+ properties, worldwide. Read more on Crunchbase…

David Cleevely

CoFounder @ Cambridge Angels group

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David Cleevely (FREng, FIET) is an entrepreneur and international telecoms expert who has built and advised many companies, principally in Cambridge, UK. He has invested in over 35 companies (including Neul). David was founder and former Chairman of telecoms consultancy Analysys (acquired by Datatec International in 2004). In 1998, he co-founded the web based antibody company Abcam (ABC.L) with Jonathan Milner and was Chairman until November 2009. In late 2004 he co-founded the 3G femto base station company, 3WayNetworks, which was sold to Airvana in April 2007. He has been a prime mover behind Cambridge Network, co-founder of Cambridge Wireless, co-founder and Chairman of Cambridge Angels and is a member of the IET Communications Policy Panel. For 8 years until March 2009 he was a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. From 2001 to 2008 David was a member of the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services (DES-ISS, formerly the Defence Communications Services Agency). Learn more about David Cleevely on Crunchbase…

The Cambridge Angels are a group of high-net worth investors who have proven experience as successful entrepreneurs in internet, software, Read more aboutCambridge Angels group on Crunchbase…

Andrey Andreev

Founder/ CEO @ Badoo

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Andrey focuses the majority of his time and energy on product development, strategy and new projects to continually innovate Badoo across web and mobile platforms. In addition to Badoo, he founded several other highly successful internet businesses: SpyLog, Begun and His entrepreneurial spirit continues to inspire everyone on the team and today Badoo is the largest Social Network for Meeting New People in the World with over 135 million registered users, generating over $150 million USD’s per year and operating in 180+ countries. Andrey is the serial entrepreneur and founder behind Badoo, the 4th successful company he has built in the last 10 years. His successes include Begun, a company focused on selling contextual advertising by auctioning keywords – often described as an earlier version of Google AdWords. He also created, which has evolved into Russia’s largest online dating site, with over 10 million monthly active users. Learn more about Andrey Andreev on Crunchbase…

Badoo is a dating-focused social network, allowing users to chat, make friends and share interests. Read more aboutBadoo on Crunchbase…

Alan Morgan

Chairman, Co-Founder @ MMC Ventures

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Alan co-founded MMC Ventures in 2000. As an active business angel investor he saw the opportunity for a more structured strategic and due diligence approach to venture investing. Alan is a member of the Investment Committee and leads MMC’s financial services focus. He has lead responsibility for Small World. Learn more about Alan Morgan on Crunchbase…

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Joseph Ashford Ellis

Owner and Founder @ K4 Global

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Joseph Ashford Ellis is an established entrepreneur and a global investor, having held interests in Europe, Asia and South America and is based in the United Kingdom. Over a 20 year period, Joseph has successfully identified and nurtured numerous businesses, with a particular focus on the UK service sector. Through these endeavours Joseph has amassed a considerable personal wealth and continues to invest across many asset types, including other businesses and properties. Joseph has been instrumental in the initial seeding and ongoing development of a number of enterprises. Joseph worked in a range of industries during his early career, providing him extensive experience in marketing and business development at all organisational levels. His primary expertise is in implementing scalable solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, allowing them to achieve consistent growth and realise their enterprise value. Surrounding himself with highly talented and experienced professionals, Joseph continues to provide growth capital to new and existing UK ventures, whilst branching out into select international markets, to the ultimate benefit of all its stakeholders. Maintaining client focus and business integrity is essential to Joseph’s commercial ethos and this philosophy ensures that Joseph’s businesses are always looking at how to go above and beyond for clients, which often means creating a bespoke strategy for them. Joseph encourages his team members to always do their best to exceed client expectations and ensure this client-focused mindset remains a priority at each level of his companies and is a skill he demonstrates himself on an ongoing basis. Joseph is also an avid philanthropist and he and his businesses support numerous charities. With a wealth of expertise under his belt, Joseph Ashford is a multi-faceted entrepreneur where his primary wealth accumulation has been grown through various industries such as real estate investment, capital support for new and existing companies, investment in marketable securities, trading in luxury and rare motor vehicles and direct management of property development. Learn more about Joseph Ashford Ellis on Crunchbase…

K4 is a contemporary and aspiring global movement, with worldwide connections and an extensive network platform. Read more aboutK4 Global on Crunchbase…

Joe Falter

Co-Founder @ Zapp

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Zapp provides on-demand delivery services 24/7. Read more aboutZapp on Crunchbase…

Sam Senchal

Founder @ Maddox Capital Partners

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Maddox Capital Partners provides asset-backed Asset Liability Management solutions to the Life Insurance industry. Read more aboutMaddox Capital Partners on Crunchbase…

Doug Monro

Co-Founder and CEO @ Adzuna

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Doug was most recently COO of property portal Zoopla. From 2008 he led the growth of the team from 5 to 75 people and the site to number 2 in UK property with 5M visitors a month, organically and through acquisitions. Previously he was MD of, the UK’s largest classified ads site, where he built the team and business through a fun growth ramp after acquisition by eBay in 2005. Prior to Gumtree, Doug worked for eBay UK, Bain & Company, Unilever and also as an entrepreneur. Doug has a BA in English from Cambridge, an MBA from Kellogg, and hates to admit he is a qualified accountant. Learn more about Doug Monro on Crunchbase…

Adzuna is a smart search engine for job ads. Read more aboutAdzuna on Crunchbase…

Gil Dibner

Founder & Managing Partner @ Angular Ventures

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Angular Ventures is a specialist venture capital firm backing early-stage deep technology enterprise companies. Read more aboutAngular Ventures on Crunchbase…

Dan Vahdat

Co-founder & CEO @ Huma Therapeutics

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Dan Vahdat is Co-founder & CEO of Medopad, a British healthcare technology company enabling connected care, headquartered in London, UK. Dan is an award winning innovator in the fields of science and technology. His professional career spans from IT to medical technology including several years at Johns Hopkins in the US. Dan studied Engineering and Mathematics, after which he pursued his PhD in at Johns Hopkins including 2 years of abroad study at Oxford University. Before finishing his degree, he left to focus on his business. Learn more about Dan Vahdat on Crunchbase…

Huma provides a digital health platform used for predictive care and research. Read more aboutHuma Therapeutics on Crunchbase…

Inga Mullins

Founder & CEO @ Fluency

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Inga Mullins is a Founder & CEO at Fluency Learn more about Inga Mullins on Crunchbase…

Fluency is a CBDC proprietary blockchain revolutionising and powering the existing financial system. Read more aboutFluency on Crunchbase…

Stefan Glänzer

Founder @ White Bear Yard

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Stefan is an entrepreneur and investor from Germany who enjoys living in London. He is the co-founder of, companionsTV, and He is the founding investor and executive Chairman of and and has been and in the same role at Stefan is a firm believer in European entrepreneurship and an active angel. He holds a PhD in foreign exchange risk management and was a professional DJ for 15 years. Learn more about Stefan Glänzer on Crunchbase…

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