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

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Founding Partner play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Founding Partner role. We have selected these Founding Partner’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 Founding Partner’s. The list is in no particular order!

Chris Adelsbach

Founding Partner @ Outrun Ventures

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Chris is a UK-based entrepreneur, business mentor, and investor. He is Managing Partner of Outrun Ventures, Venture Partner at Techstars, and 2018/19 UKBAA Angel Investor of the year having invested in >170 companies. First/early investor in Railsbank, Atom Bank, Quant Network, Marshmallow, Cuvva, Kuda Bank and Smart Pension. Previously co-founder at Marlin Financial Group, sold to nasdaq listed Encore Capital in 2014. Learn more about Chris Adelsbach on Crunchbase…

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Christopher North

Managing Partner @ L Catterton

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Chris is a Managing Partner at L Catterton, the world’s leading consumer growth investor with US$20B assets under management, where he co-leads the Growth Fund. He focuses on growth-stage consumer technology businesses in the US, Europe, and the UK. The L Catterton team previously scaled today’s consumer tech leaders (Amazon, Shopify, Lazada, Shutterfly, Peloton, Vroom, Better Mortgage, ClassPass, and more) and brings their experience to support entrepreneurs building tomorrow’s leading companies. He is also an active angel investor and serves on the boards of several non-profits in arts and education. Previously, Chris led Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors from May 2016 through the sale to Apollo Global Management in 2019. Under his leadership, over the three years from 2015 to 2018, Shutterfly doubled revenues to $2 billion, doubled free cash flow, and increased operating income ten-fold. Prior to joining Shutterfly, Chris served as Managing Director of Amazon UK and co-led Amazon across Europe for six years, after leading Amazon’s UK Media businesses for four years. Amazon UK grew to almost $10 billion in GAAP revenue over this 10-year period, a 14-fold increase. Before joining Amazon, he worked in publishing as Global Managing Director of Phaidon Press, as Chief Operating Officer of HarperCollins Canada, and as Vice President & General Manager of Electronic Publishing for HarperCollins Publishers. He began his career as a management consultant with the media & entertainment practice of Booz Allen & Hamilton. In addition to his operating roles, Chris serves in leadership roles in several not-for-profit organizations. He is a director of Character Lab, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the science and practice of character development in order to help children thrive; a member of the Collections Committee and Director’s Circle of the Harvard University Art Museums; and President of the American Friends of the Royal Collection. He and his wife also actively support the Wallace Collection and the Attingham Trust. Chris is an active angel investor, having made more than 40 investments in early-stage companies. He enjoys mentoring, working with a number of technology entrepreneurs and serving as a Strategic Advisor to Forto. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College and a master’s degree in Philosophy from New York University. Chris and his wife have three young children and divide their time between London and France. Born and raised in New York, Chris is a dual US/British national. Learn more about Christopher North on Crunchbase…

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Oliver Jung

Managing Partner @ LAO Holdings

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Oliver is a global investor and entrepreneur based in Tel Aviv. Oliver is investing in US and China based companies and helps them to go international. Previous projects include airbnb, houzz and hoteltonight. Learn more about Oliver Jung on Crunchbase…

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Carlos Gonzalez- Cadenas

Partner @ Index Ventures

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Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas is Chief Product and Technology Officer (CPO/CTO) at GoCardless. Learn more about Carlos Gonzalez- Cadenas on Crunchbase…

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Jan Hammer

Investor & Partner @ Index Ventures

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Jan joined Index in 2010, and is a London-based partner, focusing on fintech and information/data services across all stages of growth. He is one of Index Ventures’ leading fintech investors, working with the founders of Adyen, Credit Benchmark, Robinhood and TransferWise. In all, Index has backed more than two dozen fintech companies, with more than $400 million. Jan has also led Index investments and is on the boards of Beamery, Collibra, SafetyCulture and Silverfin. Before he joined Index, Jan was at General Atlantic in London, where he worked on investments in Kaspersky Lab, Northgate Information Solutions and Torex Retail. He also worked in the M&A, TMT and Capital Markets divisions at Morgan Stanley. Jan is a graduate of Oxford University, and holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. Learn more about Jan Hammer on Crunchbase…

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Ricardo Schaefer

Partner @ Target Global

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Laurel Bowden

Partner @ 83North

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Laurel is a General Partner at 83North (formerly Greylock IL), which she joined in 2008. Her areas of focus include: software, internet and fintech. Laurel has led investments in many leading European companies, including Just Eat (LSE: JE), Qliktech (NASDAQ: QLIK) and Hybris (acquired by SAP). Her current company boards and investments include Workable, Mirakl, NotontheHighStreet, Wonga, Wandera, iZettle, BlueVine, Ebury and Investec PLC & Ltd. Laurel was previously at GE and JVP. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from INSEAD. Learn more about Laurel Bowden on Crunchbase…

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Mark Evans

Founding Partner and Associate @ Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)

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Mark is currently an LP and Investment Committee member at Kindred Capital, a European Seed-Stage Venture fund, based in London. He was a General Partner at Balderton Capital/ Benchmark Europe from 2002 through 2015, and an EIR at Benchmark Capital in 1999/2000. He spent the prior 15 years @ Goldman Sachs, where he was a General Partner and Management Committee member. He studied Economics at both University of Oxford and Queen’s University in Canada. Learn more about Mark Evans on Crunchbase…

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Simon Murdoch

Managing Partner @ Episode 1

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Simon set up online bookstore Bookpages in 1996 and sold it to Amazon in 1998. As VP Europe for Amazon, he managed huge growth from start-up through to multimillion turnover and hundreds of staff. As an Angel investor, he has invested in Shazam, been chairman of VideoIsland (now merged with and renamed LoveFilm, and purchased in Feb 2011 by, Zoopla! and Shutl (currently chairman). Simon founded and funded, a social network for developing language skills and contacts abroad which was successfully sold to Lesson Nine GmbH, operators of language learning site Simon is currently CEO of StormForward, an e-commerce conversion consultancy which helpsonline retailers to increase their online sales and profits. Learn more about Simon Murdoch on Crunchbase…

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Pamir Gelenbe

Venture Partner @ Hummingbird Ventures

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Pamir is a Managing Partner at Libertus Capital and invests on decentralised systems, entreprise blockchain, and digital assets. He is an investor in Kraken, Ledger, Crypto Facilities and Shapeshift. Previously, he served as a Partner at Hummingbird Ventures, and also worked at Morgan Stanley and D.E. Shaw. Pamir graduated from Duke University and Columbia University with a BSc. in Electrical Engineering and MSc. in Operations Research. Learn more about Pamir Gelenbe on Crunchbase…

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Danny Rimer

Partner @ Index Ventures

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Danny joined Index in 2002 and established the firm’s London office. He later opened the San Francisco office with Mike Volpi. His current investments include 1stdibs, Discord, Farfetch, Figma, Glossier, GOAT, Good Eggs, Grailed, Humu, Patreon and Scoop. Prior to Index, Danny was a General Partner at The Barksdale Group, where he invested in over a dozen companies. Earlier in his career, he was at Hambrecht & Quist (now owned by JP Morgan), where he began the Internet sector equity research group. He was managing director and underwriting analyst and took Amazon, Netscape and Verisign public among others. Previously, Danny was a director of Betfair, Dropbox, Etsy, Sky,, Lovefilm, MySQL, and Skype; and formerly on the Board of Trustees at SFMOMA and MAGGIE’S Centres. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to business and charity. Learn more about Danny Rimer on Crunchbase…

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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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Robert Frost

Partner @ NAXOS Capital Partners

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Robert is a Partner with Naxos UK and prior to joining Naxos, he was a Managing Director in charge of the London office of Allianz Capital Partners GmbH and instrumental in the development of its private equity, mezzanine and infrastructure activities. Prior to this, Robert was part of the founding team of Nikko Principal Investments Limited and was part of the original Nomura Principal Finance Group. Robert has an MBA from the London Business School, more than 15 years of private equity experience and has board level responsibility with several companies internationally. Learn more about Robert Frost on Crunchbase…

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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…

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Martin Mignot

Partner @ Index Ventures

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Eileen Burbidge

Partner @ Passion Capital

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Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage VC fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere. In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the Chair of TechCity UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting digital business across the UK. She is also HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech appointed by then Chancellor George Osborne; Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office and served on former Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group. Eileen was made an MBE for services to Business in June 2015 and holds a BSc Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more about Eileen Burbidge on Crunchbase…

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Sonali De Rycker

Partner @ Accel

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Sonali De Rycker joined Accel in 2008. Sonali led Accel’s investments in Avito (acquired by Naspers), Lyst, Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), Wallapop, Calastone, Monzo, Shift Technology, Letgo (acquired by Naspers), Kry/Livi, Soldo, Hopin, and Sennder. Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Venture (now Accomplice). She also previously served on the board of (NASDAQ: MTCH). Learn more about Sonali De Rycker on Crunchbase…

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Suranga Chandratillake

General Partner @ Balderton

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Suranga joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2014, he was previously an entrepreneur and engineer. Suranga founded blinkx, the intelligent search engine for video and audio content in Cambridge in 2004. He then led the company for eight years as CEO through its journey of moving to San Francisco, building a profitable business and going public in London where it achieved a peak market capitalization in excess of $1Bn. Before founding blinkx, Suranga was an early employee at Autonomy Corporation, where he ultimately served as the company’s US CTO in San Francisco. In 2017, Suranga joined the UK Government’s Council for Science and Technology. Suranga was granted an OBE for services to technology and engineering in the 2018 UK New Year’s Honours. Learn more about Suranga Chandratillake on Crunchbase…

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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…

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Anna Sweeting

Founding Partner @ Vaultier7

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Founding Partner at Vaultier7. Vaultier7 is a London-based, specialist private equity fund dedicated to providing growth capital to brands within Beauty & Personal care, Health & Wellness and Lifestyle. Learn more about Anna Sweeting on Crunchbase…

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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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Nadav Rosenberg

Venture Partner @ Entrepreneur First

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Nadav leads Taboola’s expansion and operations in Europe and Australia. Prior to joining Taboola, Nadav was a member of the founding team of Groupon UK & IR, taking part in building and managing Groupon’s business in the UK. Before joining Groupon, Nadav worked as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in London. Nadav is based in London and holds an MBA from INSEAD, France. Learn more about Nadav Rosenberg on Crunchbase…

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Luciana Lixandru

Partner @ Sequoia Capital

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Luciana Lixandru focuses on consumer internet, software and marketplace businesses. She helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in UiPath, Deliveroo, Framer, Avito, Catawiki, Vinted and others. She is also an independent director of Showroomprive (public). Prior to Accel, Luciana was with Summit Partners. Luciana is from Romania and graduated from Georgetown University. Learn more about Luciana Lixandru on Crunchbase…

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Hussein Kanji

Partner @ Hoxton Ventures

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Hussein is a partner at Hoxton Ventures. He currently represents Hoxton on the boards of BaseImmune, Biotx, Finesse, Fy!, Giraffe360, Kbox, Luminary, Peptone, Raptor Supplies, Raw Material, Skin Analytics, SOC.OS, TourRadar, XYZ Reality and Yieldify, and serves as a board observer on Behavox, Karakuri, Loveshark, Panakeia and Vidya Health. He previously served on the boards of Babylon Health, bd4travel (acquired by Dnata), Campanja (acquired by 24/7 Media), Darktrace (LSE:DARK) and Deliveroo (LSE:ROO). Hussein also serves on the board of Tech Nation. He also sits on the advisory board of GTO Partners, a tech mid-market buyout firm, and Landscape, a venture capital review site. While forming Hoxton, he helped Eros STX Global develop ErosNow, an online streaming video platform for Bollywood. Prior to Hoxton, Hussein was an associate with Accel Partners. He joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation. Earlier in his career, he worked with three startups, Safe-View (acquired by L-3), Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast) and Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG). Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. He stubbornly refuses to swear allegiance to a monarch and remains a proud American. Learn more about Hussein Kanji on Crunchbase…

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Chris Mairs

Venture Partner @ Entrepreneur First

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Chris joined Metaswitch as one of the founding team in 1981. Prior to this, he acquired a degree in Computing from Cambridge University and worked for IBM on mainframe and communications systems software. In the early years, Chris was lead architect for all the company’s communications products. Next, he was responsible for the creation and development of our successful real time conferencing business. In 1995 this led to a strategic relationship to provide Microsoft with core technology for NetMeeting (Microsoft’s entry into the data conferencing space). Chris also oversaw the company’s product strategy for messaging and conferencing solutions, targeted at a broad spectrum of service providers, and later served as Chief Technical Officer with responsibility for product management and long-term technology strategy. Learn more about Chris Mairs on Crunchbase…

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Tom Hulme

General Partner @ GV

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Tom is a general partner at Google Ventures. Previously, Tom was a design director at IDEO Europe, where he founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform that has over 150,000 users from more than 170 countries. Tom also launched OIEngine, an online platform for IDEO clients, including Harvard Business School and the Knight Foundation. Before IDEO, Tom was managing director of Marcos, a British sports car manufacturer. As a serial entrepreneur, Tom also founded Magnom, a magnetic filter startup. Tom’s filter designs have been widely used in Formula One, Superbikes, JCB loaders, and central heating systems. Tom has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and has been featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers list every year since the list has been published. He has also been included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People. Tom earned a first class bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bristol, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction. Tom has also received an honorary doctorate from University Arts London. Learn more about Tom Hulme on Crunchbase…

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Scott Mackin

Managing Partner and Co-President @ Denham Capital

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Mr. Scott Mackin is a Managing Partner and Co-President and heads the firm’s Power & Renewables team. Mr. Mackin brings 25 years of energy experience to Denham. He is a member of the Management Committee, Executive Committee, Investment Committee and Valuation Committee. Prior to joining Denham, Mr. Mackin was the President and CEO of Waypoint Energy, Managing Partner at The Chatham Group, President and CEO of Covanta Energy Corporation, President of Ogden Energy and General Counsel at Ogden Projects, Inc. He was also an Associate at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis and Law Clerk to the Hon. Daniel H. Huyett III, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Mackin currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Greenleaf Power LLC, BTE Wind (Proprietary) Ltd. and Gradient Resources Inc. Learn more about Scott Mackin 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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Alex Frolov

CEO and General Partner @ Target Global

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Alex founded Target Global in 2012 and have been actively involved in building organisation ever since. He leads the firm late stage investment practice and have invested in many successful marketplace companies. Many of those are in FoodTech space, like Delivery Hero (FRA:DHER) and Blue Apron (NYSE:APRN), as well as LemonCat and FoodFox. Recently he is focusing more on transportation and travel investments: Juno (sold to Gett), Dreamlines, etc. Prior to joining Target Global, Alex worked at the VC firm DFJ Esprit in London. Before that, he led several private and corporate startups in the tech field, including the medical business unit of United Corporation for Innovations. He started his career in the Asset Management, running the public market tech & telco fund. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and an MBA from the London Business School. Alexander also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation. Learn more about Alex Frolov on Crunchbase…

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Niklas Zennström

Founding Partner and Associate @ Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)

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Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He works daily with founders and sits on the boards of Farmdrop, Lilium, Pipedrive, Oden Technologies and Varjo. Niklas is an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa and Joltid. Niklas founded Atomico in 2006. He is passionate about partnering about founders solving big challenges facing their planet with digital technology. In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies with his wife, Catherine. They focus their efforts in two areas: human rights and the environment. Niklas also founded the Race for the Baltic, a foundation for a well-managed and sustainable Baltic Sea, one of the most threatened major bodies of water in the world. Niklas is a keen yachtsman and has won four World Championships with his yacht racing team, Rán. Niklas holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden, and he spent his final year at the University of Michigan. Learn more about Niklas Zennström on Crunchbase…

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Andrei Brasoveanu

Partner @ Accel

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Andrei Brasoveanu joined Accel in 2014 and works with teams in the areas of enterprise software, developer-oriented products, cloud infrastructure, security, and financial services. Andrei helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in Rasa, Humio, dashdash, Tessian, Checkly, Celonis, Personio, UiPath, Instana, Monzo, Carto, JobToday, and Ermetic among others. Prior to Accel, Andrei spent a decade in the US and worked with Foundation Capital and KCG/Virtu, the largest equities high-frequency trading firm in the US. Previously, he helped build an algorithmic trading startup on Wall Street focused on commodity futures. Andrei hails from Romania. He holds an AB summa cum laude in Mathematics from Princeton and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. Learn more about Andrei Brasoveanu on Crunchbase…

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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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Andrew Weisz

Partner @ Weisz Investments

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Philippe Teixeira da Mota

Partner @ Hedosophia

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Hedosophia is a London-based growth Venture Capital investor looking at B2C companies in Europe, the US, and China. Read more aboutHedosophia on Crunchbase…

Philippe Botteri

Partner @ Accel

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Philippe Botteri joined Accel in 2011 and focuses on Cloud applications and Security. He led Accel’s investments in DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU), Algolia, Doctolib, Blablacar, PeopleDoc (acquired by Ultimate Software), UiPath and more recently Snyk and Chainalysis. He is also on the board of Fiverr (NASDAQ: FVRR) and worked closely with the team at Crowdstrike. Prior to Accel, Philippe was with Bessemer, based in Menlo Park, where he helped build the firm’s cloud practice, working on investments including Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), Eloqua (NASDAQ: ELOQ) and Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO). He started his career with McKinsey&Co. Philippe is from Paris and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, where he is a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and Ecole des Mines. Learn more about Philippe Botteri on Crunchbase…

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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…

Nitin Singhal

Managing Partner & Founder @ Fresco Global

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Nitin Singhal is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fresco Global, a mid-market investment firm. Nitin has over a decade of experience in finance, investment banking and investing across all asset classes and geography. Nitin also advises family offices on their investments and set up multi-billion dollar multi-asset class investment portfolios for clients. Nitin also managed a portfolio of funds invested mainly in Asian and Indian private equity and real estate. While an investment banker with Deutsche Bank London and IFCI Delhi, Nitin advised clients on transactions aggregating several billion dollars. At IFCI, he appraised projects worth over USD 1 billion for debt and equity investment out of the IFCI’s proprietary book. Nitin is a pioneer in Indian infrastructure investing with several path-breaking deals and was an investor in Indian infrastructure projects in the very early days. Nitin has an MBA from London Business School and a BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is based in London, UK Learn more about Nitin Singhal on Crunchbase…

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Frederic Court

Founder and Managing Partner @ Felix Capital

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Frederic is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felix Capital. He has worked in the technology industry for the past 20 years, prior to Felix as General Partner with Advent Ventures in London, and previously as an entrepreneur. At Felix, Frederic works closely with Farfetch (NYSE:FTCH), goop, Mejuri, Yoobic, The Business of Fashion, Highsnobiety and Mirakl. He led the growth investments in Deliveroo and Peloton. While at Advent, Frederic led investments in Farfetch, Zong (sold to eBay), Vitrue (Oracle), Dailymotion (Orange), Qype (Yelp), Fizzback (Nice Systems) and Ubiquisys (Cisco). Frederic was named “Investor of the Year” in Europe by his peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event. He was on the Midas List Europe 2017 and 2018. Previously he was an entrepreneur in France, building a VC-backed online marketplace for the textile industry, and before that a technology banker in London and New York with Lazard. A graduate of ESSEC in Paris and Bocconi University in Milan, Frederic is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Learn more about Frederic Court on Crunchbase…

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Alex van Someren

Managing Partner @ Amadeus Capital Partners

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Alex van Someren is a serial IT entrepreneur and CEO with two exits through IPO, nCipher pls (acquired by Thales SA), and ANT plc (acquired by Espial plc). He grew up near Cambridge, UK and worked at Acorn Computer on the BBC Microcomputer and its successor the Acorn Electron. With his brother, Dr. Nicko van Someren, he co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banking, finance and governments among its customers. He subsequently raised a total of £14 million in VC before he led the company as CEO to an IPO listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350 million valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008. Alex lives in Cambridge, UK and is married with three children. He was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005. He has authored several books on computer applications and microprocessors, including the first published book on the ARM RISC chips, which was also pirated in Japanese. During 2019, Alex will be the Visiting Clore Innovation Professor at the Royal College of Art, London. Learn more about Alex van Someren on Crunchbase…

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Tim Bunting

Partner @ Balderton

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Tim joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2007. He was previously a partner of Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years. At Goldman, Tim held various roles including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (2002 to 2005) and Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (2005 to 2006). Tim started to work with Balderton and its portfolio of companies in 2005. In 2006 Tim spent a period as non-executive chairman of Betfair. Tim is also a Governor of Wellington College and the Wellington Academy; a Trustee of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Learn more about Tim Bunting on Crunchbase…

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Munish Varma

Partner, EMEA, Asia @ SoftBank Vision Fund

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SoftBank Vision Fund specializes in growth capital and social impact investments. Read more aboutSoftBank Vision Fund on Crunchbase…

Roberto Bonanzinga

Co-founder and Investment Partner @ InReach Ventures

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Roberto Bonanzinga is co-founder and Investment Partner at InReach Ventures the first software powered investment firm to be fully focused on the early stage European sector. Previously Roberto spent 7 years as a partner at Balderton Capital (Benchmark Europe) where he invested in companies across Europe and the US. Learn more about Roberto Bonanzinga on Crunchbase…

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Jon Bradford

Partner @ Dynamo

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Jon Bradford is a highly experienced early-stage investor, having launched the first bootcamp accelerator outside of the US in 2009 that subsequently merged with Techstars to become Techstars’ first international program. He also founded the Ignite100 Accelerator in the UK, the Startup Wise Guys Accelerator in Estonia and the Eleven Venture Accelerator in Bulgaria. Alongside this, he helped to launch a further nine accelerators from Montreal to Moscow earning him the title “Godfather of European Accelerators”. Jon is also a cofounder of F6S, one of the world’s largest networks for entrepreneurs with over 1.5 million users, as well as a cofounder of, Europe’s premier tech news site. Jon was recently inducted into the Europas’ “Hall of Fame”, Europe’s premier startup awards. Finally, Jon was recently appointed as an Executive Advisor to Dubai Future Accelerator and the Director of the John Bradfield Centre based in Cambridge, one of the largest startup incubators in the UK. Learn more about Jon Bradford on Crunchbase…

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George Robson

Partner @ Sequoia Capital

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Jussi Wuoristo

Partner, Member of Founding Team @ Vitruvian Partners

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Jussi Wuoristo is a Partner and member of the founding team of Vitruvian Partners, a global investment firm with c.€10bn of AuM. At Vitruvian, Jussi focuses on digital growth businesses across geographies, leads the activities of the firm in Software and the Nordic region and serves on the boards of several private companies as non-executive director and chair. His experience includes investments in Just Eat, EasyPark, Unifaun, Enfuce, Smava, Benify, Linimed, Accountor, Scrive and CRF Health, among others. Prior to Vitruvian, Jussi was with General Atlantic in London, after starting his career in investment banking and equity derivatives in 1998. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Helsinki School of Economics. Learn more about Jussi Wuoristo on Crunchbase…

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Kevin Hu

Partner @ Dragonfly Capital Partners

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Damien Lane

Co-Founder & Partner @ Episode 1

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Damien Lane has spent the last 20 years investing in private companies, both in Private Equity where he was a partner with Electra Partners, then at Octopus Ventures where he was a senior member of the investment team. Having made a number of angel investments, Damien co-founded Episode 1 with Simon and Adrian in 2012. While at Episode 1, Damien has led investments in Carwow, Scurri, Touch Surgery, Attest and Zipcube and loves working with early stage teams of entrepreneurs; helping them develop their early stage startup into a fast growth enterprises capable of raising more funding from later stage investors. When he is not trying to help businesses to implement an optimal approach to growth, Damien can mostly be found running around Hampstead Heath or the Coastal paths of Great Britain. Having trained obsessively to run a 2:52 Marathon in 2015, he is now trying to dip below 2:50, in the spirit of continuous improvement. Damien has an MBA from Cambridge University and a Masters degree in PE from Oxford University. Learn more about Damien Lane on Crunchbase…

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Nenad Marovac

Managing Partner & CEO @ DN Capital

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Nenad Marovac has more than 25 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience in the technology and media sectors. Nenad is the Founder and Managing Partner of DN Capital. Prior to DN Capital, Nenad was a Partner at Advent International in London, where he focused on TMT investments. Nenad focuses on investments in marketplaces, software as a service (SAAS), fintech, consumer mobile applications and digital health companies. Amongst his select investments are Shazam Entertainment (sold to Apple), Auto1 (largest online marketplace for used cars), Apsmart (acquired by Thomson Reuters), Datanomic (acquired by Oracle), Endeca, (acquired by Oracle), Eve Sleep (IPO London), Happn, Hometogo, Hostmaker, Joblift, Mister Spex, Performance Horizon Group, Purplebricks (IPO London), Tbricks (acquired by Orc) and Quandoo (acquired by Recruit Holding). Nenad is also the Chair of Invest Europe and an active member of YPO in London and Berlin. Nenad received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School Learn more about Nenad Marovac on Crunchbase…

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Simon Levene

Partner & Co-Founder @ Mosaic

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Simon Levene is a co-founder and partner of London’s Mosaic Ventures, the Series A focused venture capital firm with over $300M under management. He has spent 20+ years in tech on both sides of the Atlantic, in operations and VC. Notable investments include early bets on Etsy and Squarespace, each now worth several billion. Simon founded Mosaic alongside partner Toby Coppel in 2014, in order to bring their strong Silicon Valley networks and top-level experience to help Europe-based entrepreneurs that have global ambition. Simon began his career on the west coast, co-founding the international business of @Home Network (later Excite@Home). From 2001, Simon spent four years as VP Corp Dev for Yahoo!, moving back to Europe as the continent’s tech ecosystem was gaining momentum. As a VC, Simon joined Accel London as a partner in 2006. During his time at Accel, and later as an angel and venture partner at Index, Simon invested at Series A in Squarespace, Myheritage, ResearchGate, Shapeways, Appcard, Knewton, and Enfore; as well as Etsy and Fotolia at Series B. At Mosaic, Simon focuses on platforms, marketplaces, consumer services, consumerized SaaS and crypto/blockchain. He has led investments in Convoy, Nexar, Blockstream, Veriff, Lyvly and Clue. Learn more about Simon Levene on Crunchbase…

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Harry Briggs

Managing Partner & Founder @ OMERS Ventures

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Harry is a partner at OMERS Ventures, previously at Balderton Capital & BGF Ventures- and the youngest investor in the inaugural Forbes “Midas List Europe”, thanks to investments such as The Hut Group, GoCardless, Touch Surgery and Revolut. Prior to Balderton, Harry co-founded Firefly Tonics, a healthy energy drink brand that sells in over 30 countries, sold to Private Equity in 2012. Harry started his career at McKinsey & Co., the strategy consultancy, in London and New York. Learn more about Harry Briggs on Crunchbase…

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Andrew Pisker

Founding Partner @ Richmond Park Partners LLP

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Andrew Scott

Founding Partner @ 7percent Ventures

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Andrew J Scott, Founding Partner – based in London & San Francisco. 20 years in technology, founder of 6 startups; investor since 2014. As founder launched the world’s first location based social network (Playtxt 2001; patented), online digital news archive (, 2002), trust graph/recommendation engine using machine learning (Rummble, 2007; patented). In-between did strategy consulting for VCs and Corporates including Astra Zeneca, AT&T and Alcatel Lucent. Andrew is also co-founder of ICE, a non-profit global network of tech founders and investors, established in 2009. Specialisms include: D2C, social & market networks, B2B SaaS and quantum computing. Learn more about Andrew Scott on Crunchbase…

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Robin Klein

Founding Partner and Associate @ Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)

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Robin Klein is the Non – Executive Chairman of MOO Print Ltd. He is also a Venture Partner at Index Ventures. Robin joined the London office of Index Ventures in April 2010 as a Venture Partner. He is a founding partner of The Accelerator Group, a seed investment company specialising in e-commerce, digital media and Internet services. He is currently Chairman of Quickbridge (Wonga), Moo Print Ltd, MyBuilder. He sits on the Boards of EDITD, Farfetch, FreeAgent, OneFineStay, Skimlinks, Zoopla. Robin is a governor of Rhyl primary school. He is also a past Chairman of Great Ormond Street hospital’s funding company. Robin has 25 years of operating experience, 20 years of which as entrepreneur and 14 years of investing experience and he has been on the boards of three publicly quoted companies. In his last operating role as Chairman and CEO of Innovations, he conducted the very first UK ecommerce transaction in May 1995. Since starting his investment career in earnest in 1998 by co-founding The Accelerator Group (TAG) with his son, Saul, they have made over sixty investments. Robin is passionate about helping to build the European technology start-up ecosystem and actively supports Saul in the promotion of Seedcamp and OpenCoffee. He has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. An MSc in Industrial Engineering. Learn more about Robin Klein on Crunchbase…

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Bernard Liautaud

Managing Partner @ Balderton

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Bernard Liautaud founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time. Bernard is now a member of the Supervisory Board of SAP. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He has received a number of distinctions including Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe’s Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001. Learn more about Bernard Liautaud on Crunchbase…

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Peter Read

Cortex Partner @ Vitruvian Partners

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Peter is a partner at Vitruvian; a venture partner at BlueYard and LocalGlobe; an advisor to Entrepreneur First, Future Positive Capital, and StrongMinds; and a Trustee of Frazzled Cafe, Doteveryone, and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He is an angel investor/advisor in over 100 tech startups Learn more about Peter Read on Crunchbase…

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Dominic Perks

Partner, Co-Founder @ Hambro Perks Ltd.

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Dominic Perks graduated from Oxford University and went on to work as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, and then as a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey. Dominic is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a growing portfolio of fast growth UK tech businesses. Founded by Dominic Perks and Rupert Hambro in 2014, Hambro Perks backs and builds fast-growth start-ups using SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) and EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) structures. Learn more about Dominic Perks on Crunchbase…

Hambro Perks is a London-headquartered international investment firm focused on private technology investing. Read more aboutHambro Perks Ltd. on Crunchbase…

Mark Pearson

Managing Partner @ Fuel Ventures

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Mark is an award winning digital entrepreneur having achieved multiple successful exits over the last decade. Mark takes an active role in mentoring the Fund’s portfolio of companies. Learn more about Mark Pearson on Crunchbase…

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Daniel Waterhouse

Partner @ Balderton

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Daniel joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2013 and he currently sits on the boards of Revolut, ROLI, Lovecrafts, TrademarkNow, Tictail, Thread, and Workable and also works with Instabridge and Curious.AI. Prior to Balderton, Daniel spent 5 years as a partner at Wellington Partners and invested in a number of fast-growing companies including EyeEm, Hailo, YPlan, Bookatable (also a Balderton portfolio company, sold to Michelin), SumAll, Readmill (sold to Dropbox) and Qype (sold to Yelp). Before Wellington, Daniel was a sector partner at 3i where he worked on all of their venture and private equity investments in the internet sector in North America and Europe. And before that, he was at Yahoo! for six years from 1999, covering strategic development and M&A across the European region. He has a PhD and MA in applied mathematics from Oxford University and a Chartered Diploma in Accounting and Finance. Learn more about Daniel Waterhouse on Crunchbase…

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Davor Hebel

Partner, Head of Europe Ventures @ Eight Roads Ventures

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Davor Hebel is a Partner at Eight Roads Ventures, based in London, UK. He is an expert in marketplace technology. Investments include notonthehighstreet,, Wahanda (exit), Innogames, Rivo Software, Packlink, More2, Appsflyer and Seatwave. Prior to joining Eight Roads (then Fidelity Growth Partners Europe), Davor was co-founder and supervisory board member for private equity-funded Experia, based in Croatia. From 2000 to 2003, Davor worked at McKinsey and Company, where he advised companies in the United States and Europe on issues in strategy and technology. Davor holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State University, a Masters in Science in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Learn more about Davor Hebel on Crunchbase…

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Harry Nelis

Partner @ Accel

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Harry Nelis joined Accel in 2004 and focuses on software, fintech and consumer internet companies. Harry led Accel’s investments in KAYAK (NASDAQ: KYAK; acquired by Priceline), Showroomprive (EPA: SRP), Funding Circle (LON: FCH), Callsign, Celonis, CHECK24, Instana, Miro, and WorldRemit. Harry started his career in Silicon Valley as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard before founding a venture-backed software company. Harry is from the Netherlands and graduated from Harvard Business School and Delft University of Technology. Learn more about Harry Nelis on Crunchbase…

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Alex Kayyal

Partner and Head of EMEA & APAC @ Salesforce Ventures

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Alex joined Salesforce in 2015 to establish and run Salesforce Ventures in Europe. Salesforce is the fastest growing enterprise software company ever to reach $8B in revenue, and has been named Innovator of the Decade by Forbes. Alex leads Salesforce Ventures’ $100M fund dedicated to backing European enterprise cloud startups. Representative portfolio companies include Automile, Carto, DigitalGenius, FinanceFox, NewVoiceMedia, Onfido, Qubit and RedKix. Alex brings over a decade of experience across technology and finance, having been both an investor and entrepreneur. Prior to Salesforce, he helped establish Hermes Growth Partners, a venture growth firm investing in enterprise SaaS and fintech companies across the US and Europe. While at Hermes, Alex led the investment in The Trade Desk (Nasdaq: TTD), where he served on the Board. He was also involved with the firm’s investments in RingCentral (NYSE: RNG) and Fuze (acquired by ThinkingPhones). As an entrepreneur, Alex was the founder/CEO of TableZest, a company in the data analytics and customer loyalty space looking to disrupt the restaurant industry. He began his career at Merrill Lynch, initially working for the CFO and subsequently within investment banking where he advised companies on IPOs and M&A deals. Alex holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics and international relations from Boston University. A native of Switzerland, he speaks five languages and has worked across three continents. Learn more about Alex Kayyal on Crunchbase…

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David Gardner

General Partner @ LVP

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DG is a co-founder and General Partner of LVP. He has over 30 years experience in the game sector. Former CEO & board director, Atari Previously EVP & COO, Worldwide Studios, Electronic Arts (“EA”). 25 years at EA including building EA Europe from 0 to $1bn in annual revenue. DG has spent his career working across Silicon Valley and Europe. In 2007, David was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to industry, and in 2017 he was appointed BAFTA’s first Vice President for Games. Learn more about David Gardner on Crunchbase…

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Jack Bowman

Partner @ Oxbridge Capital Investments

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Adam Grunwerg

Partner @ PSY Ventures

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Chrysanthos Chrysanthou

Partner @ Kindred Capital

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Chrysanthos Chrysanthou is a Partner at Kindred Capital since Sep 2018. Chrys joined Kindred from Notion Capital where he was a partner since 2015. Prior to that he was at Accel Partners as Vice President on the investment team focusing primarily on B2B opportunities, within infrastructure software, cloud computing, IoT/M2M and Big Data technologies. Prior to Accel Partners Chrys was at Amazon Web Services where he led Business Development efforts of the startup ecosystem, across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before Amazon Web Services Chrys was Chief Operating Officer of Living PlanIT, a B2B startup technology company in the IoT/M2M space, enabling the development of intelligent and sustainable urban-scale environments. Previously, Chrys worked at Cisco for approximately 10 years where he led Services-related investments and acquisitions worldwide. At Cisco Chrys also worked in the IT and Operations departments leading teams across large scale business process re-engineering and enterprise software migration projects. Chrys has lived and worked in Silicon Valley, the UK, Portugal and India and led projects in the Middle East, South Africa, China and Singapore. Chrys holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the Judge Business School at Cambridge University. Learn more about Chrysanthos Chrysanthou on Crunchbase…

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Shelley Chu

Partner @ Lightspeed Venture Partners

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Shelley joined Abingworth in 2015 and invests across a broad range of therapeutic areas and stages of development from start-ups to late-stage. She serves on the Board of Directors for Tizona Therapeutics, SFJ Pharmaceuticals and VenatoRx, and co-led Abingworth’s investments in IFM Therapeutics, Inc (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb), IFM Therapeutics LLC and IFM Tre. Shelley has over 15 years of operating and investment experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including most recently Gilead where she led R&D Strategy and Business Development in Oncology, Immunotherapy and Hepatitis B. Previously Shelley invested and co-founded biotechnology companies at Frazier Healthcare Ventures. Earlier in her career she was an investment professional at Flagship Ventures and a management consultant to healthcare and biotech companies at McKinsey. Shelley holds an MD and PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from UCSF, and received her BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. She is a first author of publications in Science and other prominent journals, a Co-Chair of the Princeton Alumni School Committee and a member of the Advisory Committee for BIO’s Investor Forum. Learn more about Shelley Chu on Crunchbase…

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Scott Sage

Co-founder and Partner @ Crane Venture Partners

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Malte Barth

Founding General Partner @ BITKRAFT Ventures

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Malte is a Founding General Partner of BITKRAFT Esports Ventures based in London/Lisbon. Since 2014 he served as Head of Esports at Modern Times Group, which holds one of the largest Esports portfolios globally with leading brands like ESL, DreamHack, ESEA, and others. He holds Board Roles at ESL and DreamHack and serves as an Industrial Advisor to EQT, a leading global Private Equity, since 2010. Malte graduated in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from Nordakademie and is active as an entrepreneurial leader, investor and operator in the Media, Games and Esports space for over 20 years. Learn more about Malte Barth on Crunchbase…

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Benno Jering

Partner @ Redline Capital

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Benno is a Principal at Redline based in London He previously worked at two Tech-focused investment banks in London. Prior to that he was with Credit Suisse, where he focused on M&A, Equity and Leveraged Finance transactions in the TMT sectors. Benno holds a Business degree from Warwick Business School. Learn more about Benno Jering on Crunchbase…

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Robert Dighero

Partner @ Passion Capital

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Robert Dighero has over 20 years operational experience, the last 15 working with the internet. He is a partner at White Bear Yard and an active investor across Europe focused on early stage e-commerce, payment and marketplace businesses. He has led a number of investment syndicates and taken on a number of board and advisory roles. Robert was previously CFO of QXL ricardo from 1998 to 2008, overseeing development from start-up to its eventual sale to Naspers. He managed a diverse range of corporate actions including its dual listing IPO, consolidating the European online auction market with nine acquisitions, the largest over $1 billion and launching an MBO. The QXL Group was the best performing share on Main Market in both 2004 and 2005 and in the All-Share in 2007 with an over 35,000% share price increase in 5 years. Robert was short-listed for CBI / Real FD, FD of the Year in 2007 and the following year negotiated the £1 billion sale of QXL via a public take-over offer. Prior to QXL, Robert was CFO of AOL UK and previous roles included that of M&A at Bertelsmann USA and at Verulam Investments. Robert started his career at Bain & Co, having left Cambridge with a First class degree and a post-graduate degree in Engineering and has an MBA from Insead. Learn more about Robert Dighero on Crunchbase…

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Mark Zaleski

Partner @ BCG Digital Ventures

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Mark is an experienced Internet founder and executive. From 2000 to 2007, Mark was CEO for QXL ricardo, a leader of online consumer trading platforms. QXL was the best performing stock on the London Stock Exchange in 2005 and the LSE’s Main Market in 2004. It was sold for nearly £1 billion in 2007. He was also Chairman and CEO of Dailymotion from 2007 to 2009. Under his leadership, the Company became the world’s number one independent video-sharing site with over 60 million unique visitors and 1 billion video views per month. Mark is an angel investor, non-Executive Director of Show My Homework, Dynistics and GoCardless and advisor to Spotahome. He has also invested in several other high-growth internet businesses across Europe such as QXL ricardo plc, Dailymotion, Emesa, Digitech, Shutl, Wave Optics, Chirp and Spotahome. Learn more about Mark Zaleski on Crunchbase…

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Francesca Warner

Founding Partner @ Ada Ventures

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Francesca (known as Check) is one of the founding partners of Ada Ventures. Francesca is also the co-founder and CEO of Diversity VC, a non-profit made up of interested individuals working in venture capital, who seek to increase diversity of thought in the venture and tech industry. She’s worked at Seraphim Capital, Downing Ventures and Techstars. She graduated from Cambridge and worked in advertising before joining the VC industry. Francesca was named 35 Under 35 in Management Today 2018 and Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2019. Learn more about Francesca Warner on Crunchbase…

Ada Ventures is a venture capital fund, backed by entrepreneurs and a group of global, mission-aligned investors. Read more aboutAda Ventures on Crunchbase…

Stephen Nundy

Partner & Chief Technology Officer @ Lakestar

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An experienced Technologist and Engineer with a passion for setting strategy and building commercial solutions for complex and ambitious businesses. Collected over 20 years of global experience, leading new technology innovation, building distributed, high-performance teams, driving significant client engagement, within dynamic and highly competitive businesses. Passionate focus on investing and building companies, and their teams, with hyper-growth solutions and technologies to match. Learn more about Stephen Nundy on Crunchbase…

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Han Sikkens

Managing Director and Head of Summit Partners Europe @ Summit Partners

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Han Sikkens joined Summit Partners in 2004. He is a Dutch national and speaks Dutch and English. Prior to Summit, he worked for Scotia Capital and IBM Corporation. Based in Summit’s London office, Han is active in the firm’s investment activities in North America, Europe and Asia. His board directorships and investments include 360T Group, Acturis Limited, AVAST Software, Flow Traders, Multifonds (IGEFI Group), SafeBoot Holdings (acquired by McAfee) and Welltec International. Han holds a BS in business administration from the University of Groningen, an MSc in international business from the University of Groningen, and an MSc in international finance from the CERAM Graduate School of Management & Technology. Learn more about Han Sikkens on Crunchbase…

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Jonathan Freuchet-Sibilia

Partner @ Molten Ventures

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Jonathan joined Draper Esprit in 2009. Prior to joining the company, he was a senior associate in the technology group at Jefferies International advising on high-profile cross-border M&A, debt & equity offerings. Previously, he worked at Rothschild & CIE in Paris and Apax Partners Corporate Finance in France. Jonathan holds a MA in Management from EM-Lyon and the University of St Gallen in Switzerland and an MA in Advanced Corporate Finance from the University of Paris IX Dauphine. Jonathan sits on the board of both M-Files and RavenPack and leads the Secondaries and Fund of Funds program at Draper Esprit. Learn more about Jonathan Freuchet-Sibilia on Crunchbase…

Molten Ventures is Europe’s largest listed tech VC firm. We inject the most visionary companies with energy to help them transform and grow. Read more aboutMolten Ventures on Crunchbase…

Tim Jackson

Partner @ Walking Ventures

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Tim Jackson is a General Partner at Lean Investments, LLC. He founded in September 1997 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer until May 1999. After raising $15 million in venture capital and growing the business to $12 million in annualized sales in 20 months, Tim Jackson was recruited as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer in May 1999 to head’s executive staff. Prior to, he worked on the staff of the Independent newspaper and The Economist magazine where his responsibilities included working as Business Correspondent, Technology Editor, Editorial Writer, and Correspondent and Bureau Chief in Tokyo and Brussels. Tim Jackson also served as a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group. From 1986 to 1990, he worked as a Journalist specializing in business and technology for The Economist, where he served as the magazine’s Tokyo and East Asia correspondent. From 1990 to 1994, Tim Jackson worked at The Independent, where he opened its Tokyo bureau and then became Bureau Chief of its European office. He has written a weekly column about web business strategies in the Financial Times newspaper since 1995. Tim Jackson now writes a weekly column for the Financial Times on computer business, telecom, and the Internet. He is also author of ‘Inside Intel’, published in 1997. Tim Jackson received an M.A. (Hons) from Oxford University. Learn more about Tim Jackson on Crunchbase…

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Scott Dylan

Founder and Partner @ Fresh Thinking Group

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Scott Dylan is a distressed M&A, and private equity investor who acquires and funds companies across a range of markets and develops them into prosperous firms. He enriches struggling businesses by forming close group collectives that enable companies to benefit from shared top-level business functions and establish well-run human resources, marketing, finance, and business development departments. With a focus on people-centered culture and results-driven progress, Scott employs his expertise in capital investment, digital strategy, and software to plant tactical seeds in businesses that nurture organic growth. Over the last two decades, Scott has directed web, creative, and digital applications for countless UK companies. Then, in 2018, he founded [Fresh Thinking Group]( (FTG), a global capital investment organisation that rejuvenates business behaviours through inclusive and collaborative capabilities. FTG has since transformed numerous start-ups, firms seeking growth strategies, and struggling businesses across a host of sectors. The independent group now has offices in London, Manchester, and Leeds. Having created FTG as a private equity disruptor, Scott leads the group’s approach to acquire and restructure businesses and achieve optimal growth. FTG analyses each of its company’s strengths, weaknesses, and areas for development before drawing up a customised plan to generate new success avenues. FTG supports each business throughout the entire growth journey, collaborating with team members, offering industry-specific advice, and providing all forms of business support, from capital injections to research and development. Fresh Thinking Group’s recent acquisitions include Laundrapp, the UK’s biggest on-demand laundry service; Brass, an experience-focused creative agency; Neon, an award-winning digital marketing agency; Cuhu, a mobile-development app; ParcelWise, a worldwide delivery provider; and GLB Transport, an international full-service logistics company. Scott and his partners have funded a series of additional groups with sector-specific specialties, each of which acquires and holds several subsidiaries. These groups include Orb Group, Inc & Co Group, and Inc & Co Property Group. Scott is a member of The Forbes Business Council 2020. [Click here to view Scott Dylan’s Website]( Learn more about Scott Dylan on Crunchbase…

Independent private equity investor, seeking unusually talented entrepreneurs intent on building big businesses. Read more aboutFresh Thinking Group on Crunchbase…

Charles Seely

Partner @ Hoxton Ventures

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Charles is a partner at Hoxton Ventures. He was born in the United Kingdom, but spent 20 years working in the U.S. For many years, he was the sole venture partner in Silicon Valley for Real Ventures, a leading early-stage Canadian venture firm. He advised Real’s portfolio companies on entering the U.S. market and raising capital from U.S. investors. During this time, Real became arguably the leading seed stage venture fund in Canada with multiple unicorns. Charles also led 60+ mainly seed investments in Silicon Valley on behalf of a European holding company. Several of these are now valued at $1B+. He was also an advisor to Amity Ventures for whom he co-conceived of Amity Growth Ventures, whose notable investments include Talkdesk, Carta and Snyk. Charles also founded two companies in Europe and the U.S., most recently Pensar whose main client NASA uses its software to teach students STEM content and provides K-12 teachers with NASA education that they can use in their classrooms. Early in his career, Charles was the top salesperson at TCS and Director of Business Development for its subsidiary Interglobe, during its growth from seed stage to $30 million in revenue. More recently, he was closely involved with Cambridge Quantum as a Senior Advisor until its merger with Honeywell Quantum Solutions. Charles has been on the board or advisory board of several companies, including Slooh, the world’s leading B2C robotic telescope company, and Metrolyrics, previously the third largest online music site. Learn more about Charles Seely on Crunchbase…

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David Buttress

Venture Partner @ 83North

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David is based in our London office. He joined JUST EAT in March 2006 to launch its UK business, and was appointed CEO in January 2013. David led JUST EAT in the UK from startup to becoming Europe’s largest technology IPO in a decade. As CEO of JUST EAT David was responsible for leading several major investments and acquisitions. Highlights include acquiring leading technology businesses in Australia (menulog), Spain (la nevera roja) , Italy (Pizza Bo), Canada (Skip the Dishes), UK (hungryhouse and Flypay) and LATAM (ifood). In 2014, David was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Investor Allstars Awards and he was also named as one of Britain’s most influential people in the Debrett’s 500 2015, 2016 and 2017. David was a Special Advisor to 83North for several years before joining as a partner in 2017. Learn more about David Buttress on Crunchbase…

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Shukri Shammas

Partner & Co-founder @ Initial Capital

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Shukri is a Partner at Initial Capital which he co-founded in 2010 and serves on the boards of several of its portfolio companies. Prior to Initial Capital, Shukri was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Playfish, a leading developer of social games, up to the company’s acquisition by Electronic Arts in November 2009. Before Playfish, Shukri was co-founder and Managing Director of Macrospace which merged with Sorrent to become Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU), a global publisher of mobile games. Previously, he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Domainia, an Internet services provider, after starting his career at accounting firm Westbury Schotness. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the American College, London. Learn more about Shukri Shammas on Crunchbase…

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Rob Kniaz

Partner @ Hoxton Ventures

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Rob is a partner at Hoxton Ventures. He represents the firm on the boards of Assetario, FabricNano, Kheiron Medical, LiliumX, NoMagic, Pear Bio, Preply, Spacelift and Vatic, and previously was on the board of Immunio (acquired by Trend Micro) and Campanja (acquired by 24/7 Media). He additionally works on Hoxton’s interests in Deliveroo, Babylon Health, Ochre Bio, Optimoroute, Raptor Supplies and Wanted. Having spent most of his career in Silicon Valley, Rob came to London in 2008 to join the investments team at Fidelity Ventures, focusing on consumer internet and software-as-a-service sectors. Prior to Fidelity, he was on the new business development team at Google and was previously a lead product manager for AdSense’s front-end systems. While at Google, he also launched the AdWords pay-per-action (PPA) product and was actively involved in the acquisition of Feedburner in 2008. Rob began his career in Intel’s highly selective technical sales program where he worked to grow their entrepreneurial reseller channel in the Federal Government vertical and later in Latin America from Bogota and Miami Beach. A dual US/UK national, he holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a Masters certificate in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. Learn more about Rob Kniaz on Crunchbase…

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James Westra

Managing Partner and Chief Legal Officer @ Advent International

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James Westra joined Advent in 2011 and serves as the firm’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Advent, he was a partner with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he served on the management committee and was co-head of the global private equity practice. James has represented private equity firms and their portfolio companies for over 30 years, and has worked on many transactions, involving public and private companies, in both the U.S. and numerous other countries. He has also represented the boards of directors of public companies in connection with strategic transactions. James graduated with an AB degree from Harvard College and a JD from Boston University. Learn more about James Westra on Crunchbase…

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Richard Muirhead

Founding Managing Partner @ Fabric Ventures

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Since 1995, Richard Muirhead has been involved in starting, funding, building and finding long-term homes for innovative software and internet businesses. He is currently Chairman of Tixdaq ( and investor/advisor to T5M ( From October 2002 to 2009, he was Chairman, CEO and Founder of [Tideway Systems] ( which with its IT discovery platform tackled the persistent and fundamental challenge of managing change in distributed applications. Tideway’s hundreds of clients included JPMorganChase, Avis, CarphoneWarehouse, Wachovia and BT. Tideway was acquired for cash by BMC Software in October 2009 and its product Foundation is a key strategic platform for BMC going forward. Between 2001 and 2002, Richard was Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Accel Partners at the inception of their London office. From 1995 to 2001, he was a co-founder SVP of Orchestream. Listing on LSE and NASDAQ, with a peak market capitalization that reached £1.0 billion. Now sold and supported by Oracle, Orchestream’s IP service activation software products are automating operations at service providers such as AT&T, Telstra and Vodafone to this day. Richard was a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum for 2009, a finalist in the UK Technology Innovation & Growth Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2006 and runner-up in the British Computing Society’s Intel IT Leader of the Year Award for 2008. Richard holds an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University and is a citizen of both Australia and the United Kingdom. Learn more about Richard Muirhead on Crunchbase…

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Vindi Banga

Operating Partner @ CD&R LLP

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Manvinder (Vindi) Banga has been a Senior Independent Director at GSK, Dubilier & Rice, LLC, a private equity investment firm in London, since June 2010. Prior to that, he held a number of senior executive positions over his 33-year career with Unilever, including President, Global Food, Home & Personal Care of Unilever PLC, Business Group President of Unilever’s Home and Personal Care business in Asia and Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. As a Branch accountant (temp) I have had misfortune of working in southern regional branch office of Lever’s, India where operations were a mess and Banga was the branch Manager. He being an MBA knew how to thrive on this chaos. M S Banga might be smart but what matters in India is who you know (example parent/s top officials) and nothing else matters. He has capitalised this. And I also worked with his Brother Ajay banga. Both are mediocre skills, but they are only good in english communication and amiable nature(sycophancy.) Vindi is Chairman of Mauser GMBH, as well as a non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group PLC. He was a member of the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade & Industry from 2004 to 2014. Vindi is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, where he completed his Bachelor of Technology in mechanical engineering, and the IIM Ahmedabad, where he obtained a postgraduate degree in management. Learn more about Vindi Banga on Crunchbase…

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Tim Dempsey

Managing Partner @ Epiphany Capital

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Dealmaker & investor. Adviser to emerging funds on portfolio strategy. Learn more about Tim Dempsey on Crunchbase…

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Chris Smith

Managing Partner @ Playfair Capital

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Chris is Managing Partner at Playfair Capital, a Kauffman Fellow (Class 25) and a Contributor to Forbes. He focuses his investing activities on seed (and pre-seed) deals in the UK and Israel. Chris is particularly interested in autonomous transportation, business and industrial automation (especially through AI, ML and computer vision), HealthTech (except diagnostics and therapeutics) and B2B SaaS. He loves finding companies operating in unloved/overlooked sectors that are ripe for disruption. Prior to joining Playfair, Chris held senior roles at including Sales Director, Head of Tech/BI and Head of Product Development. He was the 8th member of the team and over a 5 year period built an award winning sales team, introduced new products (organically and through acquisition) and lead the roll out of version 4 of the platform. Revenues grew to £50m in 2018 and the company ranked #1 in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100. In addition to his roles at, Chris worked on the re-launch/re-branding of Vannin Capital (another Bramden Investments’ portfolio company which was acquired by Fortress Investment Group LLC in September 2019). Chris executed 14 angel investments across the UK and US from 2008 to 2018 with four exits to date – SuperAwesome (acq. Epic Games), Nearbuy Systems (acq. RetailNext), Bidstack (LON:BIDS) & MoPowered (LON:MPM). He is passionate about investing in tech companies and supporting founders using his extensive operational and legal experience. In his previous life, Chris spent nearly a decade in the City as a transactional lawyer in the private equity team at Weil and the corporate team at Olswang. He has worked with some of the world’s leading private equity and venture capital funds on predominately international acquisitions, disposals and restructurings. At Weil, he spent time on secondment to the Silicon Valley office’s patent litigation team, UK-based food manufacturer Premier Foods and the Asset Protection Agency. He also setup a telecoms business offering discounted international calling from 14 countries in 2001 which he partially exited via an MBO in 2005. Learn more about Chris Smith on Crunchbase…

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Henri Lambert

Partner @ Apsara Capital

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Henri Lambert is the founder of Apsara Capital LLP, an investment firm based in London that focuses exclusively on water. He lead Apsara’s investments in WaterSmart Software Inc, where he is a board member, Valor Water, and AquaSpy Inc. Henri is also a member of the UK Water Partnership’s Development & Implementation group, where he is leading the development of water accelerator in the UK in collaboration with Arup, a global engineering firm. In 2013, Henri founded ACT in Africa, a social impact organisation that provides entrepreneurship training to you Zimbabweans. Prior to founding Apsara Capital, Henri worked at a merchant banking firm based in New York specialising in early-stage companies, where he provided strategic and financial advice to companies in the IT and Aerospace & Defence sectors. Henri holds a B.A. In History and International relations from Brown University, a Masters in International Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, was a member of the Bar of England & Wales from 2006 to 2011, and also holds a certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Stanford University. Learn more about Henri Lambert on Crunchbase…

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Tim Levene

Partner and CEO @ Augmentum Fintech

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Tim graduated in Russian Studies from The University of Manchester and joined Bain & Company in Moscow, Boston, Sydney and London. Tim embarked on an entrepreneurial path and left Bain in early 1998 and created a new retail concept when he opened his first Juice bar (Fresh n Smooth) in 1999 in Canary Wharf. The business has since evolved into a 31-store business across London called Crussh. In the summer of 1999, Tim joined 3 former colleagues from Bain & Company and launched Flutter became one of the highest profile internet businesses in the UK after it merged with in 2001. Tim became the Commercial Director of the newly merged business and launched Betfair globally. In 2010, Tim returned to London to start his next venture. He founded Augmentum Capital with the backing of RIT Capital and Lord Rothschild. The team focused on finding talented entrepreneurial teams in the Fintech industry that were bringing fundamentally disruptive products or platforms to the European market. In 2018, Tim and Richard successfully launched Augmentum Fintech on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, in the process becoming the first publicly listed Fintech fund in the UK. Tim was made a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012 and for several years advised The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on digital strategy and innovation. Tim was elected in March 2017 to The Court of Common Council in the City of London to represent the Ward of Bridge (as an Independent). Tim is also a Governor of The City of London School. Outside of the office, Tim has a young family and has been a Chelsea FC season ticket holder since 1979. He remains a keen footballer, golfer and skier although operating at a more sedate pace than in recent years. Learn more about Tim Levene on Crunchbase…

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Joe White

General Partner & CFO @ Entrepreneur First

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A serial entrepreneur, tech startup founder and non-exec director, Joe has grown and led multiple teams of up to 100 people, delivering world class technology products to international markets. Joe lives in West London with his wife, co-founder and inspirer-in-residence Wendy Tan-White, and their son and daughter. Learn more about Joe White on Crunchbase…

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James Wise

Partner @ Balderton

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James is a partner at Balderton Capital, formerly working in social impact, tech and policy. Since joining Balderton in 2013, he has led on investments across Europe in sectors such as payments, health and productivity. James works with portfolio companies including Sophia Genetics, GoCardless and Depop, and has worked with companies which have exited to Epic Games, Elastic and Amazon. Before joining Balderton, James helped set up and run one of the UK’s first social impact funds, and previously worked as an advisor to the British Parliament, as well as at McKinsey & Company. Learn more about James Wise on Crunchbase…

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Alexandre Noschese

Co-Founder & Venture Partner @ ONEVC

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Alexandre Noschese currently works as the Co-Founder and Venture Partner for ONEVC. He previously worked at Granular Capital Ltda. as the Analyst. Learn more about Alexandre Noschese on Crunchbase…

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