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

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

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Matt Robinson

CEO @ Nested

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Matt Robinson is the CEO and a co-founder at Nested, a property technology company. Prior to this, he founded GoCardless in 2010 and remains on the board of the recurring payment company. Learn more about Matt Robinson on Crunchbase…

Nested operates as a data-driven estate agency enabling customers to be chain-free buyers. Read more aboutNested on Crunchbase…

Taavet Hinrikus

Founder and CEO @ Wise

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Building @pluralplatform to have GDP level impact on Europe.Previously built @Wise @Skype @KoodJohvi @certific. From #Estonia, love adventure.

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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…

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 @ Checkout.com

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Guillaume Pousaz is CEO and founder of Checkout.com, 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 Checkout.com 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. Checkout.com 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 Checkout.com’s ambitious international expansion. Learn more about Guillaume Pousaz on Crunchbase…

Checkout.com is an API-based platform providing online payment solutions that improve the user’s checkout experience. Read more aboutCheckout.com on Crunchbase…

Tej Kohli

Chairman and CEO @ Kohli Ventures

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Tej Kohli is a technologist, entrepreneur & investor who is interested in deep tech and e-commerce. Tej Kohli is also owner of the Zibel Real Estate portfolio and is founder of the not-for-profit Tej Kohli Foundation. Tej Kohli actively backs growth-stage ventures in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnology. Tej Kohli’s career as an investor started in 2006, when a series of divestments and trade sales from the portfolio of e-commerce and online payments businesses that he had founded since 1999 provided high levels of liquidity for new investments. The multi year earn outs from the sale by Tej Kohli of companies such as Estacion Tramar necessitated a sustained period of making new investments, which culminated in the launch of Kohli Ventures, where Tej Kohli has been an evangelist of the promise of technology to improve human life and has backed deep tech ventures all over the world. Tej Kohli is also known for his mission to eliminate poverty-driven corneal blindness worldwide by 2035. Since 2005 his not-for-profit Tej Kohli Foundation has become a global centre of interdisciplinary innovation for the development of new solutions. Its ‘Rebuilding You’ philosophy reflects Tej Kohli’s desire to use science and technology to rebuild communities and improve lives. CONTINUE READING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TEJ KOHLI… Tej Kohli was the founder of a group of companies operating in the worldwide online payments sector, which specialised in high-risk segments worldwide. The Group expanded rapidly, building worldwide subsidiaries and spinning off new standalone companies as it dominated the global market for high risk payment gateways and associated services. By 2006 Tej Kohli’s group of companies employed armies of software developers amongst hundreds of staff worldwide. From 2006 onwards Tej Kohli exited the Group through a series of divestments and high-value trade sales, and became an active investor into deep tech ventures that have the potential to improve human life. Investments transacted through his Kohli Ventures investment vehicle have primarily focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and genomics. Tej Kohli’s investment activities are funded in part by the income stream from the Zibel Real Estate portfolio. Tej Kohli holds over $350m of real estate in his Zibel portfolio, which continues to make acquisitions in locations where technology trends or technology wealth are creating high-growth micro-locations which transcend cycles. Zibel Real Estate is actively acquisitive and has a near-term objective to increase its holdings to $1 billion. Tej Kohli also continues to own a portfolio of e-commerce and online technology businesses including global e-commerce platform dynacart. In recent years this Tej Kohli portfolio has been evolving toward an intelligence-focused model. It currently licences its intellectual property to a number of major e-commerce websites and platforms. Since 2018 the Tej Kohli investment vehicle Kohli Ventures has made investments of $100m into Rewired, a Switzerland based robotics venture studio with a humanitarian bent. Rewired is working at the vanguard of machine perception and the ability of robots to understand and interpret the physical world. Companies within the Rewired portfolio are working on a tech solution to increase plastics recycling rates; to increase the efficiency of solar power sites and to help to prevent serous cancers through early detection. Rewired also includes a sister fund that is focused on investing in global esports. Through the Kohli Ventures investment vehicle Tej Kohli is the lead backer of Detraxi, a US-based company that is developing proprietary biotech solutions for a range of global health challenges in collaboration with talented and respected scientists in the fields of fluid replacement, diagnostics, transplantation and regenerative medicine. The Detraxi biotechnology has already undergone several clinical studies as well as pre-clinical trials at Johns Hopkins University in the USA. Tej Kohli launched the not-for-profit Tej Kohli Foundation in 2005. Between January 2016 and November 2019, the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute welcomed 223,404 outpatients and completed more than 43,255 free surgical procedures to cure and alleviate blindness amongst the world’s poorest people. Tej Kohli has also driven the Tej Kohli Foundation’s pursuit of a ‘universal treatment’ for corneal blindness through it’s ‘Applied Research’ program, a longstanding scientific collaboration between researchers in Montreal Canada, and Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK. In 2019 Tej Kohli also funded the Tej Kohli Cornea Program at Massachusetts Eye And Ear in Boston with an initial donation of $2m. Learn more about Tej Kohli 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…

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 @ Blockchain.com

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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…

Blockchain.com is a platform that offers ways to buy, hold, and use cryptocurrency. Read more aboutBlockchain.com 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 Investor.ee 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…

Read more aboutOyster® 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…

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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Mato Peric

Owner & CEO @ MPGI

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Mato invests in technology companies globally. His portfolio companies have raised over US$ 2.5 billion in capital, employ >8,000 people and have operations in 30 countries across 6 continents. Learn more about Mato Peric on Crunchbase…

MPGI is a global investor in technology companies. Read more aboutMPGI on Crunchbase…

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…

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…

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…

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 Yonja.com, 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…

Tristan D’Agosta

Founder/CEO @ Poloniex

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Read more aboutPoloniex on Crunchbase…

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…

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 – http://www.ometria.com 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 – http://www.innovakapital.com 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” – http://www.ivanmazour.com 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…

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…

Rene Rechtman

CEO @ Moonbug

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René Rechtman has been a successful part of the media, entertainment and tech environment since 1998 both as an entrepreneur and investor. René has completed three significant exits. Most recently, selling Maker Studios to The Walt Disney Company, prior Goviral to AOL and in 2005 leading Tradedoubler to IPO. René has been listed in Wired Europe’s Top 100 most influential list several times. Learn more about Rene Rechtman on Crunchbase…

Moonbug is a global digital-first entertainment company for kids. Read more aboutMoonbug on Crunchbase…

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…

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…

Matthew Larby

CEO @ Unified Technologies

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Advanced indoor-location services, sensor-based analytics and workforce management solutions for buildings. Read more aboutUnified Technologies on Crunchbase…

Robert Bull

CEO @ RoyaleLife

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Robert Lee Jack Bull serves as Chief Executive Officer of RoyaleLife, which has been developing properties since 1945. Under Bull’s guidance, the company has pursued the construction of single-story residences for adults age 45 and older, even as other developers have moved away from this segment of the housing market. Within RoyaleLife, Robert Bull’s role is largely to cast a vision for the company and to build a team. He touches base with department directors on a daily basis to ensure that the entire company is working together toward the same common goals. Right now, those goals are providing more housing for the U.K.’s aging population. Learn more about Robert Bull on Crunchbase…

The UK’s Largest Bungalow Provider Read more aboutRoyaleLife on Crunchbase…

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…

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…

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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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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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 (www.lyst.com), 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…

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…

Eric Benz

CEO @ Changelly

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Eric has over 10 years of experience working in and around Financial Technology. He has delivered innovative SaaS systems for some of today’s biggest institutions around payments, identity, and banking infrastructure. Eric has been in the Blockchain space since 2012 and is involved in a number of blockchain and fintech businesses both as investor and board director. Learn more about Eric Benz on Crunchbase…

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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…

John McAfee

Executive Chairman & CEO @ MGT Capital Investments

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John David McAfee (born September 18, 1945) is a American computer programmer and developer of the first commercial anti-virus program. This bore the McAfee brand-name for years, until it was bought by Intel and given the Intel name. His wealth peaked at $100 million, before his investments suffered in the global crisis of 2007. McAfee also has interests in smartphone apps, yoga and all-natural antibiotics. He resided for a number of years in Belize, but after several disputes with the authorities in Belize and Guatemala, he returned to the United States in 2013. McAfee announced that he will seek the office of U.S. President in the 2016 presidential election on September 8, 2015. He is running as a Libertarian. Learn more about John McAfee on Crunchbase…

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David Keene

CEO @ Aurrigo

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BSc. (Electronics Electrical Engineering) MIET. CEng. FRSA. 39 years in the Automotive industry, including 29 years ownership of RDM Group. Full member of the UK Automotive Council and Niche Vehicle… Learn more about David Keene on Crunchbase…

Aurrigo’s self-driving pods offers mobility within urban areas, shopping malls, airports, university campuses, and other areas. Read more aboutAurrigo 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 Mamba.ru. 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 Mamba.ru, 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…

Andrea Pignataro

CEO @ ION Investment Group

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Andrea Pignataro spent his early career as a bond trader before he founded ION Trading, a global provider of multi-asset class trading software, in 1999. He sold 30 percent of the company to TA Associates in 2004. In 2016, it is thought that he still retains a vast majority of the shares of the company, with the amount owned by TA Associates dropping to about 10 percent of the company. Learn more about Andrea Pignataro on Crunchbase…

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David Giampaolo

CEO @ Pi Capital

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David Giampaolo is founder and CEO of Pi Capital. Giampaolo previously founded, built and sold several businesses and health club chains in the U.S. and Europe. He has financial interests in several other businesses and industries, working as an investor, advisor, and board member of some of the largest and most successful health and fitness companies in the world, including Fitness First, 24 Hour Fitness, Zumba Fitness, and Zorba India. He is on the board of Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, chairman of Gousto, and senior advisor to AMG (Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.) and BC Partners. Giampaolo is a member of YPO and CEO global business organizations and a trustee of Speakers4Schools.org and Pro Bono Economics. Learn more about David Giampaolo on Crunchbase…

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Zillah Byng-Thorne

CEO @ Future

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Zillah serves as a CEO at Future plc. Learn more about Zillah Byng-Thorne on Crunchbase…

Future creates high-quality multi-media products which reach their audiences online, on mobile and in print. Read more aboutFuture on Crunchbase…

Siavash Mahdavi

CEO @ AI Music

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Exploring the relationship between music and AI to enable a new age of music consumption Read more aboutAI Music 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 Gumtree.com, 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…

Curt Hopkins

Founding Member and CEO of X Machina Sustainable Technologies @ X Machina Capital Strategies

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Tech CEO, Chairman and venture builder in sustainable tech, fintech and the future of work. Learn more about Curt Hopkins on Crunchbase…

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Anton Soulier

Founder & CEO @ Taster

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Anton Soulier is the Founder of Taster. He is a former Business Development, Business Operations Manager, Regional Manager, and Deputy General Manager France at Deliveroo. Mr. Soulier received a master’s degree in Finance at NEOMA Business School. Learn more about Anton Soulier on Crunchbase…

Taster is a food delivery company that operates dozens of restaurants that only exist on food delivery platforms. Read more aboutTaster on Crunchbase…

Salim Dhanani

CEO & Co-Founder @ BigPay

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Salim Dhanani is CEO & Co-Founder at BigPay Learn more about Salim Dhanani on Crunchbase…

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Aljoša Jenko

Founder and CEO @ Httpool

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Aljosa has fifteen years of experience as entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of several media and technology companies across Europe, Asia and the United States. He has been responsible for strategic and corporate segments, fundraising, M&A, international expansion and partnerships. He is the Founder and CEO of Httpool, the leading Central and Eastern European cross channel advertising network he launched in 2000. Since 2008 Aljosa expanded the group from 5 to currently 17 international markets and played a crucial role in developing regional digital advertising markets and setting technology and industry standards. Aljosa obtained his MBA degree from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 2007 and is a Kauffman Finalist. He is fluent in four languages, holder of black belt in Karate and licensed skipper and scuba diver. Learn more about Aljoša Jenko on Crunchbase…

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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…

Chris Trew

CEO – Founder @ Stratis

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Stratis is a powerful and flexible block chain development platform designed for the needs of real world financial services and businesses. Read more aboutStratis on Crunchbase…

Monica Hyerim Lee

Founder & CEO / Managing Director @ FrontRow Global

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Monica Hyerim Lee is the founder and CEO at FrontRow Global. Learn more about Monica Hyerim Lee on Crunchbase…

Music Data Intelligence for Music Industry Read more aboutFrontRow Global on Crunchbase…

Jamie Burke

CEO & Founder @ Outlier Ventures

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Jamie Burke is the chief executive officer of Outlier Ventures. Learn more about Jamie Burke on Crunchbase…

The World’s Leading Open Metaverse Accelerator Read more aboutOutlier Ventures on Crunchbase…

Anil Stocker

CEO & Co-Founder @ MarketFinance

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Anil Stocker is the CEO & Co-founder of MarketInvoice.Whilst working in financial services (Lehman Brothers) in his early twenties and spending time with many company CFOs, Anil realised how difficult it was for small businesses to raise the funding they needed to drive their business forward. His ambition was to use technology and data to completely reinvent how businesses go about financing their growth, and breathe fresh life into outdated financial products. Anil has led the growth of the company, team and its culture since launch. He was named in Forbes Magazine’s ’30 under 30′, and was recently invited to speak at No. 10 Downing St as a part of HM Treasury’s Fintech Week. Learn more about Anil Stocker on Crunchbase…

MarketFinance is a FinTech company providing business finance solutions that help companies grow. Read more aboutMarketFinance on Crunchbase…

Azmat Yusuf

Founder / CEO @ Citymapper

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Mr. Azmat Yusuf is a Founder at Citymapper Limited.Yusuf previously worked at Google, as well as in the venture capital and equities fields for international banks. He started the app in 2011 as a guide for Londoners to navigate the city’s bus network. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in both Electrical Engineering and Economics and received his MBA from INSEAD in 2009. Learn more about Azmat Yusuf on Crunchbase…

Citymapper is a transport app for cities. Read more aboutCitymapper on Crunchbase…

Hiroki Takeuchi

Co-founder & CEO @ GoCardless

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Hiroki is co-founder and CEO of GoCardless. Founded in 2011, GoCardless is a global leader in recurring payments. The business is on a mission to take the pain out of getting paid for recurring revenue businesses. More than 40,000 businesses around the world, from multinational corporations to SMBs, transact through GoCardless each month, and the business processes $10bn of payments a year. Before starting GoCardless, Hiroki studied Mathematics at Oxford University and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. Learn more about Hiroki Takeuchi on Crunchbase…

GoCardless is a payment company that makes collecting payments by direct debit easy for everyone. Read more aboutGoCardless on Crunchbase…

Jack Tang

Co-Founder & CEO @ Urban

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A startup entrepreneur and angel investor. Currently Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Urban Massage – a B2C and B2B technology marketplace connecting wellness professionals with buyers in their local neighborhood. Prior to founding Urban Massage, he founded a social network and app-based job board TheStudentJob.com Learn more about Jack Tang on Crunchbase…

Urban is an online wellness appointment platform for booking in-person and online treatments. Read more aboutUrban on Crunchbase…

Ignacio Bachiller

CEO @ Fever

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Ignacio studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, with a minor in Energy, and a year abroad at Cambridge University. After graduating, Ignacio worked at McKinsey for a year, where he was involved in insurance, banking and energy projects. Soon after, he joined Fever as Head of Expansion, and after spending some time in NYC and then launching London, took on the responsibility of COO, and finally CEO. Learn more about Ignacio Bachiller on Crunchbase…

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Itamar Lesuisse

Co-founder & CEO @ Argent

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Itamar is the co-founder and CEO of Argent. Prior to Argent, Itamar founded and led Peak, the top ranked mobile cognitive training service with over 50,000,000 users and 500,000 subscribers. Itamar led Peak to a profitable 8 digit per year business. He successfully sold it to Lagardere SCA in 2016. Before Peak, Itamar worked at Boston Consulting Group, Amazon and VISA. He holds a Masters in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering. Learn more about Itamar Lesuisse on Crunchbase…

Argent is the most simple and secure smart wallet for crypto. Read more aboutArgent on Crunchbase…

Dmitri Lipnitsky

CEO & Co-Founder @ Gismart

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A leading developer and publisher of entertainment-focused apps and games. Read more aboutGismart on Crunchbase…

Jason Roberts

Founder & CEO @ tech21

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Jason Roberts is Founder & CEO at Tech21 Ltd. Learn more about Jason Roberts on Crunchbase…

Our mission: Create the most intelligent protection on the planet. Read more abouttech21 on Crunchbase…

Tom Leathes

Co-Founder & CEO @ Motorway

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Motorway is an online used-car marketplace for professional car dealers that sells their cars using their smartphones. Read more aboutMotorway on Crunchbase…

Francesco Simoneschi

CEO & Co-Founder @ TrueLayer

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Francesco Simoneschi is the co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TrueLayer. In three short years, Francesco and his co-Founder Luca Martinetti, have built TrueLayer into one of the world’s leading providers of financial APIs. Their mission is to grow the Open Banking economy by creating a truly global platform for companies to develop new financial services and products. His leadership has enabled TrueLayer to negotiate integration partnerships with most of Europe’s major banks, winning a host of leading companies as clients, sign a global partnership with Visa, and secure investment from companies including Tencent and Temasek. Over the last decade, Francesco has founded, managed, and grown a number of successful tech companies in the US and Europe. Prior to founding TrueLayer, Francesco launched the angel fund Mission and Market in San Francisco in 2014. Mission and Market provide capital for entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries including healthcare, fintech, biotech, and education. Under Francesco’s guidance, the fund invested in more than 50 startups. Before this, Francesco founded the analytics platform Staq.io in 2012. The startup was later acquired by mobile game developer Playhaven. Following Staq.io’s acquisition, he joined the mobile marketing platform Upsight where he was promoted to Product Owner and Tech Lead. Francesco has also served as VP of Strategy at FOVE, who built the world’s first eye-tracking virtual reality headset. He has a degree in Information Management and Economics from the London School of Economics and a degree in Computer Engineering from La Sapienza University Rome. Learn more about Francesco Simoneschi on Crunchbase…

TrueLayer is a fintech platform utilized to build financial apps that connect to bank data, verify accounts, and access transactions. Read more aboutTrueLayer on Crunchbase…

Zia Hayat

Founder and CEO @ Callsign

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Zia is Chairman, CEO and founder of Callsign. With a PhD in Information Systems Security from the University of Southampton, he has served in various roles in the cybersecurity industry. From research engineer at BAE Systems to internet banking security architect at Lloyds Bank. Zia oversees the overall direction and strategy of the company while contributing to innovation and design of the service. Learn more about Zia Hayat on Crunchbase…

Delivering digital trust through simple secure customer interactions Read more aboutCallsign on Crunchbase…

Damian Kimmelman

Founder and CEO @ Batelle

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Founder of Batelle, Co-founder of Founders Pledge, Rho.co and DueDil Learn more about Damian Kimmelman on Crunchbase…

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Blaise Bellville

Founder & CEO @ Boiler Room

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Boiler Room founder Blaise Bellville created a new underground music network quite literally from a utility room. Blaise left school at 18 and founded many businesses before starting the worldwide phenomenon that is Boiler Room, which reaches over 72 million music fans every month worldwide. Beginning as a club promoter and DJ, Blaise’s first business to gain national recognition was All Age Concerts. Founded when he was 25, it kicked off an under-age gig movement across the country, even creating a festival for 10,000 in Victoria Park at the movement’s peak in 2010. In the same era, he created online magazine Read Platform, which was written by and run for teenagers. It was while running his, surrounded by other London music obsessives that Boiler Room was born. Bellville enlisted Thristian Richards, who worked for Soul Jazz and Gilles Peterson and Femi Adeyemi, founder of online radio station NTS and organised a weekly hang out/ session – broadcast from a webcam and Ustream to the world from the utility room in the warehouse it was run out of. The session run by the electronic music scene, for the electronic scene quickly drew big name guests. Jamie XX, SBKRT and Hudson Mohawke all turned up for early session to DJ and hang out. Though Read Platform was drawing 300,000 unique users, Boiler Room soon mushroomed passed it in popularity. Since 2010 it has gone global, with a growing and significant fan base in Latin America, partnership with Japan’s biggest streaming provider, key broadcast hubs in Berlin, New York and Los Angeles and the dedication of the most hard core, committed music fans on the planet. Learn more about Blaise Bellville on Crunchbase…

Boiler Room is an online platform that enables its users to live stream and archive musical shows. Read more aboutBoiler Room on Crunchbase…

Kelu Liu

Founder & CEO @ HungryPanda

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Kelu Liu is the Founder & CEO at HungryPanda. Learn more about Kelu Liu on Crunchbase…

HungryPanda is a Chinese food and grocery delivery company with extensive market coverage. Read more aboutHungryPanda on Crunchbase…

Giles Palmer

Founder & CEO @ Brandwatch

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Giles Palmer is the founder and CEO of Brandwatch, a leading social intelligence company. Formerly of BSkyB, Giles started Brandwatch and since its launch in August 2007, it has grown to become one of the world’s leading social media analytics and listening companies. Giles’ goal for Brandwatch is to help organisations find and engage with online conversations that matter. This motivation has turned Brandwatch into a platform that gathers millions of online conversations every day and provides users with the tools to analyze them. This empowers brands and agencies to make smarter, data-driven business decisions. Brandwatch has developed a social listening and analytics offering, Brandwatch Analytics, and a social command center platform Brandwatch Vizia, which showcases real-time visualizations across enterprises. Currently, Brandwatch has over 1,000 customers including 30 of the Fortune 100 companies, and serves businesses across the globe, from FTSE100 companies to SMEs. Giles regularly speaks at social media conferences and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Sussex University as well as the Social Media Committee for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Learn more about Giles Palmer on Crunchbase…

Brandwatch is a consumer intelligence and social media listening platform. Read more aboutBrandwatch on Crunchbase…

John Ridding

CEO @ Financial Times

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John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, one of the world’s leading business news organisations recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Under his stewardship, the FT has expanded its global operations, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy, including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and Longitude. John sits on the board of Bonnier Business Press, part of the international media conglomerate Bonnier AB. He is also Chairman of Room to Read, a US-based charity that supports education and literacy in developing countries, and a member of its UK Advisory Board. Learn more about John Ridding on Crunchbase…

The Financial Times is a business news organization providing essential news, comments, data and analysis for the global business community. Read more aboutFinancial Times on Crunchbase…

Nigel Toon

Co-founder & CEO @ Graphcore

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Graphcore (graphcore.ai) is a new silicon and systems company based in Bristol, UK and Palo Alto, USA that has developed a new type of processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), to accelerate machine learning and AI applications. Since its founding in 2016, Nigel has secured over $300m in funding and support for the company from some of the world’s leading venture capital firms including Sequoia Capital, Foundation Capital and Atomico, from major corporations including BMW, Bosch, Dell, Microsoft and Samsung and from eminent Artificial Intelligence innovators. Nigel has a background as a technology business leader, entrepreneur and engineer having been CEO at two successful VC-backed processor companies XMOS and Picochip (sold to Nasdaq:MSPD, now Intel), a founder at Icera (sold to Nasdaq: NVDA) and VP/GM at Altera (Nasdaq: ALTR, sold to Intel for $17Bn) where he spent over 13 years and was responsible for establishing and building the European business unit that he grew to over $400m in annual revenues. Nigel was a non-executive director at Imagination Technologies PLC until itsacquisition in 2017 and is the author on 3 patents. Learn more about Nigel Toon on Crunchbase…

Graphcore develops a microprocessor designed for AI and machine learning applications. Read more aboutGraphcore on Crunchbase…

Greg Bailey

CEO @ Juvenescence

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Dr. Gregory H. Bailey is a Managing Partner at Palantir Group, Inc. Dr. Bailey is the Co-founder of Ascent Healthcare Solutions; VirnetX Inc. (AMEX:VHC) and Duramedic Inc. He was also the initial public financier and an independent director of Medivation, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDVN), from 2005 to December 2012. Dr. Bailey served as the Managing Director and co-Head of Life Sciences at MDB Capital Group LLC from May 2004 to January 2007. Previously he served as Life Sciences Analyst at Participating Capital, Corp. He has served on the board of directors of multiple public companies. Dr. Bailey has Medical Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and practiced medicine as an emergency physician for ten years. Learn more about Greg Bailey on Crunchbase…

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Paul Zuckerman

Chair and CEO @ Zuckerman & Associates

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Paul Zuckerman is the Chair and CEO of Zuckerman & Associates LLC. His expertise is in Finance and Economics. He retired from full time investment banking in 1998, having been Managing Director and Founding Director of Caspian Securities, Ltd (1995-98); and before that Executive Director, S G Warburg & Co Ltd, London; Vice Chair, S G Warburg International; Chair S G Warburg Latin America Ltd (1981-95). He spent six years at the World Bank as Senior Economist (1974-80); and before that was Research Associate at IITA (1970-72) and Training Associate, Ford Foundation (1968-70) based at IITA (a member of the CGIAR Consortium). Since 1998 he has been on the Board of a number of international companies and is now on the board of, amongst others: ArcelorMittal Ltd Brazil; and JMFinancial Ltd and Great Eastern Energy Company Ltd in India. He was Chair of the Intermediate Technology Group (1990-95), Treasurer of the International Women’s Health Coalition in New York (2000-10) and on the board of The African Medical Research Foundation in Nairobi (2002-10). He is presently Treasurer of the National Art Collections Fund in the UK and a Trustee of the Foundling Museum in London. He is a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College London. He has a BA & MA in Economics, Trinity College, Cambridge University (1964-67), a Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Economics, Trinity College, Cambridge University (1967-68), and a PhD in Agricultural Economics, Reading University (1970-74). Learn more about Paul Zuckerman on Crunchbase…

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John O’Nolan

Founder & CEO @ Ghost

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Founder at @TryGhost. Tweets about open source, startup life, non-profits, and publishing platforms. Travels the world with a bag of kites. Learn more about John O’Nolan on Crunchbase…

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Adrian Durham

Founder & Group CEO @ FNZ

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Adrian is the founder and CEO of FNZ and has overseen the development of the company since it started in 2004. He is currently based in the company’s London office. Prior to starting FNZ, he worked as an equity analyst for what at the time was Credit Suisse NZ now First NZ Capital. Adrian has a BSc (Hons 1st Class) in physics and mathematics, and a BMus in performance piano, both from Victoria University Wellington. Learn more about Adrian Durham on Crunchbase…

FNZ partners with financial institutions to enable them to provide multi-channel wealth management services to their clients. Read more aboutFNZ on Crunchbase…

Oliver Oram

Founder & CEO @ Chainvine

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Stefano Vaccino

Founder & CEO @ Yapily

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Stefano Vaccino is the Founder and CEO of Yapily. He was the Chief Product Officer at Red Deer and Algomi Ltd. Prior to that he spent many years on Goldman Sachs trading floor. Mr. Vaccino received a bachelor’s degree in Information Engineering and a master’s degree in Micro and Nanotechnology for Integrated Systems with studies at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), INPG (France), EPFL (Switzerland) and MIT (USA). Learn more about Stefano Vaccino on Crunchbase…

Yapily offers API-based software to enable innovative products to connect to banks. Read more aboutYapily on Crunchbase…

Gordon Willoughby

CEO @ WeTransfer

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Gordon Willoughby is CEO of WeTransfer. Gordon is working at Amazon for eight years now. He has worked at Amazon as Director of Books, Kindle Europe, and Amazon Media Group Europe, and currently serving as Director, category leader, Grocery, Alcohol, Baby and pets. Gordon also joined eBay Inc. as VP European Operations and customer support and Cityspace as Managing Director. In 1998, he was Global Marketing & Content Sales Director of The Financial Times. He has also worked at FTSE, Diageo, and Boston Consulting Group. Learn more about Gordon Willoughby 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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Freaky Clown

co-CEO and Co-Founder, Head of Ethical Hacking @ Cygenta

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FC is a well-known ethical hacker and social engineer. He has been working in the information security field for over 20 years and excels at circumventing access controls. He has held positions in his career such as Senior Penetration Tester as well as Head of Social Engineering and Physical Assessments for renowned security companies. Having worked as Head of Cyber Research for Raytheon Missile Systems, and working closely alongside intelligence agencies, he has cemented both his skillset and knowledge as well as help to steer governments take correct courses of action against national threats. As an ethical hacker and social engineer, FC ‘breaks into’ hundreds of banks, offices and government facilities in the UK and Europe. His work demonstrating weaknesses in physical, personnel and digital controls assists organisations to improve their security. He is motivated by a drive to make individuals, organisations and countries more secure and better-able to defend themselves from malicious attack. Now Co-Founder and Head of Ethical Hacking at Redacted Firm, he continues to perform valuable research into vulnerabilities. His client list involves major high-street banks in the UK and Europe, FTSE100 companies and multiple government agencies and security forces. He also co-founded the Surrey and Hampshire Hackspace as well as Defcon 441452 (Gloucester) hacker group. He has co-hosted many podcasts, been featured in the press and regularly writes articles for journals and blogs. FC and his partner Dr Jessica Barker have been announced as Guest Curators of the 2018 Cheltenham Science Festival. FC frequently gives talks at corporate events, security conferences, universities and schools around the world. He specialises in teaching people of all ages and abilities the art of security in an engaging and impactful way. He demystifies security with his expertise, humour and passion. Learn more about Freaky Clown on Crunchbase…

Cygenta support clients dealing with the multi-dimensional challenge of cyber-security. Read more aboutCygenta on Crunchbase…

Nick Boyle

Founder and CEO @ Lightsource Renewable Energy

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In 2010, Nick founded Lightsource Renewable Energy, then just a six-person start-up, which quickly grew over 5 years to become Europe’s largest solar developer and operator and a recognised global leader. In his role as Group CEO, Nick’s dynamic leadership and vision has driven the company to tremendous success and in December 2017, Lightsource announced a strategic partnership with BP which has committed aggressively to accelerate the low carbon transition. The company has rebranded to Lightsource BP in affirmation of this powerhouse commitment which is set to shape the future of global energy delivery. Nick previously sat at Board and Senior Director level in a number of leading retail financial service companies. Throughout his career, Nick has always been recognised for his entrepreneurial skill and success in pairing retail financial products with low-risk, predictable investments. Learn more about Nick Boyle on Crunchbase…

Lightsource is a provider of ground and rooftop solar installations in the UK. Read more aboutLightsource Renewable Energy on Crunchbase…

Michael Bristow

CEO and Co-Founder @ CrowdProperty

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Mike Bristow, CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdProperty (www.crowdproperty.com), the leading specialist property peer-to-peer lender in the UK. Actual property development and investment experience lies at the heart of CrowdProperty meaning hands-on, expertise-led due diligence and loan monitoring. Lending is focused on the SME property developer market, a key segment for supplying much needed UK housing stock, which is poorly and inefficiently served by traditional funding sources. CrowdProperty’s unique combination of data, analytics, tech, expertise, rigour, relationships, security, extent of value chain disruption and vision means we stand out in sustainably delivering a better deal to lenders and borrowers alike through high-quality, institution-grade lending with huge potential ahead. Learn more about Michael Bristow on Crunchbase…

CrowdProperty is a property project program that develops a peer-to-peer lending platform to facilitate short-term loans. Read more aboutCrowdProperty on Crunchbase…

Andrew Hopkins

Co-Founder and CEO @ Exscientia

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Andrew spent 10 years at Pfizer, where he was responsible for establishing new research foci including the concepts of druggability and network pharmacology. Andrew has raised a total of $50 million for academic and commercial research activities in his continuing role as Chair of Medicinal Informatics at the University of Dundee. He is the author of some of the most highly cited papers in modern drug discovery. Learn more about Andrew Hopkins on Crunchbase…

Exscientia is a pharmatech company that uses an end-to-end AI platform to design and discover new drugs. Read more aboutExscientia on Crunchbase…

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