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

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

Vlad Yatsenko

Co-Founder & CTO @ Revolut

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

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

Romain Afflelou

Co-Founder @ Cosmo Connected

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

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Brent Hoberman

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder @ Founders Factory

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

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Peter Smith

CEO and Co-Founder @

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

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…

Tony Jamous

CEO and Co-Founder @ Oyster®

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

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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…

Jonathan Seaton

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ Twinkl

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

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

Victoria van Lennep

Co-Founder @ Lendable

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

Saul Klein

Partner & Co-Founder @ LocalGlobe

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

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Emre Baran

CEO & co-founder @ Cerbos

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

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

Nikolai Durov

Co-Founder @ Telegram Messenger

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

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Andy Chung

Co-Founder @ Stealth

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Aviad Eyal

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Entrée Capital

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

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Simon Squibb

Co-Founder @ Nest

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

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William Shu

Co-Founder and CEO @ Deliveroo

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

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

Tom Chapman

Investor & Co-Founder @ Chapman Office

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

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Nick D’Aloisio

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

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

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

Ivan Mazour

Co-Founder & CEO @ Ometria

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

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

Olivier Roussy Newton

Co-Founder, Director @ HIVE Blockchain

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

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Antoni Trenchev

Co-Founder @ Nexo

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The World’s Leading Regulated Financial Institution for Digital Assets Read more aboutNexo on Crunchbase…

Reshma Sohoni

Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Seedcamp

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

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

Navroz D. Udwadia

Co-Founder and Partner @ Falcon Edge Capital

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

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Nicolas Cary

Co-Founder & President @

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

Niccolo Maisto

Co-Founder & CEO @ FaceIT

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

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

Shravin Bharti Mittal

Co-Founder @ Unbound

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

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Noel Hayden

Co-founder @ Yoti

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

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

Nick Telson

Co-Founder @ DesignMyNight

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Rob Dobson

Chairman and Co-Founder @ DevicePilot

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

DevicePilot provides Service Monitoring for connected devices Read more aboutDevicePilot on Crunchbase…

Hermann Hauser

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

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

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Akin Babayigit

Co-Founder @ Tripledot Studios

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

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

Adrien Cohen

Co-Founder and President @ Tractable

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

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

Chris Morton

Co-Founder & CEO @ Lyst

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

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

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…

Graham Edwards

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman @ Telereal Trillium

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

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

Matthew Luczynski

Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Office @

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

Alan Morgan

Chairman, Co-Founder @ MMC Ventures

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

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Joe Falter

Co-Founder @ Zapp

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

Doug Monro

Co-Founder and CEO @ Adzuna

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

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

Yves Guillemot

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer @ Ubisoft

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Fresh out of business school, Yves Guillemot and his brothers embarked on an adventure in the nascent video game industry and founded Ubisoft in 1986. Early on, Yves understood that creating original content in-house and growing proprietary brands would be key to Ubisoft’s success. His vision to use technological breakthroughs as an opportunity to innovate, create brands and win over market share proved hugely successful over the years. With a strong focus on organic growth and efficiency, he has developed an organization recognized for its unrivalled collaborative mindset and for being highly competitive, with over two thirds of production based in cost-competitive countries. Yves has led Ubisoft’s evolution over the years with player engagement at the core of the company’s development. Ubisoft is one of the pioneers and a leader of the open world genre, which has become one of the industry’s most popular gaming segments. Ubisoft also develops successful multiplayer games and delivers state-of-the-art live operations that engage fans in the long term. Under Yves’ tenure, Ubisoft launched three of the world’s four best new videogame brands of all time ─ with Tom Clancy’s The Division leading the way ─ a remarkable achievement. The company’s unique capacity as a creator of blockbuster entertainment franchises has created massive value for Ubisoft’s shareholders. As the owner of its brands, Ubisoft today is in a unique position to broaden its franchises’ reach to a much wider audience through movies, TV shows, theme parks and consumer products. Under Yves’ direction, the company is taking an innovative approach by keeping creative control over its major projects ─ a first in the industry ─ to ensure consistency with the franchises’ DNA. Over the past 30 years Yves has led Ubisoft in its evolution from a local video game distributor, to a global entertainment leader. Yves has grown alongside the industry and has a deep understanding of what it takes to survive in a fast-moving, high-risk environment, at the crossroads of creation and technological disruption. His strong business acumen is sought out by multinationals such as Lagardère and Rémy Cointreau whose boards he sits on. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2009, and Glassdoor elected him one of the Top 3 most beloved CEOs in France in 2015. Learn more about Yves Guillemot on Crunchbase…

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Bernhard Niesner

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ busuu

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Bernhard Niesner is the CEO and Co-Founder of busuu – the world´s largest social network for language learning with more than 35m users. busuu provides language courses in 12 different languages combined with direct interaction with native speakers from the community. The London-based start-up received several awards and was named “Best Education Start-Up in 2011” by TechCrunch. busuu is backed by renown business angels like Martin Varsavsky and received investment from PRO-Founders Capital. Before founding busuu, Bernhard worked at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. In addition to busuu, he is Associated Professor at IE Business School in the area of online marketing. Bernhard graduated summa cum laude in International Business from the University of Vienna and holds an MBA (with honors) from IE Business School. In 2009 he was awarded “Entrepreneur of the year” in Austria. Learn more about Bernhard Niesner on Crunchbase…

busuu is a mobile app for language learning with the goal of breaking down language barriers. Read more aboutbusuu 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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John Taysom

NED & Co-founder @ Privitar

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John Taysom started the Reuters Venture Capital Fund in Palo Alto in 1995 making 82 investments in internet and web infrastructure and services including Verisign, UltraDNS, Digimarc, ZeroKnowledge and Intertrust. He was a member of the Board of Digimarc pre and post its Nasdaq IPO, a Board member at Intertrust and a Board member at TIBCO through its Nasdaq IPO. To date, seventeen of his investments have achieved an IPO.John acquired the Fund in an MBO in 2002. Now London-based with a seed portfolio of thirty US and UK start-ups; one has achieved an IPO and several have been acquired by Experian, Linkedin, Tesco, BMC and others. In 2011 and 2012 John took a Fellowship at Harvard to work on privacy issues and holds EU and US patents on a method of improving privacy online. For 2015 John is a Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy and a Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science, at UCL. He is a member of the Board of the Web Science Trust; chairs Performance Horizon, a fast growing UK startup; is a Governor at Hurstpierpoint College; and runs a small farm in Devon. Learn more about John Taysom on Crunchbase…

Privitar offers a data privacy platform that protect their customers’ sensitive personal data and to deliver comprehensive data privacy. Read more aboutPrivitar on Crunchbase…

Antoine Nussenbaum

Co-Founder @ Felix Capital

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Antoine is a Partner and member of the founding team of Felix Capital. He currently sits on the boards of TravelPerk, Papier, Frichti, Heetch and Urban Massage. He previously was a Partner at Atlas Global, a private equity fund originally part of GLG Partners. Prior to Felix Capital he has worked closely with various early-stage digital startups including Mirakl, Reedsy, 31Dover, and actively helped them launch their businesses. He has also been involved since inception with Huckletree, a fast growing coworking operator dedicated to the European digital community which was started by his wife. Antoine moved to London in 2006 when he joined ABN AMRO as an M&A investment banker. Prior to this he was based in Paris and was part of the founding team of NT Valley, a software business aim at retailers. He started his career as a brand and intangible asset valuation consultant at Sorgem Evaluation. A graduate of ESCP European Business School and University Paris Dauphine, Antoine is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Learn more about Antoine Nussenbaum 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…

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…

Alexander Kent-Braham

Co-Founder @ Marshmallow

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Alexander was an early employee at Yoti – a fintech startup that has gone on to be valued at $100m. Prior to Yoti he worked at an algorithmic quantitative Hedge Fund. Learn more about Alexander Kent-Braham on Crunchbase…

Marshmallow is a full-stack insurance carrier driven by technology. Read more aboutMarshmallow 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 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…

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…

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…

Christian Faes

Exec Chair & Co-Founder @ LendInvest

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Christian Faes is the co-founder and Exec Chair of LendInvest, which is marketplace platform for property finance, and one of the leading Fintech businesses in the UK. The business has raised well over £1 billion in debt and equity, from institutions such as Atomico, the European Investment Fund, Citibank, HSBC, and the National Australia Bank. Christian comes from a legal background having practised as a real estate lawyer in Australia (Allens Arthur Robinson), and then in the UK with Clifford Chance and Deutsche Bank.  In 2008, Christian co-founded the business with Ian Thomas, initially seeing an opportunity in the short term mortgage market. Christian is a keen advocate for the Fintech sector, and sits on the Government’s Fintech Delivery Panel; and founded and chairs the Digital Finance Forum. He is an active supporter and early investor in several startups, including Seedrs, Crowdcube and Onfido. Learn more about Christian Faes on Crunchbase…

LendInvest is the leading marketplace platform for property finance. Read more aboutLendInvest on Crunchbase…

Sultan Murad Saidov

Co-Founder and President @ 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…

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 in 2012. The startup was later acquired by mobile game developer Playhaven. Following’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…

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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Janus Friis

Co-Founder @ Starship Technologies

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Janus co-founded Joost, Skype, Kazaa and Joltid, among other high-profile technology companies, with his long-time business partner Niklas Zennström. Janus is the recipient of a series of industry awards and was also recognized by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People in 2006. Learn more about Janus Friis on Crunchbase…

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Ilya Kondrashov

Co-founder & Managing Director @ MarketFinance

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Having spent three years working within one of the world’s largest legacy financial institutions, Ilya was exposed to the outdated service banks were providing to private businesses. He realised that business owners felt let down by their bank, and set out to build a better alternative. He also represents MarketInvoice in its efforts to promote transparency and fairness within the alternative finance industry, sitting on multiple compliance and regulatory bodies including the P2PFA. Learn more about Ilya Kondrashov on Crunchbase…

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

Nigel Toon

Co-founder & CEO @ Graphcore

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Graphcore ( 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…

Ronald Cohen

Co-Founder, Social Finance USA and Social Finance Israel @ Social Finance

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Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder director of Social Finance UK (2007-11), Social Finance USA, and Social Finance Israel, and of Big Society Capital. He was co-founder Chair of Bridges Ventures (2002-2012). He chaired the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8 (2013-2015), the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005). He was a founder director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union. He is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship. He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University. He is a former director of the Harvard Management Company and the University of Oxford Investment Committee. He is a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers (2007-2013), former Trustee of the British Museum (2005-2012) and a former trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (2005-2011). In 2007, Sir Ronald published: “The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity”. Learn more about Ronald Cohen on Crunchbase…

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Kosta Kantchev

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman @ Nexo

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The World’s Leading Regulated Financial Institution for Digital Assets Read more aboutNexo on Crunchbase…

Alicia Navarro

President & Co-Founder @ Skimlinks

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Alicia Navarro is CEO and Co-founder of Skimlinks, having evolved the business out of a previous social shopping startup. Skimlinks is a leading content monetization technology, helping thousands of publishers all over the world to earn money from their content in seamless simple way. Alicia’s vision for Skimlinks is to see online publishers be rewarded for the role they play in creating purchase intent. She achieved this by removing the technical and administrative complexities that hamper would-be affiliates, and helping turn affiliate marketing into a mainstream ubiquitous revenue model for blogs, editorial sites, forums, and other content platforms. Alicia worked for over 10 years in internet applications, designing and launching mobile and internet-based applications in Australia and the UK. She has a Bachelor of Information Technology and the University Medal for Computing Sciences from the University of Technology, Sydney. Learn more about Alicia Navarro on Crunchbase…

Skimlinks is the leading commerce content monetization platform, supporting publishers’ creation of a new revenue stream. Read more aboutSkimlinks on Crunchbase…

Mac Anabtawi

Co-Founder @ Snupps

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Snupps helps people organize, share and discover the stuff they own and value. Read more aboutSnupps on Crunchbase…

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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Lior Shiff

Co-Founder and CEO @ Tripledot Studios

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Lior Shiff is a co-founder and the CEO of Tripledot Studios, co-founder and Chairman of On The Spot Development. and co-founder of Luna Labs. Until December 2015, he was Managing Director/CEO of Product Madness, which he co-founded in 2007. Lior spearheaded the successful sale of Product Madness to Aristocrat at the end of 2012. Product Madness is a leader in the Social Casino segment with revenues of $400m/year. Lior is an active advisor, speaker, ​and investor in the mobile games space. Previously, Lior worked at McKinsey & Co. and in The Israeli NSA, where he managed an R&D department of 40 engineers. Lior holds a BA degree in Computer Science, Accounting and an additional BA degree in Psychology all from the Tel Aviv University. He also holds an MBA from Stanford University. Learn more about Lior Shiff on Crunchbase…

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

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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Keld van Schreven

Co-Founder and Managing Director @ KR1 plc

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Keld is cofounder of KR1 UKs leading crypto investment public company. First investors in Melonport, Funfair, Rocketpool and Etherisc. Keld is advisor to IXLedger and previously cofounder of several web startups since 1995. Learn more about Keld van Schreven on Crunchbase…

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Alexandre Dalyac

Co-Founder and CEO @ Tractable

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Alex Dalyac is co-founder & CEO of Tractable, an artificial intelligence company specialized in visual tasks for traditional industries. The company’s current focus is insurance and automotive, where its AI predicts the cost to repair a vehicle based on photos of the damage. Its products are used by leading insurers in Europe and North America. Tractable was spun off from Alex’s research at Imperial College London, where he led the Computing department’s first industrial application of deep learning. Prior to research, Alex was a hedge fund quant, and an early employee of Lazada (acq Alibaba $1.5B). Learn more about Alexandre Dalyac on Crunchbase…

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

Alex Saint

Co-founder & CEO @ Secret Escapes

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Alex Saint is the Co-founder & CEO of Secret Escapes. Prior to this, he worked as Chief Executive at DMC Digital Ltd. He was the Consultant of Teletext Holidays. He served as Publisher at ThisisTravel –Associated Newspapers. Before that, he worked as Publisher at Associated New Media. He also worked as Sales Marketing Management at Unilever. Learn more about Alex Saint on Crunchbase…

Secret Escapes is a members-only travel club offering discounted rates on luxury hotels and holidays in the UK. Read more aboutSecret Escapes on Crunchbase…

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…

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…

Alexander de Carvalho

Co-founder, CIO @ Public

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Michael Bristow

CEO and Co-Founder @ CrowdProperty

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Mike Bristow, CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdProperty (, 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…

Jonas Huckestein

Co-Founder @ Monzo

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Jonas Huckestein creates great products from scratch. After moving to the US from Germany in 2010 he was the first engineer at Campfire Labs (acquired by Groupon), founding CTO of, and is a Director at the StartupBus. He got a Mathematics degree at 18, Computer Science at 21 and is on leave from technology management grad school. Before moving here he worked in management consulting. Learn more about Jonas Huckestein on Crunchbase…

Monzo is a digital-only bank platform and marketplace that allows customers to access a range of products and services. Read more aboutMonzo on Crunchbase…

Yao-Yun (Yoyo) Chang

Co-Founder, CEO and President @ KodyPay

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Yoyo is a 21-year old Taiwanese born British entrepreneur who is a co-founder and the current CEO of KodyPay. Yoyo co-founded KodyPay in the final year of High School and successfully raised US$6 million to date for KodyPay in the summer of 2021. Hoping to build a career in investment banking, Yoyo had started to invest in the stock market at the age of 13. With returns of over 80% in Q4 2016, he led his school team to first place in a national investment competition. During Yoyo’s first year at the University of York, Yoyo self-invested £120,000 of trading profits to build a pilot product for KodyPay. Learn more about Yao-Yun (Yoyo) Chang on Crunchbase…

Revolutionising in-person payments to grow your business with a trustworthy and innovative solution. Read more aboutKodyPay on Crunchbase…

Alexander Asseily

Co-Founder @ Elvie

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Alex is an entrepreneur and investor with more than 20 years of experience in consumer products and wearable technology. Among other things, Alex co-founded Jawbone, where he led the team to release its most iconic consumer products. Alex advises a number of companies and charities in the US and Europe, including Nectarine Health, Lilium and Atomico. Learn more about Alexander Asseily on Crunchbase…

Elvie is a British femtech company developing smart technology for women. Read more aboutElvie on Crunchbase…

Robin Tombs

Co-Founder & CEO @ Yoti

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Robin Tombs is Founder of Yoti, a digital identity system which helps you prove who you are and confirm who other people are, online and face to face. Robin was Co-founder at Gamesys, one of the world’s leading online gaming operators with annual revenues over £200m, 950 staff and offices in 8 countries. He worked at PWC as a Chartered Accountant from 1993 to 1997 in the UK before co-founding IDM, a web game business which was sold in 1999. Robin is also an investor in a handful of early stage for profit and social UK businesses, including Infinitesima, Trumin, Luxdeco, Working Knowledge and the National College for Digital Skills. Robin is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to achieve their potential in life and to bring scalable web and mobile technologies to the not-for-profit sector. As such Robin set up ZING in 2009. He is a Trustee at Future First, a charity which is designed to help state schools build and manage an alumni community. He holds a degree in Economics and Politics from Bristol University. He is a keen sports enthusiast mostly watching either his 3 children play or great teams on the TV. Learn more about Robin Tombs on Crunchbase…

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

Sari Anabtawi

CEO & Co-Founder @ Snupps

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Responsible for the overall vision and strategic direction. Sari has 25 years of experience in banking and venture capital. He was Executive Director of Abraaj Capital and previously a founding partner in Sivana Holdings. He served on the board of several startups including Century Exploration, Learningbyte, Advantiv. Sari started his career at IBM and Andersen Consulting. He later held senior positions at Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. Sari holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and an MBA from Georgetown University. Learn more about Sari Anabtawi on Crunchbase…

Snupps helps people organize, share and discover the stuff they own and value. Read more aboutSnupps on Crunchbase…

Scott Sage

Co-founder and Partner @ Crane Venture Partners

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Chris Sheldrick

Co-Founder & CEO @ what3words

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Chris worked in the music business for 10 years, booking bands and managing production for events around the globe. He was constantly frustrated with suppliers not finding site entrances, and bands not finding their way from the hotel to their gigs. Chris tried distributing addresses and GPS coordinates for years but both failed him on numerous occasions. He was certain there was a better way: what3words was born. Learn more about Chris Sheldrick on Crunchbase…

what3words is a mapping technology startup that creates a proprietary geocode system for logistics firms. Read more aboutwhat3words on Crunchbase…

Alex Macdonald

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer @ Velocity Black

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Alex MacDonald is Co-Founder of Velocity Mobile Limited and serves as its Co-Chief Executive Officer. Alex MacDonald was a Turnaround Chief Executive Officer in his previous career at a privately owned industrial group. He managed the acquisition, optimisation and growth of multinational manufacturing companies, ranging in size from $50 – $150m in sales. He also has front-line experience managing restaurants and bars in France and is passionate about creating the perfect dining experience. Learn more about Alex Macdonald on Crunchbase…

Pioneering the future of luxury lifestyle. Read more aboutVelocity Black on Crunchbase…

Joe Root

Co-Founder @ Permutive

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Joe is co-founder and CEO of Permutive, the only publisher-first Data Management Platform (DMP) that allows publishers to see 100% of their audience and target them in real-time. Y Combinator and EQT backed, Permutive counts Conde Nast, Immediate Media, Hubert Burda, IDG, Dennis and ESI Media among its growing list of clients. Following a BEng Computing at Imperial College and MSc Computer Sciences at Oxford, Joe chose to drop out of a PhD in Mathematical Genomics at Cambridge to start Permutive. Learn more about Joe Root on Crunchbase…

Permutive is an audience platform for advertisers and publishers to plan, build, and activate cohorts while keeping everyone’s data safe. Read more aboutPermutive on Crunchbase…

Dan Houser

Co-Founder and Vice President @ Rockstar Games

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Co-Founder and Vice President at Rockstar Games. Learn more about Dan Houser on Crunchbase…

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Eldar Tuvey

Co-Founder & CEO @ Wandera

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Eldar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Wandera where is responsible for driving the company’s strategic direction and growth. Prior to co-founding Wandera, Eldar co-founded and served as CEO of ScanSafe. Eldar started his career at Goldman Sachs and completed his MBA at INSEAD. Learn more about Eldar Tuvey on Crunchbase…

Wandera provides a unified cloud security solution to protect the modern workplace Read more aboutWandera on Crunchbase…

Rami Zeidan

Co-Founder & CEO @ Life House

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Alex Algard

CEO & Co-Founder @ Hiya

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Alex advises Ekata on strategy and product development in his role as Chairman. He is currently the CEO of Hiya and Chairman of Whitepages, which he founded in 1997. He holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Engineering, both from Stanford University. He was selected as Software Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Learn more about Alex Algard on Crunchbase…

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Alexandros Christodoulakis

Co-founder & CEO @ Wealthyhood

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Alexandros Christodoulakis is the Co-founder & CEO of Wealthyhood. Previously, Alex worked as a Fixed Income Trading Strategist at Morgan Stanley and has coded multiple optimisation models and algorithms for portfolio allocation. He holds an MSc in Investment & Wealth Management from Imperial, an MSc in Health Economics from LSE and a Diploma in Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. Learn more about Alexandros Christodoulakis on Crunchbase…

The first DIY wealth-building app for long-term investors. Read more aboutWealthyhood on Crunchbase…

Herman Narula

CEO and Co-Founder @ Improbable

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Herman Narula is the cofounder and CEO of Improbable, a London-based technology startup born out of Cambridge University. Improbable is creating SpatialOS, a distributed, cloud-based platform for game development that integrates with and augments existing workflows, engines, and tools. SpatialOS empowers developers to build, run and operate previously impossible online games, with unprecedented levels of scale, complexity and persistence. Improbable has investment from some of the world’s most admired venture capitalists. Improbable currently has a team of over 200 people in offices in London and San Francisco, including top software engineering talent from world-renowned academic institutions and companies such as Google, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Microsoft. Founded in 2012, Improbable received $20m in Series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz in March 2015, with a $30m follow-on led by Horizons Ventures in July 2015. In May 2017 Improbable announced a $502m Series B funding round, led by SoftBank and including Andreessen Horowitz and Horizons Ventures. Herman holds a computer science degree from Cambridge, and is interested in the potential impact that powerful, virtual worlds will have on how they think, play and make decisions. Learn more about Herman Narula on Crunchbase…

Improbable is a UK-based games technology company that is dedicated to building powerful technology designed to help problems. Read more aboutImprobable on Crunchbase…

Dhruv Ghulati

Co-Founder and CEO @ Factmata

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Dhruv holds a Distinction in Computer Science and Machine Learning from University College London, and a 1st Class BSc in Economics from the LSE. He was a product manager and co-founder of two London based machine intelligence startups, and is an Entrepreneur First alum and Forbes 30 Under 30 leader in Technology. He wrote his thesis in cost-sensitive classification and distant supervision for statistical claim detection. Learn more about Dhruv Ghulati on Crunchbase…

Factmata is an artificial intelligence company for automated content understanding.. Read more aboutFactmata on Crunchbase…

Nikhil Shah

Co-founder @ Mixcloud

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I am a creative, tech and social impact entrepreneur. I am Cofounder of Mixcloud — the global community for audio culture — where I worked with an amazing team of people to grow the company from a couple of guys in a warehouse in NW London to the world’s biggest community of DJs and music curators, reaching 20 million people a month. It’s been an exciting ride and I’ve learned a lot about building teams, products, communities/users, partnerships and business models. We continue to remain focused on building the world’s leading sustainable and fair ecosystem for audio creators. I am now a board advisor to Mixcloud and an angel investor/advisor in a number of tech and consumer businesses. I am also advising and supporting charities and social impact projects, including being a trustee for the brilliant dance charity East London Dance, and an advisor to the great empowerment and anti racism organisation You Make It. I also enjoy DJing and I run an electronic music record label/clubnight MakeMusic. Learn more about Nikhil Shah on Crunchbase…

Mixcloud is an online long-form audio platform providing content such as radio shows, podcasts and DJ mixes. Read more aboutMixcloud on Crunchbase…

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