Top Influencers: 16 UK Partner & Co-founder’s To Follow in 2022

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

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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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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Shukri Shammas

Partner & Co-founder @ Initial Capital

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

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Denis Shafranik

Partner & Co-Founder @ Concentric

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Vasile Foca

Managing Partner & Co-founder @ Talis Capital

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Vasile is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Talis Capital with more than 20 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience. Over his career, Vasile has helped scale a vast number of organisations from all stages of the business lifecycle. He holds (or did in the past) board positions on the boards of Darktrace, Luminance, IWOCA, Homelyfe, Learning People, PassTheKeys, CensorNet, PremFina, Beyond, Cygnet (among many others). He has actively contributed to key strategic decisions with a hands-on approach. Vasile also has extensive experience in building and scaling companies and is co-founder of several businesses including INTRESCO, Cygnet and Skwire. Vasile holds an MBA degree from London Business School and speaks Russian and Spanish. He enjoys digital photography, psychology, wine tasting and travelling. Learn more about Vasile Foca on Crunchbase…

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Tim Stone

Partner & Co-Founder @ Breed Reply

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Tim is one of the founding partners of Breed Reply, who are an active operational investor dedicated to early stage businesses in the Internet of Things. He leads the bespoke support programme to develop and accelerate the commercialisation of their growing portfolio of seventeen companies. His career started in sales and rapidly moved through to Executive roles covering all aspects of creating and operating a successful business. His key roles have ranged from Business Development Director, CCO and CEO in both corporate organisations and startups, with a focus on the Telecoms industry A thread throughout his career has been creating success through partnerships. In Vodafone Tim created from scratch the wholesale strategy, then executed this taking market share from 0 to 30%+ in less than three years. This success was delivered through the strategic development of major new brands. He has also seen a significant exit to a major operator from one his startup ventures. Learn more about Tim Stone on Crunchbase…

Breed Reply is Europe’s active operational investors for early-stage companies delivering ‘internet of things’ solutions. Read more aboutBreed Reply on Crunchbase…

Thomas Depuydt

Managing Partner & Co-Founder @ SmartFin

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Gerd Weissenboeck

Managing Partner & Co-Founder @ Zelig Associates

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Richard Rosenberg

Partner & Co-Founder @ SRLV

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Richard Rosenberg is a qualified chartered accountant and a partner in SRLV, a London-based multidisciplinary accountancy and consultancy firm which he co-founded in 1988. Richard Rosenberg is the Non-Executive Chairman of Livermore Investments Group Limited, an AIM quoted investment. Learn more about Richard Rosenberg on Crunchbase…

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Anthony May

Partner & Co-Founder @ Hedley May

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Anthony has advised major law firms, Big Four accountancy firms, FTSE 100 corporates, financial institutions and Government entities on legal search, strategic consultancy and leadership projects since 1993. He has completed assignments in all the major European economies, the US, CIS and across Asia. Previously Anthony led the international law firm practice at Whitehead Mann, having started his career as a Corporate Financier with Chemical Bank in London and New York. Anthony has an MA in History & Philosophy of Science from St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Learn more about Anthony May on Crunchbase…

Hedley May delivers exceptional talent and strategic consultancy. Read more aboutHedley May on Crunchbase…

Steve Baines

Partner & Co-Founder @ The Wisdom Partnership

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David Menton

Managing Partner & Co-founder @ Synova

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David co-founded Synova during 2007 having previously worked both within a subsidiary of WPP plc and at a prominent European family office. He covers the Financial Services and FinTech sectors, working closely with management teams across the Synova portfolio to support their growth plans. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of AlIClear Insurance. Stackhouse Poland and Fleetway. David was recently featured in the prestigious Dow Jones-Financial News ’40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Private Equity’. Learn more about David Menton on Crunchbase…

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Jonathan Simm

Partner & Co-founder @ Altitude Partners

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Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in the private equity sector where he has been responsible for transaction assessment, direct investment and portfolio management. He is a former senior director of Lloyds TSB Development Capital (“LDC”), was responsible for LDC’s Southern Region, and was a member of its national Investment Committee. Jonathan is currently a member of the BVCA’s Venture Capital Committee. Jonathan qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche before moving to NatWest Equity Partners. He subsequently joined LDC where he spent eight years working with a wide range of businesses from investment through to exit. Jonathan has spent four years as Financial Director of a rapidly growing private equity backed manufacturing business and brings investment, portfolio management and operational skills to Altitude. Learn more about Jonathan Simm on Crunchbase…

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Sarat Pediredla

Partner & Co-founder @ hedgehog lab

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Sarat Pediredla is the CEO of digital product consultancy at hedgehog lab. Learn more about Sarat Pediredla on Crunchbase…

hedgehog lab is a consultancy firm that designs and builds business software. Read more abouthedgehog lab on Crunchbase…

Simon White

Partner & Co-founder @ Altitude Partners

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Simon has built and run a leading M&A business and is the former founder and partner in charge of BDO Stoy Hayward’s South Coast Corporate Finance business. He spent seven years as a direct private equity investor, both raising and investing equity across a broad range of industries. He subsequently became managing director of his own trading business which he grew and then sold to a large private group. He has raised and invested more than £800 million into trading businesses and has over twenty years of experience in the Private Equity market. Simon has provided strategic advice to management teams in growing businesses across a broad range of sectors. Simon brings investment, M&A and operational management skills to Altitude. Learn more about Simon White on Crunchbase…

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Mark Wells

Managing Partner & Co-Founder @ Calunius Capital

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Mark Wells is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Calunius Capital. Learn more about Mark Wells on Crunchbase…

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