John co-founded Grapeshot and served as CEO until the acquisition by Oracle. He built Grapeshot into a global leader in contextual intelligence with offices in the UK, US, Australia & China. Previously, he grew the Muscat information search business to exit in 1997, and invested in a series of hi-tech start-ups.
Shirin has led winning teams within start-up, SME and larger corporates. As Founder/CEO of Arieso, she led a decade of remarkable company growth, culminating in an exit to JDSU in 2013. Shirin is now Chairwoman of Opensignal, and a Senior Partner at Frog Capital, the London based European VC focused on scale up stage companies.
Richard is a serial entrepreneur, CEO, board member and adviser to businesses at the cutting edge of technology, with extensive experience of growing businesses and leading teams to achieve their full potential. Richard led discussion around ‘Share options: how to incentivise your team’ alongside Neil Pearson, Partner at Mills & Reeve specialising in advising on share incentives for employees.
Andrew joined Cambridge Innovation Capital from True North Venture Partners in Chicago where he was a partner in its $300m venture fund. Previously he spent ten years leading materials science and semiconductor research in US government research laboratories, followed by managing director positions at Physic Ventures in San Francisco and MalibuIQ in Los Angeles.
Richard is an investor, director and adviser to growth businesses. Richard played a leading role in the growth of SwiftKey, firstly as CFO and then as Executive Chairman, leading the investment rounds and subsequently working with the founders, executive team, board and shareholders on the acquisition by Microsoft in 2016.
Simon heads BGF’s £200m fund dedicated to earlier stage UK tech. Former LOVEFiLM CEO, leading growth from a series of small start-ups into a multi-million pound enterprise & negotiating successful sale to Amazon. Subsequently CEO of Mothercare, kick-starting turnaround plan to improve UK profitability & growth and accelerate international expansion.
Bruno Moreau Bailey Fisher is pleased to have assisted specialist biometrics company Warwick Warp with the search for a Chairman, resulting in the appointment of international serial entrepreneur and electronic transaction expert, Bruno Moreau. Warwick Warp was founded as a spin-off from the University of Warwick. Its founders included Professor Roland Wilson from the Signal…
Alex works closely with the VC community and venture backed companies and leverages Silicon Valley Bank’s global network to help early and growth-stage businesses succeed. Alex has over 20 years’ experience financing technology companies at all stages of growth, and prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, was an Investment Manager at TTP Ventures.
William Reeve co-founded LOVEFiLM.com (acquired by Amazon) and Secret Escapes and has helped grow numerous other success stories, including Graze.com, Zoopla and Evi Technologies (acquired by Amazon). He is currently Co-CEO of Hubbub.co.uk. William led discussion on ‘The problem with UK tech is a shortage of capital and talent: fact or fiction?’
Following a management buyout in July 2018, Andrew took on the role of Managing Director, bringing over 20 years’ experience in executive search, including 7 years as a Partner at Bailey Fisher. Andrew has a wealth of experience working with investors, advisors, entrepreneurs and influencers across the UK’s entrepreneurial growth sector. Before becoming Managing Director,…