Silicon Valley Comes to the UK 2018

This November some of America’s most successful tech entrepreneurs will be visiting the UK to take part in ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK’. Part of London & Partners, London’s international promotional organisation, SVC2UK brings together the top entrepreneurs and VCs from Silicon Valley, with students, early-stage CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, and policymakers in the UK to inspire entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic prosperity. Taking place between 6-9 November 2018, 10 events will be held across London and Cambridge, featuring speakers including Reid Hoffman (SVC2UK co-founder, founder of LinkedIn, and partner at Greylock Partners), Megan Smith (Shift7), Sarah Hunter (Google X), Ruzwanar Bashir (Peek), Cal Henderson (Slack), Nicole Quinn (Lightspeed Ventures), and Bob Goodson (Quid).

Bailey Fisher Executive Search is delighted to be partnering with SVC2UK on the 2018 events, which launch in Cambridge on Tuesday 6th November at Cambridge University with a discussion exploring the role of humanity in understanding technology and a masterclass for start-ups and students in Cambridge on Wednesday 7th November. The programme then moves to London for an afternoon session at Bush House in partnership with The Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s College London, with a range of speakers including Reid Hoffman discussing AI and humanity. The ever-popular Good Growth Summit for women entrepreneurs returns on the 8th November when CEOs can enjoy a morning of inspiration, peer to peer mentoring and valuable networking with entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.  This is followed by another masterclass in scaling a business at Rise London.

The week culminates with the annual CEO Summit on Friday 9th October, which will be held in collaboration with Pitch@Palace and Entrepreneur First. This year 10 Pitch@Palace alumni and 10 Entrepreneur First members will be invited to participate in the CEO Summit, bringing together some of the UK’s foremost programmes for entrepreneurs from start-up to scale-up. At this flagship event, the 2018 Scale-Up Club cohort will also be announced, and those businesses will be mentored by serial entrepreneurs from the US and Europe.

Reid Hoffman, SVC2UK co-founder, founder of LinkedIn, and partner at Greylock Partners, commented: “I am delighted to be attending this year’s SVC2UK. When we founded the programme our aim was to encourage entrepreneurship in the UK, building a global network of founders and CEOs who could encourage and inspire each other – an aim we have exceeded beyond all expectation. I look forward to the conversations we will have at this year’s summit.”

Sherry Coutu, SVC2UK co-founder and entrepreneur: commented: “SVC2UK goes from strength to strength and the list of speakers and attendees who give up their time to be with us each year never ceases to amaze me. The calibre of entrepreneurs joining the Scale-Up Club has always been phenomenal and I am looking forward to meeting our next cohort and watching them grow.”

Janet Coyle, Director SVC2UK at London & Partners commented: “London and Silicon Valley share common values of innovation, creativity and free thinking. SVC2UK provides us with a fantastic opportunity to promote even greater collaboration between two of the world’s leading hubs to grow and scale a business. By working together we can encourage the next generation of companies and entrepreneurs whose ideas could change the world. Over the years a host of incredible companies have benefited from being part of the SVC2UK community and I look forward to connecting more scale-ups this year to our incredible network and support them to go on to achieve their ambitions.”

This year’s SVC2UK is supported by partners including Mastercard, Barclays, Google (Campus London), Softbank Investment Advisors, Buzzacott, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Herbert Smith Freehills, GBx, Bailey Fisher Executive Search and FieldHouse Associates.

Barry Morris

Bailey Fisher is pleased to have assisted Undo, a pioneer in the development of new software execution record and replay technology, with the appointment of Barry Morris as its new CEO with immediate effect.

Barry will take over the role from co-founder Dr Greg Law, who has to date been performing a dual CEO/CTO role. Greg will now dedicate his time and focus to operating as Undo’s CTO, developing Undo’s technical capabilities in line with evolving customer demand.

Barry has swapped one Cambridge for another, moving from Cambridge, Massachusetts based NuoDB, to operate out of Undo’s Cambridge UK headquarters. A serial entrepreneur, Morris founded NuoDB in 2008 and most recently served as its Executive Chairman.

With over 25 years’ experience working in enterprise software and database systems, he is a prodigious company builder, scaling start-ups and publicly held companies alike. Morris, who was CEO of distributed service-oriented architecture (SOA) specialists IONA Technologies between 2000 and 2003, built the company up to $180m in revenues and a $2bn valuation.

Greg Law commented, “We have achieved our early stage goals. With the industry-changing technology we have built, the customers we have signed up and the funding we have secured, it is time to move to the next stage of the plan, with an A-player to lead the company in its high-growth phase.

“Despite a really strong short list of candidates, the result of a worldwide executive search, we were unanimous in our agreement about who the right person to lead the company should be, and that’s Barry.”

Barry Morris added, “Greg and the team at Undo have built incredible foundations for the company, with technology that was thought by many to be an impossibility, and an enviable customer list including IBM, SAP and Micro Focus. My focus will be on the next evolution of the company, as we strengthen our positioning in strategically important markets like the US and Europe.”

“There is a substantial opportunity for Undo right now.  All businesses are becoming highly dependent on software reliability, and Undo uniquely delivers reliability solutions across the software lifecycle. The industry wave of investment in continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) is part of a drive for software quality, but the absence of a modern software reliability platform remains a pervasive challenge in these environments. Undo is perfectly and uniquely positioned to address this challenge.”

Undo has grown rapidly in recent years, growing headcount to 40, with a world-class engineering team in Cambridge and an experienced enterprise sales organisation in San Francisco. In July, the company announced that it had secured $14 million in series B funding, and has to date, raised over $20 million in venture funding from leading venture capitalists.

Greg Law concluded, “We reached the size and complexity where it was impossible for one person to be both CEO and CTO. It’s a fantastic coup for the company to bring in someone with Barry’s international experience of putting innovative companies firmly on the map, raising finances, and building sustainable revenue streams.”

David Blain

Bailey Fisher is pleased to have assisted SatSense, a spin-out from the University of Leeds, with the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of David Blain.

SatSense makes innovative use of satellite data to map ground deformation for use in what is potentially a huge global market.  The SatSense technology can precisely measure changes in ground movement to as little as 1mm per year and represents a step change in resolution and accuracy over anything that is currently in the market.

Following investment from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance which is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, Unipart Rail and the University of Leeds, Bailey Fisher was engaged to search for a CEO to work with the founders to develop the commercial position of the company.  The search was led by John Bridger, Technology Director at Bailey Fisher.

The search resulted in the appointment of David Blain, a commercial leader with strong software sales experience within SatSense’s target client-base.

Aaron Kelly

Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Sitec Infrastructure Services with the search for a CFO, resulting in the appointment of Aaron Kelly.

Sitec Infrastructure Services is a multidisciplinary national firm operating in the telecommunications and energy sectors. They work with some of largest network operators and their deployment partners providing a diverse range of surveying, design and management services covering all areas of their transmission networks from microcell management to upgrades and 4G rollout.

Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a CFO to serve as a key member of the management team at an exciting stage in the company’s development.  The successful candidate, Aaron Kelly, was previously Group FD at Aspall Cyder and Finance Director for Greene King.

Bailey Fisher is pleased to be leading the search for a Chief Commercial Officer for our client, an ambitious and growing business that has developed an advanced machine learning platform for Life Sciences organisations.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Iain Hopper, Director of Digital Health & Life Sciences at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.