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(Co)-Founded 4 companies (Orchestream; Nexagent; Tideway; Fanatix) to a $1.4Bn IPO, 3 Trade Sales with one still growing.

Co-founded a curated co-investment platform called Firestartr.co which continues to grow with investments in YoYo, ClusterHQ and Adbrain.

Co-founding advisor or investor to (Rightster, Sportev) with 1 IPO and 1 Trade Sale.
Investor in Citymapper. Advisor to Evolven (Pitango, Index) and ClusterHQ.
Advised Radiant Minds (now Atlassian).

Closed numerous enterprise software deals from $50k for pre release software to $7.25m for an enterprise license. I wouldn’t say I am a sales professional, but I do believe in leading from the coal face.

Negotiated overly complicated contracts with AT&T, Interoute, JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, Cap Gemini, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia amongst many others.

Negotiated inbound OEM agreement for their COPS protocol stack, with Intel, while simultaneously raising venture from Intel Capital.

December 2013, led the due diligence on the third largest venture investment in a crypto currency globally at that time.

€70m the largest M&A transaction of 5 I have led or driven.

Well over €100m in venture and public markets capital raised from investors including Accel, Apax, Celtic House, Deutsche Bank and Atlas.

Learnt from many, many mistakes over the years how:

- FOCUS is to company building what LOCATION is to building.
- That a great market often trumps a great team which in turn often trumps a great product.

"Strong opinions, weakly held". Built or assisted in building management teams from scratch on 4 or more occasions. Invested considerable time in recruiting and nurturing key individual contributors on the sales, development and corporate development sides of the house. I firmly believe in being the ‘worst person in the boat’ and hiring better than yourself at all times.

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