Dienstag, 5. März 2013

Seedrs World-Class

Seedrs has just appointed a remarkable Advisory-Board.

James Alexander


Co-Founder of Zopa
Partner at The Foundation

James has been one of the main revolutionaries of British financial services over the past decade.He radically transformed the notion of financial intermediation as co-founder and UK CEO of Zopa, the world's first peer-to-peer lending platform. Prior to that, he was Strategy Director of Egg, the groundbreaking online bank, where he launched the company's digital TV and mobile services and the UK's first and most successful account aggregation service. 

James is currently a Partner of The Foundation, a leading growth and innovation consultancy, where he has worked with clients including M&S, O2, Just Giving, Barclaycard, Tesco, Eurostar, The Guardian, Save the Children, A&n Media, Friends Life, Old Mutual and HSBC. He is also a Trustee for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a Trustee and former CEO of Green Thing and a Chair of GEN Community, an industrial provident society that delivers low carbon investments as well as social impact.

Mike Butcher

European Editor of TechCrunch

Mike Butcher has been the strongest and most effective advocate for tech entrepreneurship in Britain and Europe in recent years.As European Editor of TechCrunch since 2007, Mike has covered and championed the startup scene on this side of the Atlantic from its relative infancy through the rapid growth it is experiencing today. Alongside his work with TechCrunch, he has played a critical role in organising and hosting some of the most important tech conferences in Europe, including London Web Summit (and its predecessor GeeknRolla) and The Europas. He is also the co-founder of TechHub, a vibrant co-working space and community for startups in London, and of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), a non-profit advocacy group for digital startups and SMEs. More than anyone else, he has been a true believer in Europe's potential to produce the greatest startups in the world, and he has worked tirelessly to help make it happen.

Mike has spent his entire career as a journalist, having served as editor of New Media Age and of the European edition of The Industry Standard prior to joining TechCrunch. He has written for, and is regularly featured in, UK national newspapers and magazines include The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Time, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman, and he is a regular commentator on technology business for news outlets including BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and Bloomberg.

Note: Mike will fully retain his editorial independence in his main role as a journalist. His advisory role with Seedrs has been cleared by TechCrunch and is published on his CrunchBase profile and all social media profiles.

Ralph, Lord Lucas

Member of the House of Lords
Chief Editor of The Good Schools Guide

The Lord Lucas of Crudwell and Dingwall is among the most outspoken proponents of innovation and entrepreneurship on the political scene today. He is an active member of the House of Lords, sitting on the Government back benches and speaking frequently on issues of digital policy, education and financial services reform, among many other subjects. He represents the independence of thought, depth of knowledge and wealth of experience that characterise the House of Lords at its very best. 

In addition to his political activity, Lord Lucas has had a long and successful career in business. He trained as a chartered accountant and spent over a decade working at S.G. Warburg, and he is currently owner and chief editor of The Good Schools Guide.

Dale Murray

Investor and Entrepreneur
British Angel Investor of the Year (2011)

Dale Murray is one of the prime examples of British entrepreneurial greatness, having built and sold a hugely successful business before becoming an award-winning angel investor.
She is currently an active investor in startup and early-stage businesses and a devoted board member and mentor for her investee companies. In 2011, she was named British Angel Investor of the Year by the British Business Angels Association (now known as the UK Business Angels Association). She is also a Non-Executive Director of UK Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).
Dale’s initial success came as co-founder of British mobile pioneer Omega Logic in 1999, which launched pre-pay mobile "top-ups". She built top-ups to £88m (generating annual revenue of £7m) within three years of founding the business, and then sold to a privately held company, Eposs Ltd. She then became Eposs’s CEO, sold the group to First Data Corporation, and built top-ups to £450m (generating annual revenue of £25m) within another three years.