REIJO
POLD

OPERATING PARTNER | INNOVATION ARCHITECT

I would describe myself as a geek who’s passionate about problem solving and predictive logic, it’s something I can’t turn off and it works well whilst building technology companies. I’ve been in the tech and investment space for quite some time, I grew up with it.

 

I enjoy working with awesome teams who want to change the world and I’m fascinated by people’s personal journeys and stories. Folks in this space are often like-minded and I encourage everyone who think similarly to meet and talk as much as possible.

 

One of my key beliefs is that everyone should treat each-other well and be kind to others, it’s what I live by and wish would be practiced more. Great things come from collaboration, openness and supporting diversity. Some of the best companies live by a similar mantra and perhaps that’s part of the equation why they morphed into mystical beasts that are worth $1B+. 

 

I like long distance running, sometimes I just run for hours on end and get lost in the zen state that it creates. It’s also when I do a lot of thinking, about everything and often that’s when the eureka moments crystallize. 

 

What I bring to SILK is a macro and micro level understanding about how companies should be built, with an emphasis on commercial potential and scale. I’m a big believer in creative partnerships and maximising ROI on every minute of the day from a tech company’s perspective.

 

After meeting people like Elon Musk, Vint Cerf and Reid Hoffman, I was inspired to share my views on an open forum, to try and change things for the better and let people make up their own minds about what could be improved upon in an industry or on a larger, more existential level. That’s when I started to enjoy giving talks at conferences, events and panel discussions. People should share knowledge, what they have learnt as well as mistakes they have made because that’s what drives progress. Be open and curious, discuss.

 

Building good companies often starts with creating a great solution to a problem, albeit creative destruction has its place as well. On the UK and European side, sometimes I see too much emphasis on the product and not enough on commercial scaling. There needs to be a balance and considering our market’s characteristics, one must choose a growth and distribution method carefully. That’s also part of the reason why we like to work with multinational corporations and provide benefits to all sides.

 

What I value most in business is honesty and transparency which helps to establish fundamentals on which to forge solid relationships on. Treat people well and work hard is a surprisingly simple, yet powerful mixture.  

 

Before joining SILK, I was at Wayra UK which is Telefónica’s global corporate accelerator/investment fund and one of the largest programmes of its kind in the world. I joined that company in its beginning stages and within 2 years, Wayra UK became the #1 corporate accelerator in Europe.

 

Do what you believe in and what you’re passionate about, don’t forget to pay it forward during your journey. 

Team

We are a team of entrepreneurs and investors with distinctive backgrounds who have lived and worked in China experiencing its exciting development over the past 20 years. Collectively, our experience covers 15+ industries and all stages of a company’s life from inception to exit.