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
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
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.