Company Involvements

I’m an investor in several business (and mentor to some) which include:


The Internet of Pigs is Set to Fly is the title of a recent case study by 1248. It pretty much sums up the extraordinary potential that comes from connecting everyday objects (or even pigs) to the internet. 1248’s mission is provide solutions for device management – helping to keep track of all those billions of devices and make sure their health is monitored and their software is up-to-date.

Pilgrim Beart is an exceptional (serial) entrepreneur and co-founder of 1248 with Toby Jaffey. I chair  1248 and love the potential which it embraces. Keith Reed has recently joined the team after more than 10 years with the company I founded (Actix).


Failure to manage cash is one of the top reasons for failure of small and medium sized businesses according to the NY Times and Evan Carmichael. Float is one click away from providing you with an up-to-date cash view on your business. Setting a budget and managing your business cash-flow on a day-to-day basis has never been easier. It’s integration with Xero and FreeAgent means you and your advisors are always on the same page.

Colin Hewitt founded Float and I’ve been an investor and director since 2013. I have been involved with many businesses but I haven’t seen a single one that couldn’t improve it’s management of cash. Float is beautifully clear in it’s presentation of basic facts about the business and I’d strongly recommend it to any small / medium business.



The Singletrack Edge platform was designed to help sell side-firms leverage their assets to achieve competitive advantage, with the focus on maximising revenue, votes and overall client satisfaction in a climate of market and regulatory change.

I first met Paul Dyson and Stuart Berwick via mutual friend Chris Greening. They founded Singletrack soon afterwards and I served as Chair until handing over to Michael Berman in 2014.


RadioOpt has several hundred-thousand mobile apps deployed on smartphones all around the world. Their software provides insights into smartphone performance and allows users to take control of their data plans. It also provides anonymized data on operator coverage and quality that helps decision making about network choices.

Johannes Huebner founded RadioOpt following his successful sale of his previous company to Actix – the company I founded. I was honoured to be asked by Johannes to serve on his new company Advisory Board alongside Prof. Gerhard Fettweis. Sadly Johannes died in 2013 and the business is now being run very ably by Ernesto Zimmerman and Rene Habendorf.

Southbank SinfoniaSouthbank Sinfonia

Every year, Southbank Sinfonia brings together 32 young musicians for an experience that will change their lives.

I have been a trustee of SbS for about 7 years and attend as many of their performances as possible (which isn’t as many as I’d like!)

Research Space

eCat is one of the leading single-user Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) and Research Space are close to launching their new collaborative product.


miituu is all about engagement with your employees, customers and associates. An online video platform with the power to communicate around an organisation.


The Online Identity Verification Service that proves who you are using your bank identity.


Coming soon …

The founders of MeVi (Liza Sutherland and Simon Hicks) are thinking big and looking to launch in 2015.

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Comments 1

  1. Angus Diggle

    I believe you are an old boltonian.You seem to be a techy.I am hungry and homeless.
    Can we make billions creating something like Mark Z’s baby?

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