Contact and bio

Contact

About

I’m a partner at Bethnal Green Ventures helping to create and grow new technology startups that solve difficult social or environmental problems.

I’ve co-founded three organisations so far:

I’ve also helped dozens of other companies get going as an adviser or mentor. These include Good Gym, Guerilla Science, the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and Technology Will Save Us. I’ve only played a small part in their growth but they’re all brilliant and you should check them out.

I also love the process of researching and writing about new things. Most recently I’ve written The Startup Factories with Kirsten Bound at Nesta but I’ve written twelve reports over the years for Demos. People often ask me what my specialism was – which is hard to say – but my main trick was to look for trends that were driven by enthusiasm and passion rather than just money. It turned out to be quite a successful way of predicting the future. You can download them all for free from the Demos website, but here’s a selection:

At Forum for the Future I helped produce a book and a conference called Digital Futures, sadly there’s no trace of either online anymore, but you can still get hold of the book second hand. It’s a pretty interesting snapshot of turn of the century thinking about the internet. I also wrote a pamphlet called Open Policy in 2002 which is a strange read today.

I’ve also written articles for various journals, newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Independent. I enjoy it so if you’d like me to write something for you, get in touch.

I grew up in Birmingham, went to university in Nottingham and then moved to London for Forum for the Future’s Scholarship Programme. I now live in Bethnal Green in East London.

- March 2012