I’m British so this is awkward but to follow is a quick summary of what I’ve done and what I’m doing now.
I lead the European office of GV (Google Ventures), based in London. My investments include Lemonade.com, Snyk, Vaccitech, GoCardless, Blue Vision Labs (sold to Lyft), GMI (sold to Wuxi Nextcode), Autolus (Nasdaq), Oxford Sciences Innovation, Secret Escapes and Currency Cloud.
Previously, while leading IDEO’s startup efforts, I founded OpenIDEO, IDEO’s open innovation platform that has over 200,000 users from more than 170 countries. The platform allows a global community of users to tackle challenges for social good.
I am an Angel Investor in >30 startups; my seed investments include MileIQ (exited to Microsoft), Divimove (exited to Freemantle), GoCardless, Cliqz (exited to Burda), Llustre (exited to Fab), Massive Health (exited to Jawbone), LostMyName, Nested, Tray.io, Lendable, SMOL, Interai and MoveGuides.
My TED talk on design has been viewed over 1.5 million times, I’ve been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and am featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers and the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People.
I have a first class bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bristol, an MBA from Harvard Business School, where I received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction and an Honorary Doctorate in design from University of the Arts London.
PS You’ll notice I use a standard template in my Weiji Blog posts. wēijī is the Chinese word for crisis – I find it inspiring because it comprises the symbols for “danger” and “opportunity” (although this is certainly up for debate if you look here). My weiji blog entries are a standard format – I present context as “danger” and a company’s creative approach as “opportunity”. I then offer a quick provocation that I hope might offer you some inspiration…