I’m British so this is awkward but to follow is a quick summary of what I’ve done and what I’ll be doing in the near future.
I am a General Partner of Google Ventures, based in London. I have been Angel Investing for a few years and have seen the shortage of capital and support in Europe firsthand, I look forward to doing what I can to address both. I will remain a Senior Advisor to IDEO and a Board Director of OpenIDEO.
Most recently, I was Design Director at IDEO where I Founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform on which a community of over 100,000 users from more than 170 countries tackles big design challenges for social good, you can read about some of the impact the platform is having here. We subsequently launched OIEngine, a SaaS business enabling its clients to manage their own closed and open communities. Clients include Harvard Business School and Knight Foundation for its NewsChallenge Platform.
Prior to IDEO I was Managing Director of Marcos, the British sportscar manufacturer and Founded Magnom, a magnetic filter startup; our designs have been widely used in Formula 1, Superbikes, JCB loaders and central heating systems. Most importantly, prior to attending college, I spent a year teaching secondary school in Tanzania, contributing to my belief in the power of entrepreneurship for sustainable social good. More on that stuff on and my previous roles on Linkedin.
I’m a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and have been listed in WIRED UK’s top 100 “digital power brokers” the last few years. In 2012 I was included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 most influential people and this Summer I received an Honorary Doctorate from University Arts London. I earned a First class bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where I received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction. I also received an Honorary Doctorate in Design from University Arts London in 2014.
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…