John is a serial entrepreneur who has helped to create companies worth several billion dollars. He has extensive experience across many sectors and geographies having spent over five years in each of London, New York and Silicon Valley.
His entrepreneurial activities started as co-founder of Seattle Coffee Company (which was later acquired by Starbucks) and founder of Syzygy (e-commerce consulting) which floated on the German Stock market. He subsequently founded or co-founded businesses that either went public or were acquired by public companies.
He is now an active ‘value-added’ investor (through his holding company Archimedia) in the technology, real estate and consumer sectors. The current Archimedia portfolio includes Aman Resorts, Geckoboard, Made.com, Pollen, SuperValu and Virgin Mobile.
We support entrepreneurs and organisations that have the potential to make a massive positive impact in the world.
Anton Chernikov, Founder of Exponentials
Makers Academy is Europe’s leading Web Developer bootcamp. We’ve graduated over 1000 students into their dream jobs as junior developers.
Ruben Kostucki, Founder of Makers Academy
The Museum of Architecture (MoA) is a charity that creates pop-up exhibitions and programming to help the public better engage with architecture and supports architects to be more entrepreneurial.
Melissa Woolford, Founder & Director of Museum of Architecture
Internews, an international nonprofit organization, works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives.
Mark Harvey, ex-Executive of Internews
The literacy intervention that jump-starts reading. Using a broad range of innovative techniques, we’ve developed a groundbreaking literacy intervention with amazing results.
Jamie Fries, CEO of Reading Wise
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Sharing vital information that improves lives around the world… Even without access to internet.
Kenny Ewan, CEO and Founder at WeFarm
Organic soft drinks from Fairtrade ingredients. Every bottle sold supports social projects.
Julian Warowioff, Manage Director Uk for Lemonaid