Richard Skaife

CEO & Co-founder, Cobidol

Richard is the co-founder and former CEO of YOVO – a mobile network for Generation Y.

Richard also co-founded the ventures incubator YUZA which was the birthplace for the world’s leading self help app Digipill and the fintech company Pollen VC.

Live events and music have been a big part of Richard’s career too – he was the creator of a weekend long live event format called the Tidy Weekender and also spent a period of time as the Managing Director of the dance music super club brand Slinky.

Richard has spent time as a partner in early stage venture capital – but much prefers the other side of the table.

Richard works with a number of startups and VCs to advise on growth and sector trends. In 2019 he established Cobidol, a company which aims to provide the tech for the emerging cannabinoid and hemp sectors.

Richard has mentored…

Bite the Ballot

We use peer to peer and digital tools to empower and catalyse youth engagement in politics. We are reducing apathy and helping the younger generation of people in the UK to realise the impact that they can have on politics and that politics can have on their life.

  • Bite the Ballot
  • Take Ten Programme
  • Reason Digital
  • Spend Network
  • Gather
  • Too Good to Go
  • MTArt

I was clearly matched with someone that has experience and can relate to where I am at both with my organisation and from a personal perspective. Richard asked the right questions and could see the opportunities that lie before me and how important it is to now have structure and a plan to seek to take advantage of the opportunities.”

Michael Sani, CEO & Founder of Bite the Ballot

Richard has mentored…

Take Ten Programme

Take Ten is a stress control training app that’s designed to give you a head start. By training your body and mind to work together to become more resilient to stress, you can improve your performance in work, in school or in life, a little every day.

 

  • Bite the Ballot
  • Take Ten Programme
  • Reason Digital
  • Spend Network
  • Gather
  • Too Good to Go
  • MTArt

Richard is a very practical and straight talking expert who gave me some thought provoking and inspiring advice.

Fintan Connolly, Founder of Take Ten

Richard has mentored…

Reason Digital

We’re an award winning social enterprise that uses digital to make a difference. This is why we only work on projects that do social good.

 

  • Bite the Ballot
  • Take Ten Programme
  • Reason Digital
  • Spend Network
  • Gather
  • Too Good to Go
  • MTArt

Richard has a huge amount of relevant experience to our growth challenges. He’s literally been-there, done-that, so talking to him about how he did it and what he’d have done differently was priceless.

Matt Haworth, Director & Co-Founder of Reason Digital

Richard has mentored…

Spend Network

Our mission is to make sense of the world’s open spending data. We’ve grown tired of waiting for Government data on spending and contracts to be compiled into a useful tool, so we’ve decided to build a solution ourselves.

  • Bite the Ballot
  • Take Ten Programme
  • Reason Digital
  • Spend Network
  • Gather
  • Too Good to Go
  • MTArt

Really enjoyable and helpful. Richard is firstly and very importantly a good listener. I particularly enjoyed the fact that he spoke about his experiences, rather than imposing a pre-ordained business dogma onto the conversation. I really enjoyed meeting Richard and look forwards to telling him about our successes in the future.

Ian Makgill, Founder of Spend Network

Richard has mentored…

Gather

Gather creates apps for improving democratic communication.

 

  • Bite the Ballot
  • Take Ten Programme
  • Reason Digital
  • Spend Network
  • Gather
  • Too Good to Go
  • MTArt

Richard Skaife has the perspective that comes from having driven a variety of different companies so was easily able to bring suggestions and insights even to quite unusual startup situations. His advice is therefore grounded in realistic practical situations more than startup philosophy, so an hour discussing your project with Richard is extremely valuable.

Ed Maklouf, Founder of Gather

Richard has mentored…

Too Good to Go

EAT WELL. SAVE MONEY. SAVE THE PLANET. Enjoy delicious takeaway food from local restaurants, cafes bakeries & other stores from as little as £2.

 

  • Bite the Ballot
  • Take Ten Programme
  • Reason Digital
  • Spend Network
  • Gather
  • Too Good to Go
  • MTArt

Richard was really insightful and gave a fresh angle on how to approach our business – especially in terms of user engagement.

Jamie Crummie, Founder of Too Good To Go

Richard has mentored…

MTArt

MTArt is a visual artist agency and fund. We invest in the best up and coming art and visual artists in London and internationally.

 

  • Bite the Ballot
  • Take Ten Programme
  • Reason Digital
  • Spend Network
  • Gather
  • Too Good to Go
  • MTArt

Richard Skaife was extremely helpful, not only he offered a couple of introductions to us but also help me thinking of a longer term structure for MTArt. I really enjoyed meeting him and I am leaving this meeting with a lot to think about.

Marine Tanguy, Founder of MTArt

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