Your partners

"Individuals don't build great companies, teams do."

INVESTMENT

@brisbourne
INVESTMENT

Nic Brisbourne - Managing Partner

Nic has 15 years experience in the venture capital industry and prior to founding Forward Partners in June 2013, was a Partner at leading venture capital firm DFJ Esprit.

He has worked and invested in London and Silicon Valley, leading over 25 investments and enjoying a number of successful exits including buy.at (acquired by AOL for $125m) and Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m).

Nic also authors Europe's most popular VC blog: The Equity Kicker.

INVESTMENT

@holmanma
INVESTMENT

Martyn Holman - Partner

Martyn’s early career was spent as a consultant with the leading strategy consulting house, Boston Consulting Group. He has since developed a wealth of experience with technology based growth businesses and joined Betfair in its infancy as Director of New Ventures.

Whilst at Betfair, Martyn founded and spun out LMAX Exchange, a leading multilateral trading facility for FX trading. During his time at LMAX, Martyn held the role of COO, driving market structure, product strategy, market development, commercial and international strategy and sales and corporate development.

In 2012 Martyn joined Google as NPS Sales Operations North & Central Europe before joining Oxford Capital in 2013 where he led investment strategy. During his tenure, Martyn led investments and was Board Director for businesses including Linkdex, Outplay Entertainment, Kobojo, and import.io.

INVESTMENT

@mattyjam
INVESTMENT

Matthew Bradley

Matthew used to work on trading floors at Lloyds and BarCap before seeing the light. Following an MBA at SDA Bocconi and before joining us he became an entrepreneur and investor in his own right.

He’s focused on sourcing and executing deals. His other interests and activities include investment strategy, writing and emoji.

PRODUCT & TECH

@dhrmshr
PRODUCT & TECH

Dharmesh Raithatha

Dharmesh helps our startups build great products. He has a passion for User Research, Lean UX and using data to inform decision making. Dharmesh has a background in artificial intelligence and most recently worked as an early employee at high-growth startup Mind candy. He has founded 2 startups and successfully exited one.

Within our portfolio he has helped progress Appear Here, Driftrock, SnapTrip, Makers Academy and ParcelBright.

GROWTH

@TomMacTom
GROWTH

Thomas MacThomas

Tom is an award winning growth marketer, having gained experience heading up the marketing function at high growth daily deals site Wowcher, online gaming firm William Hill Online and more recently the mobile app Bizzby.

Tom helps our startups with marketing strategy and support, everything from PPC all the way through to TV.

Public Relations

@misterfoz
Public Relations

Nic Forster

Nic has spent over 10 years working within national consumer communications agencies on behalf of global retail and e-commerce clients including Amazon.co.uk, Hamleys, ASDA and Pretty Green.

Prior to joining Forward Partners, Nic headed up the PR team at one of the UK's fastest growing e-commerce businesses, notonthehighstreet.com. During his time with the marketplace, Nic was responsible for leading PR strategy for the brand and also worked alongside the SMEs it supports, consulting on communications strategy.

Nic leads communication strategy on behalf of Forward Partners whilst also working with our start ups, helping them to conceptualise and tell their brand and business stories to both press and the target consumer.

PRODUCT & TECH

@goldstein
PRODUCT & TECH

Leonidas Tsementzis

Leonidas has over ten years experience in software and product development, specialising in full stack development, scalable infrastructures and lean development practices. He has founded two startups and is an advisor to others.

Leo has a strong engineering background, he works closely with our early stage startups on all their technology oriented needs. He’s an open source advocate and frequent speaker at tech events on infrastructure, scalability, performance and lean development.

PRODUCT & TECH

PRODUCT & TECH

Martin Sanders

Martin is a full stack developer who helps build the right product. He has a passion for development best practices, lean solutions and user-focused products. His background is working with digital media and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brands.

When Martin is not at work he likes long walks on the beach and other cliches.

PRODUCT & TECH

@alexwllms
PRODUCT & TECH

Alex Williams

Alex is a front-end developer with experience building large-scale, maintainable websites. He is an advocate for progressive enhancement, accessibility and good CSS architecture.

Alex has a background in foreign direct investment law, having spent two years advising British SMEs on how to establish a company in the manufacturing centre of south China. He is also passionate about contributing to open source software projects and encouraging diversity in the tech community.

OPERATIONS

OPERATIONS

Jane Warwick

Jane worked as an accountant and auditor in various firms before making the move to join Forward Internet Group Limited as their Group Financial Controller in 2000.

In 2014, Jane moved to Forward Partners as their Financial Controller. Jane runs the accounts at Forward Partners and is on-hand to provide support and guidance to our entrepreneurs.

TALENT

@chriswilko
TALENT

Chris Wilko

Chris has helped build the leadership teams for some of the world’s most innovative digital companies. Prior to Forward Partners he was a Senior Associate at the digital headhunting firm The Up Group and placed C'level executives at companies such as Skyscanner, JUST EAT, WorldRemit and Circle.

Chris is passionate about disruptive businesses and is now hands-on with helping Forward Partners’ portfolio scale their businesses from a people perspective. In his spare time Chris enjoys playing jazz piano, writing sitcom scripts and drinking IPA.

PRODUCT & TECH

@carly_denham
PRODUCT & TECH

Carly Denham

Carly’s focus has been in digital, interface and print design at start-ups and agencies. She endeavours to craft beautiful, simple and intuitive experiences which prioritise the consumer’s needs. Most recently, Carly worked as the UX Designer at Topshop, with a team at Arcadia and on the reviews and ratings platform Reevoo.

She has a strong passion for building fair, stable and delightful solutions, which create measurable value for users. She believes genuine brand advocacy and repeat custom grow from developing human-centric products.

PRODUCT & TECH

@MatisakDesign
PRODUCT & TECH

Seth Matisak

Seth brings 7 years of design experience from around the world including Washington DC, Cleveland, Ohio and Malta having won awards for his print and packaging designs.

He has a strong passion for all things branding and helped maintain brand standards for world-wide corporations (Nestle, Nokia, John Deere, Kimberly Clark and Sherwin Williams) while also creating new and engaging brands for start-ups, city organisations and charities while his ability to transition his layout and branding skills to the digital world has resulted in clean, intuitive and modern web designs.

Friends of Forward Partners

Jonathan McKay

Jonathan is an experienced angel investor and chairman with an exemplary track record of scaling and internationalising world class technology businesses to create and realise outstanding shareholder returns. He specialises in aligning management, investors and founders around clearly defined common objectives.

Jonathan currently chairs Just Giving and and is on the Investment Committee of venture capital fund Ventech China. Previous experience includes Chairman of Ubiquisys (acquired by Cisco for $310m), Chairman of Fizzback (sold to NICE Systems for $88m) and CMO of Forte Systems (acquired by Sun Microsystems for $810m).

David Reynolds

David leads European Media and Internet Research at Jefferies, the global securities and investment banking firm. With over fifteen years' experience in European TMT equity research at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and JP Morgan and Institutional Investor ranked, David brings a sharp equity capital markets perspective to emerging high growth companies. Recent 2014 IPO experience includes AO.com and eDreams Odigeo.

A Chartered Accountant and former Royal Marines Officer.

Romain Eude

Romain is an experienced CTO and startup advisor. He recently co-founded Utelly, a mobile application and a platform aimed at changing how consumers discover and find what to watch on-air and online.

Prior to Utelly Romain held a variety of senior IT roles, including CTO of my-wardrobe.com, CTO of gekko.com and Head of Technology at TouchLocal.com