He started his career with one of the leading UK software houses before setting up his own software and consultancy company in the mid-1980s. He sold this business to Staffware plc in 1996, shortly after which the combined entity floated on AIM.
Nick spent eight years at the venture capitalist 3i as global sector head for software and internet investments. With 3i he advised the local investment teams on over 80 investments and took board roles with a number of portfolio companies and built relationships with many of the large tech industry acquirers mostly in the US.
Having been on both sides of the table, Nick is uniquely placed to share with you his insights on what VCs are looking for in an investment pitch.
Since 2007 Nick has acted as advisor to some venture capital funds including the London Technology Fund, C5 Capital a cyber security specialist, and also has advised and invested in a number of early stage technology companies.
In September 2018 Nick joined Amadeus Capital as a partner in the latest early stage technology fund.
Nick is currently a director on the boards of:
- DirectID, the Scottish Fintech start-up whose products leverage the identity and data that customers have with their banks, to prove customers are who they say they are;
- XYZ Reality, the company bringing augmented reality to the construction industry and
- Brytlyt, who have built the world’s most advanced data analytics and visualisation software using Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
- He is also the investment manager for Altana.ai, who use AI to analyse billions of data elements on global trade to help governments, enterprises, and financial institutions understand risks and build better global commerce through shared intelligence.