I'm an entrepreneur & angel investor in the Boston area with a particular interest in technology, curation & socialization of music. I've spent much of the last 25 years building high-growth tech businesses.
I founded NetProspex, a company that helps B2B corporations manage their marketing data & which was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2015 for $125M.
Prior to NetProspex, I was president of the Zoominfo data company, CEO of technology analyst firm Hurwitz Group, & rose from sales to CEO of a Thomson Reuters business unit.
After graduating in geology from Oxford, I spent 5 years prospecting for diamonds in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana in Southern Africa, working for mining giant De Beers. Growing up as a kid in the north of England, I loved wildlife films on TV, so this was a dream come true -- savannah, antelopes, lions & nomadic bushmen.
During an exciting five years, I built De Beers' first GIS system for mapping & interpreting diamond prospecting results across Botswana.
Returning to the UK, I changed tack & became a trainee film producer for a couple of years working for Geofilms, a film production company making educational films with geological content for natural resource companies & for TV science documentaries. I made films in the UK, Portugal & Angola.
I go to see a lot of live music in Boston & Cambridge which has an outstanding music scene & amazing artists. I love exploring recorded music, especially contemporary & historical African music. I also play the drums & DJ (whenever anyone will let me :)