Simon Gillett, Founder, CEO and Managing Partner
After careers in financial markets (Standard Chartered Bank) and academia (Professor of International Relations), Simon started to buy and build businesses and to date has an IRR of 27%. He built sustainable incomes in 8 countries and is now living in Virginia, USA, with his wife and daughter. Simon is English with dual US and British citizenships (ask him why one isn’t enough). He is an alumni of University College London (BA (Hons), MA), the University of Edinburgh (PGDip by Research), the University of Exeter (M.Ed) and the University of Cambridge and is a past recipient of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council‘s scholarship for Artificial Intelligence.
Pete Nelson, R+D Product Lead
Pete has 21 years of experience in the IT industry. After completing an MSc in Computer Science in 2000 Pete worked in early stage startups in London and Sydney before returning to the UK and developing safety training systems for UK power generation companies. After joining award-winning agency Tak! Pete went on to found several product companies such as: Workfu (acquired 2012) Mixture (invested in by Redgate) Quickcast (acquired by Lookback Inc in 2015) Pete worked at Lookback for three years before leaving to co-found artisan bakery and brewery: Docker based in Kent, UK where he lives with his family. Pete has worked with AWS since its public launch and continues to enjoy prototyping on the platform.
Kirk W. McLarenKirk is CEO at Foresight CFO, Lecturer in Finance at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, and author of The 2% CEO Club™. Kirk holds an MBA and M.A. in Finance & Accounting, M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS, a Graduate Certificate in International Business from Georgetown University, a Bachelors of Science from University of Maryland University College, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), and earned his Impact Financial Management Certification (IFM)
Kiri is the founder & CEO of Bobsled Marketing, a digital agency that helps established consumer brands grow their Amazon sales channel. Kiri is a contributor to Forbes, where she writes a weekly column about Amazon from a brand’s perspective. She hosts the Ecommerce Braintrust podcast, and has written two books about Amazon, The Amazon Expansion Plan and Amazon For CMOs.
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