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Brent Hoberman has founded Lastminute.com together with Martha Lane Fox. They founded LastMinute.com in 1998, an online travel and gift business that floated at the peak of the dot-com bubble. Despite the burst of the bubble, the company managed to survive and do well.
Brent was a survivor of the bubble and remained as CEO of Lastminute.com Ltd. The company was later acquired by Sabre who purchased the company’s equity and bond debt for £577 million. In 2006 he handed over the CEO position to Ian McCaig, but remained as Chairman and Chief Strategic officer of the company until 2007.
Later Brent started other impressive businesses, like Made.com and Founders Forum.
Founders Forum, Firstminute, LastMinute
Brent co-founded Founders Factory, lastminute.com (sold in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn). Brent is the co-founder and was founding chairman of made.com; Founders Forum Group; firstminute capital; as well as Karakuri. Brent was a board member of TalkTalk, TimeOut, The Guardian, Shazam, The Economist. He sits on the advisory board of LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund).
Brent is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Founders Factory. Brent co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Brent is the co-founder and was founding chairman of made.com, a direct-from-factory consumer retailer in the UK.
Brent is the co-founder and chairman of Founders Forum, a series of intimate invite only events for leading entrepreneurs and senior investors; firstminute capital, a pan-European $100m seed fund, backed by Atomico, Tencent and over 30 unicorn founders as well as Karakuri, a provider of robotics, AI and automation systems.
Brent is a former board member of TalkTalk, TimeOut, The Guardian Media Group, Shazam Entertainment and The Economist. He currently sits on the advisory board of LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund), the Oxford Foundry and the UK Gov Digital Advisory Board.
Brent is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a former Prime Minister's Business Trade Ambassador and co-chairs the Prime Minister Theresa May's Business Sector Council for Britain in entrepreneurship, scale-ups and small business. In 2015, Brent was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship.
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