A fireside chat with Brent Hoberman, co-founder of Founders Forum, Founders Factory, FirstMinute Capital and LastMinute.com and Henry Lane-Fox, co-founder of Founders Factory, Founders Forum Group and Partner at FirstMinute Capital.
We will talk to Brent and Henry about Founders Factory, a disruptor in corporate backed incubation and about FirstMinute Capital and the art of investing in startups.
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.
Henry is Co-Founder & CEO of Founders Factory, a corporate backed incubator and accelerator based in London, founded in 2015. Previously, Henry was CEO of Founders Forum Group where he co-founded Founders Intelligence, SmartUp.io and Grip. Henry still remains a partner at Founders Forum, serves as Executive Chairman at Founders Intelligence and most recently, became a partner at firstminute capital. Henry began his career in digital as a member of the founding team at lastminute.com. He has deep experience of advising global brands and institutional investors on digital transformation, emerging technologies and start-up partnerships, working closely with companies such as Sky, Visa, Tesco, Silver Lake and L’Oréal.