We invited Alex Wood, Editor at Forbes Europe and Simon Cook, CEO at Draper Esprit PLC to talk about entrepreneurship and the role of media in today's startup & scaleup world.
You may know Alex as a journalist or as an entrepreneur, having built and exited The Memo to Forbes not so long ago. Alex is regularly seen on BBC, Sky, CNN or CNBC. He was writing for The Guardian, The Telegraph and was previously a TV producer at Bloomberg and data journalist at the BBC World Service.
Simon has been involved with a number of Europe’s most successful startups including Lovefilm (Amazon), Cambridge Silicon Radio (IPO), Virata (IPO), nCipher (IPO) and KVS (Symantec). Another smart move Draper Esprit did was to buy Seedcamp's first two funds.
If you would like to learn more about the media and VC world's, if you wonder how to get media coverage for your company and how to best present your story, join us on Thursday and learn from the unique perspective of Alex and Simon and learn useful principles when pitching to or talking to the media.
Alex Wood is the Europe Editor at Forbes. Alex joined Forbes in February 2018, following the acquisition by Forbes of The Memo, a London-based, online business publication that Alex founded and edited.
An award-winning editor and broadcaster, regularly seen on BBC News, Sky, CNN and CNBC, he has also written for The Guardian and The Telegraph. In addition, Alex is a visiting lecturer at Britain's leading journalism school, City University, where he trains the next generation of broadcast journalists.
Prior to founding The Memo, Alex held several roles in the media industry, including Editor in Chief of Tech City News, TV Producer at Bloomberg LP, Co-Founder of Not on the Wires – an international current affairs magazine, and Data Journalist at the BBC World Service.
Simon is the CEO of Draper Esprit PLC, which IPO’d on the London and Irish stock exchanges in 2016. Simon has been involved with the European VC industry since 1995 and co-founded Draper Esprit in 2005. He has been involved with a number of Europe’s most successful startups including Lovefilm (Amazon), Cambridge Silicon Radio (IPO), Virata (IPO), nCipher (IPO) and KVS (Symantec).
He currently works with Trustpilot, Graze, Crowdcube, Perkbox and Podpoint. Previously Simon was a partner with Cazenove Private Equity, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2006; a partner at Elderstreet Investments, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2016; and an Investment Director of 3i Technology Europe, which Draper Esprit acquired in 2009. He was a computer games developer early in his career and is a Computer Science graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).