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Max Bautin

Max Bautin


Partner

Max has worked in venture capital since 2001, first building what was to become the seed part of IQ Capital's business and then co-founding IQ Capital. He has invested in over two dozen high-technology companies - including Phonetic Arts (Google), ImSense, Sirigen (BD), DanioLabs (Summit), Quotient (EKF), Reevoo, Novacta, Veebeam and Transversal - and currently sits on the boards of Grapeshot, Neul, and Stillfront.

Max started his career in Millicom and then Metrosvyaz, both private equity players investing in mobile telecoms companies in Eastern Europe and other developing countries. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Max enjoys white-water kayaking, flying sailplanes and riding motorcycles.

Edward Stacey

Edward Stacey


Partner

Ed has worked in early stage venture capital since co-founding Venture Technologies, a £35 million high-technology fund between 1996-2001 achieving excellent returns. Notable investments included Autonomy Corporation plc, WhereonEarth, Trustbase (sold to Sun MicroSystems) and Durlacher plc. Ed started his career with Henkel and Scientific Generics.

Ed has an MBA and a BSc in Physics.

Ed sits on the boards of DezineForce, Spikes Cavell, and Rosslyn Analytics. Ed was also on the board of Imsense which was exited in 2010.

Kerry Baldwin

Kerry Baldwin


Partner

Kerry has fourteen years venture capital experience, starting between 1998-2001 as an Investment Manager with Venture Technologies (a £35 million high-technology fund with important successes in the cases of Autonomy Corporation plc, WhereonEarth, Trustbase and Durlacher plc). Between 2002-2006 Kerry worked with a group of London-based high net worth individuals for whom she specialised in taking businesses from the concept stage to AIM floatation. Kerry has also worked with Concept Dynamics Ltd and currently sits on the boards of Sirigen Group, Rosslyn Analytics, and Power Challenge.

Kerry began her career with BDO Stoy Hayward following the Royal College of Music. She specialises in research, trade sale opportunities and competitive intelligence and enjoys off shore racing.

Abby Robertson

Abby Robertson


Operations Manager

Abby joined the IQ Capital team in May 2008 and brings a wealth of experience in Administration and Office Management. She previously spent 3 years working in the Real Estate sector where she managed the after sales of new build residential properties throughout East Anglia.

In her spare time, Abby is a very keen athlete, having completed the Flora London Marathon in 2007 and 2009 as well as the Amsterdam Marathon in 2010, and completed a number of cycle rides in aid of the British Heart Foundation. She is now hoping to add swimming to her repertoire and, one day, complete an Iron Man Triathlon.

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Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown OBE


Nigel started his own business, NW Brown Group, in Cambridge in 1974 and by 2007, when he retired, it employed nearly 100 people and managed discretionary funds of over $1bn. Since the early 1990s Nigel has spent most of his time helping early stage businesses with finance and advice. As part of this process he formed the GEIF, an angel network, and was co-founder of the Cambridge Network. He raised his first venture capital fund, the $70m Gateway Fund in 2001 and was part of the team which raised the IQ Capital Fund in 2006. His efforts on behalf of early stage companies achieved national recognition when he received an individual Queen's award for enterprise promotion in 2006, and an OBE in 2007.

Nigel chairs IQ Capital and keeps an active involvement in university and charitable activities. Nigel supports the performing arts, especially music through his own charity, The Stradivari Trust, which raises substantial funds for the purchase of rare stringed instruments for gifted musicians.

Richard Little

Richard Little


Richard Little is an entrepreneurial non-executive director of software and services businesses, with substantial experience of small businesses in the financial services sector. He's presently serving as chairman (since 1999) and interim CEO (since 2005) of Dovetail Group Ltd, Non-executive chairman (since 2004) of Transversal Corporation, Non-executive director (since 2002) of Market Data Services Ltd, and Non-executive director (since 2000) of Rule Financial Ltd. Richard's career began in 1979, with Burroughs Machines Ltd., selling accounting systems to small businesses in West London. In 1982, he set up his own business, Braid, and led the company to be sold to Mercator, a Nasdaq-listed company, for $125million in 1999. Since then Richard has concentrated exclusively on smaller privately-held businesses in UK, experiencing the challenges of growth from the founder-managed stage.

Philip Langston

Philip Langston


An experienced fund manager, entrepreneur and business angel. After an initial career in the property investment/development sector and a first degree at the University of Cambridge Philip joined 3i in 1978. While at 3i he developed a special interest and expertise in the evaluation, funding and development of early stage businesses, many with a high technological basis. After fifteen years with 3i and NatWest Ventures Philip returned to Cambridge to run a small fund established by 3i and The University of Cambridge (Quantum) dedicated to funding and managing technology based spin-outs from the University. In 1997 he bought a small manufacturing business which he relocated, repositioned in its market, expanded and made highly profitable and cash generative. Six years later the business attracted a very good offer and was sold in 2004. Philip has been actively investing as a business angel since then.

Tim Schoonmaker

Tim Schoonmaker


Tim Schoonmaker manages a portfolio of public company investments. He was at Emap plc from 1983 until 2004; where he was CEO of Emap Performance, including the group's radio and music TV interests, pioneering cross-media brand creation through digital platforms, and the Chairman of EMAP Advertising. Thereafter, he was CEO of Odeon Cinemas Ltd, where he led the business through an exit successful for investors, and also served as the media industry partner of mid-market private equity fund DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. He is currently Chairman of Grapeshot Ltd, a current portfolio company of the IQ Capital Fund. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College.

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