Our Team

Andrea Sommer Founder & CEO

Andrea is an experienced technology strategist with over 12 years experience. She is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, increasing the number of women represented in both, through diversity, from entry-level to board-level. She has spoken at numerous conferences on technology, the mobile industry, entrepreneurship, raising start-up finance, investing, being a female founder and women in technology.

Andrea has been featured in press publications such as The Financial Times, Forbes as well as in the book The MBA Entrepreneur.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Reed College in Portland, US and an MBA from London Business School.

Erin Anderson Co-Founder & CMO

Erin is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 15+ years of international experience in the tech industry. Her career spans working in several startups and multinationals, both in San Francisco and London; as well as experiencing a successful IPO with Plumtree Software and two acquisitions. Upon moving to the UK, Erin furthered her career with management stops at Workshare Technology, Google, and George P. Johnson Experience Marketing.

She holds a B.A in Psychology from Davidson College and postgraduate business certifications from the University of California, Berkeley.

Karl Skidmore CTO

Karl has 25+ years’ experience in senior technical roles, including CTO. He has held senior technical leadership positions at Clear Returns, Multimap (acquired by Microsoft) and Picsolve International.

Nina Wood Finance Director

Nina is an experienced finance professional with 15+ years of experience in finance and start-ups. Recently she has been providing financial and operational support to early-stage technology start-ups based in the UK and the US. Previously she has worked for her family’s investment trust and for HSBC Technology and Operations.

She has a first-class Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Queensland (Australia) and an MBA from the London Business School.

Jessica Brookes Head of Growth

With nearly 20 years' experience, Jessica is a seasoned technology executive with a sales, marketing and communications background. She has led projects in North America, EMEA, LatAm and APAC focusing on brand, thought leadership, story telling and executive strategy. She is an ally and champion for inclusion and diversity with a focus on women in technology. Jessica is passionate about connecting people, ideas and opportunities for empowerment, engagement and results. She has worked with Nike, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Accenture and McAfee amongst others to achieve excellence through insight.

Originally from California, Jessica has been in London since 2004 and holds a BS in Political Science and Communications.

Our Technical Team

Jack Martin Technical Lead

Jack is a UK-based Web Engineer with a degree in Electronic Engineering from Aston University. He has a passion for real-time applications, enterprise architecture, IoT, design, and web accessibility.

Pantelis Ieronimakis Backend Engineer

Pantelis was born in Kavala, a small town in Northern Greece. He studied and graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Master’s Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering. A startup enthusiast, Pantelis is primarily interested in quality coding as well as UI/UX perfection. Node.js admirer, Javascript believer. Loves summer and the sea.

Juliano Tarini Mobile Developer

Juliano is a Senior Software Engineer with over 14 years in software development. He has worked for some companies as a Full Stack Developer as well as a Mobile Developer, working for both iOS and Android platforms. He holds a bachelor's degree in Information Systems from the Federal University of Santa Catarina / Brazil.

Our Advisors

John Bates Chairman & Lead Investor

John is the founder & director at Sussex Place Ventures, London Business School's in-house venture capital fund manager. John is also a former Adjunct Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at London Business School.

For over 10 years, John has led LBS' practical initiatives in developing entrepreneurial firms, including 20 million euros in 'pre-seed' and 'seed' venture capital funds and various networks of entrepreneurs, advisors and private investors associated with London Business School that have supported over 60 alumni founded or supported companies. John is an active angel investor and Limited Partner in SPVs £30m fund.

John has a Bsc from Nottingham University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Audrey Mandela Board Member

Audrey Mandela is chair of Women in Telecoms & Technology (WiTT), a networking group for women in the sector. She also runs Mandela Associates, which provides market research and consulting services for select clients in the telecom, internet and geographical information sectors.

Audrey was Co-Founder of Multimap, one of the world’s leading online mapping providers, where she acted as the company’s corporate counsel and marketing director, and was a board director. Multimap was sold to Microsoft in December 2007.

Audrey is also a member of the steering committee for the Global Board Ready Women initiative; a board director for Wedu, a charity that mentors and supports young women leaders from underserved communities in Southeast Asia; a member of Angel Academe, an angel network that focuses on investments in women-led businesses; and an NED at Clear Returns, an award-winning and innovative retail returns intelligence platform.

She holds a BA from Wellesley College.


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