nigel pollard, managing partner
Providing a holistic view of sales and marketing is rare in the technology world. However, Nigel has had bottom up and top down management experience in sales and marketing in the technology sector and has built a wealth of corporate company knowledge from his roles at multi-national firms such as Andrew Corporation where he led marketing and business development throughout EMEA and Asia and Harris Corporation where he ran sales in Europe. Nigel has helped over 30 companies establish their sales throughout the world with a key focus on Europe, his experience spans technology solutions and the alphabet to include; Airwide-SMSC, Avot Media-mobile video, Billing Components-BSS, Blinq Networks-NLOS small cell backhaul, Bridgewave- PtP wireless backhaul, Bridgewater-policy management, Cambridge Broadband Networks-PmP wireless backhaul, CCI-base station products, Colony Networks-network cloud monitoring, Complete Innovations-fleet, asset & workforce solutions, Dyaptive Systems-network test equipment, Extend Media-interactive tv content, Group4Labs-semi conductors, Hoopz-web discovery mobile advertising, InQ-interactive online chat, Leapstone-service delivery platform, LHS-BSS, LibertyComms - marketing, PR & digital communications, Mobidia – optimisation & data manger application, Mobile Access-indoor wireless IP solutions, McommsTV-media streaming transcoding, Ortiva Wireless-mobile video optimisation, Razoom-service creation platform BW management, Redknee-BSS, Ripcode-video transcoding, Transclick- IM translation, Vantrix-multimedia video optimisation, VPI Systems- network analytics, Wavefront-wireless technology incubator, Wavesat-semiconductor. Nigel holds Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Communications Engineering and MBA degrees.
wolfgang schuster, strategic advisor
Wolfgang is an experienced investment professional with a great balance of technical and commercial acumen. His experience comes from more than 10 years working in the telecommunications and corporate venturing industry. Having worked for a global leader in a highly dynamic industry, Wolfgang is skilled in managing large corporate projects and processes in a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary environment. Given his exposure to the start-up ecosystem in various roles – from innovation scout, to trials, investments and representation at Board level – Wolfgang has gained deep knowledge in establishing successful relationships between both small and large businesses. Most recently Wolfgang served as Principal at Vodafone Ventures, Vodafone's global venture capital arm. In this role, Wolfgang successfully closed investments in Device Insight (M2M), Qype (consumer Internet), Perfecto Mobile (cloud-based testing), and VOSS Solutions (unified communications). In October 2012, Wolfgang successfully exited Qype, the European market leader for local businesses. Wolfgang is a regular speaker, jury member and mentor at Venture Capital and start-up events in Europe. Dipl. Wi-Ing (Industrial Engineering).