According to Business Insider, Startup Grind London April speaker Simon Cook is UK’s coolest investor.

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.

When you read the article you will notice that from the TOP 10 VCs/investors we already hosted 6 of them (including Simon Cook)

Simon will be joined by Alex Wood, Forbes Europe Editor. What is interesting about Alex is the fact that he is not just a journalist. He is a media entrepreneur as well. So expect nothing less than an interesting discussing, full of advice and tips on how to better understand tech media and how to deal with media journalists, when you are trying to have your business story published.

Media in Today’s Startup World: Alex Wood (Forbes Europe) & Simon Cook (Draper Esprit)

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. Alex is a visiting lecturer at City University.



Simon Cook
Draper Esprit PLC

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).

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