Steve Jurvetson has a reputation for investing in pioneering companies that create new sectors. Two early bets include Elon Musk-led companies, Tesla (Jurvetson owns its first sedan and second SUV) and SpaceX. Jurvetson holds board seats at both companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Planet, a company that has launched the largest constellation of Earth-observation micro-satellites, and D-Wave, a quantum computing company which counts Google, NASA and Lockheed-Martin as customers. He previously held a board seat at deep learning company Nervana, acquired by Intel in 2016. Jurvetson is recognised as one of the smartest investors in Silicon Valley. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford in electrical engineering in two-and-a-half-years and is a frequent winner at the Churchill Club’s Annual Top Ten Tech Trends event, where VCs come together to share their predictions. The son of Estonian immigrants, he became a name partner at DFJ within six months of joining. Jurvetson maintains a fascination for space and has turned DFJ’s office into a museum showcasing his space artefact collection. He also loves launching rockets with his son.
Founder and CEO
Duncan Logan is the founder and CEO of RocketSpace – a global ecosystem of people and ideas that provides velocity – speed and direction – to help the world’s top innovators bring the future to market. Founded in San Francisco in 2011, its global network of technology campuses is designed to help tech startups scale. Alumni include 18 unicorns such as Blippar, Spotify, Uber and Leap Motion. RocketSpace’s Corporate Innovation Services team of experts help fuel global brands’ innovation programs by tapping into its ecosystem of startups from around the world. RocketSpace recently announced plans to open tech campuses in London, Australia and China.
Duncan was born and raised near St. Andrews, Scotland and began his professional career working in derivatives at Swiss Bank Corporation in London. At 24, he started his first company, CITYPRO International. He built it to $8 million in revenue over a three year period, before selling to ASAP Plc in 2000, where he went on to become group managing director. In 2002, Duncan joined MessageLabs, an early SAAS security company, which he helped to build until it was sold to Symantec in 2008 for $700 million.
Bob Keiller is an entrepreneur and businessman with a passion for inspiring others – he mentors CEOs, coaches entrepreneurs and trains teams from the third sector on change leadership. He does this on a pay-forward basis so, for example, expects CEOs that he mentors to mentor others in turn.
He was appointed Chairman of Scottish Enterprise in January 2016. Previously he was CEO of Wood Group, a company with $7 billion (USD) sales, over 40,000 employees, and operations in more than 50 countries. Bob completed the $1 billion sale of PSN to Wood Group in April 2011. He was responsible for the creation of PSN by manufacturing a $280 million management buyout from Halliburton in 2006. Bob has a Master of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University and is a chartered engineer. He was previously Chairman of the Offshore Contracting Association (OCA) and co-chair of the cross-industry trade body Oil and Gas UK. Bob is former Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange. A warded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2008, he was also named Scottish Businessman of the Year in 2007 and Grampian Industrialist of the Year in 2008. In 2011 Bob was voted “Scottish Male Business Leader of the Year” at the Scottish Leadership awards.
CEO and Co-Founder
Martin Gilbert is a co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the holding company of the fund management group that was established in 1983. Under Martin’s leadership, Aberdeen has become one of the world’s leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. The Group’s core expertise is in equities, fixed income, alternatives and property and it manages assets for national and corporate pension funds, central banks, financial institutions, charities, foundations and private individuals around the world. It joined the FTSE 100 in March 2012.
Martin was appointed Chairman of the Prudential Regulation Authority’s Practitioner Panel in December 2013. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Institute of International Finance. He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the International Advisory Board of British American Business. Martin is also the Deputy Chairman of SKY PLC. In 2008, Martin was named European Personality of the Year at the Funds Europe Awards. In 2009, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Aberdeen for services to business and entrepreneurship. In 2011, he was named Scotland PLC CEO of the Year at the Business Insider/PwC Scotland PLC Awards. Martin is Adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School and in 2014 was awarded a Doctorate of Letters from Heriot-Watt University.
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