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05-02-2017 - Modwenna Rees-Mogg - 0 comments
The Secret Investor

Toby Lewis is a proven entrepreneur having gained enormous experience at Global Corporate Venturing.  He is now leading the charge at Novum Insights which is the corporate innovation leader in driving data insights for strategic partnerships. The company is focusing initially on gathering data about partnerships between corporates and startups in fintech and cybersecurity, with its first monetisation being achieved from the publication of specialised sector reports in these areas.

It is also developing a data subscription product for clients. The first publication will be a fintech report, due to be published in the first quarter of 2017. The second publication will be a cybersecurity report.

Lewis has hit the ground running with his team comprising:

Jeff Carlson - CIO has extensive experience managing, analyzing, and visualizing data in a wide range of forms, structure, and content
Tim York - CTO has twenty years experience helping companies implement and optimize their financial, operational, and data management systems.
Brenda Gonzalo - COO is experienced in web development, marketing and business development.
Bokyung Park - Marketing Manager is a professional experienced in business development and marketing, focused primarily on growth.
Antoine De Lombarès - CFO manages the entire financial scope of the company and its financial processes.

You can pre-order their reports on their website at https://novuminsights.com/membership-account/membership-levels/ something I recommend as customer cash is always welcome in a new business and, knowing the quality of Toby's work, I am sure you will not be disappointed in what they reveal.  

Toby will be growing this business rapidly so that it becomes an attractive trade sale opportunity I am sure.  I will be keeping a particular eye out for the other sectors Novum starts to follow and analyse as it will be an indicator of where the big investing trends are developing. 

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08-01-2017 - Modwenna Rees-Mogg - 0 comments
The Secret Investor

Destia operates in the leisure sector, aiming to disrupt the travel sector but cutting out the tour operator.  It tis responding to the changing behaviours of consumers who want to do it for themselves, but easily.  With Destia you will research, build, cost and book a bespoke holiday abroad and it believed it can make the experience 10-15% cheaper.  The prototype site is nearly built and the company promises is it will provide expertise, efficiency, value for money and financial protection (Destia is UK bonded and under EU travel package regulations).  Destia is currently targetting the UK market but has plans to enter North America and Australasia in due course. The current fundraising round is 50% funded and is following the business model adopted by Evaneos which took four years to get to £30m turnover (in France). 

The Destia team is high quality with the former MD of Abercrombie and Kent leading the charge as MD.  It also includes 27 year experienced Nick Laing, Bashar Al Ash who knows the destination management end of the model and Wyndham Plumptre who has lots of start up experience.  The tech team which is outsourced is led by the founding CTO of Moshi Monsters as well as having been deeply involved in getting the UK government's web offer straight. 

Angels will be regular consumers of bespoke luxury holidays, but there is not one amongst you that does not appreciate getting better value for money and increasingly staying in control of their lives rather than delegating everything to others.  If Destia achieves its objectives it will probably become immensely popular with our market. 

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