The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2018 - Capitalisers: Tech stars


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Will Shu

Founder, Deliveroo

Shu still pulls on a helmet and delivers one order each week to see what life’s like as one of his 30,000 riders. But the act hasn’t won everyone over: Deliveroo’s made a six-figure pay-out to couriers who said they were denied basic employment rights by the “gig economy” company. Expansion saw Deliveroo post a £129 million loss last year, but it’s valued at more than £1.5 billion. Having just set out plans to reward staff, including those at headquarters in Bank, with share options, it looks like Deliveroo could serve up an IPO next. That is, if Uber Eats doesn’t gobble it up first.

Rachel Whetstone

Incoming Netflix global communications chief

Outgoing from Facebook, where she has been Vice Presidents of Communications for its Instagram, Whats App and Messenger products, Whetstone is heading to Netflix this autumn.

Kathryn Parsons

Founder, Decoded

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Her tech company teaches business leaders how to code, and in 2014 she received an MBE for services to education. She also sits on Theresa May’s and Mayor Sadiq Khan’s business councils

Cindy Rose

UK chief executive of Microsoft

The American has taken a bullish stance in the face of Brexit: investing in the UK and tackling Britain’s digital skills gap.

Matt Brittin

European head of Google

The towering oarsman has stoically rowed the tech giant in the face of adversity while its global growth continues apace.

Jonathan Ive

Chief design officer at Apple

The tech giant’s innovation king created the iPhone and has taken personal control of the design team after a couple of hands-off year.

Adam Neumann

Chief executive of landlord WeWork

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The Israeli-American is bucking the subdued London property market trend with his shared office spaces. He’s opening scores of new sites across 81 cities in 20 countries and his company is now valued at £15 billion and expanding rapidly, helped along by a recent investment from Softbank.

Brent Hoberman

Chairman of Founders Factory

The founder of Lastminute.com now spends his days investing in London’s hottest talent and giving tech start-ups a leg up with his incubator.

Alice Bentinck

Co-founder of Entrepreneur First

The ex-McKinsey consultant is making waves with her start-up tech accelerator and has been honoured with the prestigious Veuve Clicquot women in business gong.

Tom Blomfield

Chief executive of Monzo

The Oxford graduate has made carrying the ubiquitous orange payment card a mark of cool as its cult status continues to grow.

Bruce Daisley

Vice-president of Europe for Twitter

The colourful former publishing executive is in charge of President Donald Trump’s favourite medium across Europe.

Samir Desai

Chief executive and co-founder of Funding Circle

The former management consultant has been at the helm for eight years of the leading peer-to-peer lender to small businesses.

Jan Hammer

Partner at Index Ventures

The slick former Morgan Stanley man is one of the most influential voices in London tech, making a series of smart investments.

Nicola Mendelsohn

Europe, Middle East and Africa vice president at Facebook

Facebook’s most senior executive outside the US entered the advertising industry in the early Nineties and remains a big hitter despite a battle with cancer.

Gerard Grech

Chief executive of Tech Nation

His four years as chief executive have been busy as he deals with the earthquake impact of Britain’s Brexit vote on its migrant-heavy tech sector.

Zeeshan Feroz

UK chief executive of Coinbase

Amid the cryptocurrency boom, Feroz’s exchanges and wallet gained mainstream credibility, signing a partnership with Barclays.

Marta Krupinska

Co-Founder of Azimo

The Polish expat formed one of the fastest growing fintech companies in the world and was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in finance.

Tim Berners-Lee

Director of World Wide Web Consortium

The inventor of the web now works to develop international standards to ensure its long-term growth.

Michael Acton Smith

Co-Founder of Calm.com and Mind Candy

The San Franciscan behind meditation firm Calm and Moshi Monsters maker Mind Candy is influencing Londoners every day.

Jaidev Janardana

Chief executive of Zopa

The former Capital One man is boss of the world’s first peer-to-peer lending company which is launching a bank.

Emma Sinclair

Co-Founder of Enterprise Alumni

The serial entrepreneur was the youngest person to float a company and now runs a tech start-up with her brother James. Enterprise’s software powers the corporate Alumni networks of some of the world’s largest companies.

Ronan Harris

Google managing director for the UK and Ireland

Ronan has been managing director for the UK and Ireland since 2016 and his arrival in the UK coincided with Google’s £1b investment in Britain and the creation of 3,000 new jobs by 2020.

Jimmy Wales

Founder, Wikipedia

The co-founder of the online encyclopaedia has been busy launching online publication Wikitribune to fight fake news

Jamie Heywood

Europe director for Uber

Hired from Amazon earlier this year to be regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, Uber, he intends to open a new chapter for the company in London.