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Mr Brent Hoberman (SPK02095)

Residency:
United Kingdom
Background:
Entrepreneurial
 
Business
 
Technology
Language:
English
Account Type:
Standard

Brent co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998, with Martha Lane Fox, in the living room of his London flat three years after having drafted the initial idea.

Brent was 29 and Martha was just 25. Brent was CEO since the inception of the company. lastminute.com remains one of Europe's leading ecommerce companies – and is one of the only startup brands in Europe to regularly feature in the top 10 ecommerce sites in many European geographies. The company floated in March 2000 when the dotcom bubble was at its peak – the IPO was 40 times oversubscribed and the price increase during the process was a record for a UK company. lastminute.com acquired 14 businesses after the IPO to supplement the annual growth of the core brand which was over 100% from 1998 – 2004. Ten years on the company was the number one travel website in Europe and was acquired by Travelocity Europe for $1.1 billion, a division of Sabre Holdings Corporation on 20th July 2005. Estimates for gross bookings at the time of the sale in 2005 were over $2.1 billion.

Brent's leading industry role was recognised by several organisations – these include: Time Magazines Top 25 European digital leaders, Revolution's Internet Person of the Year and the Institute of Travel Tourism (ITT) Travel Business Person of the Year. He tends to appear in the top 15 of Wired's European digital leaders.

Brent remained CEO of lastminute.com through 2005, until April 2006 when he handed over the CEO position to Ian McCaig and took the position of Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of lastminute.com. Brent's entrepreneurial vision ensured the lastminute.com customer experience was continually enhanced by the latest innovations in technology.

He was co-founder and Chairman of VC-backed internet startup, mydeco the first place to design and shop for your home with search, community and 3d visualisation tools. He sold the 3d business to Floorplanner and spun out made.com. He has been Chairman since its inception in 2011. Made.com is a UK based startup that is disrupting the furniture industry by giving customers beautiful furniture and accessories direct from the makers.

Brent is also Chair of Founders Forum a brainstorming forum described by the Guardian as 'Davos for Geeks'. It also now has a consulting division Founders Intelligence – that helps large corporates work with innovative startups. Founders Keepers is the headhunting division of Founders Forum that recruits top digital talent. Brent is also co-founder of PROfoundersCapital, an early stage internet Venture Capital company backed by several top entrepreneurs.

He is a Non-Executive Board Director of Guardian Media Group, easyCar (Person to person carsharing), TalkTalk Plc, Shazam. From January 2007 he took on the role of Non-Executive Chairman of wayn.com – a travel and leisure social network with over 10 million members, in December 2009, he stepped down from the board of wayn.com. He is also an angel investor in several internet companies. Brent was a Governor of the University of the Arts College London and is currently on the Rector's advisory council.

Brent is on several advisory boards including Kenshoo, BBH, eRepublik, RankAbove, Wahanda, CultureHorde, MusicQubed, Busuu.

In 2009, Brent was selected as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders for the UK

In July 2009, Brent was appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to The Business Council for Britain. He now sits on the Government digital services advisory board (GDS) and was appointed to be UK government business trade ambassador in 2010.

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