Gospel Technology is a team of enterprise professionals that are passionate about the secure and ethicial use of data. We firmly believe that modern corporations need to put securing their data at the heart of what they do.
It’s part of what we call the new data culture.
Gospel’s philosophy is that individuals and companies should have the right to share and leverage their data with absolute trust and no fear of malicious, unethical or accidental exploitation.
Perimeterless architectures are already being pushed by forward-thinking teams who demand to share and utilise all the information available to them. The trouble is they don’t have the right tools to enable them to do it effectively and securely.
We want to help all those organisations trapped by their own processes and the technology they currently have, and who can’t realise the true potential of their data. We want to increase accountability of data and create good business practices where companies and individuals are assume responsible for their actions because every transaction is recorded.
Ian is an entrepreneur and a vastly experienced enterprise technology executive, having worked in various consulting and in-house roles within the sector over the last 20 years.
Before founding Gospel Technology in 2016, Ian was the founder and CTO of Butterfly Software, a data analytics and migration software company acquired by IBM in September 2012. After which he took on a worldwide Vice President of Product Management role for IBM.
Prior to Butterfly, Ian was involved in solving some of the largest and most complex infrastructure and data problems in enterprise business. He built HSBC’s enterprise infrastructure and worked for the likes of Dell, Deutsche Bank and Lloyds TSB Group.
While gaining a wealth of experience working in enterprise business, Ian noticed a clear disconnect between how enterprise businesses use their data and how they collaborate. He founded Gospel Technology to help solve this issue and enforce the fundamentals of ethics in business through the ethical use of data.
Ian holds a BSc Geology from University of Sheffield
Twitter handle: @iantsmith
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-smith-a803701/
Malcolm is a highly seasoned information technology executive, whose career spans over 50 years in the IT industry covering a wide range of operational, technical and management roles.
Malcolm spent 25 years of his career successfully working for large US global corporations, with a particular focus on the high-speed networking and data storage sectors, including Hitachi Data Systems, Network Systems Corp. and Storagetek. In these roles, he excelled at managing large teams, as well as providing integrated hardware, software and networked business solutions to blue chip accounts, through both direct and indirect sales channels throughout Europe.
His roles have included sales and marketing management, managing director, general manager and corporate officer.
Malcolm previously worked closely with Ian Smith building Butterfly Software before it was acquired by IBM in 2012.
Mark is an international finance and operations executive, with a strong commercial focus and particular expertise and experience in the SaaS space.
He has a proven track record of developing strategies that help complex, global businesses consistently hit revenue and profitability targets, having played leading roles in initiatives including M&A, structuring sales transactions, identifying new market opportunities and rebalancing commercial investments.
Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. His career has included several financial leadership positions prior to his role as Gospel’s Chief Financial Officer, including six years as Vice President Finance Europe for Ariba prior to the acquisition by SAP.
Mark is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) and holds a BSc (Hons) Chemistry from Kings College London
Twitter handle: @marklubienski
Reuben has 15 years’ experience in web and software development, having occupied multiple technical roles since 2003.
Reuben joined Gospel from Experian Marketing Services, where he was most recently responsible for the software development and product management functions for the Alchemy Social, Promote and Intelligent Audiences product lines. Prior to that, he worked for a VAR, where he was in charge of e-commerce and internal line of business applications.
Across these roles, Reuben gained extensive experience of managing large-scale software projects, scalable, distributed, service-oriented software architectures, and how to satisfy complex and divergent compliance requirements (FCA, PCI, etc).
As Vice President for Technology at Gospel, Reuben is responsible for all platform and product development activities.
Twitter handle: @libellous
Kevin’s career spans just under 30 years in both technical and sales leadership roles within the data centre space, where he has worked for companies such as IBM, EMC, Dell & Nimble Storage. Prior to joining Gospel, he was EMEA Sales Director at BlueData, Inc.
Kevin leads the sales team at Gospel, where he’s using his depth of experience in the B2B technology sales sector to help customers reduce risk and deliver tangible business value.
A commitment to delivering a first-class customer experience is something that Kevin is laser focused on and is the key driver to how we think and how we approach business at Gospel.
Twitter handle: @kevdunndata
Kevin is responsible for the Go-To-Market Strategy at Gospel, where he works alongside the senior management team to ensure that the Gospel purpose aligns with wider market requirements.
With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Kevin has worked for leading corporates such as StorageTek, Symantec, IDC and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, as well as successfully launching and repositioning other innovative technology vendors.
Kevin is now using his strong commercial acumen and ability to interpret both technical and executive objectives, along with the ability to validate planning and strategy into operational excellence to coordinate a consistent and client-centric approach to Gospel’s engagements.
Kevin holds an MSc Marketing (Distinction) from University of South Wales and a postgraduate diploma (DipM) from Chartered Institute of Marketing
Twitter handle: @BaileyK62
Roger Ehrenberg is the founder and Managing Partner of IA Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City. IA is managing $315M across three funds and is currently investing out of its $160M third fund. Roger previously was an active angel investor through IA Capital Partners, a seed-stage investment firm focused on digital media and financial technology. Earlier in his career, Roger served as President and CEO of DB Advisors, was Global co-head of Deutsche Bank’s Strategic Equity Transactions Group, and was an investment banker at Citibank in derivatives, capital structuring and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Roger currently sits on the Boards of Gospel Technology, Mighty, Octane Lending and TransferWise, and until recently was lead investor in and Board Member of The Trade Desk (NASDAQ: TTD). He is also a Board observer of Debtsy, InfoSum, MemSQL, PlaceIQ, Robin Healthcare, Sight Machine, Signifyd and TellusLabs. Formerly, he served on the boards of Buddy Media (sold to Salesforce), Global Bay Mobile Technologies (sold to VeriFone) and Simple (sold to BBVA). Roger sits on the External Advisory Boards of both the Ross School of Business and the School of Information at the University of Michigan, as well as serving as a member of the Data & Society Council of the Data Science Institute at Columbia University.
Roger holds an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Management from Columbia Business School and a BBA in Finance, Economics and Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Roger blogs at https://medium.com/@infoarbitrage and tweets at @infoarbitrage.
Keith is Chief Strategy Officer at Sage and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the group and focused on leveraging organic initiatives, targeted M&A and growth equity / minority investments to build out the future growth drivers of the business.
Prior to Sage, Keith was responsible for the software focused investment portfolio at Lamond Capital Partners, a multi-hundred million dollar technology focused long / short equity hedge fund that he co-founded in 2012. Keith was also co-lead for the fund's venture investment activities.
Previous experience includes cross-border M&A, Board advisory and strategic consulting, all with specific focus on the software sector.
Keith holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.S., Financial and Entrepreneurial Management from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School
IA Ventures is an early stage venture firm based in NYC but with investments in LA, SF, Toronto and the UK. We love getting involved very early, often seeding companies before a dollar of revenue has been generated. The three partners, Roger, Brad and Jesse, each do their own work, eschewing the notion of leverage from junior staff. We are small, hands-on and deeply engaged.
Salesforce is the fastest growing top five enterprise software company and the #1 CRM provider globally. Salesforce Ventures—the company’s corporate investment group—invests in the next generation of enterprise technology that extends the power of the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, helping companies connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Portfolio companies receive funding as well as access to the world’s largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce’s innovators and executives. With Salesforce Ventures, portfolio companies can also leverage Salesforce's expertise in corporate philanthropy by joining Pledge 1% to make giving back part of their business model. Salesforce Ventures has invested in more than 275 enterprise cloud startups in 17 different countries since 2009.
As Chief Operating Officer of Sprinklr, Vivek is responsible for driving operational excellence across the company.
Vivek previously served as EVP at Salesforce, where he led growth and go-to-market strategies for key global verticals such as Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, Auto, Communications, and the Public Sector, by creating an ecosystem of partners and launching new apps to solve industry-specific challenges. He also launched a new Government Cloud, opening up new markets and accelerating growth in the U.S., EMEA, and APAC.
Before that, Vivek served as the first CIO for the U.S. government under President Obama. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing $80 billion in annual technology spending, saved $3 billion in taxpayer dollars while moving the government to the cloud, and strengthened the cybersecurity posture of the nation while making it more open, transparent, and participatory.
He also served as a joint fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Vivek holds a M.S. in management information systems from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership.
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Following a successful period as a Banker with Hambros Bank [a private banking division of Société Générale], Michael was the cofounder of Gumtree.com and Slando.com. Michael is now a digital seed investor. Current investments include: Juro legal SaaS, Koru Kids, Gospel Technology - Blockchain, Spherical Defence, Tulip Cremation, Breedr.
Michael alongside Simon Crookall started Gumtree.com in 2000. By 2005, they had successfully managed to expand across 31 cities around the world, with just 12 employees. They sold to eBay in 2005 and alongside eBay started Slando.com. a mirror image of Gumtree but focused on the markets of Eastern Europe and Russia, that had remained untapped. In 2011 Slando was sold to South Africa’s biggest media group – Naspers
Michael has also been listed as the 28th most influential on the list of “50 most influential Britons in technology” by Telegraph.
Michael has completed his BA (Hons) in Economics from the Kingston University in 1990 and is currently an expert and coach @ University of Oxford Saïd Business School
Investment Manager – Hampstead Capital LLP &Rinkelberg Capital Ltd
Lex van Dam is a Dutch investment manager, investor, and writer specialising in trading in equities, currencies and financial derivatives. He has been dubbed the man who teaches traders how to trade.
Lex career began with Goldman Sachs where he worked for ten years, latterly as head of the equities proprietary trading desk. Lex headed money at GLG which, at the time, was Europe’s largest hedge fund and then moved on to work for Hampstead Capital LLP.
In 2009, Lex Van Dam featured in a three-part series on BBC2, entitled “Million Dollar Traders” which aimed to educate eight ordinary people about the stock market. The three-part series was inspired by the famous “turtle trader” by Richard Dennis in the 1980s. Lex financed the experiment using the sterling equivalent of $1m of his own money as trading capital for the novices to trade with over the course of eight weeks.
Later that year a companion book “How to Make Money Trading” was released in order to expand on the trading techniques featured in the television series.
In November 2010, Lex van Dam launched the Lex van Dam Trading Academy which aims to teach people how to trade and invest in the stock market.
Later that year a companion book How to Make Money Trading was released in order to expand on the trading techniques featured in the television series.
Lex holds a Master of Science for Econometrics and Investments from the University of Groningen. Lex also published a companion book ‘How to Make Money Trading’ was released in order to expand on the trading techniques featured in the 2009 television series.