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Brent Hoberman

Executive Chairman, Founders Factory

Co-founder - lastminute.com, made.com, PROfounders Capital, Founders Forum Brent is Chairman / co-founder of made.com, a direct-from-factory consumer crowd-sourced homewares retailer in the UK. Brent co-founded PROfounders Capital in 2009. Brent also co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998. He was CEO from its inception and the team took the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. lastminute.com acquired 14 businesses after the IPO to supplement the annual growth of the core brand which was over 100% from 1998 – 2004. In 2005 lastminute.com was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn. Brent sits on the Advisory board for LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund) and the UK Government Digital Advisory Board. Brent is also a Non- Executive Board Director of Guardian Media Group, TalkTalk PLC & Shazam. He is a YGL, Prime Minister's Business Trade Ambassador and a Fellow (Governor) of Eton College. Brent was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year's Honour's List. Brent co-founded Founders Forum in 2006, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow which take place in London, LA, NYC, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Shanghai (Rio & Mumbai). Founders Forum also has an innovation consultancy for top corporates (Founders Intelligence) and a recruitment company (Founders Keepers). It is also launching SmartUp.io, a new business in gamified mobile learning for entrepreneurs, which Brent co-founded and Chairs.