THE TEAM BEHIND WIDERPOOL

Ignacio Macías

Ignacio Macías

Co-founder

Ignacio Macías

“My purpose: Create new business opportunities with honesty and loyalty to help my people and organizations to grow and innovate…”

Ignacio Macías

Ignacio Macias has a decade of experience as a venture capital practitioner, having secured 44 investment deals in early stage technology companies. During the past 4 years he has dealt extensively with all of the steps involved in a successful technology deal from screening and curating prospective opportunities, negotiating terms and closing deals with the technology startups, and then focusing on protecting and adding value to the investments made on behalf of the investors in his vehicle.

Ignacio founded Top Seeds Lab, a company awarded by the Madrid Stock Exchange as the best accelerator in 2015 in recognition of its successful track record of increasing company valuations for startups that then continued on to complete their first and second periods of the investment vehicle. All of the investment vehicles offered through Top Seeds Lab were oversubscribed through the participation from some of the leading family offices in Spain.

Ignacio is currently the co-founder of WiderPool Limited, a new business that scales all his past success in identifying innovative technologies with a new concept of venture capital that expands on his success in Europe to a global model of linking growth-stage technology businesses with innovation-seeking large corporations.

Prior to this, Ignacio spent 17 years in management consulting with the past 11 years as an entrepreneur and founder of a consulting firm and his stake is being acquired by a multinational German group.

Adarsh Radia

Adarsh Radia

Co-founder

Adarsh Radia

Having studied at the London School Of Economics (where he gained a First Class Honours in Economics) and Harvard Business School, Adarsh worked as an equity fund manager before becoming a serial entrepreneur in telecommunications, hospitality and more recently e-commerce…

Adarsh Radia

Having studied at the London School Of Economics (where he gained a First Class Honours in Economics) and Harvard Business School, Adarsh worked as an equity fund manager before becoming a serial entrepreneur in telecommunications, hospitality and more recently e-commerce.

After noticing the need for an international platform to connect growth stage technology companies with larger corporates to solve their innovation needs, he co-founded WiderPool Limited.

Adarsh other notable businesses include highly acclaimed restaurant group Dishoom, which he co-founded in 2010. The business has enjoyed tremendous success having been voted the top restaurant in the UK for 2 years running on a Yelp user survey.

Additionally, Adarsh is also a co-founder of eyewear startup KITE, which is in the process of pioneering various innovations in the optical space. Adarsh is also a member of the London Chapter of the Young President’s Organisation.

Juan Carlos Fouz

Juan Carlos Fouz

CEO

Juan Carlos Fouz

The digital world and the new normal requires corporations and executives to rethink business models and integrate start-up models.”

Juan Carlos Fouz

Juan Carlos is a successful entrepreneur and an expert in managing global communities and innovative technologies. He brings 20 years of experience in transforming large corporations through innovation and driving new business models that have better aligned brands with their customer base. As an innovative entrepreneur, he has been instrumental in managing operations across different global cultures, restructuring businesses through M&A opportunities, and implementing digital strategies to better scale up startup businesses in the market for corporate customers.

JCF joined WiderPool as CEO in 2017, after serving the previous year as a senior member of its Advisory Board. His role is to continue to develop WiderPool’s role of providing corporations around the world with access to cutting edge innovative technologies and strategies via partnerships with growth-stage tech companies, and building a platform that provides a better exchange of ideas between all stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem.

JCF began his career as an entrepreneur in customer experience consultancy over 20 years ago, when he launched IZO, a consulting firm specialized in business operations analysis and the improvement of customer experiences. He also founded and led companies, such as GAB, DiarioCritico.com, Smartapper, BCE, CIONET, and others focusing on tech innovation, asset management and business model restructuring. As the Managing Partner of CIONET Iberoamérica he leads the a community of thousands of CIOs and IT c-suite executives in Europe and Latin America

Juan Carlos has been an active business angel and mentor in several startups, marked with successful collaborations with tech accelerators and venture capital firms

He is actively involved in YPO, the world’s largest and most prestigious global network of CEOs. He chaired the YPO Madrid chapter and is a member of the European Executive Committee. His proactive involvement with YPO provides him with an extensive, high profile network of professionals across the globe, many of whom collaborate with WiderPool as advisors representing every region of the world.

JCF is a PADIB, Top Management Program in Internet Business from ISDI. PDG from IESE. Master in International Business from IADE, and a Law degree from San Pablo CEU University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Salim Ismail

Partner

Salim Ismail

"If you are not disrupting your business or industry, someone else is."

Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail (born May 17, 1965 in Hyderabad, India) is a Canadian serial entrepreneur, angel investor, author, speaker, and technology strategist.[1]He is the Founding Executive Director of Singularity University[2] and lead author of Exponential Organizations.[3] In March 2017 he was named to the board of the XPRIZE Foundation.

He is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded a number of tech companies (Confabb,[4] PubSub Concepts[5] and Ångströ, acquired by Google in 2010[6][7]) and led Brickhouse, Yahoo!'s internal incubator for new products.[4]

He is the lead author of international bestseller Exponential Organizations,[2] and founder of  ExO Foundation’s community, which is dedicated to adapting organizations, institutions and people to a world disrupted by accelerating technologies. WiderPool will leverage ExO Foundation’s connected network and unique organizational frameworks for exponential thinking and positive change.

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Andrew Shannon

Innovation Partner

Andrew Shannon

Andy is a startup operator turned early stage investor and advisor. He is currently a Partner and the Global Head of Startupbootcamp. where over 5 years he grew the organization from 3 to 22 international offices and 700 portfolio companies.

Andrew Shannon

Andy is a startup operator turned early stage investor and advisor. He is currently a Partner and the Global Head of Startupbootcamp. where over 5 years he grew the organization from 3 to 22 international offices and 700 portfolio companies. Andy previously managed a family office, where as CEO he led the exit of portfolio company ExpenseMagic. Prior to this, Andy was a Fellow at the early stage VC Seedcamp, and the head of sales, product, and marketing at a number of startups. He has a BA in Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and MBA from Imperial College London.

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Douglas Rudd

Sr. Director Strategic Alliances

Douglas Rudd

Innovative Business Development professional with extensive experience helping businesses capitalize on market trends to achieve organizational goals in fast-paced, competitive environments.

Douglas Rudd

Innovative Business Development professional with extensive experience helping businesses capitalize on market trends to achieve organizational goals in fast-paced, competitive environments. Team player with strong interpersonal networking skills and focus on customer needs to create win-win solutions in a collaborative manner generating significant revenue and market growth. Global exposure across multiple sectors with a proven track record achieving financial and business results.
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Eline Sophie Wubbolts

Communication and Marketing Manager

Eline Sophie Wubbolts

Eline is a journalist with international experience in communication and marketing working on high-value projects in communities of highly prestigious professionals such as CIONET Europe and Americas