Founder & CEO
Michael is a serial entrepreneur and has been a CEO of Euroxchanger Currency Services, a Central Bank of Ireland regulated foreign exchange Company for 8 years. Euroxchanger is a proprietary technology company, having developed an algorithmic system model with patents filed for its online currency matching system. Between 2005 and 2010 Michael oversaw a 1000% increase in turnover and gross profit and operates the company's hedging strategies.
Prior to this, Michael worked in Economic Development with Down Business Centre, Banbridge District Council and Donegal County Enterprise Board over a 5 year period managing business start-up and development programmes. In these enterprise development roles, he assisted over 100 businesses through the start-up process.
After a number of years analysing currency market movements (1999-2009) and trading in foreign exchange for Euroxchanger Currency Services, Dynafex Trading Technologies was established to develop complex algorithmic trading models for the foreign exchange markets. Dynafex is a systems development company that is developing software and trading strategies which can be used in signaling buy and sell opportunities in currency markets
Michael established SeedUps as an innovative online matching service that allows entrepreneurs to raise 25,000 up to 500,000 seed to start-up capital. The key differentiator of the service and methodology is to allow micro seed investments in a collaborative way using the collective wisdom of crowd.
Michael holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Liverpool, a BA Hons Economics Degree and a Certificate in Marketing Diploma (CIM Dip).
Co-Founder & CTO
Gavin joined the SeedUps team from Noctua.ie, where, as CTO, he was responsible for the development of an innovative social networking and online trend analysis engine.
In 2009, he worked on various core analysis and aggregation components for Dynafex Trading Technologies, and created a networked Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) system for EuroXchanger Currency Services in the UK and Ireland.
Prior to this, Gavin worked for Intel, where he developed a number of internal client and server-side applications for worldwide deployment.
Gavin holds a Masters in Electronics and Software Engineering (MEng) from Queen's University Belfast; where he won the Invista prize for his final year project. He is responsible for Technology and Software Development at SeedUps.
CEO - SeedUps USA
Antonio is passionate about creating sustainable growth through customer loyalty. He serves as advisor for multiple startup companies in the US and Europe. Antonio is an angel investor as well. Most recently he served as Chief Customer Officer in the company he co-founded, Infolink Technology Solutions. He also serves as BOD member for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.
Antonio is a seasoned executive with ample experience leading organizations for top trusted brands, such as Hewlett-Packard and Intuit. As Vice President at Intuit he transformed the way consumers and small businesses were served, redesigning the entire experience and launching the Customer Advocacy function. Under his leadership as Hewlett-Packard’s Vice President of Customer Experience and Services, HP was awarded "Excellence in Service Operations" by the Technology Services Industry Association and ranked No. 8 in their annual Business Week/J.D. Power & Associates Consumer Service Champs Survey across all US industries.
A veteran high tech executive Antonio served in a variety of global, as well as regional leadership roles in general management, operations, strategic planning, marketing and customer services. Among other awards, Antonio as been recognized as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology" for 6 consecutive years (2009-2015) by the Hispanic IT Executive Council. Antonio holds an MBA and BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Mexico's Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM).
Mark White is a founding partner of White Summers Caffee & James, LLP and leads the firm's international practice. Mark represents emerging growth, mid-stage and mezzanine stage companies and investment funds on all matters relating to the formation, financing, growth and liquidity of technology-based enterprises. Over the span of 20 years Mark has represented companies in well over 500+ financings and over 200+ acquisitions. He represents and advises companies on a wide variety of transactional matters, including business and legal issues as they pertain to complex strategic and venture financings, acquisitions, and licensing and distribution arrangements.
Mark's practice principally covers corporate, technology, financing and corporate partnering matters for a wide variety of private and public company clients. He regularly advises companies on strategic positioning, business model and revenue generation issues, the preparation of investment materials and presentations, and the structure of complex corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, divestitures, consolidations and commercial partnerships. Mark also represents investment funds on formation issues and regularly represents investors in making portfolio investments.
US Advisory Panel
Marcy Simon has over 20 years of global expertise in driving the development and reputation of companies from startups to multi-billion dollar organizations by creating multi-faceted strategies for corporate and industry positioning. She has a long history of advising high-level c-suite executives, having worked with CEOs from some of the world's most important, innovative and influential companies.
Marcy brings unique, strategic perspective and expertise to marketing communications, advertising, branding, and public relations campaigns. Her deep understanding of technology and social media is unparalleled in developing the messaging and positioning for brands. Her background in broadcast journalism, allows her to craft strategic messages, deliver quality results and manage complex global communications assignments.
Marcy is currently advising companies directly, while also serving as a managing director and strategic advisor at Burson Marsteller. She is also closely involved in the cutting edge of current technology, advising start-ups across the globe. Clients include Alibaba, Backplane, Esteé Lauder Companies ComScore, Mindjolt, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, Sony, Founders Fund, Virgin Gaming, Google, Twitter, Bridgepoint Education, Gowalla, Motorola, Imax, TechCrunch, Ness Computing, Likeness.com and the Social Gaming Network (SGN). In addition, Marcy has worked in the public sector, most recently with the William J Clinton Foundation, The Clinton Global Initiative, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Donna Karan's Urban Zen and was instrumental in the launch of Yele Haiti.
US Advisory Panel
David Drake is a leading equity expert based in New York. He is the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a private-equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, an event-driven global financial media company.
Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, Mr. Drake is a strong advocate of innovative investing in early-stage equity and the US JOBS Act, for which he lobbied both Congress and the EU Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he was a US Commerce Department delegate to the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome, and was invited in May 2013 to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C.
His investment, The Soho Loft, produces and sponsors 150+ global events a year. One such was produced in April 2013 for the institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from Nasdaq, NYSE, KKR and Carlyle Group. He continues to advance innovative investing through his work as an international speaker and regular writer for major publications like Forbes and Thomson Reuters. He has co-authored the book Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum’s Guide to Business Success Around the World and is the author of Crowd Fund Economics.
His focus today is to take on board advisory positions at companies, angel networks and venture funds, and to guide them on such topics as international regulations, corporate strategy and fund structures, with emphasis on the growing trend of online investment automation for retail and angel investors.
Privately, Mr. Drake has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts and raised funds for the charities Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall for many years. Today he is a board director of the UBS Charity of the Year, London-based ARCHIVE Global, and is co-chair of the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in New York. Mr. Drake has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University, where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.