Seedrs announces two new key hires

By Lisa Walls-Hester on Wednesday 15 March 2017

Savings and Investment

Seedrs has bolstered its management team with the appointment of two new senior executives. Jeff Kelisky joins as chief operating officer and Ricardo Brízido as chief technology officer.

Kelisky joins from Picsolve, a Fidelity-backed $75m image capture business in the entertainment space. As CEO, he delivered the company's transformation from an analogue to a digital business and led the industry as a digital thought leader in image capture and in retail execution.

Kelisky will report to Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs and he will oversee day-to-day operations in the newly created role. Product development, technology, legal and marketing and business development departments will be reporting into him.

Kelisky said: “I am incredibly thrilled to join this exceptionally intelligent, passionate, and capable team to help drive Seedrs to the next level in serving entrepreneurs and investors.”

Seedrs is, without doubt, one of the world’s most sophisticated and innovative early-stage investment platforms, and I am joining at an exciting point where Seedrs is gathering real momentum.”

Brízido, who joins as CTO, has worked in markets spanning five continents and over 40 countries. Before joining Seedrs, Ricardo was CTO of online beauty pioneer LIB Group, and prior to that, he drove the launch of the largest hotel online booking platform in Africa, Jumia Travel (formerly Jovago), a Rocket Internet company.  

As CTO, Ricardo will lead all aspects of Seedrs’s technology strategy and operations. He will be based in London and will oversee an engineering team that is based in both London and Lisbon.

Brízido said: “Seedrs has built an outstanding technological product, and the engineering team is made up of a group of outstanding developers. I am looking forward to building on this foundation to help the company scale its technology in line with its ambitious commercial goals, and to continue to deliver for entrepreneurs and investors a world-class online experience.”

Commenting on the new hires, Jeff Lynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Seedrs, said: “I am beyond delighted to welcome Jeff Kelisky and Ricardo Brízido to the Seedrs management team. Jeff and Ricardo between them bring decades of experience in bringing the very best out of successful technology enterprises and we are incredibly excited to see the impact both positions will have on Seedrs.

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