Draper Esprit appoints London Stock Exchange’s head of tech and life sciences as marketing director

By Oliver Smith on Monday 27 April 2020

Digital BankingSavings and Investment

James Clark will oversee marketing for Draper, whose portfolio includes Freetrade, Revolut and Crowdcube.

Draper Esprit appoints London Stock Exchange’s head of tech and life sciences as marketing director
Image source: James Clark/Draper Esprit.

Listed venture capital firm Draper Esprit has hired the London Stock Exchange’s former head of tech and life sciences as its new marketing director.

James Clark, who has been at the Exchange for four years, will join Draper’s platform team to focus on marketing and branding of the firm, its funds and Draper’s portfolio activity.

Clark is also on the Tech Nation UK Future 50 Advisory Board, is a mentor at the InnovX Business Accelerator in Bucharest and spoke at the AltFi London Summit 2019.

“James has a solid track record of using his marketing expertise to help dynamic businesses cut through the noise and establish relevance and credibility,” said Draper CEO Martin Davis.

“He also has an in-depth understanding both of venture capital and early stage businesses and the listed company environment.”

Last month Draper led an $83m funding round in banking-as-a-service player Thought Machine, adding to a portfolio that also includes Revolut, Freetrade, Crowdcube, Transferwise and Seedrs.

“I've known, liked and respected the Draper Esprit team for many years, was delighted to host their IPO ceremony in 2016 and I'm excited to play a part in the continued development of one of Europe’s most active VCs,” said Clark.

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