James joined the London Stock Exchange in January 2016 in Business Development with a sector focus on the Technology and Lifesciences industries. James brings this sector focus to help startups and investors by demolishing the myths around public markets. James is based in London but integrates with colleagues across Europe, Israel, Asia and the rest of the world. Over nearly 20 years, James as developed a broad range of experience in marketing, policy and deep industry knowledge around venture funding and tech startups. In recent years, as a “one man think tank” at the British Venture Capital Association, James published policy research into the role of technology and innovation. His three major research papers Tech Country, The Missing Piece, and VC Evolved, looked at how early stage entrepreneurship interacts with sources of growth funding. Alongside this work, James is a member of the Tech Nation Future Fifty judging panel, a mentor at the InnovX BCR Global Business Accelerator in Bucharest, is a judge for Diversity UK’s 100 Asian Tech Stars, as well as the founder of TLA Triage, a free advice service for startups under the auspices of Tech London Advocates. James has an MBA from Cass Business School in London and a BA in Political Science from Macquarie University in Sydney.
With host of European Fintechs going public last year, from Adyen to Funding Circle, what does 2019 hold for public markets? When is the right time to list a Fintech? And why are there so many myths around the IPO process?