Simon Acland has spent 30 years as an investor in young technology businesses. Much of his venture capital career he spent at Quester, which he helped to build into one of the UK’s most active early stage technology investors before the company was sold in 2007. Seven of the companies that he has backed achieved public listings on the London Stock Exchange, AIM, Nasdaq or Easdaq, including two companies which reached the FTSE 250; many others have been successfully sold.
Simon is now an active business angel investor, and chairs domestic energy storage company Powervault and music booking web platform Tigmus. He is an adviser to travel time search software company iGeolise. He sits on the board of two Triple Point VCTs which invest primarily in renewable energy and is a member of the Investment Committee of the British Business Bank’s Angel CoFund, and of the Green Angel Syndicate’s Advisory Board. He is also a Trustee of Plantlife, the UK’s main wild plant conservation charity.
Simon’s book Angels, Dragons and Vultures – how to tame your investors…and not lose your company is widely regarded as one of the most helpful guides for entrepreneurs to the venture capital world