• Product focused CTO - former startup founder - business and product innovator

    Currently part time CTO at Farillio & interim CTO at MedicAnimal.com
  • What I offer

    I work with early stage businesses and scale-ups

    Interim roles

    • Interim / freelance CTO
    • Interim Operations Director
    • Interim Product Manager

    Product hacking

    • MVP & product design
    • Product positioning
    • Team development

    Support with fundraising

    • Investment deck & IM creation
    • Financial modelling
    • Defining revenue streams

    Advisory, mentoring & coaching

    • Non-exec advisory
    • Entrepreneur mentoring
    • Lean & Agile coaching 
  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • Experience

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    Dan Jacobs Limited (Consulting)

    Director Oct 2011 - Present
    Advising and providing interim technical, product development and commercial support for startups and established businesses.
     

    2017: Belron (owner of Autoglass), Cowwow (InsureTech startup), GetMedix (Health Tech), Farillio (Legal Tech), MedicAnimal (Pet ecommerce)

    2016: evvnt - (event distribution platform), RMI (Retail Marketing), Savvee (now WeGift), HelloHR (HRTech), THe Game Corporation (EdTech), Rooster (FinTech)

    2015: 61000.co.uk, Yndica (product marketing), Practicus (consultancy), The Game Corporation (EdTech), WeSwap (FinTech)

    2014: BloomVC (Crowdfunding platform), ReadingWise (EdTech), Lingos.co (EdTech), 61000.co.uk (telco)

    2011: FIS (formerly Metavante/Nomad), IDT Global (Financial)

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    NoMoreFiling Limited

    Founder / CEO Jan 2014 - Present
    View and manage all of your home services, contracts, insurance, utilities etc through a great looking mobile app - www.nomorefiling.co.uk
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    enthuse.me

    Founder & CEO Nov 2011 - Jan 2014
    Founding CEO for enthuse.me - a site for marketing your personal brand. Acquired 16,000 customers in 9 months, nominated for and winner of several awards and received excellent reviews on over 100 tech blogs and news sites
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    IDT Global Ltd

    Director of Payment Products Mar 2010 - Sep 2011
    As Director of Payment Products for IDT Europe, I was responsible for running the Prime Card business including;  Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Finance (P&L),  Technology and Operations

    The two flagship products that I launched and managed were the Prime MasterCard card and the Gift2Go Gift Card which are still widely available in stores around the UK
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    IDT Global Ltd

    Co-founder / Head of Operations (European Payments) Jul 2005 - March 2010
    Co-founder of IDTFS, a licensed bank in Gibraltar and member of MasterCard (and later Visa).  I was instrumental in all areas of the business with responsibility for setting and managing the logistics, operations and technology to support the bank and its flagship product in the UK, the Prime Card.  The Prime Card was Europe's first instant issue pre-paid credit card
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    Previous experience

    1995 – 2005

    I have held many senior technology roles including CTO at Virgin.com, interim CTO at Confetti.co.uk and more.

     

    See my linkedIn profile for more information...

  • Writings on business, Technology & startups

    2017
    The intersection of product and technology - how does the product role fit in a technology organisation
    What does a CTO do? - How I approach a new client as an Interim CTO
     
    2016
    Do you even want my business? - My story of looking for a freelance social media manager
     
    2015
    Crowdfunding is now a top-up network - My latest thinking on how equity crowdfunding now works
    Introducing… No More Filing - A primer on my main project following its launch
    no more bootstrapping - How to raise Seed funding in the UK
    Which web technology should I use? - A guide to tech stacks for non-technical founders
     
    2014
    Why I started No More Filing - My thinking behind my latest startup
    Throw that code away - Sometimes you need to just start again, and that's OK
    Less complex than the large hadron collider - the London startup accelerator scene demystified
     
    2013
    Why working from home doesn't work - I've since repudiated these views
     
  • Businesses I have created and founded

    Some companies I've founded, developed and launched

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    Prime Card

    in 2006, I co-founded a bank and launched a consumer pre-paid debit card - Prime Card which was very succesful
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    Enthuse.me

    Enthuse.me was a next generation LinkedIn which I founded and built
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    I founded in 2014, NMF is the main project I am focussing on. I launched the mobile app in Sept 2015
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    Hello HR was an HR and benefits service which runs via slack. It has now pivoted to HelloBenefits and I am no longer involved
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    Expand is a product discovery site for new and cool UK consumer web and mobile products.
  • Media

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    No More Filing video used for raising money - 2015
     
    Video Interview with Tech City Entrepreneurs, I'm discussing my now defunct startup enthuse.me
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