Entrepreneurial Evening

This was the second of our Entrepreneur-focused events this year.

Our guest speaker at Sartoria was Dr. Mike Lynch, OBE, the founder of Autonomy, one of the most successful UK technology companies of all time, and now the founder and CEO of Invoke Capital, a technology investment and advisory company.

Ken Olisa, OBE, Chairman of Restoration Partners introduced the event with a speech to an audience of entrepreneurs, advisers and investorĀ  about some of the insights that he and Restoration Partners have learnt about the Entrepreneurs’ Cycle and the journey and how those insights can be applied to help them meet their goals.

Mike Lynch then spoke to a rapt audience, taking them through his earliest days – who knew he had designed a music synthesiser which gave him his first financial success or that he was a New Romantic, a follower of Duran Duran – through to the success of Autonomy and beyond. He shared some of the lessons he learnt “the hard way” and how some of those lessons now inform his team at Invoke Capital in their decision making. The evening concluded with Mike answering a number of insightful questions from the audience and then chatting individually to some members of the audience.

Mike is regarded as Britain’s most successful technology entrepreneur and has won numerous awards, including Computer Weekly’s ‘Most Influential Person of the Year’ and the Chartered Institute for IT’s award for Outstanding Contribution to IT in 2011. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Enterprise in 2006. Mike is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge and a non-executive director of the British Library. He is also a scientific advisor to the UK Prime Minister. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in April 2014.

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