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After 15 years in the wilderness, journeying from investment banking through to venture capital, I eventually came to find that what I wanted to do was transfer my skills into the social business, enterprise and investment sector.
We are currently recruiting for staff in origination, execution and distribution. Also, any members who wish to be involved in any way in the capital raising process for social entrepreneurs are welcome to get in touch and find out how they can help. We have deployed many professionals on a part time basis - both at a fee, and on a pro-bono basis. The tasks could include:
I run a business called http://www.clearlyso.com/" rel="nofollow">ClearlySo, which is an investment bank helping social entrepreneurs and impact investment funds to raise capital.
Apart from the normal internal meetings, I spend every day meeting inspiring social entrepreneurs and engaging with socially minded institutional and High Net Worth Individual investors.
Started my professional life as an equity reserach analyst with PaineWebber, analysing the US financial services industry. Came to London and ran Lehman's equities business in Europe, before moving to Paribas to run their Financial Institutions business on the corporate finance side. I left the City in 1997 to found Catalyst Fund Management & Research Ltd., an FSA regulated VC business focused on the financial sector.
Never had one. My path was a slow painful trip from the world of investment banking.
I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do, but had clarity on what I was NOT enjoying. I grew less enamoured of US style investment banks, so went to Paribas.
I did not enjoy corporate finance and founded a VC firm. VC in the financial sector did not appeal as did doing something social, which led to ClearlySo.
During this journey I got involved in different things: charity, politics, consulting and social business (as Chair of JustGiving) - the latter is where I decided to stay.
I made it up as I went along and kept praying it would all work out. It looks like it may have worked out.
From Paul Manduca, a great fund manager and CEO of fund management companies. He urged me to see myself in the mirror as others see me, not as I would like others to see me, or how I would like to see myself.
I may think I want to be, or that I am, some sort of European social enterprise crusader. When others look at me they see an American-born investment banker. I can turn what I am to good use, but a leopard cannot really change its spots.
Great literature always inspires and was instructive along the way.