Co-founder, Lastminute.com, Made.com, Founders Forum and Founders Factory
Brent is Chairman and Co-founder of Founders Factory, a corporate backed incubator/accelerator based in London. Brent is Co-founder of Made.com, a direct-from-factory consumer crowd-sourced homewares retailer in the UK.
Brent also co-founded Lastminute.com in April 1998. He was CEO from its inception and the team took the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. Lastminute.com acquired 14 businesses after the IPO to supplement the annual growth of the core brand which was over 100% from 1998 – 2004. In 2005 Lastminute.com was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn.
Brent co-founded and chairs Founders Forum; a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow. Founders Forum also has an innovation consultancy for top corporates (Founders Intelligence) and a recruitment company (Future Founders). It has launched SmartUp.io, a new business in gamified mobile learning for entrepreneurs, which Brent co-founded and chairs.
Brent sits on the Advisory board for LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund) and the UK Government Digital Advisory Board. He is a board member of The Economist and sits on the Royal Academy Corporate Advisory Group. Brent is a YGL and Prime Minister’s Business Trade Ambassador. Brent is an angel investor and is raising a new fund. He is also an entrepreneur partner at Atomico. Brent was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honour’s List.