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Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn

 

Jeff Lynn is Executive Chairman & Co-Founder of Seedrs, the leading European marketplace for private equity investment and currently the UK’s most active investor in private companies. He co-founded the business in 2009, initially as part of an MBA project at Oxford, and led it as CEO until 2017 when he shifted his focus to the long-term strategy of the business, thought leadership and major initiatives.

Seedrs is headquartered in London with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin and Lisbon and has won a number of awards and accolades, including recently:

• Fintech 50 list of Europe’s top fintech companies (multiple years)
• Deloitte Technology Fast50 UK list of Britain’s fastest-growing tech companies (2017)
• Winner Growth Investor Awards Industry Game-Changer award (2017)
• Winner Shares Magazine Awards Best Crowdfunding Platform award (2017)
• Winner British Small Business Awards Alternative Funder of the Year award (2017)

In addition to his work with Seedrs, Jeff is Chairman of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), a not-for-profit advocacy group which lobbies government on behalf of UK tech start-ups and scale-ups. He is also a non-executive director of Companies House, the UK government agency responsible for company formations, filings and data.

Prior to starting Seedrs, he practiced M&A and general corporate law with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London. In recent years Jeff has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential Men in Britain by GQ; one of 50 Bloomberg Business Innovators by Bloomberg, and one of the 10 Coolest People in UK Tech by Business Insider.

Jeff’s speaking generally focusses on fintech, the commercial aspects of tech/entrepreneurial innovation and/or tech/entrepreneurship policy. He is passionate about the role that fintech and tech/entrepreneurial innovation can play both in wealth creation and in improving society.

Themes and topics include:

• overview of, and insights into, the emergence of fintech
• how established financial institutions can respond to and engage with disruptive fintech businesses
• the alternative investment sector (P2P lending, crowdfunding, roboadvice)
• fintech ecosystems and regulatory regimes across different countries
• fintech and society – reinstating trust in financial services

• differences between sustaining innovation and disruptive innovation – why start-ups are more effective than incumbents
• emergence of the platform business model, its advantages and disadvantages relative to pipeline businesses
• generational shift in how bright young people want to spend their careers – what that means for both traditional and innovative businesses
• cultural attitudes toward innovation in different geographies – how that affects tech/entrepreneurial ecosystems
• historical analogues to 21st century tech innovation (e.g. the “adventure capital” of 16th century sea voyages, the Industrial Revolutions, etc.)

• government’s role in promoting and supporting start-ups and scale-ups
• getting the balance right in data protection and privacy laws
• net neutrality and the regulation of tech infrastructure
• impact of broader policy decisions (including Brexit) on the entrepreneurial ecosystem
• “techlash”, and what tech businesses need to do to win back public support

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