29 May, 2011

Product Management – who cares?! A VC speaks

Cambridge Product Management Network's keynote event this year will be held on Wednesday 29th June. More information at CPMN's website.

Who needs product managers anyway? Don’t they just stifle innovation? Don’t they get in the way of building stuff?

Having co-founded nCipher, a successful Cambridge IT company, and now an active entrepreneur and one of the team at Amadeus Capital, Alex van Someren has a view. Now’s your chance to hear it.

Alex is a General Partner in the Seed Fund at Amadeus Capital in Cambridge, UK.

Alex has worked in the technology industry since the 1980s. He co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including Web Browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market (AIM:ANTP) in 2005.

In 1996 he co-founded nCipher to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. As CEO at nCipher he raised a total of £14m ($25m) in venture capital funding before he led the company to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350m valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008.

Alex lives in Cambridge, UK and is married with three children. He was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005.

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