Entrepreneurship Guest Lectures Biographies
- Giles Adams: Partner and President of 3rd Home
- Raam Thakrar: Founder of Touchnote
- Liz Rice: Founder of Tank Top TV
- Marcin Piatkowski: Founder of JAM Vehicles Ltd
- Haje Jan Kamps: CEO of Triggertrap
Partner and President
Based in 3RD HOME's European office in London, Giles was a Founder and Managing Director of European competitor, Utopia Exchange, before the company merged with 3RD HOME in August 2010. His 12 year marketing and business development career started in New York with advertising agency, M&C Saatchi where he managed the accounts for The Related Companies and The Sunshine Group. His team designed and managed all of the collateral that helped sell $500 million in real estate at One Central Park West and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental.
In 2004/2005 he took an MBA at The University of Bath, UK focusing on marketing and entrepreneurship before joining the London office of the NFL. His first foray into start-ups came when he joined mobile find service 82ASK as their Marketing Director. He re-branded the company to Texperts and it was sold to 118 118 in 2008. He has an undergraduate degree from The University of Edinburgh and loves pretty much all sports and was happy to retire from his brief boxing career last year undefeated.
Raam is the founder of Touchnote, the world’s most popular mobile postcard service. Designed to help users stay in touch with loved ones, Touchnote’s apps turn your digital photos into real, printed postcards, sent anywhere in the world by post.
Available on the App Store and Google Play, Touchnote’s mobile apps has been downloaded by over 4,000,000 customers. Customers can also send cards directly from the Touchnote website. Raam’s previous varied experience has mostly been in consulting – strategy consulting in London, rural and small businesses in London, Washington DC and Central America.
Tank Top TV
Liz Rice is CEO / Co-Founder of Tank Top TV, a start-up backed up Wayra (Telefonica's accelerator) that's making it easy for audiences to find great films & TV to watch on-demand, and helping the film industry understand on-demand audiences through data.
She started her career as a software developer on low-level network protocol code, and over the years has migrated towards product management and a fascination with user experience in consumer web and mobile. She read Engineering at Cambridge University and has worked for technology companies in London and Silicon Valley, notably Skype, Last.fm and Metaswitch Networks
JAM Vehicles Ltd
Marcin is founder and CEO of JAM Vehicles Ltd - a company owning the JIVE Bike brand. JIVE Bike is an electric, folding, chainless and compatible with smart devices bicycle, designed for cosmopolitans living in big cities, who want to commute in style. Before starting JIVE Bike, Marcin worked in the investment banking industry and was involved mainly in American (NASDAQ, AMEX, NYSE) stock exchanges as an equity trader. In 2010 he decided to quit his job to study Msc Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL and start a tech venture.
Marcin’s story can be a good example of entering an industry he knew nothing about in a city he’d never been to before, competing for investment with super-sexy among investors mobile technology businesses. As of today, JIVE Bike has raised two rounds of investment, is setting up mass manufacturing plant in Poland, receiving hundreds of pre-order enquiries and attracting the biggest players from industry.
Haje Jan Kamps
Aged 16, Haje Jan Kamps started the first ever website about digital photography in Norway. It was quickly snapped up by a publisher, and the experience set the course for the rest of Haje's professional career. He moved to the UK, did a degree in journalism, and eventually became the editor of gadget website T3.com. He only stayed around for a couple of years before being head-hunted to join Channel 5 as a Senior Producer, working on Fifth Gear and the Gadget Show
Haje left Channel 5 to write a series of books about photography, and is international best-selling author. He then traded in the pen for larger ideas, and founded Triggertrap in 2011, funding it with a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.
Triggertrap now has 7 staff, and creates a tools for photographers, helping them trigger their cameras in interesting ways, including sound, vibration, laser, and facial recognition triggers. The Triggertrap iOS and Android apps have been downloaded more than 750k times, and tens of thousands of units of the hardware to go with it have been sold to more than 80 different countries.
The most recent Triggertrap product was also Kickstarter-funded. Looking for £50k, the campaign proceeded to over-fund to the tune of a quarter of a million pounds. Haje's publisher then asked him to write a book on how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign; if you have any questions about crowd-funding, don't hesitate to get in touch, he's rather friendly. (firstname.lastname@example.org / http://kam.ps)