Investing Team

Richard Gourlay
Managing Partner
richard@spventures.com

Richard invests in businesses with strong patent-protectable technology.

Richard has been managing venture capital funds and making venture capital investments since 1995 and has been MD at Sussex Place Ventures since 2007. After a short career with Citibank, financing ship owners, he spent 14 years as a journalist. The last 10 of these years he worked on the Financial Times as a foreign correspondent in Asia and latterly writing about the venture capital and technology start-up sectors.

Richard has an Economics degree from London University.

John Brimacombe
Operating Partner
john@spventures.com

John invests across all technology segments.

John joined Sussex Place Ventures after returning from the US in 2005 where he was COO of Hands-On Mobile, a major venture-backed mobile content delivery technology and publishing business with worldwide operations. In addition to his role at Sussex Place Ventures John is Chairman of Linguamatics and was an early stage investor in Twitter.

John has an MA in Law and Diploma in computer science from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Ivan Shyr
Investment Director
ivan@spventures.com

Ivan invests across all technology segments.

Ivan joined Sussex Place Ventures in 2011 after five years of operational experience in the Shanghai based semi-conductor manufacturer, Gulf Semiconductor. He moved to China in 2004 after a cross border sales and business development management role for Dare Technologies in San Francisco.

Ivan has an Economics degree from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from London Business School.

Barnaby Terry
Managing Partner
barnaby@spventures.com

Barnaby Invests in software and IT Services.

Barnaby joined Sussex Place Ventures in 2011 after spending the previous 17 years at 3i and as a partner at Elderstreet investing in technology businesses including OST, Edenbrook and Content Technologies, which was acquired by Baltimore for $1billion. Prior to his career as a technology VC Barnaby worked in enterprise sales in the data communications industry.

Barnaby has a Civil Engineering degree from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.