FinSMEs Interviews Wild Blue Cohort CEO, David Barrie
As a syndicate of “angels” based in London, Wild Blue Cohort focuses on investing in early stage food, fintech, B2B and B2C enterprise, media, real estate, healthcare and education companies led by experienced managers and targeting big market opportunities.
Serial entrepreneur and investor, David Barrie, the Founder and CEO of WBC, answered our questions about himself, the firm, its investment strategy and much more.
FinSMEs: Hi David, first, can you tell us a bit more about you?
David: I have founded and delivered several ventures that have been credited with raising £500m+ of new investment through public-private partnerships. These ventures include projects in the U.K., Russia, Eastern Europe and Canada; progressive enterprises such as The People’s Supermarket, London. My background is in media production. I have produced and directed television for 20yrs+, after working as a producer of financial programmes at the BBC and a research analyst in mergers and acquisitions for a major consulting firm.
FinSMEs: You have an Investment Director at Wild Blue Cohort – tell us more about her.
David: Deepali Nangia is Investment Director at Wild Blue. She started her career as an analyst on Wall Street and then spent several years in the investment divisions of GE and MMC (now Stonepoint Capital) focusing on financial services and financial tech. In these roles, she evaluated many “balance sheet”, outsourcing and technology plays; followed by ops roles at corporates in New York, London, Hong Kong and India.