Simon Acland

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Simon Acland (born 27 March 1958) is a British venture capitalist and author.[1]

Acland was educated at Eton and Lincoln College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1979 with an Honours Degree in Modern Languages (French and German).[2]

He spent most of his venture capital career at London-based Quester. He specialised in backing early-stage technology businesses.[3][4][5] Two of these, Surfcontrol plc and Orchestream plc, became members of the FTSE 250.[6][7] Quester was acquired in 2007 by Spark Ventures.[8]

In June 2010 Acland's first novel, The Waste Land, was published by Charlwood Books.[9][10][11] A sequel, The Flowers of Evil, followed in July 2011.[12][13] These are historical novels set in the First Crusade which draw for their material on some of the myths and legends about the Holy Grail, the Assassins, and the Templars.[14][15]

In October 2010 Nicholas Brealey Publishing published Acland's Angels, Dragons and Vultures : How to tame your investors...and not lose your company, a guide for entrepreneurs to raising finance and managing investors based on his experience of the venture capital world.[16][17]

Acland is a director of a number of companies, including AIM-listed Elektron Technology plc[18] and two Venture Capital Trusts managed by Triple Point Investment Management, TP70 2008 (I) plc and TP70 2010 plc.[19][20] He is a Trustee of the wild flora conservation charity Plantlife.[21]

Acland was elected as a member of the London Borough of Lambeth in 1982 for Princes Ward in Kennington. He became Leader of the SDP/Liberal Alliance Group on Lambeth Council in 1984 and was re-elected to the Council for a second four-year term in 1986. In 1987 he stood for Parliament in the Vauxhall Constituency.[22]

Acland's father is Sir Antony Acland KG, GCMG, GCVO, former Head of the Diplomatic Service and British Ambassador in Washington. He is married to Jo Valentine, Baroness Valentine, a cross-bench peer, and Chief Executive of London First.

References

  1. ^ "Simon Acland". LinkedIn. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Simon Acland". LinkedIn. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Simon Acland". Venture Capital Advice. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Annual conference 15th Sept 2011 – Profiting from innovation, YCF's ninth annual conference was held at the Stirling Management Centre on Thursday 15 September". Ycfscotland.co.uk. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Blog | New Year's resolutions for venture capitalists – Real Deals". Realdeals.eu.com. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Surfcontrol Plc". Docstoc.com. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  7. ^ Finance. "City briefs". Telegraph. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Quester acquired by NewMediaSpark". Fred Destin. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  9. ^ charlwoodbooks.com
  10. ^ "Historical Novels Review Online: November 2011". Historicalnovelsociety.org. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  11. ^ "The Waste Land – Simon Acland – Random Jottings". Randomjottings.typepad.com. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  12. ^ "The Flowers of Evil by Simon Acland – Lovereading UK". Lovereading.co.uk. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  13. ^ Team UK M. for activagers • 1 June 2011. "activagers – Find old and new friends in your community – Team UK M.'s article – Book review & competition: The Flowers of Evil by Simon Acland. A historical thriller with laughs". Uk.activagers.com. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  14. ^ Cookie Dude Web Design (18 November 2011). "Author". Simon Acland. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  15. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simon-Acland/e/B003UTCJ0MCached
  16. ^ Angels, Dragons and Vultures. "Angels, Dragons and Vultures | Nicholas Brealey Publishing". Nicholasbrealey.com. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  17. ^ "Simon Acland". Robertdudleyagency.co.uk. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  18. ^ "Elektron Technology plc". Elektron-technology.com. 17 December 2010. Archived from the original on 7 December 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  19. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  20. ^ "TP70 2008 (I) VCT plc Change of Director". Triple Point. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  21. ^ "Our Trustees | Our team | About us". Plantlife. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  22. ^ "United Kingdom Parliamentary Election results 1983–97: London Boroughs". Election.demon.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2011.

External links

  • Official website
  • plantlife.org.uk
  • elektron-technology.com
  • nicholasbrealey.com
  • managementtoday.co.uk
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