Russ is an angel investor, VC and Founder of Tech London Advocates, as well as Non-Executive Director to a number of high-growth businesses. He is a limited partner in Ariadne Capital’s ACE Fund, and an investor in and advisor to Amazing Media Group. Russ is also a board member of the Tech City Advisory Group.
Previously, Russ was Vice President and General Manager at Skype with responsibility for its mobile division globally. Russ exited when Skype was sold to Microsoft. Before Skype, Russ was at Telefonica, where he was the Global Innovation Director, which included managing a venture fund and an internal ‘incubation’ initiative. Prior to this role, he was with Telefonica’s O2 mobile business as Marketing Director, responsible for initiatives such as the O2 venue in London.
Russ has a BS from Washington University in St Louis and an MBA from Harvard Business School.