Hello! My name is Barry and I’m an entrepreneur.
I also speak/write/sing* about tech.
* Not really on the singing bit. You’re thinking of Barry White.
Freelance strategy consultant: I work with startups who are looking to scale, or corporates who want to behave more like a startup, helping both with critical business issues.
Former COO at Decoded, helping empower people at multinationals with digital skills and a startup mindset.
More recently, I founded a start-up within the Financial Times called FT Strategies.
Co-founder and chair of Series Q, a non-profit community for LGBTQ people at startups.
Forbes contributor, writing about the intersection between immersive technology, business and modern life.
Right now, I’m is playing around with a few ideas for new ventures and building some MVPs, including LEADVR. Stay tuned for updates!
startup consulting and advisory
Ask me how I can help your business think about:
International expansion: formulate a strategy to take your business to overseas markets.
Business models: whether it's evaluating a new opportunity, building some financial rigour around your existing business, or developing a five-year plan with cash flow requirements and revenue projections; a solid business model will underpin all communication with potential investors.
Pitch decks and marketing: build a narrative that successfully communicates your business (or personal story) to investors, press, potential hires, and the wider community; combining storytelling with analytical rigour.
Scaling operations: build internal processes and systems that enable your business to successfully scale.
People development: help your people build leadership, management and teamwork skills, with a digital focus.
Growth strategy: define, prioritise and evaluate your strategies for growth, whatever form that might take.
Prior to his tech start-up life, Barry was a furtive entrepreneur in the corporate world, firstly in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather then in consulting at Bain & Company.
In 2013 he joined Decoded as COO, leading growth from 7 people in a cupboard to a global team of over 100 in three years, scaling through international expansion to New York, Sydney and Amsterdam. Decoded delivers technology education that changes the way businesses behave. Tens of thousands of business people now have digital skills thanks to their signature product "Code in a Day".
Inspired by the endless stream of people turning up at his apartment to play around on his HTC Vive, he founded Veero, which operated pop-up Virtual Reality cinema events.
More recently, he founded a start-up within the Financial Times called FT Strategies.
Right now, he is playing around with a few ideas for new ventures and building some MVPs. He also works with startups who are looking to scale, or corporates who want to behave more like a startup, to help them with critical business issues.
Barry is also a co-founder of Series Q, a non-profit with a mission to empower LGBT entrepreneurs; and sits on the advisory board of EurOut at London Business School.
He is a regular speaker at conferences including Cannes Lions, London Tech Week and SXSW.
Barry holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and makes seriously good homemade soup.