Dan is a Partner at Atomico, based in London. He is responsible for leading and evolving our Growth Acceleration Team who help portfolio companies scale to category winners. Dan brings extensive global experience in technology talent and staffing to help portfolio companies find, grow and retain the best employees as well as build high performing teams.
I am passionate about founders who believe they have the potential to build category winners, and who understand the importance of visionary leadership as part of this journey.
Working at Google taught me what it really means to scale talent - and the importance of combining high-speed with high-quality.
I was the Talent lead at Google from 2005 to 2010, where I grew the EMEA team from 100 based in London to 8500 across Europe by 2010 - that’s an awful lot of great people in not a lot of time.
There are a surprising number of parallels between succeeding in a startup and in the Armed Forces.
After growing up between London and Birmingham in the UK, I joined the Army at 18. Spending 6 years in the forces, in an operational role, taught me first-hand the importance of building and leading high performance teams in stressful and chaotic environments where having strong values and culture, clear alignment and communications around outcomes were key.
Systems-thinking is more important than you, er... think.
Think of your People function like a system.. Values, leadership, management, hiring, onboarding, development and so on. Get the foundations right, inspect what you expect, measure everything and AB test in smaller groups. Management to me is like an API between Leadership and the IC doing the work.
At Atomico, I help our portfolio companies perfect these systems.
Working with us, they strengthen their leadership teams, build recruitment processes, build manager effectiveness programmes, design compensation programmes and create internal communications plans - all of which are crucial components of creating a system that doesn’t just work but which succeeds.
I relish the challenge of helping companies scale through talent.
Working with 6Wunderkinder, Gympass, Klarna, Lilium, Infarm, MessageBird, Omio, Supercell, Truecaller and Varjo, among others, has shown me the differences and commonalities of need from sector-to-sector, and I can’t wait to help new category leaders emerge - whatever category that might be.