I an experienced software industry executive, technologist, entrepreneur and technology investor. I'm a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Sure Valley Ventures (SVV), which is a Venture Capital (VC) firm that invests in high-growth software start-ups in the areas of Metaverse, Decentralised tech (e.g. blockchain), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and also Security technologies. Previously, I co-founded Pluto Digital PLC (Pluto), which is a leader in Web 3.0 Metaverse and Decentralised Finance (DeFi) technologies and prior to that I also founded FeedHenry, which was a leader in mobile cloud technologies and which was sold to Red Hat Inc in 2014. I was also previously the CEO of the leading academic software research and futurist institute the Walton Institute, which worked with many of the top Silicon Valley and European global software companies on advanced technology research and futurist projects. I am also advisor/expert to the European Commission’s European Innovation Council (EIC), which is focused on developing Europe's next unicorns and which has an allocated budget of over €1 billion.

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Barry Downes

Barry Downes

Co-founder & Managing Partner Sure Valley Ventures (VC). Previously co-founder Pluto Digital PLC (DeFi & Metaverse) and founder FeedHenry, sold to Red Hat