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Alex van Someren is a serial ICT entrepreneur with two exits through IPO to date, LSE:NCH and AIM:ANTP.
He grew up near Cambridge, became involved with local firm Acorn Computer as a young teenager and left school at 17 to join the company, where he worked on the BBC Microcomputer and its successor the Acorn Electron.
With his brother, Dr. Nicko van Someren, he established a business selling computer hardware products within their father’s company, Aleph One, in 1986. They went on to set up their first independent business ANT Ltd, now ANT plc, in 1990 to produce networking products including Web Browser software which they licensed to the Oracle Corporation.
In 1996 he co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banking, finance and governments among its customers. He subsequently raised a total of Â£14 million in VC before he led the company to a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a Â£350 million valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008.
Alex lives in Cambridge, UK and is married with three children. He was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005. He has authored several books on computer applications and microprocessors, including the first published book on the ARM RISC chips, which was also translated into Japanese.