Robert Dighero has over 20 years operational experience, the last 15 working with the internet. He is a partner at White Bear Yard and an active investor across Europe focused on early stage e-commerce, payment and marketplace businesses. He has led a number of investment syndicates and taken on a number of board and advisory roles.
Robert was previously CFO of QXL ricardo from 1998 to 2008, overseeing development from start-up to its eventual sale to Naspers. He managed a diverse range of corporate actions including its dual listing IPO, consolidating the European online auction market with nine acquisitions, the largest over $1 billion and launching an MBO.
The QXL Group was the best performing share on Main Market in both 2004 and 2005 and in the All-Share in 2007 with an over 35,000% share price increase in 5 years. Robert was short-listed for CBI / Real FD, FD of the Year in 2007 and the following year negotiated the Â£1 billion sale of QXL via a public take-over offer.
Prior to QXL, Robert was CFO of AOL UK and previous roles included that of M&A at Bertelsmann USA and at Verulam Investments. Robert started his career at Bain & Co, having left Cambridge with a First class degree and a post-graduate degree in Engineering and has an MBA from Insead.
Board & Advisor Roles (3)Update
|May, 2015||Lendino||undisclosed amount / Undisclosed||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2014||Lendable||£2.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2013||Swipe.to||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2013||Smarkets||$2.3M / Series A (Lead)||Passion Capital|
|Jan, 2011||GoSquared||undisclosed amount / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2010||Picklive||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2010||Bouf||£170k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2009||Shutl||£500k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2009||Limundo||€780k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jun 20, 2016||informilo - Eileen Burbidge: The Passionate VC|
|May 4, 2016||Computer Weekly - Vote for the most influential woman in UK IT 2016|
|Dec 2, 2015||Computer Weekly - UKtech50 2015 - The most influential people in UK IT|
|May 29, 2015||FinSMEs - FinSMEs|
|May 27, 2015||TechCrunch - Speakers At The Europas Conference And Awards Reflect Europe’s Diversity, June 16, London|
|Mar 12, 2015||FinSMEs - Ravelin Raises Seed Funding from Passion Capital|
|Dec 17, 2014||TechCrunch - Lendable Raises £2.5M As P2P Lending Market Shows No Signs Of Cooling|
|Sep 24, 2014||TechCrunch - Europe’s Biggest Investors Come To The Disrupt Europe Stage|