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David French

Harwell Capital

London, UK


Harwell Capital

David French
David is Chairman and Co-Founder of Harwell Capital. David has been investing into and advising early and growth stage technology companies since 2004, following a successful career in Financial Services.

After 30 years in Asia, David had become one of the most important introducers of capital from the region to various technology companies based in the UK. He is a serial entrepreneur and during his long career in Asia he built his own Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) business, MBA Group, becoming the largest IFA business in Hong Kong, before being acquired by UK listed company Inter-Alliance and subsequently becoming Group CEO of Inter-Alliance International.

David's business career in Asia started in 1991 when he joined Connaught Financial Planning Ltd, which was Hong Kong's largest financial planning company and in 1994 he then formed MBA Group. David led the group through a series of international mergers and acquisitions, becoming CEO of the now MBA Berkeley Burke Group in 1999, which was sold to Inter-Alliance in 2000. In 2002, following a successful management buy-out of MBA Berkeley Burke from Inter-Alliance International, David resumed his position as CEO in the newly reformed MBA Berkeley Burke until retiring from Financial Services in 2004 to focus on investing his personal capital into seed and angel stage companies.

David started his career with 5 years as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police Force in London, where he received 2 commendations.

David French’s Newsfeed

03 Jul 2017
JAY-Z’S 4:44 illegally downloaded nearly 1 million times in 3 days

British startup MUSO has just raised $3.2m (£2.5m) in a Series A funding from Harwell Capital. Its tools enable rights-holders to not only protect content, but also investigate the behavior of consumers of illegal content – even connecting with them and redirecting them to official channels.Music Business Worldwide

28 Jun 2017
Anti-piracy firm MUSO raises $3.2M in series A funding

British content-protection startup Muso has raised £2.5m (around $3.2m) in Series A funding from investment firm Harwell Capital. The company says it’ll use the funding to boost its sales and marketing team, as well as investing in its technology for tracking piracy and redirecting illegal downloaders towards legal sources of music and other content. The company says it tracked more than 191bn visits to piracy sites in 2016 alone.

David French’s Background

Nov 2011 - Present
London, UK
An independent late stage Venture Capital investor focused on UK technology companies, providing accelerator capital and strategic support to proven businesses with innovative proprietary scientific and engineering technology, solving real-world problems in clearly identifiable markets.
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MBA Group
Chairman & CEO
Aug 1994 - Present
Hong Kong, HK
Leading Independent Financial Adviser firm in Hong Kong, acquired by UK listed company Inter-Alliance in March 2000.
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