Richard Colker
Entrepreneur & Private Investor
Mark Corbidge
Corbidge Capital Consultants

Rupert Cook

Red Penguin Ventures

London, UK


Red Penguin Ventures

Rupert Cook


Rupert Cook is Chairman of Red Penguin Ventures, an investment and advisory business, Chairman of the Investment Committee and Non-Executive Director of BSC VCT PLC, as well as Non-Executive Director of 3 private businesses.

Rupert has experienced technology businesses from every angle over the last 30 years. He was one of the founding team to build up an IT Training and Development business from scratch in the late '80s, through to sale to a UK PLC eight years later. Since then, he has bought and sold technology businesses both as a principal and for clients around the world. He has carried out numerous commercial due diligence exercises for banks and private equity companies, run fund-raisings for and sat on the boards of over a dozen innovative technology businesses and also acted on the other side of the fence as a venture capital investor. Rupert has built up particular experience and knowledge in the security software sector over the last seventeen years, having been an advisor to AVG and Malwarebytes in their early stages and more recently has made investments in six security companies.

Rupert is an entrepreneurial leader and advisor, a business & corporate development professional with a strong network in the European Technology sector. He is also the author of two published business books and a frequent public speaker on Technology Company Growth and Value Realisation.

Personal Business Advice

Persistence beats resistance.

Rupert Cook’s Newsfeed

07 Aug 2017
Private Equity Wire
YFM Equity Partners’ British Smaller Companies appoints Non-Executive Director

YFM Equity Partners’ (YFM) British Smaller Companies VCT (BSC) has appointed Rupert Cook as an independent non-executive director.  Cook specialises in corporate and business development, with twenty five years’ experience of technology, sales, marketing and general management, including fifteen years in corporate finance and investment...Commenting on his appointment, David Hall, Managing Director of YFM says: “Rupert brings a wealth of experience working with smaller companies, with a keen focus on a variety of technology sectors. His expertise will be invaluable as the Company invests in earlier stage businesses.”

26 Jan 2016
City AM
With Twitter shares down 55 per cent , is the future of the social media platform secure?

Rupert Cook, chairman of Red Penguin Ventures, says No:  "In its current form, Twitter’s future is unpredictable. Brands like Snapchat and Instagram are nibbling at its lunch and it is continually compared to Facebook, which seems to be adapting to life as a listed company with more ease. Driven by eager investors and the halo effect of Silicon Valley, Twitter is also suffering from a valuation that was a touch on the warm side..."

Rupert Cook’s Background

Nov 2015 - Present
London, UK
Red Penguin Ventures is both an investor & advisor, working with extraordinary people to maximise the value of its portfolio technology companies & clients in Europe & the US. Specialising in cyber security & other highly scalable B2B and B2C technologies..
Non-Executive Director
Aug 2017 - Present
London, UK
BSC’s objective is to provide investors with an attractive long-term tax free dividend yield whilst seeking to maintain and build the capital value of their investment and maintain the Company’s status as a venture capital trust.
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Other Business Interests

This book gives honest, practical advice for executives and shareholders of technology businesses on how to prepare their businesses and how to manage and optimise the sale process through to a successful completion for maximum value.

Rupert Cook’s Education