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At Ballpark, we think it's more about our entrepreneurs than us. Which is good as we're all entrepreneurs ourselves. Here are some edited highlights from our careers.


Ollie Bishop

When not playing cricket on ice and cursing the twist of fate that made him a West Ham supporter, Ollie runs STEAK. He founded STEAK in 2005, built it into an award winning, global business and sold it to media giant Dentsu a few years later.

Previous roles included being in the founding team at Espotting and Customer Care at British Gas dealing with complaints when an engineer had failed to arrive.

Email: ollie@ballparkventures.com
Linked In: uk.linkedin.com/pub/oliver-bishop/2/754/508

Russell Buckley

Russell has been described as the "Grandfather of mobile marketing", although he prefers the term "Godfather". In 2006, he was the first employee of mobile ad network, AdMob, which was sold to Google for $750m a few years later.

Most likely to say "The mobile will do to the PC, what the PC did to the mainframe", "exponential" and "No thanks, I'm a vegetarian".

Email: russell@ballparkventures.com
Twitter: @russellbuckley
Linked In: uk.linkedin.com/in/russellbuckley

Charles Canning-Smith

Charles is a successful entrepreneur and investor, based in Australia these days, having launched mobile startups in LATAM, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and the UK.

He predicts that our children will scoff at us carrying around keys and wallets with "money" and "credit cards" in and would like to be as famous for his casseroles as he is for his business acumen.

Email: charles@ballparkventures.com
Twitter: @charlesc_smith

Jeffrey Cooper

Jeffrey is our money man and a founding partner of Cooper Murray.

He specialises in the retail space and has been FD for some well known names. Loves golf, cycling and saying 'it always takes longer and costs more'.

Email: jeffrey@ballparkventures.com
Linked In: uk.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-cooper/2/97/841

Harry Dewhirst

Harry is the young one with the beard. He founded and sold RingRing Media to Amobee in 2008, which he then sold to SingTel in 2012 for $320 million.

After living and working in London and San Francisco, Harry is now Singapore based, An aspiring tailor and chairman of Victoryork.com as well as a culinary gadget collector...

Email: harry@ballparkventures.com
Linked In: de.linkedin.com/in/harrydewhirst2/97/841

Eric Newnham

Eric built up and sold one of the world's largest Out of Home media specialists (billing €4.4 Billion), while managing to remain faithful through the ups, downs and downs of Spurs over the years.

His worst job was a chef at KFC, which could explain why he became an avid Twitcher in later life.

Email: eric@ballparkventures.com
Linked In: uk.linkedin.com/in/ericnewnham

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