Sam is an FD with seventeen years’ experience working within corporate finance, media and technology including six years in Silicon Valley working with tech start-ups.
Sam has extensive experience in debt finance, having worked as an investor for funds including CVC Credit Partners and BMS Finance as Investment Director. Sam led numerous deals, ranging from £1m to £200m with clients including pre-revenue start-ups and international corporates. He worked closely with management teams of portfolio businesses, acting as Interim FD to lead turnarounds where necessary. At 23 Capital, Sam specialised in media and entertainment, leading a number of high-profile deals.
As a technology focussed FD in Silicon Valley, Sam worked with high growth businesses including 8tracks, a seed stage music streaming service backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures, and Life360, a Series C family consumer app. Sam also spent two years as a Product Manager with Zynga, a social games developer, where he led a multi-disciplinary team to develop and launch a successful new title, attracting 1M users within 30 days and ranking #1 in the Apple App Store (‘Editor’s Choice’).
Sam trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds an MA in Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business in California.