About Stephen Cole
Stephen Cole is a sales focused entrepreneur with a software technologies background.
He has over 30 years experience in technology startups, acquiring and building business throughout the UK and Europe. His career started with companies from the U.S. based in California and in the U. K. where he now lives.
Stephen has specialised in creating technology business opportunities. He has extensive experience in obtaining investment for new ventures and development capital for growing businesses. This includes private equity, venture capital, commercial funding and investment funds.
Originally he was focused in the Police and Intelligence communities with McDonnell Douglas Corp specialising in software technologies for data mining, search, messaging and intelligence.
More recently he was Managing Director of U.S. start-up Verity Inc. (UK) for 6 years. Verity's 'Topic' search technologies enabled organisations to retrieve and manage unstructured data sets. He established application vertical markets for commerce and government in the knowledge processing and information retrieval markets. Now acquired by Autonomy PLC in 2005, he left Verity Inc after a successful NASDAQ IPO.
In 1996 during the early stages in internet development, he was founder and managing director of Street OnLine, the UK's fastest growing e-commerce company (FT Press Cutting) which pioneered internet transactional software. Streets OnLine's data infrastructure and software was developed and pioneered specifically for online retailing. Streets OnLine was acquired by Kingfisher plc in December 2000. Stephen then accepted a role in Kingfisher plc as Research and Development Director for MVC Entertainment.
After acquiring Intellectual Property Rights from Kingfisher plc, in 2002 he founded Future Route with ground breaking technology for establishing behavioral rules from massive data sets. Today, Stephen is the Fund administrator for a leading US Hedge Fund.