"Raw Intellectual Horsepower" Luke Hakes

In this weeks Invested Investor podcast, we are pleased to introduce, former scientist, Luke Hakes. An accomplished deep technologies investor with numerous successes under his belt, including Magic Pony and UlraSoC, to name just a couple. Luke is happy to talk to us about some of the failures he has experienced too, and gives us his practical advise on people, timing and gaining the right investors. Luke is a talented, Invested investor and partner in Octopus Ventures, Chairman of the University of Manchester’s commercialisation company, UMI3, and Director of The University of Manchester Global Leadership Board and an angel investor specialising in the AI and Genetics space.

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Luke Hakes is a Partner at Octopus Ventures having joined the team at the beginning of 2009.  In addition to having overall responsibility for both deal origination and operations, Luke currently sits on the board of eight portfolio companies.  Over the years he has led investments into and served on the boards of more than 20 investee companies including Evi (acquired by Amazon), Magic Pony (acquired by Twitter), Eve Sleep (Floated), Chronext and Digital Shadows.

A former scientist and technology consultant, Luke has a particular interest in deep technology opportunities, although he has experience of working with a number of early stage businesses across a range of different sectors. Luke holds a degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, a Masters in Computational Biology and a PhD in Computational Genetics.  Outside of Octopus, Luke is the Chairman of UMI3 The University of Manchester’s Commercialisation Company and also sits on the University’s Global Leadership Board.’

Produced by Mark Cotton, Twitter.

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