Our Investment Team

Here are our team of entrepreneurial experts, ready to help your business grow.

Mikhail Krasnov

Chairman of The VerySell Group

With a PH.D in Economics and as a serial investor, Mikhail is an experienced and charismatic leader with a proven track record, achieved across 30 years in the IT industry.

Alistair Copeland

Technical Advisor

With over 20 years experience as an innovative business leader, Alistair understands what drives growth for early stage businesses. As a computer science graduate and successful CEO, he will help you achieve your goals.

David Drever

Commercial Advisor

David understands how commercial strategies deliver growth. With more than 20 years in the payments industry, including start-ups and the global giant WorldPay, his expertise and experience is invaluable to the Smart81 team.

Charlie Russell

Practice Lead

A Founder himself (who has gone through an MVP build) and having worked at multiple blue-chip organisations and start-ups, Charlie understands the challenges Founders face. With a strong network and expertise built up over 15 years,  Charlie brings invaluable insight and advice to our portfolio companies.

Andrey Tikhonov

Head of Technology

Based in California, Andrey is our technical guru. Having held multiple CTO positions and with more than 20 years of technical development experience, he can deliver hands on advice that is invaluable to early stage businesses.

Shaoyu Wong

Head of Asia

Shao, an accomplished tech partner and marketing expert, offers a wealth of start-up experience. Blending business acumen with technical insight, Shao excels in crafting data-driven strategies and transforming innovative ideas into successful digital products. Shao is committed to empowering start-ups to thrive in the digital landscape.

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