There’s nothing more exciting than helping a young company with real potential succeed.

An interview with Cynthia Nadal, Newable Angel investor, syndicate leader and board member for a number of scale-up businesses.

Cynthia is founder and CEO of Link Forward, a specialist consultancy that helps corporates to drive innovation by harnessing the start-up mind-set.

“I studied in the States and began my career over there, working in banking. A few years in, I was lucky enough to be hired by a financial data start-up called Markit. In the 11 years I spent there, we went from a handful of people to 12,000 staff; from the beginnings of a company to a $12billion valuation on the Nasdaq. It was quite a ride.

I had equity and stock options so, when the company floated, I found myself with some capital. Having set-up a consultancy, I started to get involved with angel investing, working with Newable as part of their private investor group.

My first lead investor role came with a company called Night Zookeeper – I met Josh, the CEO, at a Newable investor event and we clicked. It’s a kids’ media business and not really my background, but I quickly realised I had a lot of relevant experience and plenty to offer. I absolutely believe in Josh and his team. I’m always there to bring advice and guidance but I’m also careful to give him the room to do his own thing. Angel investing is now a big part of my life. It’s rewarding in lots of ways but it’s a big commitment and not for everyone. That’s where opportunities like The Fund come in – it’s a great way for more people to play a part in the growth story of some amazing young businesses. I’d like to think the Fund can also help attract a more diverse range of investors.

Start-ups really need different perspectives to thrive in a global economy; different backgrounds and experience, younger points of view and definitely more women in the mix.”

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