About

Your Partners was created by a group of industry professionals, with extensive startup experience, who came to a common realization: the kind of business support startups really need is very different from the support available to them

Your Strategic Growth Partners

We represent a multi-disciplinary team with deep experience supporting startup growth in every area: management, people, tech, product, promotion, and finance.

Our approach to resolving existing pain points is holistic and we offer the benefit of our different perspectives to help side-step future issues.

We work with early-stage companies who are looking for support in building and mentoring their teams. We also provide leadership coaching and decision making support to founders and senior management.

We are your strategic growth partners.

Our Philosophy

We believe that successful early-stage companies exhibit the following super-powers:
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    to attract the highest caliber people
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    to scale the enterprise
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    to iterate quickly and act decisively

Successful startups can never stand still. They must constantly evolve and grow. They must bite off more than they can chew and learn to deal with the consequences.

Investors fund startups because they buy into the founding team and their ability to pull off the big idea.

Even the strongest founders need support. They need to grow their team quickly, they need to build their organization sustainably and they need to learn how to make pragmatic decisions in the face of complexity to keep driving forwards.

At Your Partners, our team has the expertise to help startups build their vision faster. We have developed a set of core solutions that leverage our many decades of industry experience.

Stafford Lowe

Chief Operating Partner – Bermuda

Significant early stage operational management experience with 4 high-profile, fast growing fintech start-ups.

Experience setting up entire suite of back-office functions for multi-jurisdictional companies and managing the productivity of both in-house and outsourced resources. Conducted multiple fundraises and term sheet negotiations.

Former FinTech Advisor to Bermuda Government.

Capabilities

  • Chief of Staff; Business Management

  • Operations Management

  • Finance, Accounting & Payroll Management

  • Legal Contracts; Term sheet negotiation

  • Global Human Resources Management (UK, US, Singapore, Switzerland & Bermuda); Global Recruiting

  • Capital Markets and Financial Market Infrastructure

  • Significant executive Committee and Board Level experience

  • Company Director

Partner Profile

  • Over 20 years of capital markets experience; broad-ranging leadership roles at venture capital, private equity and corporate backed FinTech start-ups; extensive blockchain / DLT experience

  • Equally adept at client-facing and internal leadership roles; exhibits passion and capacity to accept all challenges, proactively solve problems, and to constantly drive the business forward

  • Versatile hands-on experience in the roles of Chief Operating Officer, Finance Director, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief of Staff and HR Director for teams ranging from 25 – 150 people
  • Experience setting up entire suite of back-office functions for multi-jurisdictional companies and managing the productivity of both in-house and outsourced resources

  • Significant executive Committee and Board Level experience

Tim Reed

Chief Marketing Partner – New York

A rare blend of large enterprise experience running global marketing teams at major institutions combined with building marketing functions from scratch as Chief Marketing Officer at numerous FinTech start-ups.

Expertise includes: Strategic marketing, Go-to-market planning, Content marketing, Event and conference management, Public relations/Social Media, and Marketing automation.

Capabilities

  • Strategic marketing: competitive analysis, audience segmentation and messaging platform development

  • 6-12 month comprehensive marketing plan development

  • Content marketing/thought leadership (social media strategy, writing, video production, podcasts, etc)

  • Event and conference management

  • Marketing automation: email marketing, funnel management, sales enablement

  • Public relations

Partner Profile

  • CMO-level entrepreneurial strategic marketer with US/global leadership experience launching, growing and turning around businesses

  • Distinctive ability to develop corporate narratives and thought leadership programs that increase market leadership. Partners with sales teams to develop demand generation strategies that drive revenue and profitability

  • Over 25 years’ experience delivering B2B marketing expertise in brand positioning, public relations, web, content and growth marketing

  • Expertise across all asset classes including digital assets, fixed income, equities, FX and futures

  • Thorough understanding of the institutional Wall Street space having held senior positions on the sellside, exchange and tech platform space

  • Experience rebranding and repositioning from Fortune 500 companies to early stage start-ups

  • Created a major institutional crypto conference from scratch and lead marketing as a fraction CMO for some of the crypto ecosystems leading brands

Simon Clarke

Chief Talent Partner – London

Passionate about global talent sourcing with significant experience both as a corporate recruiter and in executive search of developing and managing teams of recruiters within the Technology and Financial Services sectors.

Demonstrable record for the entire resourcing processes, providing advice and guidance to senior management on all aspects of talent acquisition and onboarding.

Designed and delivered resourcing strategies to identify first class technical, corporate and commercial talent to support high growth targets. Participative leadership style, inclusive and culturally aware D&I champion and brand ambassador.

Capabilities

  • Significant global talent sourcing across EMEA, APAC and US ​

  • Full recruitment lifecycle management across all functions

  • Significant contact base within global FinTech

  • Participative leadership style, inclusive and culturally aware D&I champion 

  • Acknowledged brand ambassador mindset

Partner Profile

  • Passionate about global talent sourcing, DEI and brand awareness

  • Significant experience of developing and managing teams of recruiters across Technology and Financial Services sectors

  • Demonstrable record of responsibility for the entire resourcing process, providing advice and guidance to senior management on all aspects of talent acquisition, onboarding and brand management

  • Designed and delivered resourcing strategies to identify first class technical, corporate and commercial talent to support high growth hiring plans

  • Participative leadership style, inclusive and culturally aware D&I champion and brand ambassador

  • Created and delivered successful graduate and internship programs

Marc Sparrow

Chief Architecture Partner – London

15 years experience in UBS Investment Bank and O’Connor hedge fund, building and integrating order, trade, and risk management solutions from concept to deployment Head of IT for London at UBS O’Connor Senior Trading Tools Developer at Getco building high-frequency trading analytics for the Equity and Fixed Income desks.

Experience designing and implementing enterprise grade blockchain and DLT solutions across all major platforms.

Capabilities

  • Capital Markets Business Architecture

  • Design and implementation of high performance distributed enterprise systems for buy and sell-side trading businesses

  • Research & Development; technical architecture specification

  • Technical thought leadership for Engineering Teams

  • Blockchain / DLT technical evaluation

  • Client liaison; Solution Architecture

  • Kotlin, Java, Python, JavaScript, DAML, Quorum, Enterprise Ethereum, Corda, Hyperledger

Partner Profile

  • Strong technical background designing, building, installing and supporting high performance and high availability order/trade/valuation/risk management applications in hedge fund, HFT, and investment bank environments
     

  • Desk-level understanding of financial products from the diverse perspectives of both trader/analyst/portfolio manager and operations/financial control, encompassing equities, FX, credit and interest rate products, commodities, and many derivatives
     

  • Responsible for Business and Technical architecture, research, design, client liaison, implementation and deployment of products, bridging the expertise gap between business and technology
     

  • Pioneered the “ledger appropriate” approach involving an evaluation framework to objectively assess and select the correct distributed ledger platform for any given solution
     

  • Designed a technology to simplify the development and deployment of trusted distributed applications ensuring a common framework for business value interoperability
     

  • Technologies include Kotlin, Java, Python, JavaScript, DAML, Ethereum, Quorum, Corda, Hyperledger

Paul Coleman

Chief Technology Partner – Bermuda

Blue chip pedigree with over a decade of startup experience. Co-founded, raised investment, drove growth, and sold startups.

Experience building tech strategies and teams mission aligned that deliver. Magic power, bridging business and technology.

Former policy advisor for the Bermuda Government.

Capabilities

  • Buy or Build decisions; offshore, near-shore, in-house team decisions

  • Evaluation / qualification for technical hires

  • Partner and vendor selection; who to select and how to implement (including Cloud)

  • Regulatory requirements; InfoSec hygiene; Security testing

  • MVP Development

  • DevOps / CICD Management

  • Bridging the gap between business and technology (including investor communications)

Partner Profile

  • successful CTO with an M.B.A. 25 year startup and blue-chip experience in growing and leading technology teams

  • Known for delivering results, cross team collaboration, growing high performance teams, and creating usable technology

  • Keen sense for prioritizing and making tradeoffs between cost, scope, quality and schedule

  • Recognized for building consensus among diverse teams, coaching employees, and ensuring teams have proper focus, necessary resources, and training to achieve success

  • Experience managing many world class technology projects, from end-to-end

  • Proficient at explaining complex technology and technical issues to non-technical peers

  • Extensive hands-on technical experience including legacy, serverless, web and desktop applications with millions of users

  • Effective verbal and written communicator. Attentive listener and mentor. Confident public speaker. Experienced with public relations and the press

Sharon Dauk

Chief Culture Partner – Connecticut

16 years as Executive Coach to senior executives and their teams at companies ranging from Fortune 100 to early stage.

10 years Investment Banking experience at Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. 15 years experience as private investor, board member and mentor to emerging growth companies.

Capabilities

  • Accredited Executive Coach and Professional Mentor

  • Culture development including vision & mission; core values and behaviors; mindset development

  • Workshop facilitation

  • Conflict resolution

  • Trusted sounding board for senior executives

  • Over 20 years of diverse professional experience as an investor, board member, financial advisor and business executive

Partner Profile

  • Executive Coach and Mentor working with Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Key Managers to achieve their goals and overcome their greatest challenges

  • Combines an extensive business background with formal Coach training to provide a highly focused approach as an independent, objective confident to help you to set and achieve your greatest goals

  • Over 20 years of diverse professional experience as an investor, board member, financial adviser and business executive provides a unique perspective on key issues facing business leaders at all stages and at all kinds of companies

  • I will work with you as your thinking partner in a challenging yet supportive way to help you see things from different perspectives all geared toward helping you be more successful, confident and happy.