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Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Chairman

Ian joined Edge in 2014 to help scale the business, raise funds and execute a medium term strategic plan. Ian’s career spans a 30-year period, covering sectors from publishing, investment banking to high-tech in Europe and the States. Since moving to Boston from London in 2001, Ian has helped to scale over a dozen New England based businesses, many in the high-tech space, many with overseas offices in Europe and Asia.

Ian previous credits start in 80s, with consumer magazines businesses of Thomson (now Thomson Reuters) as a divisional CFO, creating one of the first investment banking boutiques in London, building the FTSE 100 Capita Group in the 90s and more recently scaling software businesses in Boston. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Ian holds both US and UK citizenship.

Unusually for a trained accountant, he is a huge fan of strong story telling, and has published seven books and around 500 blog posts, covering M&A, venture capital and entrepreneurship. To relax, he competes on the track at 400m and 800m and has maintained a top 20 masters world ranking since 2006