About me

In January 2014, I will be joining Techstars London as a Director.

Before Techstars, back in January of 2012, I co-founded Forward Labs, a London-based startup studio. At Labs, we built profitable startups at high speed using lean startup principles. During 2012 and 2013, we built six businesses (and shut down another six at very early stages and investigated over 100 ideas):

Appear Here. International category leader for renting short term retail space. Very high growth. Raised £1m Angel Round in November 2013 from consortium of leading international angels (Telegraph).
Maker Academy. No.1 ranked place to learn how to code (as ranked by the Guardian). Aspires to be the worldwide category leader in teaching people how to become makers. Very high growth. Profitable.
DropWines. UK’s leading flash sales site for wine. The company is in the process of being sold.
Pocket Shop. UK’s first grocery shopping with immediate delivery. Went out of business in September 2013.
Driftrock. Internationally leading Twitter marketing tool and analytics platform.  Still very early days. Significant traction and investor interest.
Loyalty Bay. Marketing incentives and audience insight. Very early days, but beginnings of solid traction. Short path to profitability.

Before Forward Labs, I was Founding CEO of aiHit, a provider of automated company data to the business information industry. aiHit is backed by Amadeus and VTB Capital and sells to some of the world’s largest information players including Dun & Bradstreet, Experian, and Equifax.

Prior to this, I was the VP Analysis & Consulting at Library House (now Dow Jones), a business information and research company, which I helped grow from seven to over 50 employees within four years.

During my PhD at Cambridge University, I developed, patented and licensed new water technology.

You can email me at: jens.lapinski@gmail.com


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