John Down

John Down

Chief Operating & Financial OfficerUnited Kingdom
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John Down

John Down

Chief Operating & Financial OfficerUnited Kingdom
About me
I help lead the incredible team at The Dots, where my responsibilities include growth, operations, finance, legal / regs, people, board governance and investor relations. I'm passionate about diversity in the start-up and creative worlds, and am a founding committee member of Series Q - an LGBT+ professional network for entrepreneurs. Previously I've held strategy, M&A, consulting and operational roles across digital media, the creative industries and finance. This has been with a range of clients and employers, from small start-ups to corporates. Feel free to get in touch!
Projects
  • Sir John Hegarty joins The Dots
    Sir John Hegarty joins The Dots
  • The Dots
    The Dots
  • The Dots — Pride
    The Dots — Pride
Projects credited in
  • Coronavirus – how we can all support each other
    Coronavirus – how we can all support each otherIllustration by Zachary Hill
  • Featured App of the Day!
    Featured App of the Day!We are so excited to announce that our brilliant app has been featured by Apple as App of the Day! Download (it’s free!) to network, collaborate, build your brand & find amazing opportunities all with a few taps. What are you waiting for? Kickstart your dream career here.
  • The Dots - Top 100 Startups
    The Dots - Top 100 StartupsWell that’s a magical way to start the Summer - The Dots featured in the Startups 100 list – featuring the UK’s most exciting ventures. Shout out to my amazing dream team, for making it all happen - legends the lot of you. https://startups.co.uk/startups-100/2019/startups-100-2019/
  • How to add The Dots widgets to your iPhone's home screen
    How to add The Dots widgets to your iPhone's home screenWe’ve just launched three different widgets to add to your iPhone! With a few simple taps, you can now get your personalised Dots dashboard, tailored job suggestions and reminders of your upcoming events, right on your iPhone’s home screen. Nice! Widgets are super simple to add, just make sure your iPhone has iOS 14 (and our free The Dots app), then follow the steps below. 1. On your iPhone’s home screen, touch and hold an empty area until the apps jiggle 2. Tap the ‘+’ button in the top righ
  • The Dots - According to Apple  'The UK's hottest App' :-)
    The Dots - According to Apple 'The UK's hottest App' :-)Honoured to be featured as the ‘Hottest App in the UK right now!’ in the Apple App Store! Credit goes 100% to the amazing team behind the App - legends all of you :-) Haven't downloaded The Dots iOS App yet? Give it a whirl here: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/the-dots-the-creator-network/id1326923150
  • The Dots | Digital Impact Award Nomination | Tech For Good :-)
    The Dots | Digital Impact Award Nomination | Tech For Good :-)Excitingly The Dots has been nominated for a Digital Impact Award! We’ve had some amazing accolades of late, but I'm really, really proud of this one, as it recognises tech businesses that are having a positive impact on the world. #TechForGood #TimeWellSpent #ImpactAwards #ChangeTheRatio > https://www.impact-awards.co.uk/finalists
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Work history
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    Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial OfficerThe Dots
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Commercial & Operations: Responsible for off-platform ops, working side-by-side with CEO to determine company strategy and direction, as well as oversight of growth, data, OKRs and research / decision support. • 20x platform member growth • Acquired The Dots' largest revenue client • Defined, named and sized the ‘No Collar' professional segment. People: CEO’s chief of staff responsible for recruitment, performance management, remuneration, diversity and HR systems & ops. • Scaled The Dots from 6 contractors to 25 staff in 4 geographies • The Dots is rated #44 in the UK's Top-100 SaaS companies to work for. Finance: Own all fundraising, forecasting, MI / reporting, finance ops and grants processes. • Led raises of > £6m in 3 separate rounds • Led marketing materials, terms negotiation, due diligence, valuation and EIS. Legal & Regulatory: Oversee legal, IP, data & privacy, disputes & regulatory & policy environment. • Led The Dots to GDPR compliance with minimal disruption • Led Brexit policy response and political campaigning / engagement. Governance: Board secretary, CoSec, head of investor relations (120+ shareholders).
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    Strategy / M&A Consultant(Various)
     - Sydney, AustraliaFreelance
    Clients included: • AMP - Mergers & Acquisitions, joint ventures, strategy (June 2009 to Jan 2013) - went full-time in 2013; • TheLoop.com.au - strategy, fundraising advisory (January to March 2011) • Other start-up ventures
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Skills
  • Finance
  • Project Management
  • Strategy and Insight
  • Operations
  • Legal Contracts
  • Growth Strategy
Education
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    Chartered AccountancyEY
     - London, United Kingdom
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    Scholarship ExchangeUniversity of California
     - Davis, United States
    Perfect Grade Point Average of 4.0/4.0. Cited on the Dean's Honor Roll for every academic quarter.
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