John Down Chief Operating & Financial Officer | The Dots

John Down

Chief Operating & Financial OfficerUnited Kingdom
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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!
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Work history
    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).
    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; • - strategy, fundraising advisory (January to March 2011) • Other start-up ventures
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  • Finance
  • Project Management
  • Strategy and Insight
  • Operations
  • Legal Contracts
  • Growth Strategy
    Chartered AccountancyEY
     - London, United Kingdom
    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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