Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Barry Gekiere Exits Ventures West

I met Barry Gekiere (or, as we call him in our office, "kitten" )during my first month as a VC. Our funds had invested in the same company which, shall we say, was underperforming, and Barry rolled up his sleeves and dug in in a way that no one else at the board table did.

So it comes as no surprise that Barry would find himself drawn to turnaround management in the current market. His offical announcement yesterday that he has left Ventures West to focus on this area at the Kirchner Group as a Managing Director is a great fit. More and more of my favourite colleagues seem to spend time at Kirchner (Paul Gardner is one of them);maybe it's the coffee.