James Wise

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James Wise

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Overview

James joined Balderton in 2013. Since then, he has led Balderton’s investments in a number of sectors and geographies, with a specific focus on AI, sustainability, productivity and healthtech. He sits as a board member and observer for multiple portfolio companies, including Sophia Genetics (Nasdaq-listed $SOPH), Depop (acquired by Etsy), Tibber and GoCardless, and has been involved in the sale of companies to Amazon, Epic Games and Elastic.

Prior to joining Balderton, James helped to launch and run one of the UK’s first social venture funds, providing support and capital to social enterprises. He has worked with entrepreneurs and businesses in Europe and Africa and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.

As well as the professional experiences above, James is a member of the UK Government’s Industrial Development Advisory Board, a trustee of the charity Demos and served in 2011 as a Specialist Adviser to Parliament.

Board positions

Munich, Germany

Avi Medical

Elevating the patient experience by combining technology with a human touch.

  • Series B in 2022
Berlin, Germany

Deepset

Helping users scale their data more quickly, easily and at scale.

  • Series A 2023
Munich, Germany

Demodesk

Intelligent meeting platform for online sales.

  • Series A in 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark

Forecast

AI-native Project & Resource Management platform

  • Series A in 2021
Munich, Germany

Kaia Health

Clinically validated digital therapeutics

  • Series A in 2018
Berlin, Germany

Levity

The no-code AI automation platform for freight email operations.

  • Seed in 2022
Førde, Norway

Tibber

Using digital technology to make electricity consumption smarter

  • Series B in 2020

Related investments

London, UK

Depop

Peer-to-peer social shopping platform and app that allows creative entrepreneurs to build a social shopping network.

  • Seed in 2012
  • Acquired by Etsy in 2021
London, UK

GoCardless

The easiest way for businesses to collect recurring payments.

  • Series B in 2014
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hubs

The world's largest network of 3D manufacturing services.

  • Series A in 2014
  • Acquired by Protolabs in 2021
London, UK

Pusher

Real-time APIs that power communication and collaboration apps all over the world.

  • Series A in 2018
  • Acquired by MessageBird 2020
Paris, France

Sketchfab

Platform to publish, share, and discover 3D content online and in VR.

  • Series A in 2013
  • Acquired by Epic Games in 2021
Lausanne, Switzerland

Sophia Genetics

Democratizing data-driven medicine.

  • Series B in 2017
  • IPO on NASDAQ in 2021