Matthew Pontefract

Founder, Chief Technologist

Matthew's passion for astrophysics as a child sent him on a path through academia at the University of London where he obtained his BSc and PhD (University College London) before doing research at Imperial College.

Moving into business he worked on real-time trading systems at Dresdner Bank and subsequently in consumer banking and hedge funds. High performance distributed computing in visual effects then preceded CTO roles at Glasses Direct, where he re-engineered the ecommerce platform and the team, and onefinestay.

With a strong focus on the business, and always identifying the real users of technology, he works to support and enhance business processes with creative solutions rather than implementing technology purely for its own sake. Always thinking through the underlying needs, technology is not implemented simply because everyone else does it a given way.

Matthew is an advisor on technology to Spring Ventures and non-executive director for technology at Phoebus Software Ltd.