Angel investor and advisor
Peter Read is a business angel investor and advisor with a passionate interest in the "soft" skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur: creativity, resilience, focus, integrity, self-awareness (but not self-centredness), and (self-)compassion. He has a particular interest in the insights emerging from neuroscience about the brain plasticity effects of "mindfulness" that can help entrepreneurs to unlock creativity and manage stress, and in exploring how to weave mindfulness into education and into entrepreneurial pre-accelerator programmes.
Peter is an angel investor and/or advisor in many digital media and entertainment companies: 4Info, Adjust Your Set, Amazine, Bandpage, Believe.in, BookingBug, Business of Fashion, Ceros, ChicChickClub, Citymapper, Comedy.com, Eyeclick, EyeEm, Fandango, Freeformers, Gidsy, Hopster, HowDo, InGrooves, InsightSaas, Interact.io, iTrigga, JustGiving, Knitting Factory, LivePlanet, Loopcam, Memoto, MindCandy, Mippin, Mixlr, MoviePilot, MusicNation, MyHeritage, Newtracks, Readmill, Readwave, ReturnPath, Rightster, RjDj, RollUp Media, Sleepio, Slingshot, SofarSounds, Songkick, Sportsnewmedia, TastemakerX, The Astrologer, Tictrac, Toast, Tripbirds, Twitmusic, uberVU, Umee, UpMySport, Vyclone, Weeworld, Wummelkiste, YossarianLives, YPlan, etc; and alongside top tier investors: Accel, Balderton, Benchmark, Betaworks, Greylock, Index, Passion, ProFounders, Seedcamp, Sequoia, SVAngel, TAG, UnionSquare, etc.
Peter was previously an advisor with Neven Vision (acquired by Google), Saynow (Google), Fizzback (Nice Systems), Techlightenment (Experian), Shopwiki (Oversee), Launch Music (Yahoo), LoveFilm (Amazon), Skype (eBay), Mobix Interactive (Seachange), Kindo (MyHeritage), Preview Networks (Rightster), Playahead (Modern Times Group), HSX (Cantor Fitzgerald), H2G2 (BBC), iFilm (MTV), Metacafe (The Collective), and Meevee (eUniverse).
Peter is Managing Director of Entertainment Insights and was previously President of Nielsen Entertainment in Los Angeles.
Peter is Special Partner at Vitruvian Partners; Director of GP Bullhound; Governor at Beaconsfield High School; and a digital advisor to Oxfam, eLife, Sport England, and The Roundhouse. He is an active supporter of Entrepreneur First, NEF, CSAP, Tech City, StartUp Loans, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, the Mind & Life Institute, NFTS and BAFTA. He was an Associate Producer on Rabbit Fever and an (uncredited) actor in Flyin' Ryan which both received some of the worst reviews in movie history.