Brian Caulfield, Chairperson, Scale Ireland
Brian Caulfield is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a Venture Partner and former Managing Partner at Draper Esprit, the leading European venture capital firm, and is based in Dublin, Ireland.
Prior to joining Draper Esprit, Brian was a partner at Trinity Venture Capital where his investments included AePONA (sold to Intel – NASDAQ: INTC), ChangingWorlds (Amdocs – NYSE: DOX), CR2, SteelTrace (Compuware – NASDAQ: CPWR) and APT (CSR – LSE:CSR.L). Previously, Brian co-founded both Exceptis Technologies – sold to Trintech Group (NASDAQ: TTPA) in November 2000 and Similarity Systems, a business focused data quality management software company that was acquired by Informatica (NASDAQ: INFA) in January 2006.
Brian’s Draper Esprit investments include Movidius (sold to Intel – NASDAQ: INTC), Datahug (Callidus Software – NASDAQ: CALD), RhodeCode, Mobile Travel Technologies (Travelport – NYSE: TVPT), Graphcore and Clavis Insight (Ascential – LSE:ASCL). Brian was a member of the senior management team that successfully IPOed Draper Esprit in June 2016. He is also a former director of the Irish Times, Ireland’s leading daily newspaper.
He is a private investor/advisor to a number of early stage technology companies. Brian is a Computer Engineering graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He was the 2007 recipient of the Irish Software Association’s Technology Person of the Year award and has been inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. In 2010 he also received the Halo Business Angel Network’s “Business Angel of the Year” award.
Brian is a former Chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association and currently chairs Scale Ireland, a new representative organisation for Irish innovation-driven enterprises.