CurveBlock

Team

Gary Woodhead

Co-Founder / CEO

Joey Jones

Co-Founder / Chief Revenue & Compliance Officer

Matthew Couch

Co-Founder / MD - Land & Development

Roger Ransome

Technologist

Jordan Cohen

BIM Specialist

Experience

Collective Projects GDV £524M

Collective time in Construction 80+ years

CurveBlock is a proud graduate of the Founder Institute as well as NatWest Entrepreneur and Fintech Accelerator Programmes

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Advisors

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David Reed

Venture Partner

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Paul Stallard

Venture Partner

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Sima Kanan

Legal Partner

Experience

CurveBlock

Ambassador

Antony Cotterill

Ambassador

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Keith Madeley, MBE

Ambassador

Experience

Selected Partners

Starting, and building, a successful business takes a good idea, energy and determination plus the right opportunities and the right people.

Working with, and investing in, startups excites us here at CMS. Working with entrepreneurs on bright ideas, fostering growth and innovation in the tech sector and helping to support the industry stars of the future gets us out of bed in the morning. As an early-stage business, legal advice may be pushed to the bottom of the priority list, not least due to the costs associated with it. However, for a business to scale successfully, especially when investors are involved, having the right foundations are imperative. At CMS, we want to change the way that early-stage companies access legal support. That’s why we set up CMS equIP and its associated programme, equIP North.

CMS is one of the largest law firms worldwide and our more than 4,500 legal professionals work in cross-border teams around the world to offer business-focused advice in law and tax matters.

We help build Successful Companies.

We are drawn to businesses of all sizes and ambitious founders who push the edge of what is possible. Our investments span the technology stack, from applications to infrastructure, and across the enterprise spectrum from developer operations to security, data platforms, and beyond with the use of emerging technologies.

The future will be shaped by advances in AI, RPA, XR, robotics, blockchain, quantum computing and deep tech. We support organizations and aspiring founders with our expertise and drive to tackle the major global issues that affect us all.

We help to design, build, launch and scale ventures across all stages and sectors. Our team of business growth advisors and data scientists work side by side with portfolio companies to solve critical problems and push the frontier of technology. Let’s talk to start building your ideas to life. Excelledia Ventures backs founders who transform industries and create new ones.

Strategy

Loyal VC’s core fund is the Loyal Startup Index Fund. To drive returns, Loyal works to remove bias, evolve the VC model, leverage global networks, and track social and environmental impact.

Portfolio

Loyal has a core portfolio of over 190 investments in 45 countries. The fund is intentionally broadly diversified across industry sectors.

Advisors

To support a global portfolio, you need a global network of advisors. Loyal has over 400 advisors, from prominent opinion leaders to unsung functional experts, to give the right help on every issue.
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Gary Woodhead

Co-Founder / CEO

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With over 29 years construction industry experience, not only within the real estate development market but also other development sectors such as Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural developments. Along with Gary’s extensive construction experience & knowledge he’s also deeply involved in the world of Blockchain. Successfully scaled one of Europe’s largest building materials manufactories over 4000% leading to a private equity buyout during 2016.

Joey Jones

Co-Founder / Chief Revenue & Compliance Officer

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Joey has many years of business management experience building successful teams and companies. Joey is also a Former Registered Investment Adviser with 37 agents geographically dispersed, and has built business from $0-$50M+ portfolios. This experience gave Joey deep understanding and knowledge within the Securities Compliance Arena. Working in the computing space for the last 10 year, and blockchain since 2016, Joey connects quickly with any target market and communicates well with all parties and publicly, which will have a substantial impact for CurveBlock around the world. Certificate of education in Blockchain and Digital Equity from University of Nicosia.

Matthew Couch

Co-Founder / MD - Land & Development

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Matthew has 15 years experience in the real estate sector working with developers, agents and investors – both on the client and delivery side. Matthew has vast experience in sourcing development sites with and without planning, or sites with capacity for planning gain – both on and off market and across the UK. Matthew has developed a reputation for being able to add value to existing sites with consent by improving unit mix, optimising unit plans and delivering additional capacity on both surplus and under utilised land. Having been involved in the acquisition, development and sales functions for a number of developers (both regional and national), Matthew has an acute understanding of the complexities of the development process and how to unlock access to additional revenue streams (entry and exit), complex financial modelling and exit strategy planning to meet, and improve upon, required financial returns.

Roger Ransome

Technologist

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Following a successful career in corporate IT for several multinational enterprises, responsible for             multi- million pound infrastructure projects, Roger brings real-world experience of IT Technical Architecture, Networks & Security, and Systems Design to CurveBlock. Since 2004 Roger has been a property investor. In addition to this he founded a successful business in 2015, gaining useful experience in finance, marketing and other business skills. He is passionate about crypto and the many use cases and efficiency benefits it brings.

Jordan Cohen

BIM Specialist

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David Reed

Venture Partner

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Former Director of Business Development for NatWest Bank with more recent experience in a startup disruptive law business, global property investment business and fast growth peer to peer lender, has agreed to join the CurveBlock team & ecosystem as a venture partner and to work closely with the CurveBlock co-founders on various verticals of the business.

This will include continuing to mentor the CEO, as well as future land venture collaborations, real estate development deal flows and strategic investment direction which will enable CurveBlock to continue to grow and realise its ambition in becoming a key UK player in the construction and delivery of modern method renewable energy houses.

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Paul Stallard MBA. Fellow LIBF. FCIM

Venture Partner

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Sima Kanan

Legal Partner

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Antony Cotterill

Ambassador

Antony is a wheelchair tennis player who competes at an elite level, with career highlights including a 2-time World Team Cup world champion (wheelchair tennis version of the Davis Cup), Doubles Masters world champion, and numerous ITF titles in both singles and doubles. He has represented GB for over 13 years and also represented GB at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. His career high world rankings are ‘5’ in singles and ‘3’ in doubles. He is really excited to be part of CurveBlock as he sees two of his interests outside of tennis – property and Blockchain – together in an amazing project.

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Keith Madeley, MBE

Ambassador

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Nick Hawkins

Legal Partner

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Nick Hawkins has been a senior Corporate Barrister Partner at the 200+ partner UK and international law firm GunnerCooke LLP since 2016, and also works on investment matters and sits as a Director/NED on various Boards. He has well over 30 years’ experience of advising Companies and organisations, both as an external lawyer, and at Board level as in-house Legal Director or equivalent.  Nick was also a Conservative Member of Parliament for 13 years, serving in junior roles in MoD and DNH (now DCMS)  in John Major’s Government, and as a Shadow Minister in 3 successive Shadow administrations. His most senior role was Shadow Solicitor-General.   

Simon Cocking

Marketing, Media and PR Specialis

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LinkedIn Simon Cocking is Chief Editor at Irish Tech News, CryptoCoinNews and InvestInIT – with over 1.5 million+ combined unique monthly views and growing. He is also the top ranked member of the ‘People of Blockchain’ (#1 for 2018 based on total funds raised). He is also a business mentor and advisor working with 200+ successful ICOs to date. He has also been named many global Twitter influencer lists in the last 12 months. He is an accomplished public speaker at events including TEDx, Web Summit, and overseas in Pyeonchang, Amsterdam, Dubai, Delhi, Kiev, Singapore, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Tbilisi, Riga, Porto, Dublin and Helsinki in the last 12 months. He has been based in Ireland for over 22 years and has cofounded or founded seven successful companies.