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Nicholas Stocks

General Partner

Raised in Portugal, born in Iraq to an English father and a Brazilian mother, I am very much a third culture kid.

This has embedded in me a strong appreciation for different cultures and countries, each having a competitive advantage that needs to be appreciated.

Prior to White Star Capital, I have been an investor and operator at early stage startups. While at Global Founders Capital, a stage-agnostic global fund, I led and participated in over 30 transactions across four continents, including the likes of albert.com, Nested, Grubmarket, Goldbely and Canva. Prior to this, I was with UKCloud from founding to Series B, raising over £20m, and worked with Access Industries backed AINMT to launch a telecoms operator in Brazil. I began my career in the Investment Banking Division at UBS. I graduated from the University of Warwick and hold an MBA from London Business School.

Having been on the other side of the table as well as having worked with dozens of founders, I’ve seen how the founder-VC relationship can be either a powerful force or harmful to a company. This has shaped my belief that founders and investors need to get to know each other well before an investment, as this is a very long term commitment.

In my free time, I enjoy spoiling my yorkshire terrier, Alfie, and going for long hikes with him and my wife Marcella.

I also love getting lost in sci-fi and fantasy books – Foundations, Kingkiller chronicles, Harry Potter back in the day, Lord of the Rings and the like. Unfortunately I am well known among my friends for having terrible taste in music.

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