Steve was previously the founder and CTO of Havok, the leading physics and animation middleware company for console game development, Kore, developer of the Kore Virtual Machine, an optimised Lua script compatible execution environment and most recently Swrve, the mobile marketing automation platform used by some of the world’s leading brands including Disney, Conde Nast and Ryanair. Steve holds a PhD in computer graphics and has been a senior lecturer, research group leader and principal investigator in Trinity College Dublin and a visiting professor of Goldsmiths University of London. As a result he’s built up extensive practical experience in technology transfer, IP licensing and entrepreneurship in academia.
When not poring over product roadmaps and platform architecture diagrams, Steve creates unappealing electronic music and is slowly building a modest Eurorack modular synthesiser. He’s also a huge fan of computer game technology and harbours a dream to one day get back to his first love of designing and coding games.
Debbie looks after the day-to-day running of the office and in general helping the team out - whether that be organising travel, arranging meetings, or getting Will his favourite Je’suis sandwich from Probus or Boston crème donuts from the local donut shop! You will find Debbie in the office from 8:30-2pm each day.
Debbie previously worked as Office Manager/PA at one of Ireland’s leading TV production companies, as well as various other PA/Admin roles throughout the years.
Debbie has her own millinery brand - most afternoons, you will find her slaving away in her millinery studio in Dublin creating hats and headpieces for brides, wedding guests, and ladies’ day fanatics with her apprentice, Lenny the Cavachon!
Most recently he was Vice President of EMEA at Twitter, where he set up and led the regional business, and before that he held a variety of leadership roles at Google.
Stephen comes to Frontline with executive experience at two of the fastest growing companies of our generation, Google and Twitter. He has encountered both ends of the scale spectrum, having set up Twitter EMEA from scratch and run a multi-billion dollar ads business at Google. He is a seasoned General Manager with particular functional expertise in Sales, Operations, and Talent.
Stephen has engineering degrees from Trinity College Dublin and Cornell University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Stephen is married with three young kids and is the only person in his household who can't speak Norwegian. He enjoys most sports but only runs when chasing a ball, much like a dog. He once designed a private cell-phone system for Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was later overthrown in the Arab Spring. They're no longer close.
While living in New York, Thomas was a Trader Analyst at a multi-strategy hedge fund. Previously, while working at the Nasdaq, he lead software development teams in creating a variety of financial products. One of the applications created during his tenure, Q-Folio, was featured at the iPad launch and pre-loaded on every in store iPad nationwide.
As the Investment Manager of Cavalry Ventures, a Berlin-based seed fund, Thomas worked on a number of deals including CrossEngage, HeavenHR, McMakler, BuyingShow, and Inkitt.
When not looking for the next big thing, you can find Thomas on his bike. In 2014, he biked from Berlin to Poland, and to celebrate joining Frontline, did a four day tour in the west of Ireland.
She has been working in early-stage tech in New York and Boston since she was 16, at successful startups like Blue Apron, Onswipe, and HowAboutWe. She learned the ropes of early-stage VC at Atlas Venture (now Accomplice) in Cambridge and SoftBank Capital in NYC.
Kim has a love for enabling passionate creators, which led her to becoming the first female President of Tech@NYU, NYC’s largest student developer and designer organisation. She was also a founding partner of Dorm Room Fund NYC, a $.5m student-run venture fund. Kim joined the Frontline team after graduating from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she studied marketing and computer science.
When she’s not celebrating the Frontline portfolio’s many wins, you can find Kim cooking without recipes or attempting to befriend strangers’ dogs. She enthusiastically claims she is “made of the Internet.”
After leaving university, William was one of the founding employees of Ondra Partners, a startup investment-banking boutique. Within 18 months, Ondra grew from a four-person team to 70+ employees across London, New York, and Paris and was named the top investment banking boutique globally by Euromoney.
William’s work at Ondra led him to discover his passion for rethinking an industry, and he shortly thereafter co-founded Osmoda, a fashion e-commerce company creating a new way for young and up-and-coming designers to sell online. During the same time, William was also the London Ambassador for the Thousand Network, a community of over 1000 innovators under 30.
It was through his work at Osmoda and Thousand that William experienced firsthand the difficulty that European founders have when fundraising. This inspired him to join Will and Shay to set up Frontline, a fund that would usher in a new generation of early-stage venture capital in Europe.
William is also a keen adventure traveller, and when taking time off is as likely to be seen running a triple marathon across Northern Spain, hiking through Colombian rain forest, or white-water rafting down a Himalayan river. Except on Halloween, where you can find him in one of his ridiculous, homemade costumes.
Before a career in VC, Will spent six years advising large enterprise on their technology purchasing decisions.
Will’s focus has always been on seed/Series A investing in both application and infrastructure layer software companies. During his career, he invested in the first round of software companies such as Britebill (acquired by Amdocs), Barricade (acquired by Sophos), Orchestrate (acquired by CenturyLink), AMCS (since raised $75m), and CurrencyFair (since raised $25m).
Will is a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows, a network of 200+ venture capital professionals in leading firms around the world. He spends a significant portion of his time in the US developing investor and corporate relationships to benefit the companies in which Frontline has invested.
Will is qualified as a chef and a chemical engineer, which explains why all of his dishes are prepared in large quantities and with precisely measured ingredients.
Shay has invested in over 30 early-stage European tech companies. Notable exits include Toucan Technologies (acquired by PMC Sierra, NASDAQ: PMCS), Exceptis Technologies (acquired by Trintech, NASDAQ: TTPA), DRM Data Management (acquired by P&O UK, LSE: PO), Improveline (acquired by Homeserve UK, LSE: HSV), and most recently Logentries (acquired by Rapid7, NASDAQ: RPD). Shay currently sits on the board of Qstream, Roomex, Linked Finance, and AQMetrics.
Shay has engineering degrees from University College Dublin (BSc) and University of New Brunswick Canada (M Eng). He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Shay has had a wide and varied career - covering corporates (Exxon, Corning, McKinsey), startups (Glentara Foods, Irish Seafood Producers Group), and venture capital (Delta Partners). Throughout his career in venture, he has been part of teams that have raised eight funds, totalling a combined $500 million through 3 different economic cycles.
Shay has long been interested in the convergence of startup culture and society, as well the internationalisation of companies and ideas. He is Chair of the Science Gallery Trinity College, as well as Genio (which manages the Social Reform Fund in Ireland). Both of these institutions are leaders in their sectors and are expanding globally.
When not investing, Shay likes to walk the hills of Wicklow. He also likes reading English literature and has an interest in all things Latin - which makes him the in-house thesaurus, grammarian, and spellchecker for the Frontline team.