About
us
We now live in the age of intelligent algorithms. It’s a new world.
In the 1950s we relied on intuition to make decisions. Over time, we learned our decisions could be improved as we were supported by (and then driven by) data. Today, those at the forefront of industry leverage intelligent algorithms to continue to enhance their decision making.
A growing number of VCs and early-stage investors recognize this. By 2025, 75% will prioritize data science and artificial intelligence above “gut feel” for investment.
Our
team
Damian and Guy met through a mutual friend in 2016. Shortly after, they co-founded a venture builder: Zero 1. There, they launched three tech startups and raised $8 million in venture capital.
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Damian Cristian
Co-Founder
Product, Tech and Data
Damian’s passions are maths and data. He’s obsessed with launching tech products and is the force behind bringing Koble to market. Originally from Transylvania, he’s an engineer turned serial entrepreneur.
He moved to London in 2012 to cut his teeth in a global start-up ecosystem. After spending 2-years as Global Product Lead at Aviva’s Digital Garage he went on to co-found Zero 1 and then Koble.
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Guy Conway
Co-Founder
Commercial and Operations
Guy is an entrepreneur at heart but started off at the opposite end, studying engineering and working as a management consultant (Accenture and KPMG). Realising his entrepreneurial bug would never be satisfied there, he decided an MBA would point him in the right direction.
He studied at London Business School and upon graduation Guy co-founded Zero 1 where he led Pre-Seed ventures. He loves the challenge of commercialising early stage tech.
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Penny Watson
Growth
Penny is a growth and marketing expert with 10 years experience across start-ups and scale-ups in fintech, online wagering, and advertising.
She recently led the marketing for one of the UK’s fastest growing paytechs, defining and executing the global strategy to drive B2B2C growth from Seed through to Series A.
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Paul Potsides
Engineering
Paul is a hands-on technology leader with 15+ years of software development and architecture experience. He has vast experience building disruptive startups and tech solutions including Zoe AI and Lifted.
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Atila Abdula
Data science
Atila is a previous world top 10 poker player now turned algorithm developer. He has extensive experience in building scalable software and AI systems, with strong technical expertise in AI and ML development.
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Ted Sterchi
Design
Ted has over 10 years of experience in digital design, art direction, AR, and 3D. He has previously worked at Saatchi & Saatchi and Karmarama for clients including Gucci, Fenty, SEGA, Netflix, and Vue Cinemas. He’s also the designer of Orange Island, an 8-bit indie game which was successfully funded on Kickstarter.