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we are


Our highest ambition is to step up
and help underwrite our planet’s
single point of failure:
Humanity.

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we are


Our highest ambition is to step up
and help underwrite our planet’s
single point of failure:
Humanity.

 

X is a holding company investing in transformative technologies.

The first thing you should know about X-Technologies is what X represents.

French mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes used X to denote the unknown quantity. That is part of our story. We are interested in currently ʻunknownʼ solutions to the problems faced by our planet and people.

It is also fitting that the X-Chromosome represents our nurturing and caring side. Our feminine side. Because our highest ambition is to ʻstep up’ and help underwrite our planetʼs single point of failure: humanity.

Our world population is booming: by 2050 it will have increased by another 3 billion individuals.

We quickly need to find viable solutions for mobility, for food, for energy, and a host of challenges facing our environment, from sea to sky.

Issues for which we are collectively responsible.

Ironically, it is our humanity driving our singularly non-aggresive approach to investment. 

 
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vision


vision


 

We are not venture capitalists. We are very different in three key ways.


1. We put our money where our mouth is. We invest our own resources so it means more. (VCs and private equity firms manage third party funds. OPM or Other Peopleʼs Money. To a VC company, success means profit. 


2. We are a technology holding company on a mission. Instead of focusing on stand-alone opportunities, we look at the long term potential on the entire investment landscape. One of our challenges is that success can look both distributed or inclusive, depending on your point of view. 


3. Looking beyond isolated opportunities, we see the potential for synergy between our investment projects. Looking at the greater opportunity - to build industrial eco-systems. Sustainable, self-enhancing systems where everyone benefits from growth, profitability and long-term value creation - rather than a handful of shareholders profiting from a straight exit at the end of short cycle. 

 
 
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management


management


 

Management

 
 
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CEO, Dominic Berger, freely admits to having taken a circuitous route to investment management.

After gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Media and French, he won the prestigious Colombia Studios scholarship to the National Film and Television School (NFTS). You’d be forgiven for thinking that’s a world away from business finance.

“Film is the one industry that most successfully traverses the uneasy truce between creativity and commerce”, Dominic attests. “Producing requires of you a masterwork in project management. To survive you must balance logistical and budgetary limitations with artistic ambition - while co-ordinating the resources of a hundred different disciplines with seamless precision, remembering to tirelessly cultivate a spirit of collaborative comaradarie as you go.”

Berger’s business career has clearly relied on similar creative vs commercial reconciliation, for which he has lost none of his passion.

In 1998 Dominic co-founded, Switch2.net, pioneering one of the world’s first online TV platforms. His next role was as Managing Director of Blackstar Associates, the largest online video and DVD retailer in the UK. The company made swift progress under his captaincy and was awarded British Video Association Best Online Retailer Award in Dominic’s second year in charge.

However, the writing was clearly on the when he was appointed Managing Director of Europe for umbro.com. This specialist sports dot com outfit was owned by Doughty Hanson & Co., one of Europe's largest independent private equity fund management firms.

In 2003 Berger founded Venue Solutions. A business strategy consultancy targeting the sports, arts and leisure markets, helping to focus and refine the management of operations of every variety of venue, frequently transforming their commercial success.

In 2005 Dominic lead the flotation of Venue Solutions Holdings Plc on to the AIM market. His next flotation was the Universal Outdoor Group PLC which he founded and listed on the German Stock Exchange in 2009. The Company Became the largest out of home (OOH) media company across UK shopping centres. Dominic remains a board director and significant shareholder.

But in November of 2014, Dominicʼs enthusiasm to write the next chapter of his entrepreneurial story led him to Angel Equity.

This has proven to be a sweet spot for Dominic, helping to extend the range of investment opportunities for those who might not otherwise command the capital to do so. An ingenious method of selective and co-operative funding that leaves the typically volume driven “crowdfunding to the crowds.

“ I see no particular benefit to investors, or those seeking investment, for that matter, in merely presenting an idea to a generic group, themselves rarely armed with more than the most basic intelligence regarding the teamʼs past performance and suitability to manage their proposed business.

It takes more than enthusiasm to turn a great idea into an investable business. Our vision was to offer far greater insight and due diligence to our clients and partners. And that process isnʼt because we simply want to reap the rewards with none of the risk. In fact we will work with the companies we back to ensure they have a viable model for revenue generation and growth.

The other advantage of the way we work is to mobilise our investors as a group. We leverage the power of all of us. Not just in capital muscle, but through their networks and ability to spread the word, perhaps evangelise I little - but only to build momentum in ideas we believe in but have also vetted and helped get match fit where necessary. Dare I say itʼs a kind of socialist capitalism. No thatʼll get me in trouble. Letʼs say, a more ʻinclusiveʼ capitalism. Either way its a win win.


Brian Stockbridge, Director

Former executive of the London Stock Exchange, Brian Stockbridge, is our doyen of corporate finance and the Alternative Investment Market. He has long been a adviser to small and mid-cap companies, specialising in public company transactions and flotations, chiefly on the AIM.

A series of successful board and non-executive directorships and a non-exec Chairman role have provided Brian with a breadth of perspectives - given further context, by previously having served as a FCA registered regulator and primary case officer on over 150 public offerings.

To cap it all off, Brian is a qualified accountant with a further 15 years experience in the City focussing on public and private funding successfully originating, regulating and executing public and private company mergers and acquisitions related assignments and fundraising of over 5 billion pounds.

His wealth of experience has furnished Brian with a commensurate network of invaluable connections in the private equity arena, of which he is considered an authority.


Roy Walton, Director

A seasoned executive in global agricultural and logistics based businesses, Roy Walton has worked in nearly every position in the tobacco production and processing industry over twenty-five plus years.

Roy grew up on the family farm in Zimbabwe and received a degree in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics from the Blackfordby College of Agriculture, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

Having experience from field level production through product research & development, to international management for multi-billion dollar American Agriculture giant, Universal Incorporated, Roy has forgotten more about the sector than most will ever know.

He has put that lifetime of experience to work for clients on financial modelling, establishing farming partnerships, growth and development strategies and assisting with the transition of ownership and management in southern Russia in the early 90s.

In Tanzania. Roy played a key role in establishing the largest subsistence farming practice in Africa, involving 18000 independent small scale farmers.

Roy was also a member of the board that navigated the acquisition of former Government owned infrastructure, with 30 million US investment into a new state of the art blending and manufacturing facility.

Roy is a passionate advocate of sustainable agricultural practices.

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visual


visual


visuals by Andrea Alessio: APOLLO 19 project, shot in Misurina (Italy)  46°35'05.2"N 12°15'25.2"E 46.584783, 12.257001

A quote by the author:

"Apollo 19 was originally planned to land in the Hyginus Rille region, which would allow study of lunar linear rilles and craters. The original July 1972 landing date was extended when NASA cancelled the Apollo 20 mission in January 1970. Finally NASA cancelled Apollo 18 and 19 on 2nd September 1970 because of congressional cuts in FY 1971 NASA appropriations. I have always loved the images taken on the surface of the moon by the astronauts and now I am fascinated by the pictures of the missions on Mars.

I believe that the point of view of the photographer is a pivotal element of the photographic language. By positioning the camera we gather valuable information about the subject. The fractal dimension of these landscapes demands attention, slows down our gaze, as we try to figure out whether the dune in the foreground is a faraway hill or a ruffle created by the last snowfall. The more we look the more our perception becomes sharper. The more details we discover the more we get lost in the “infinite space”.

The contrast between the whiteness of the surface and the deep black sky has an estranging effect on humans, whereas it is quite normal in the universe on the planets and satellites devoid of an atmosphere.
The stark and bare light penetrates and carves the surface, giving prominence to crystals, ruffles and crevices, modelling soft curves which make matter appear almost weightless."