meet our team

We build Shopwave and believe in developing enabling technology that retailers love. Our aim is to become the hub of smart retail business.

Management


Ben Brown

CEO & Founder

Ben founded Shopwave following the acquisition of his first startup, VouChaCha. VouChaCha managed multi-channel coupon distribution and redemption for many of the UK’s top 200 retailers. VouChaCha was acquired as part of Markcomedia in a deal worth £55 million by Monitise PLC. Prior to VouChaCha Ben managed Innovation, R&D at Lloyds Banking Group. In addition to strategy and mobile technology roles within the financial services sector Ben was also part of the Business Development team at Affiliate Window.

Julian Polzella

CTO & Founder

Julian founded Shopwave following the acquisition of his startup VouChaCha, which built multi-platform, location-based, scalable, API-driven architectures for top 200 UK retailers & enterprise clients such as Orange & Lastminute.com. VouChaCha was acquired as part of Markcomedia in a £55 million deal by Monitise PLC. Julian is an Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Winner and holds a first class honours degree in Computing Sciences. He developed expertise in economic, trading, social, reinforcement & machine learning AI technology at Palantir and at university.



Technology


James Weston

Lead iOS Developer

James holds a first class degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a PhD in Electronic Engineering. After completing his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Tokyo James joined Ben and Julian at VouChaCha. James has over five years of experience developing for iOS and his applications are now in use by millions of consumers and businesses on all continents. James is a published author with papers at conferences held by the IEEE and Nasa on subjects regarding cellular automata, fault tolerance, and chip dependability.

Karthik Vasudevan

Karthik Vasudevan

Lead API Developer

Karthik has more than six years experience developing API and Cloud technologies in India and the UK. Prior to Shopwave, Karthik worked at VouChaCha and MarkcoMedia as a lead API and mobile engineer. Karthik holds a 1st class honours degree and MSc in Computer Science.

Yasir Mahmood

Full Stack Engineer

Yasir Mahmood is an experienced Full Stack developer. He joined VouChaCha as a Mobile application developer after completing his MSc in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. His specialities include web & mobile application development, and API integration. He also holds a 1st Class BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science.



Business Development


Dan Brown

Operations Director

Dan was a founding member of the team at VouChaCha, building relationships with some of the 1st retailers in the UK launch location based coupon campaigns in iPhone Apps. He account managed Key accounts including many tier 1 UK retailers, before taking on the role of COO. In this role, he managed all aspects of operations at VouChaCha, including network partners and integration projects with companies including OpenTable. Dan holds a 1st Class Honors Degree in Business Management and has a strong background in operations and mobile technology.

Nicole Willson

Communications Manager

Nicole holds a first class honours degree in English and American Literature in addition to a Master’s degree in Eighteenth-Century Literature. She has recently completed a PhD in American Studies, and has taken over as manager of all things comms at Shopwave. Nicole has a background in academic publishing, copywriting, and editing, and has published several articles in peer review journals.



Investors


Mark Pearson

Angel Investor

Mark Pearson is an award winning digital entrepreneur who never stops striving for success. He grew his company, Markco Media, from a back bedroom business to a multi-national company which has recently been acquired for £55m.

Crispin Comonte

Angel Investor

Crispin is currently Managing partner at Ironbridge Capital Partners, he has over 15 years experience working in corporate finance, advising on M&A and investment deals. He has worked in the strategy and corporate finance department of BBC Worldwide and most recently as the corporate finance director of Microsoft founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan European Media fund where he helped lead investments in The Hospital Group and European TV sports network NASN. Crispin has an MA in Law from the University of Oxford.