Haakon is co-founder of Dawn and works across our entire portfolio. He contributes on our direction and positioning, as well as overseeing our growth stage investing. Having been an entrepreneur himself, he loves seeing organisations, including Dawn, develop and grow, and has built long-standing relationships with our investors to ensure we can continue to partner with our founders throughout their journey. He currently sits on the board of Minute Media.
Before co-founding Dawn, Haakon was UK CEO and a founder at Self Trade, an on-line stockbroker which floated in April 2000, and then sold in October 2000 to HypoVereinsbank for €911m (US$1.1bn). For him, partnering with founders who become global category leaders – in the face of the multitude of challenges software companies face – is what Dawn is all about.
Outside the office, Haakon funds scholarship programmes for UWC Atlantic College, Brighton College, Durham University and Oxford University and is a donor to East London Academy of Excellence. He is on the board of IMS Prussia Cove, which supports tomorrow’s great musicians. His wife Imogen is Chairman of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. They also support other organisations across music and education.
Haakon studied Mathematics at the University of Oslo and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from Durham University.