Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up

Innovation Birmingham held a keynote event with serial entrepreneur Brian Donnelly. 120 people attended the event to hear how he founded and built Constellar; a $123m Silicon Valley start-up. Following the sale of Constellar, Mr Donnelly founded Synapse – a start-up based at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, which has grown revenues from £300,000 in 2012 to £1.3m in 2014.

Brian compared the US/UK business, team and investment cultures, as well as the relative merits of the customers and the economic and legislative climates. The presentation also included details of how Synapse is securing grants and raising loan investments, as well as leveraging the considerable benefits of being based at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, which has contributed to Synapse’s continuing rapid growth.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; ÒHow I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. L-R Nayeli Garcia, Terry Bytheawy, Elanor Murray and Vanessa Hill.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. L-R Nayeli Garcia, Terry Bytheawy, Elanor Murray and Vanessa Hill.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; ÒHow I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at Innovation Birmingham. L-R Dr David Hardman, Charlotte Crossley and Brian Donnelly.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. L-R Dr David Hardman, Charlotte Crossley and Brian Donnelly.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at Innovation Birmingham. L-R Peter Ridlington, Rawaa Votehere, Josh Dykes and George Matu.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. L-R Peter Ridlington, Rawaa Votehere, Josh Dykes and George Matu.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at Innovation Birmingham. L-R Samuel Wilson, Ellie Bekalo and Antonio Mankulu.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. L-R Samuel Wilson, Ellie Bekalo and Antonio Mankulu.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; ÒHow I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-upÓ at Innovation Birmingham. L-R Amir Rasool, Sizie Branch and Ken Read.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. L-R Amir Rasool, Suzie Branch and Ken Read.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; ÒHow I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-upÓ at Innovation Birmingham. L-R Ionela Spincu, Raj Verma and Erika Jankovskaja.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. L-R Ionela Spincu, Raj Verma and Erika Jankovskaja.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; ÒHow I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-upÓ at Innovation Birmingham. L-R Waqar Shah, Weronika Podgorska, Leah Bracha, Kiran Chima and Michael Achiampong.

Keynote event: Brian Donnelly; How I built a $123m Silicon Valley start-up at the Innovation Birmingham Campus. L-R Waqar Shah, Weronika Podgorska, Leah Bracha, Kiran Chima and Michael Achiampong.

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