CRANE, Member of the Board
I am a successful serial entrepreneur, business angel and investor based in Zagreb and London.
I like to win and I have made all my success by my own skill as an entrepreneur.
I did this the hard way. I didn’t go to university but, after my training as an electrical engineer in Zagreb, was conscripted into the state army at the outbreak of war in Yugoslavia where I was born and grew up.
When there was peace I wanted to make money and build my own tech retail company. I started in the basement of my apartment block by repairing neighbours’ computers and laptops, then gradually began constructing and selling my own computers using generic parts. This became a busy and growing business and so I opened my own store, HGspot (similar to PC World in the UK) in Zagreb, Croatia. The business blossomed with me as the CEO until we had 50+ stores throughout the region, a workforce of 350 and an annual turnover of USD 120m. At this point I exited the business via IPO and cashed out, although at the request of the banks I returned as a consultant to the business three years later when it later experienced difficulties under its new owners.
Since then I have worked as an angel investing my capital and skills in a range of local and regional start-up businesses. Each business invested in by me is carefully diversified and reflects my own interests in retail, sport and design. I work closely with the founders and carefully guide and nurture each business.
Trillenium, virtual reality e-commerce platform, has received GBP 1m of my own money in seed investment over the past two years. The company is relocated from Zagreb to London in order to take the company to the next stage. We have successfully raised £200,000 on Seedrs – a crowdinvesting platform. Furthermore, the world’s number 2, Olympic and former Wimbledon Champion, Andy Murray, has made his first 3 investments through Seedrs, one of which was Trillenium.