Brent co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998. He was CEO from its inception, took the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn.
Brent is currently the co-founder and chairman of Founders Factory, a corporate backed incubator and accelerator, and also of Founders Forum, a series of intimate invite only events for leading entrepreneurs and senior investors.
Most recently, Brent co-founded firstminute capital, a pan-European $100m seed fund, backed by Atomico, Tencent and over 30 unicorn founders – as well as Karakuri, a provider of robotics, AI and automation systems for the $4tn restaurant and food services industry.
Brent is the co-founder, and was founding chairman, of Smartup (a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing platform), Grip (an AI powered event networking solution) and
made.com (a leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer with $137m funding to date).
Brent also co-founded Founders Intelligence (a specialist digital consultancy that advises corporates on digital innovation and strategy), Founders Keepers (a digital executive search firm), Founders of the Future (an invite-only community of future founders), AccelerateHER
(a network to champion and support women working in technology) as well as Founders Pledge (the charitable arm of Founders Forum through which founders can commit a percentage of their future exit proceeds to social causes).
Technology businesses he has co-founded have raised over $640m.
Brent is a former board member of TalkTalk, TimeOut, The Guardian Media Group, Shazam Entertainment and The Economist. He is an advisory board member of LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund), the Oxford Foundry and the UK Gov Digital Advisory Board. In
2017, Brent chaired The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying for The Duke of Cambridge.
Brent is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, was a former Prime Minister’s Business Trade Ambassador and co-chairs the Prime Minister Theresa May’s Business Sector Council for Britain in entrepreneurship, scale-ups and small business. In 2015, Brent was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship.