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About 3beards

3beards is an events company that exists to grow and support the global startup community that is at the heart of everything we do.

Our events enable people to network, learn and share ideas in lively, stimulating and social environments. We champion those who pay it forward and abhor douchebaggery.

We also run a job board, Unicorn Hunt, that we helped build so that you can find your perfect role or next team member, and we send out a weekly newsletter, The Stache, full of startup news, events, opportunities and general beardy silliness.

The 3beards team

Meet the team

Vicky Hunter

Head of Operations and Community

Vicky Hunter

Having discovered the start-up scene whilst studying for a Masters in Events Management in Newcastle, Vicky moved to London and became a familiar face at Campus London and 3beards’ events. Relieved that facial hair wasn’t a necessity, Vicky joined the team on Valentines day 2014 as the first female Beard and hasn't looked back.

Our advisors

Michael Hobson

Co-Founder & Board Advisor

Michael Hobson

Mike is co-founder and the resident designer of 3beards. Branding, community engagement and tone of voice are his gig - keeping people entertained makes his beard grow stronger. He's had a well-funded but failed startup - the social decision making app, Pollarize. He also does freelance design work - check out his portfolio, Tremulant Design.

Joe Scarboro

Co-Founder & Board Advisor

Joe Scarboro

Former CFO of an oil company, Joe decided that he could make a more meaningful impact in the tech scene and jumped ship in 2012. He landed firmly in the choppy waters of East London where he helped revamp UK Audition site To Be Seen and helped take 3beards from voluntary, spare time endeavour to a fully-blown startup company. He is also on the board of Code Club, who help kids learn to code in after school clubs.

Benjamin Southworth

Co-Founder & Board Advisor

Benjamin Southworth

Benjamin was one of the "original" 3beards with Michael and Bryce, but then Number 10 Downing Street headhunted him away to become Deputy CEO of Tech City Investment Organisation for 12 months.

Well, now he's back. He's a founder of Lean Capital, advisor to City Meets Tech, he sits on the Board of The Awesome Foundation, is a member of the Greater London Authority LEP Panel, founder of several startup ideas and most recently, he's embarking on launching a free school in East London.

He advises the 3beards on not taking themselves too seriously, how to be an epic unicorn and ensuring that love not money is at the heart of all their business decisions, he also hosts the newest 3beards event: Chew The Fat.

Bryce Keane

Co-Founder & Board Advisor

Bryce Keane

Suited and booted, you would never guess he was an antipodean, but once he opens his mouth, you'll be blown away by his infectious appetite for digital PR, tech, beers, people, life, love and travel that you'll forget all about him being from the colonies. When not running events, he is the founder and director of Albion Drive - a strategic communications partner that helps businesses own their market. Albion Drive partners with entrepreneurs, challenger brands and fast growth companies to increase their share of voice and customer acquisition.

Gabbi Cahane

Badass Non-Exec Director

Gabbi Cahane

Gabbi is an intermittent investor, occasional founder and habitual mentor, with over 20 years experience in advising start-ups, scale-ups and global corporations.

He puts early cheques into early stage companies and puts in regular shifts mentoring at meet-ups, incubators and accelerators including Seedcamp, Techstars, Collider and The Friday Club. He has helped numerous founders and teams with product, brand and commercial strategy; introductions to co-founders, collaborators, commercial partners and investors; and raised awareness, capital (and a few eyebrows).

He is the founder of Cahane & Associates, an advisory firm focused on positioning, strategy and innovation for large corporates and the Chairman of Multiple, a growth consultancy for scale-ups.

Oh, and although he doesn’t have a beard (well, not all of time anyway), he is very heavily tattooed. Which we reckon is a nice substitute. Kind of.