Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Spencer Crawley

Spencer is the Co-founder & Managing Partner of firstminute capital.

Spencer Crawley is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of firstminute capital. The fund currently has $350m AUM, a team of 22, and invests at the seed-stage across technology sectors, focused on Europe and the US. The firstminute investor base includes over 120+ Unicorn founders of technology businesses.

Spencer sits on the board of Generation Home, a UK digital mortgage lender, and is a Director of the NYSE-listed Tailwind International, a SPAC platform which has launched three public companies with a combined market cap of over $1bn (NYSE: TWNI).

Working across sectors with the investment team, Spencer is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm. During the first Covid lockdown, he also launched the Myfirstminute podcast series, where he interviewed the likes of Tony Blair (former British Prime Minister), Sir Martin Sorrell (WPP founder), Dr Hermann Hauser (ARM co-founder), David Bonderman (TPG co-founder), Jeff Immelt (former GE CEO), Nico Rosberg (former Formula 1 champion), Rio Ferdinand (former England and Manchester United football captain) and Max & Nellie Levchin (PayPal co-founder & Affirm founder).

Spencer started his career at Goldman Sachs in Moscow in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities division, before becoming the first hire at DMC Partners, a Special Opportunities fund spun out of Goldman Sachs. The firm was founded by Goldman Sach’s Global Co-Head of Trading & Securities, the Global Co-Head of Strategies & Structuring, and the CEO of the Russia & CIS business, alongside the former Head of TPG of Europe and CFO of Index Ventures. This was followed by an MBA at INSEAD, and a stint in the Munich office of AppDirect, the cloud commerce platform-provider.

Spencer studied History at Exeter College, Oxford, where he received the Waugh scholarship and represented the university at cricket. He also speaks fluent Russian.

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