A successful entrepreneur, Kerril was previously a banking employee who identified an issue in the general Investment banking cash flow management process, conceived an idea on how to resolve it, and co-founded a company (meritsoft.com) to develop and deliver a solution to the capital markets industry. This solution was licensed by many investment banks, including 6 of the top 10 globally. Meritsoft was acquired by Cognizant. In the interim, Kerril led a team that “bootstrapped” in relation to funding but still achieved implementations in many top investment banks.
Kerril and Meritsoft won multiple awards along the way, including the best small growth company within the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) (an industry organization of approximately 700 Venture/PE/ and Institutional investors representing USD 100bn of investors). He also took the company through a PE process, successfully adapting to the Private Equity / Founder dynamic and delivering solutions that continue to be used globally. As a founder and leader of the business, he managed a talented multicultural and gender diverse team that he believes was key to meritsoft’s success. He is currently advising companies in insurance and is working on a fintech and services start-up. He is ideally placed to comment on the practicalities of technologies such as Blockchain within the Capital markets area.