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Company Background

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Founded in 2007 in Bath, England (initially operating as iPrinciples), Rocketmakers has developed cutting-edge software for some of the biggest names in industry (including O2, the BBC, Nectar, Zendesk, and Bank of America) as well as national sporting bodies such as UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport.

Rocketmakers has also helped launch over a dozen startup ventures, including Pure Planet, Emortal, Travel Local, Neighbourly, Cognisess, and Abide Financial (now part of NEX Regulatory Reporting). In 2018, Rocketmakers was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation), the UK’s highest business honour.


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Richard Godfrey CEO

Shortly after university, Richard returned to his hometown Bath to work for a local software firm that was soon bought out by Deloitte. While there Richard was tasked with building the world’s first DNA database for the government’s Forensic Science Service.

Richard joined Microsoft in 1999, where he led a team of software architects in charge of “Developer and Partner Evangelism.” The team developed case studies for new Microsoft technologies before release, including the virtual “merger” of two of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks - reuniting two texts after over 500 years of separation.

Richard co-founded Rocketmakers soon after meeting fellow co-founder Keith Walker on a joint project between Microsoft and the London Underground.

Richard is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the British Computer Society, a Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and one of only 60 people worldwide recognised as a “Microsoft Certified Architect.” He has also been named Business Leader of the Year 2019 by Business Leader magazine, won the Tech Leadership Award from the South West Tech Awards 2019, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 TechSpark awards.

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Keith Walker CTO

Keith began his career in tech in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, soon after graduating with a degree in computer science. After five years of full stack development work, he was hired by Scottish Enterprise where he became a senior developer.

After a move to London in 2003, Keith worked for Pearsons, and then became a Solutions Designer for the London Underground. Keith met his future Rocketmakers co-founder Richard Godfrey during a three week joint project with Microsoft to create a live, 3D tube map. The two hit it off almost immediately, and Richard invited Keith to join him in Bath shortly afterwards.

Keith has a reputation for tenacious problem solving, and constantly identifying possible improvements, even when a software design has exceeded client expectations. He is also highly valued for his strong leadership, and has a reputation for nurturing developer talent with a relaxed, understanding style which gets great results.

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James Routley COO

James brings huge experience from a varied career in technology to his role as Chief Operations Officer, where he is responsible for the delivery of our business goals. Having done virtually every job in the software development process James describes himself as a generalist integrator – the oil in the engine – and makes it his goal to help businesses (whether our own or our clients') achieve their full potential by following the right process with good internal communication and customer-driven insights.

Developing an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation from early in his career, James joined VC firm Eden Ventures where he specialised in investments in digital entertainment media. After Eden he took the CEO role in portfolio company The Filter, providing AI-driven merchandising power to brands such as BT, UKTV, Maplin, and Liberty of London. James founded tech entrepreneurship network SouthWest Founders in 2010 and has encouraged and mentored dozens of entrepreneurs through this as well as the SETsquared and Seedcamp networks.

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