CEO Profiles

The SVC2UK‘ 100 Club’ is a group of individuals who we believe to have the most innovative, high-growth ventures and who show the greatest promise to become future serial entrepreneurs and investors themselves.  The Club is rigorously handpicked by SVC2UK experts via a multi-step selection process, and consists of CEOs likely to build global businesses worth £100 million in the next three to five yearsWe are delighted to welcome some of Silicon Valley’s and the UK’s most successful serial entrepreneurs and investors as mentors to CEO Summit.


Adam Kingdon | i2O Water

Water Managing Director | 51 Employees Investors: Nemadi, Naxos Capital Partners and Swarraton Partners.

UK based i2O Water has developed new technology for optimising the pressure in water distribution networks. This reduces leakage, burst rates and energy use. The technology consists of intelligent network devices integrated with Saas software and has been installed in 60 water utilities across 22 countries.



Alex Theophanous | AlexandAlexa

CEO & Founder | 90 Employees Investors: MMC Ventures, Tiger Global. is the award-winning premier department store for children, offering style- savvy parents the world’s best premium, cutting-edge international design, spanning fashion, toys, sports, home and nursery. Customers from around the world can shop a curated edit from 290 kids brands online, including Stella McCartney Kids, Kenzo, Burberry, Beaba and Nike.


Alex Wong | RedBite

CEO and Founder

RedBite is a Cambridge-based, software company providing cloud-based, track and trace solutions using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), barcode and other sensor devices. It’s vision is to enable product intelligence through its Internet of Things (IoT) platform. RedBite’s key customers include United Nation’s Universal Postal Union, Wilmar International, Rolls- Royce, Sony Europe and Bank of Tokyo. /0/3a/a



Alexandra Depledge | Hassle

CEO | 5 Employees Investors: Springboard Accelerator and Angel investment.

We all have less and less time to organise our home and personal services. That’s where comes in. Less stress, less time spent organising, less, well, hassle. Our online booking platform is a quick, easy, and reliable way to manage and pay for your trusted, pre- vetted cleaners in your area.




Alison Schwartz | Lulu

CEO & Founder | 24 Employees Investors: Kaszek Ventures, Passion Capital, PROfounders Capital, and others.

Lulu is a private network for girls to express and share their opinions openly and honestly. Previously, Alison worked as a literary agent at ICM in New York, where she worked on nonfiction projects for young women in their 20s and 30s. Born in Toronto, Alison has a BA from McGill University and MA from Oxford University.


Ashley MacKenzie | Base79

CEO & Founder | 80 Employees Investors: Angel investors, MMC Ventures, Chernin Group

Base79 is The International Network for Creators, Content Owners and Brands, and YouTube’s largest partner outside of North America. The company creates global audiences for video from 800 premium content partners and a growing base of YouTube Creators. Base79 generates 700 million views per month across 1500 channels on YouTube.



Avid Larizadeh | Boticca

COO & Co-founder | 19 Employees Investors: MMC Ventures, Sina Afra, Isai, Bobby Yazdani.

Boticca is the world’s luxury bazaar of fashion accessories, with over 11,000 products from more than 350 independent brands and designers in 40 different countries. Launched in October 2010, the highly curated marketplace takes customers in over 90 countries on a journey of discovery, connecting them with the most promising fashion accessories brands in the world.



Barnaby Perks | PsychologyOnline

CEO | 11 Employees Investors: Cambridge Angels and Imperial Innovations.

PsychologyOnline is the UK’s leading provider of live online one-to-one therapy. All you need is an internet connection to access our secure therapy area for live confidential therapy with a qualified professional. Therapy delivered through PsychologyOnline can improve outcomes, increase access to difficult-to-reach groups, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Barnaby is a product commercialisation specialist in healthcare and software.



Barry Smith | Skyscanner

Co-founder | 370 Employees Investors: Scottish Equity Partners, Sequoia Capital.

Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site offering a truly comprehensive, free flight search service as well as instant online comparisons for hotels and car hire. The privately- owned company has offices in Edinburgh, Singapore, Beijing and Miami and was recently valued at $800M in an investment by Sequoia.



Ben Medlock | SwiftKey

CTO & Co-founder | 115 Employees Investors: Venture and Angels including Index Venture, Octopus , Cambridge Capital Group.

SwiftKey engineers world-class language prediction technology. Its award-winning keyboard app was Android’s best-selling paid app of the last year. The team also works directly with top OEMs and other enterprises. The Artificial Intelligence technology learns to offer targeted next-word predictions and accurate auto-corrections, making typing faster, smarter and more personalised.



Ben Whitaker | Masabi

CEO & Co-founder | 27 Employees Investors: Fontinalis Partners, MMC Ventures, m8 Capital.

A Co-Founder of Masabi, Ben is the company’s product evangelist, focussing primarily on business development at the company. A classic visionary, Ben helped define the UK rail mobile ticketing standard and move the weight of industry opinion behind it. He is also a security expert with a strong engineering background, designing Masabi’s award-winning encryptMe product. Prior to founding Masabi, Ben worked at IBM, Xerox and Raytheon (Encrypted Radar Systems) on projects ranging from computer interface usability to military cryptography.



Brad Palmer | Jostle

CEO & Co-founder | 16 Employees Investors: Angel funding and shareholders.

Vancouver-based Jostle has created the People Engagement® platform — a new kind of intranet that helps organizations around the globe enable their employees and drive their culture, in simple and engaging ways. Our elegant, workplace relevant, people-centric approach is rapidly replacing traditional intranets and first-generation enterprise social platforms.



Brian Spector | Certivox

CEO & Co-Founder | 0-49 Employees Investors: Angel and institutional investors, including Octopus and Pentech Ventures.

M-Pin Strong Authentication with distributed trust architecture removes all single points of failure and your most critical threat vector – usernames and passwords. Building on 30 years of research in encryption and authentication, CertiVox provides simple, cost-effective and advanced software to ensure that the inevitable security breach is no longer inevitable. Brian has held senior sales and marketing positions at well-known information security firms McAfee, RSA Data Security, and nCipher.



Catriona Oldershaw | Synthesio

UK ManagingDirector | 75 Employees Investors: ESSEC, Lior Investissements

Synthesio builds software for global social media monitoring and analysis. Synthesio’s software enables businesses to monitor and analyse conversations around their brand. Having taken it from 0 to $8M SaaS revenue in 6 years in a demanding enterprise market, Catriona is now looking for mentoring and funding in order to take Synthesio to the next level of growth.




Colm Lyon | Realex Payments

CEO | 170 Employees

Realex Payments is a payments business, providing thousands of retailers across a range of industries, with payment processing services. The company processes in excess of €20Bn per annum on behalf of 12,000 retailers across Europe. Realex Payments has been providing fully managed gateway services to Global Payments since 2012 and Elavon since 2013.



David White |

11 Employees Investors: Wellington Partners, Louis Monier, Emmanuel Javal was founded in 2012 by David White (CEO), Andrew Fogg (CDO) and Matt Painter (CTO) with a unique vision: to make the power of data available to everyone. We employ a diverse team of individuals who are excited about bringing structure to the web and making web data more accessible.



Debbie Wosskow | Love Home Swap

CEO | 15 Employees Investors: MMC Ventures

Love Home Swap, launched in 2011, is the world’s largest home exchange club, with 47,000+ inspiring homes available to swap or rent in 150 countries around the world. The site’s main innovation has been to shake up the sleepy home exchange sector – and quickly build a business of significant scale and value. Debbie Wosskow is a serial entrepreneur, digital strategist and Founder & CEO of Love Home Swap.
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Gianluca D’Agostino | Neomobile

CEO | 300 Employees Investors: BlueGem Capital Partners, MP Venture.

Neomobile is the global Mobile Commerce Group, leader in m-entertainment and m-payment. The company boosts the new generation mobile app networks for smartphones and enables mobile monetisation via carrier billing. Its Onebip m-payment solution and its mobile advertising know-how are offered to web and mobile merchants in 70+ markets.




Giles Andrews | Zopa

CEO & Co-founder | 45 Employees

Raised over $30M in funding. Investors include: Balderton Capital, Wellington Partners, Benchmark, Bessemer Venture Partners and Augmentum Capital. Zopa is the world’s first and UK’s leading peer-to-peer lending company – allowing people to bypass banks and their high charges, to put more back into the pockets of the UK’s savers and borrowers. Zopa matches smart borrowers looking for lower-rate loans with savers looking for higher interest.




Graeme Malcolm | M Squared Lasers

CEO | 23 Employees Investors: Business Growth Fund.

M Squared Lasers develops and manufactures next-generation lasers and photonic instruments that bring new capabilities, higher reliability and greater ease of use to a diverse range of industrial and scientific applications. With an experienced core team M Squared supplies innovative laser products that solve customer problems and accelerate their applications.



Greg Marsh | Onefinestay

CEO | 160 Employees Investors: PROfounders, Index Ventures, David Magliano, Canaan Partners.

Onefinestay redefines city travel: live like a local by staying in a distinctive home while the owner is out of town, paired with the best bits of hotel service. Meanwhile, members earn a hassle-free income from their house or apartment at times when it would otherwise stand vacant. Onefinestay is an ambitious business now operating in four cities.



Harvey Elliott | Marmalade Technologies

CEO | 90 Employees Investors: ARM Holdings, Activision, private investors.

Marmalade Technologies is a London based tech company. At our core is our main product – Marmalade SDK. It is a C++ SDK (software development kit) which allows developers to code apps once but take them to a wide range of platforms and devices – from smartphones and tablets, to Smart TV’s, desktops, set top boxes and new generation gaming systems such as GameStick and Ouya.




Iain Ballie | Asset Match


Asset Match is the first comprehensive electronic peer-to-peer platform that helps established UK private companies provide liquidity for their shareholders. Our process is transparent and arms length. Importantly, at all times the company controls who buys, who sells, and when. Iain began his career at Strauss Turnbull and Co and has been involved in UK and European Capital Markets for over 35 years as a trader of both equities and corporate bonds.
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Jeff Lynn | Seedrs

CEO & Co-founder | 20 Employees Investors: Angel investments and crowdfunding.

Jeff Lynn is CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, Europe’s fastest-growing online platform for discovering and investing in great startups. He is a qualified lawyer who began his career practicing corporate law with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London, and he later served as co-chairman of the investment committee of a UK seed investment fund.



Joe Stepniewski | Skimlinks

Co-founder | 60 Employees Investors: The Accelerator Group, Sussex Place Ventures, NESTA, Venrex, BDMI , Greycroft Partners.

Skimlinks Launched in 2008, Skimlinks creates native monetisation solutions for publishers, rewarding them for any e-commerce they drive by turning product links and product references into trackable affiliate links. Skimlinks believes monetisation should be seamless so that publishers can focus on providing great content and a brilliant user experience.



Jonas Almgren | Artfinder

CEO | 5 Employees Investors: Greylock, Wellington, and Northzone, and Angel investment.

Jonas is Swedish serial entrepreneur with a passion for art and running. As engineering executive in Silicon Valley he helped scale companies such as Vantive and Epiphany, through early stages to IPO. He started VIP Art Fair in New York in 2010, and has served as the Artfinder CEO since 2012.


Jonathan Burr | Intelesant

CEO | 5 Employees

At publicly quoted ITIS Holdings plc Intelesant’s founders became world leaders in traffic and travel information by pioneering real time, crowd-sourced big data. Using these proven skills Intelesant is opening up new, scalable communication channels between social groups and health systems to meet the unprecedented growth of the ageing population. Jonathan Burr, CEO Intelesant, is a chartered accountant with a strong international track record in business development, operations, quality, technology and IP (with granted patents) at Avis, GE Capital and ITIS.



Jonathan Gale | NewVoiceMedia

CEO | 155 Employees Investors: Bessemer Venture Partner, Highland Capital Partners, Eden Ventures, Notion Capital.

NewVoiceMedia leverages the power of the cloud using their unique technology to personalise the customer journey through the contact centre.

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Jorge Armanet | HealthUnlocked

CEO | 19 Employees Investors: Private investors both from London and Silicon Valley.

HealthUnlocked is the largest and fastest-growing social network for health in Europe and the first multilingual in the world. It enables people to connect with others, learn about their health, and manage their day-to-day health better. HealthUnlocked also integrates into the clinical environment. Jorge’s past businesses include Plataforma Publico, a successful open source cultural media lab in Chile; and DO TANK, a lab building functional software prototypes to test new web business models.



Julia Fowler | EDITD

Co-founder | 20 Employees Investors: Index Ventures

EDITD runs the world’s biggest apparel data warehouse, underpinning decision making at retailers including Gap, ASOS and Target. EDITD’s software is used globally and leads the market in real-time analytics of pricing, assortment, and deep product metrics. Julia co- founded EDITD to help apparel retailers and brands understand market dynamics by analysing commercial, social and industry data.



Kate Hersov | Medikidz

CEO & Co-founder | 45 Employees

Medikidz is the world’s first medical information company for children, creating a global community of young people who are informed, aware and empowered in matters of their own health, and the health of the people around them. Using medicine-meets-Marvel superhero characters, Medikidz engages children across literary, digital and social media platforms. Kate worked in Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics before leaving medicine, and New Zealand, to co-found Medikidz in 2008.



Luke Marsden | HybridCluster

CEO | 11 Employees Investors: Anil Hansjee, Charles Grimsdale (Eden Ventures), Simon Murdoch (Episode 1) and Steve Schlenker (DN Capital).

HybridCluster is an integrated suite of high-availability local storage, replication and clustering software plus a container-based LAMP platform, web hosting Control Panel and Container Management API.




Mark McAndrew | Charity Engine

CEO | 5 Employees Investors: Angel investment.

The Charity Engine app harnesses surplus capacity of idle PCs, creating the cheapest, greenest cloud platform on Earth (potentially the largest too). Profits are shared equally with nine charity partners and its users, in the form of regular prize draws. Charity Engine effectively turns the WWW into a Worldwide Computer. Mark is an ex-programmer and professional writer, who invented Charity Engine as part of a sci-fi novel, figured it would really work, so stopped writing the novel and started the company.

Charity Engine



Martyn Cuthbert | Ontrac

Managing Director & Founder | 23 Employees

Ontrac is a trusted IT Solutions company with a wealth of Industry experience in both the Private and Public sectors including Rail, Construction, Manufacturing, Energy and Local Government.

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Michelle Wright | Cause4

CEO | 33 Employees

Cause4 was set up in May 2009 to support charities and social enterprises in strategy and fundraising across the charity, arts, sport and education sectors in the UK and internationally. Cause4 aims to be a modernising influence within the Third Sector, offering relevant and contemporary solutions for charities and social enterprises at a time when creative, entrepreneurial approaches are much needed. Michelle Wright trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and played the violin professionally.



Micke Paqvalén | Kiosked

CEO & Founder | 100 Employees Investors: Kevin Wall, John Lindfors, Kaj Hed, Tero Ojanpera.

Kiosked is a leading platform for enabling Smart Content that turns any online content, images, videos and applications into interactive and viral storefronts. Kiosked has been selected as one of the world’s best technology companies and won many major advertising and design awards.



Mike Bartley | Test and Verification Solutions

CEO | 85 Employees

Test and Verification Solutions Ltd provides hardware verification and software testing services and products to organisations developing complex products in the semiconductor, embedded and high integrity systems sectors. Started in 2008, TVS has over 80 staff working from offices in UK, France, Germany and India.



Niall Murphy | EVRYTHNG

CEO | 18 Employees Investors: Venture capital and angel funding.

EVRYTHNG is a Web of Things software company, making products smart by connecting them to the Web. We help world-leading brands get closer to their customers and access real-time data analytics about how their products are being made, sold and used. Niall is a technologist and serial entrepreneur and co-founded European WiFi network The Cloud in 2003, acquired by BSkyB (a subsidiary of News Corporation) in 2011, and was also recently CEO of multi- platform gaming software firm Marmalade.



Nick Hynes | Somo

Somo CEO | 140 Employees Investors: MMC Ventures

Somo exists to make sense of mobile. We solve business problems – increasing sales, developing customer engagement, and enhancing productivity – through brilliant mobile strategy, innovation, and technology.




Pablo Graiver | TrialReach

CEO | 22 Employees Investors: Amadeus Capital Partners and Octopus Ventures

TrialReach has built a global internet platform to help patients find, understand and apply for clinical trials. They are working to facilitate the vital connections between patients and medical researchers because it is only through this collaboration that new and effective treatments can be developed.



Pat Phelan | Trustev

CEO | 10 Employees

Trustev works with online merchants to increase revenues while eliminating fraud through real time, online identity verification. By ensuring complete certainty of who they are selling to, merchant can avoid harsh, conversion-killing security blocks and make life easier for their customers. With over 15 years in global tech and e-commerce, Pat Phelan’s own negative experience with online fraud as a merchant led him to start Trustev and develop technologies to address this drain on revenues.



Patrick Eve | TranslateMedia

Managing Director | 175 Employees Investors: Angel funding

TranslateMedia is a leading global language and translation services agency. With a network of over 6,000 professional linguists, TranslateMedia serves clients across a broad range of industries, using innovative web technologies to help them effortlessly and cost-effectively launch and manage their multilingual communications and marketing efforts. Prior to launching TranslateMedia, Patrick spent 10 years in Latin America as COO of a venture capital fund focused on B2B technology and media related opportunities across the region.




Paul Sulyok | Green Man Gaming

CEO & Founder | 55 Employees Investors: Venture Capital and Angel investors.

Green Man Gaming is the leading video games social commerce platform with real gamer data at its core. In a fragmented market, it is the fastest-growing destination for core gamers, the drivers of growth in the gaming market, and a trusted partner for over 200 video game publishers. Since the company’s creation, Paul has built up an unrivalled technical and commercial e-commerce team in the Games Industry.

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Peter Hames | PocketProf

CEO & Co-founder | 10 Employees

PocketProf takes the data from your personal tracking device and turns it into behavioural medicine. Our first product, Sleepio, is a digital sleep improvement program clinically proven to help overcome long term poor sleep. Launched in partnership with Boots in the UK, we were one of Jawbone UP’s ten worldwide API launch partners. Peter Hames is an ex-insomnia sufferer who co-founded PocketProf with sleep expert Prof Colin Espie (Oxford University).



Peter Ward | WAYN

CEO | 35 Employees Investors: DFJ Esprit, Brent Hoberman, Adrian Critchlow, Andy Phillipps, David Soskin, Constant Tedder, Scottish Equity Partners.

WAYN (Where Are You Now?) is the world’s largest travel and lifestyle social network, with over 22m members in 193 countries. WAYN helps people make the most out of life by discovering the best places to visit, fun things to do and interesting people to meet, based on like-minded interests.

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Philip Stanger | Wifarer

CEO | 9 Employees Investors: Angel investors and government funding.

Working in conjunction with a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth infrastructure, Wifarer provides venues with the only end-to-end solution for indoor positioning. Wifarer pinpoints a user’s indoor location and, by integrating with our CMS/App combo, guides users with accurate navigation, engages them with location-specific content and understands them with our movement analytics.



Richard Edwards | DataShaka

CEO | 8 Employees Investors: Currently raising Series A.

DataShaka’s is a new wave data company and is on a mission to put data at the heart of business. With proprietary IP at its heart, DataShaka’s vision is to build the best possible programming suite for data and is already well on the way.



Richard Taylor | Lumi

CEO | 38 Employees Investors: Computershare founder Chris Morris, Beyond Capital, WPP.

Lumi is a market leader in real-time audience engagement mobile technology, based in London with offices in ten countries. Lumi’s proprietary technology provides an unparalleled understanding of attitudes, opinions and behaviours to market researchers, media owners and brands. Lumi’s technology is also used widely to facilitate interactions in thousands of meetings and events each year.




Rich Waldron |

CEO | 5 Employees Investors: Funding raised from over 30 investors. is a web platform for rapid application development. The service provides a full web development environment in the cloud, providing multiple language support, code modules, snippets & in-line documentation.



Rocky Start | Sofar Sounds

Co-CEO & Founder | 7 Employees Investors: Neil Rimer, Daniel Waterhouse, Stefan Glaezer, Peter Read, Michael Acton Smith, Max Niederhofer and more.

Sofar Sounds curates secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces around the world. We hold events in 45+ cities every month. The concept is simple: The location and line up is secret, the music is a showcase of incredible talent, the audience is curated, and talking is forbidden! Before founding Sofar Sounds in 2009, Rocky ran businesses in Fashion, Events and Publishing, whilst also consulting for numerous global companies (Including Diageo and The Daily Mail Group).

Sofar Sounds



Sean Redmond | Coveritas

CEO | 5 Employees

Coveritas is a technology start-up that’s delivering a step change in the way that software and electronic systems are tested and functionally verified during the development process by harnessing the power of randomisation. Our Vitaq intelligent testing tool suite has been selected by global market leaders in industrial, consumer, automotive, medical and telecom software and system testing. Sean has served more than ten years as Vice President and Board Director level to NASDAQ and LSE listed technology companies.



Sebastiaan Heijne | Signkick

Co-Founder | 6 Employees

Signkick makes booking outdoor advertising (traditional paper billboards, but also digital) easy and affordable for SMEs through our digital trading platform. We work directly with the media owners and have no minimum quantity, so companies can buy as little as 1 billboard for 2 weeks. Sebastiaan is a London-based Dutch entrepreneur with 15 year of e-commerce experience & co-founder of Signkick



Stephen Piron | Bright*Sun


Bright*Sun builds the technology that turns data into rocket-fuel for investors. The world’s best Venture Capital and Private Equity firms use Bright*Sun to find high quality deals before their competitors. Before founding Bright*Sun, Stephen Piron designed trading algorithms for one of the world’s largest hedge funds.



Taavet Hinrikus | TransferWise

Co-founder | 40 Employees Investors: Peter Thiel, IA Ventures, Index Ventures.

TransferWise is an online money transfer platform. We help people and businesses make international payments online for a low cost in a very easy to use way online. TransferWise has transferred more than 400M USD of its customers money so far and the business has grown 10-fold in the past 12 months.



Tim Dufficy | ServerSpace

Managing Director | 16 Employees

ServerSpace Ltd. is a managed hosting and cloud services company, it offers services from 5 UK data centres and also from data centres in the USA,Canada and Australia. ServerSpace differentiates itself from the competition by providing clients with high standards of support and customer service. ServerSpace is a rapidly growing company and this was acknowledged by Deloitte In November 2012 when ServerSpace was ranked 10th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 UK 2012



Tom Impallomeni |

COO | 20 Employees

The #1 discovery platform for 8-14 kids in UK. SuperAwesome solves the problem of discovery for large and small brands within the 8-14 market. We reach almost 10M kids and teens through our community across multiple platforms.



Tristan Rogers | ConcretePlatform

CEO | 35 Employees

ConcretePlatform is an Enterprise Collaboration suite that migrates staff working from desktop silos to a collaborative intranet. Going beyond document and text collaboration, ConcretePlatform provides business process applications that accommodate a large percentage of total Enterprise workforce need, transforming how business gets done. Customers include M&S, Gap, Levi’s and many more. Tristan has spent the last six years building ConcretePlatform to become a global business with revenues from UK, Europe and the US.



Viktoras Jucikas | YPlan

CTO & Founder | 50 Employees Investors: General Catalyst Partners, Wellington Partners, Octopus, Shakil Khan, Slow Ventures.

YPlan, the world’s first mobile-only event booking app at the forefront of two trends; mobile commerce & high smartphone penetration rates globally. YPlan enables people to choose from a mix of music, theatre, comedy, cinema, & other unique events. Viktoras’ vast experience in the technology sector allowed him to implement an early version of YPlan without much prior iOS knowledge.



Zoe Peden | Insane Logic

Chief Juggler | 7 Employees Investors: Telefonica, Clearly So Angels, Big Venture Challenge winners.

Insane Logic is an award winning social enterprise which is dedicated to creating software and technology to help people communicate. Suitable for Early Years learners and people with additional needs, MyChoicePad is their flagship product, which helps users learn to communicate and develop language skills in an interactive and fun way. Zoe has 15 years of experience in education and health product development.


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