Hi, I'm Tomas Ruta.
3x Head of Growth of VC-backed startups. 1x funded entrepreneur. External growth and business strategy advisor at Google. Email me if you need help with growth.
As a Growth Lead at Founders Factory I increase the value of our portfolio companies through expertise in product, analytics & data science, user acquisition, business strategy and company building.
Founders Factory (founded by Brent Hoberman of lastminute.com fame) is launching 210 startups in 5 years: 60 are being built from scratch by our in-house team, and 150 are receiving intensive, bespoke support through our accelerator programme. Our "unfair advantage" is the reach and insight of our investors: L'Oreal, easyJet, Aviva, Guardian Media Group, Holtzbrinck, CSC Group.
Prior to working at the Factory I was Head of Growth at Wunder Carpool, a VC-backed startup with global operations headquartered in Hamburg. I joined Wunder Carpool from KFit (now known as Fave), a pan-Asian startup backed by Sequoia Capital and 500 Startups, where I served as Head of Growth. I started working for both KFit and Wunder Carpool right after they raised their Series A's; both grew to raise a Series B. Among other things, I had also co-founded interests.me, a London-based angel-backed startup.
I sit on the governing board of Forest School, a leading independent school with 1400 pupils located in north-east London. (I moved to the UK at 15 after receiving a two-year full boarding scholarship at Forest). I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member at The Friday Club, On Deck and Founders of the Future.
Google Launchpad accelerator, Belgrade - 5 November 2018Product Development Days, Kraków - 23 October 2018Fintechstars by Seedstars accelerator, Astana - 17 May 2018Google Launchpad accelerator, Novi Sad - 13 April 2018Google Launchpad Build, Dublin - 16 February 2018AI Congress, London - 30 January 2018
Google Launchpad Start accelerator, Kiev - 1 December 2017Google Launchpad Start accelerator, Warsaw - 27 November 2017Web Summit, Lisbon - 7-9 November 2017Google Launchpad Build, Bristol - 21 September 2017London vs Berlin - Europe's Startup Ecosystem after Brexit panel discussion, London - 12 September 2017Google CxO roundtable, Dublin - 10 August 2017Google Launchpad Build, London - 29 July 2017Google Launchpad Start accelerator, Warsaw - 28 April 2017Founders Factory comes to Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv - 27 April 2017Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, London - 24 April 2017
Google Launchpad Start accelerator, London - 9 December 2016Growth Hacking World Forum, London - 7-8 December 2016#GrowLondon conference, London - 6 December 2016App Promotion Summit, Berlin - 30 November 2016Mobile Growth London, London - 10 August 2016 Mobile Growth Berlin, Berlin - 4 May 2016Growth Hacking Berlin @ BCG Digital Ventures, Berlin - 26 April 2016