David Galbraith


David Galbraith is a designer and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years Internet experience in London, San Francisco & New York.  He co-founded San Francisco’s most successful incubator, MRL Ventures, where he lead the project which became Yelp; was co-founder of the first news search engine, Moreover, which was acquired by Verisign; Origins, the first online Genealogy service, acquired by D.C. Thomson and started the first Internet company, Realtime Anywhere, in London’s tech hub, Shoreditch, in 1994.

David is a qualified architect and began his career working for Norman Foster (designer of Apple’s HQ, London’s ‘Gherkin’ and the German parliament). Having designed everything from skyscrapers to software to co-creating the Internet standard, RSS, he specialises in things that seem obvious and trivially simple, but prove crucial. He has created concepts now used by over a billion people.

David has strong business experience complemented by technical knowledge. He is a pioneer of the process of business design, where entrepreneurship is tackled from a design perspective by identifying market opportunities and coming up with ideas and plans for businesses and products.


MRL Ventures
Foster & Partners


Business, product & service design
Digital strategy

latest posts by
David Galbraith

  • Debunking the Low Balance Sheet Myth March 23, 2016- Anthemis Group and Temenos, the market leading software solutions provider for the financial services sector, joined forces to investigate the assertion that the internet has shaken up the supply chain and allowed for the emergence of balance-sheet-light, distribution-only… ...
  • Venture Design and the Anthemis Foundry October 16, 2015- The importance of ecosystems above all, and first steps to enter them.   Not just another incubator Creating an incubator within many companies, today, is no more news than creating a marketing department is. In fact for our… ...
  • Blockchains and Banks September 30, 2015- As we worked with Eris Industries in the Anthemis Foundry, we came across the conundrum concerning blockchains: Bitcoin bundled together various existing technologies in a unique fashion to create something genuinely new — an almost unhackable, replicated database with no… ...