Online investment marketplace Crowdcube has appointed the CIO at Moneysupermarket as its new Chief Technology Officer. 

David Halsey will lead Crowdcube’s engineering team and have responsibility for delivering new products and internationalising the platform as it expands to Europe.  

This starts with the recently announced Community IPO, which will make Crowdcube the only investment marketplace to offer retail investors access to European businesses from startup to IPO, alongside institutional and Venture Capital investors. 

Halsey was heavily involved in the digital transformation of Autotrader before growing European marketplaces at eBay then building out an agile product engineering function at Moneysupermarket. 

“I’m delighted to be joining the team at Crowdcube, who have been pioneers in equity crowdfunding and continue to successfully innovate in this area,” he said.  

“What really appeals is the true product innovation that Crowdcube is bringing to retail investment – the idea that you sign up to one platform for an investing experience throughout a company’s lifecycle.  

“I’m excited to bring my experience of building marketplaces to Crowdcube as it scales to become the European marketplace for investment in companies from startup to IPO.” 

Crowdcube co-founder and CEO, Darren Westlake, commented: “We’re building the European marketplace for retail investment into private and public companies and need the absolute best talent to do that.  

“This is where David comes in. With his wealth of experience in building and scaling marketplaces at Moneysupermarket and eBay, we’re incredibly excited to welcome him to the team.”