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Shanti Bergel

Managing Director

Shanti is the founding partner of Transcend and a 30 year game industry veteran.

His global operating experience spans every major platform and business model transition of the last several decades and is animated by a career-long fascination with how changes in technology and distribution affect products, services, and communities. 

 

As an investor, Shanti is proud to work alongside some of the most ambitious and talented founders in the business. He is a recognized member of the Techcrunch List, speaks fluent Japanese, and is a frequent speaker on early stage investment, M&A, and strategic partnerships in digital entertainment.

 

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Andrew Sheppard

Managing Director

Andrew is a strategist and seasoned executive focused on helping founders grow.

 

Andrew has over 20 years of experience building, managing and advising multi-billion dollar consumer businesses. Past employers include EA, Gamespot, Kabam, GREE and Rakuten Games among others. He has direct experience working in online media, social media game services, subscriptions, free-to-play, console games, online/PC games, mobile games and apps. His current areas of focus include cross-platform games, next gen social gaming, cloud gaming, influencer communities and messenger games.

 

Andrew is excited to put capital to work in service of companies that are passionate about reinventing the game.

 

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Andrew Crankshaw

Finance Director

 

Andrew is an experienced Alternative Asset Finance specialist.

He has considerable experience of over 20 years in Finance and Fund Administration within the Venture Capital and Private Equity space. Prior to Transcend he worked at Atomico Ventures for 12 years as Finance Director with responsibility for both the General Partner Finance side of Atomico as well as the Funds Finance side and also including Compliance, Fund Structuring, Valuations, Investor Reporting and IR Support. He began his Finance career at Baker Tilly, a top 6 firm of accountants and auditors as an accountant before joining IK Investment Partners, a firm in the mid-market private equity buy-out space as Senior Fund Accountant and then moving on to 3i plc, a listed buy-out fund, joining as Funds Controller. Andrew is a fully qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, holds a BA (Hons) degree in Accountancy from Birmingham City University and in addition achieved the Investment Administration Qualification from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

Andrew is thrilled to join Transcend and to support the team in deploying capital into this exciting space.