Two new Dragons set to be in the den

BBC revealed that Piers Linney, an entrepreneur in the field of technology, is anticipated to be the 5th judge in the hit series Dragon’s Den. Linney is one of the joint CEOs of Outsourcery, a company which specialises in the provision of cloud computing services, and will be Theo Paphitis’ replacement in the show, after the latter chose to quite the series a few weeks ago.

Linney will be joining a host of other judges including Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, and Kelly Hoppen, who is another new face after replacing Hilary Devey. Linney had also previously featured in Secret Millionaire which showed on Channel 4, and is also qualified solicitor who specialised in private equity, in the past he worked as a manager for a venture capital fund and as investment banker as well.

He is held in high regard as one of the country’s pioneers in cloud computing and currently sits on the Cloud Industry Forum’s governance board. Linney said that since had been a private and professional investor, he had stepped into what had begun as a personal investment and was now in the process of creating a world-class business.

He added that he was very enthusiastic to have had the chance to be a part of the Dragons’ Den team and that he had supported new entrepreneurs both through his extensive network and financially as well.

The executive producer of Dragons’ Den, Ceri Aston said that Piers was a brand new dragon breed, one that was not only dynamic but also a young digital entrepreneur who had an influence on the technology industry’s pulse and that his kind had never been seen on the show before. He added that Piers’ story was an inspiration to entrepreneurs who have been looking for financing on the show.