Brent Shawzin Hoberman
25 November 1968
Cape Town, South Africa
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford|
|Known for||Co-founder, lastminute.com|
Brent Shawzin Hoberman (born 25 November 1968) is a British entrepreneur. Together with Martha Lane Fox, he founded Lastminute.com in 1998, an online travel and gift business. As CEO, Hoberman successively floated and later sold Lastminute.com to Sabre who purchased the company's equity and bond debt for £577 million (including additional gross debt of approximately £79 million and estimated cash at bank in hand of approximately £72 million). In 2006, Hoberman handed over the CEO position to Ian McCaig, although he remained as chairman and chief strategic officer until 2007.
Hoberman is the co-founder and executive chairman of Founders Factory, a corporate-backed venture studio and accelerator, Founders Forum, a global community of founders, corporates and tech leaders, and firstminute capital, a $250m seed fund backed by over 100 unicorn founders. 
Hoberman was born in Cape Town, South Africa on 25 November 1968. He was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, followed by Eton College, and subsequently read Modern Languages at New College, Oxford.
Hoberman remained CEO of lastminute.com throughout 2005, until April 2006 when he handed over the CEO position to Ian McCaig and took the position of chairman and chief strategy officer. He stepped down as chief strategy officer and chairman in January 2007.
Hoberman founded VC-backed internet startup, mydeco.com, an online furniture and interior design site providing 3D technology for consumers to design their own rooms online in 2007 and the website launched in February 2008.
In 2007, Hoberman took on the role of non-executive chairman of Wayn, a travel and leisure social network, and in December 2009, stepped down from the company's board.
In July 2009, Hoberman co-founded PROfounders Capital, a fund that invests in early stage internet projects, with Michael Birch, Peter Dubens, Jonnie Goodwin, Rogan Angelini-Hurll and Sean Seton-Rogers.
Hoberman is the co-founder and was founding chairman of Made.com, an online furniture retailer that is a joint venture between mydeco.com and founder Ning Li. In December 2015, it was reported that Hoberman was leaving PROFounders Capital.
Hoberman is a co-founder of Founders Forum, a private network for digital and technology entrepreneurs. Founders Forum has been hosting invite-only events in London since 2006 and has since 2011 expanded to events in other countries such as the US, Brazil, India, Turkey and China.
In 2013, Hoberman launched Founders Intelligence, a digital consultancy that advises corporates and investors on digital innovation and strategy and Founders Forum for Good, the precursor to Founders Pledge, the charitable arm of Founders Forum through which founders can commit a percentage of their future exit proceeds to social causes.
In 2015, Hoberman launched corporate-backed tech startup accelerator and studio with Henry Lane Fox in London. Corporate investors in Founders Factory include The Guardian, L'Oreal, easyJet, CSC Group, Holtzbrinck Macmillan and Aviva, Marks & Spencer and Reckitt Benckiser. In 2018, Founders Factory launched in Africa with corporate investors including Standard Bank and Netcare. In 2019, Founders Factory launched in Paris backed by Aviva France, and in New York backed by Johnson & Johnson Innovation.
In 2016, Hoberman launched Founders of the Future which provides programmes, events and tools for aspiring entrepreneurs, and accelerateHER which is a network to support women working in technology.
In 2017, Hoberman was appointed chair of the advisory board for the Oxford Foundry.
In 2018, Hoberman and Spencer Crawley launched firstminute capital, a $100m pan-European seed fund with Atomico as its cornerstone investor.
In 2019, Hoberman, Riya Pabari and Asha Pabari launched Founders Academy, an alternative MBA programme to train startup leaders. 
In 2021, Hoberman launched 01 Founders, a free-to-access coding school with a job guarantee with a mission to train 100,000 diverse software engineers by 2030 . The first school is launching in Regent's Park. 
Hoberman has been a non-executive director of TalkTalk, Shazam Entertainment, The Guardian News & Media, The Economist and LetterOne Technology. Hoberman sits on the Royal Academy corporate advisory group and the UK Government digital advisory board.
Hoberman says his mentors have been his father and South African grandfather Leonard Shawzin, who built an empire of over 650 clothes shops from a single store. He credits his entrepreneurial drive to the business successes of his father and grandfather, and says the catalyst for him starting his own business was being fired from his first job in investment banking for being "a prima donna".
Hoberman has stated that he believes what makes a business successful is passion; in an interview with BBC 'The Bottom Line', he states his belief that the most successful small businesses are those where the founders remain passionate about their business, and are themselves part of their target market. He believes that by building a business to offer a solution to a problem you have yourself - as he did with lastminute.com and mydeco.com - founders stand a greater chance of remaining passionate and being successful.
In 2009, Hoberman was selected as one of the World Economic Forum's Global Young Leaders for the UK, and in July 2009, Hoberman joined The Business Sectors Council for Britain under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
In 2016, Hoberman was appointed chair of the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying for the Duke of Cambridge.