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GoCardless Goes Without Another Founder​

And then there was one for GoCardless.

The London-based direct debit startup recently lost one of its three founders, Matt Robinson, according to TechCrunch. Following the late 2013 departure of Tom Blomfield, this now leaves the company with only one of its original founders, CEO Hiroki Takeuchi.

In an email, Robinson told TechCrunch that he is “staying involved,” claiming that he will still be on the startup’s board, but he said he wants to start another company. Robinson further backed his decision by saying “the business is in great shape and blessed with deep pool of senior management, especially Hiroki.”

Like Blomfield, Robinson remains a shareholder of GoCardless. TechCrunch notes that, despite the changes in leadership, the company remains in good shape financially. Since its founding in 2012, the startup has raised close to $12 million, with $7 million of that having come in a Series B round in January 2014.

Taking a look at Blomfield’s movements since leaving GoCardless in 2013, TechCrunch reports that he first took a position with the dating app Grouper as its VP of Growth, only to shift again last year and become the CTO of the still-unlaunched Bank Possible (now called Starling).

The Financial Times, furthermore, reported in February that Blomfield had left Starling after a falling out with its CEO and took three other members of the senior management team with him to start a competing venture. All this is to say that it remains difficult to predict Blomfield’s next move, and perhaps Robinson’s, too.

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