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Beacon (supply chain)

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Beacon (trading name for Global Technology Holdings Ltd.)
  • Supply chain
  • Logistics
  • Freight forwarding
  • Trade finance
  • Computer software
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Clean technology
Founded 📆2018
Founders 👔
  • Fraser Robinson
  • Dmitri Izmailov
Headquarters 🏙️,
Area served 🗺️
Key people
  • Fraser Robinson (CEO)
  • Dmitri Izmailov (COO)
  • Pierre Martin (CTO)
Number of employees

Beacon is a deep tech startup that provides freight forwarding and trade finance services, mainly to businesses.[1][2][3] It aims to use supply chain engineering tools such as software, artificial intelligence, and operations research to increase transparency, speed, flexibility and reliability, while reducing costs and emissions.[1][2]


Beacon is a trading name for Global Technology Holdings Ltd., and was founded in 2018 by former Uber executives Fraser Robinson and Dmitri Izmailov.[4][1][5][6][7] It has received funding from ex-CEO of Google Eric Schmidt, Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale, and Uber co-founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp.[1][2][3]


Beacon's primary service is freight forwarding; it handles the logistics of shipping goods door-to-door by land, sea and air.[1][5] It currently insures its shipments using AIG.[5]

Beacon also provides supply chain finance to businesses in order to increase their working capital.[1][2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Fortson, Danny (13 October 2019). "Tech titans back former Uber boss Fraser Robinson's Beacon venture". The Sunday Times.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Todd, Stuart. "Tech start-up Beacon aims to 'disrupt the $1 trillion world of freight forwarders'". Lloyd's loading list.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kulikowska-Wielgus, Agnieszka. "London-based start-up Beacon aims to 'disrupt the $1 trillion world of freight forwarders'". Trans.INFO (in Deutsch).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Beacon". beacon.co.uk.
  6. Kahn, Jeremy. "Former Uber Exec Joins Board of Self-Driving Startup". Bloomberg.
  7. Singh, Kanishka; S, Sangameswaran (6 December 2017). "Uber's top European dealmaker to step down from role". Reuters.

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