By Tech East 2 minute read

Public Success, Private Grief: Entrepreneur Peter Cowley tells final story of overcoming tragedy and forging resilience

In public, entrepreneur Peter Cowley is one of Europe’s best-known angel investors and active supporters of global entrepreneurship.

Listed amongst the world’s business elite, Peter has invested in over 75 technology startups, and founded a further 12 technology companies of his own. His book, The Invested Investor, is widely recognized as the startup community’s bible.

But in private, behind the towering successes, Peter’s personal grief and calamity has been unfathomable:

  • Two of his three children lost to suicide
  • Their mother died unexpectedly
  • His sister lost to alcoholism
  • His brother died due to cancer
  • Two decades in recovery from alcoholism

Now diagnosed with terminal Stage 4C cancer, Peter is writing his final book in his last few months.

Public Success, Private Grief details for the first time the succession of tragic events which have shaped Peter’s life and fueled his relentless drive and ambition. Peter shares how he has managed to find positivity and strength in the face of abject adversity, turning post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic success instead.

This last book doesn’t make easy reading. But it is, at its heart and as is intended, an inspirational and self-empowering memoir about overcoming tragedy and forging resilience, which many will benefit from.

Public Success, Private Grief is available for pre-order at

A percentage of each book sold will be donated to the suicide prevention charity, PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, which was founded by a group of bereaved parents, who had each lost a child to suicide.

Peter continues to document his journey on his social media channels: