In today’s show I am joined by John Taylor, a nationally recognised authority in the venture capital and entrepreneurial finance sector. Currently, John is Head of Research at the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). In 2003, he co-founded the NVCA CFO Task Force which focuses on regulation and emerging issues dealing with a diverse range of CFOs within Venture Capital firms.
Some of the many gems of this conversation include: where venture funds actually obtain their funds from, what is the main difference between an angel and a VC, what investors expect from their VCs, how has the IPO market changed since 2000, what do VCs look for in potential investments, how do VCs manage their time, what is the typical workload of a VC, can University students go straight into the VC industry?
The debate over whether or not we are in a tech bubble is dominating the minds of many in the tech world and today Harry talks to major player, Brandon Lipman, Co-Founder of 3DLT and writer of the recent TechCrunch Article: The Potential Upside To A Technology Bubble. Brandon shares his views on why seed deals have decreased by 300%, following from Scott Nolan’s TechCrunch article, Brandon answers Does Burn Rate Really Matter, what sectors will survive or thrive in a tech bubble and why companies are preferring to raise later rounds rather than go public. They also dive into the dogfight between Meerkat and Periscope, the biggest winners from a bubble and the companies Brandon is most excited about.
How did Keith get into the tech world at a time when technology was not mainstream?
A venture of Keith’s, Cyberia was heavily used by women. Does Keith believe that there have been improvements in balancing the gender gap?
What Keith believes can be done to reduce the gender inequality that persists throughout the tech sector?
How did Keith’s Co-Founding of TechCrunch with Michael Arrington come about?
Why did Keith try and persuade Michael not to create TechCrunch?
What are the benefits of bootstrapping your startup and not raising venture funding?
Why Keith was never able to raise venture funding in the UK?
How is the valley different from creating a company in the UK?
Keith’s beliefs on the barbell venture capital ecosystem that persists in the US?
We then finish today’s episode with a quick fire round where we hear the best advice Keith has ever been given, the highlight of his career so far and the 3 companies that he is most excited about and why?
2.) What attracted Greg to the the Fintech space and how has he seen Fintech develop over the last 5 years?
3.) What areas within the Fintech space Greg finds most interesting and why?
4.) What does Greg see the future of Fintech looking like? Does he see any trends arising in the space in 2015?
5.) What does Techstars offer startups and what do they take in return?
6.) What does Greg think are the characteristics of effective mentors? Are mentors necessary for startups in their early growth?
7.) What is Greg’s new venture, SmartUp. Who is involved and what are his plans for the future of SmartUp?
We finish today’s episode with a quick fire round where we hear Greg’s plans for the next five years, what tip Greg would give Fintech entrepreneurs and the 3 companies from TechStars or Barclays Accelerator that Greg is most excited about and why?
Chris Redlitz is Managing Partner at Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund specializing in digital media. Their portfolio includes the likes of Snapchat, Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook, just to name a few. Chris also Co-Founded The Last Mile with his wife Beverly, a program that integrates the nation’s penal system with the technology business. Prior to Transmedia and The Last Mile, Chris launched the first online independent yellow page directory, automated coupon platform and content syndication system. As a result, he received Ad Age’s prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising.
1.) How Chris made his transition into the Venture Capital industry?
2.) How do VCs compete to be involved in the funding rounds of such attractive startups, such as, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook etc?
3.) How has Chris’ investment strategy changed over the years? What were his early deals? What did he learn from them? What does he do differently now?
4.) What is the premise of The Last Mile?
5.) How does Chris plan to scale the Last Mile to be nationally adopted in all prisons in the US?
6.) What has been the most challenging aspect of Chris’ journey with the Last Mile and how did he overcome it?
The episode will then finish with a quick fire round where we hear Chris plans for the next five years for The Last Mile, the resource he would most recommend to aspiring entrepreneurs and his most recent investment and why he said yes?
John Henderson is Principal at White Star Capital, a VC firm helping exceptional entrepreneurs build great technology companies, with a presence in Europe and North America. Prior to White Star, John was Head of Business Development and Operations at Summly, playing a crucial role in the build up to their acquisition by Yahoo in May 2013. John has also spent time at Facebook working in strategy and business development and was a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.
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Marc Bernegger is Venture Partner at Orange Growth Capital, a Fintech investment firm with notable investments in the likes of Bux, Knip and Zopa. Prior to OGC, Marc was Partner at Next Generation Finance Invest (today Ayondo Holdings). However, Marc has experienced both sides of the table, as he was only 20 when he founded usgang.ch (trade sale to Axel Springer) and later went on to be founder of amiando (trade sale to Xing). As a result of these many successes Marc was awarded ‘Newcomer of the Year 2010’ by Swiss ICT.
1.) How and why Marc made his entry into the VC world in 2010?
2.) Marc specializes in the Fintech sector and has done since 2010, when it was really a very niche sector. How has Marc seen Fintech develop over the last 5 years? What did Marc see that everyone else did not?
3.) Which areas within the Fintech space Marc finds most interesting?
4.) What Marc sees the future of Fintech to look like? Does Marc see any trends arising in the space in 2015?
5.)In recent years Switzerland has trailed behind the likes of London and Scandinivia in Fintech, this seems to be changing with the recent Fintech hackathon held in Zurich, what does Marc think is bringing about this change?
6.)Where does Marc stand on the social integration of mobile payments?
7.) OGC is a investor in Bux, the social gamified trading platform, is this the way Marc believes stock market trading is moving? How does Marc respond to critics who suggest Bux allows the mass market who do not have the significant investing knowledge to gamble recklessly.
The episode will then finish with a quick fire round where we hear Marc’s thoughts on the future of Bitcoin, what tips Marc would give to aspiring entrepreneurs and what the biggest difference between being an entrepreneur and an investor.