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This Much I Know is the podcast from Seedcamp, Europe’s seed fund.

Tune into hear the inside story from startup founders, investors and leading tech voices: the people who’ve built businesses, scaled globally, failed fantastically and learnt massively.

Seedcamp invests early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. Seedcamp provides the infrastructure to fast-track a founder’s vision and create value through immediate access to smart capital, a lifelong community of support and a global network built upon a decade’s experience backing exceptional talent.

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This Much I Know is the podcast from Seedcamp, Europe’s seed fund.

Tune into hear the inside story from startup founders, investors and leading tech voices: the people who’ve built businesses, scaled globally, failed fantastically and learnt massively.

Seedcamp invests early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. Seedcamp provides the infrastructure to fast-track a founder’s vision and create value through immediate access to smart capital, a lifelong community of support and a global network built upon a decade’s experience backing exceptional talent.

    COO Stories — Building Community through Consistency

    COO Stories — Building Community through Consistency

    Being a leader is a lonely journey. COOs, due to their incredibly diverse job descriptions, are particularly at-risk of feeling lonely and unable to confide in people within their teams. This is what seasoned COO-turned-CEO Ben Branson-Gateley from Seedcamp portfolio company CharlieHR and Kelsey Traher from Marvel felt. In search of a community that didn't exist, they teamed up to start their own support group. What started as a small pub meet-up in 2015 has now evolved into COO Stories, a London community of over 200 Ops Leaders. From that one community, there is now a collection of different communities across the London & Berlin tech ecosystems that all share the same set of community values, rooted in friendliness, openness, humility, and integrity.

    In this episode of Precious on Community, Precious Oyelade sits down with Ben and Kelsey to discuss how they built COO Stories and what they have learned about building a healthy community during their time together. They dive into the drumbeat of their community, the importance of letting leaders emerge from within, and how the conscious decisions they made on membership criteria, the cadence of events, and platform for communication have shaped COO Stories into a space where members are truly engaged and collaborative. Remember to check out the first and second episodes of Precious on Community in the show notes before diving into this one!

    Show notes
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Seedcamp - www.seedcamp.com
    Ben Branson-Gateley - twitter.com/gateley
    Kelsey Traher - twitter.com/kelsddog
    COO Stories - www.coostories.com
    CharlieHR - www.charliehr.com
    Marvel - www.marvelapp.com
    Precious on Community, Ep 1 - https://seedcamp.com/podcasts/seedcamp-sessions-introducing-precious-on-community-what-does-community-mean/
    Precious on Community, Ep 2 - https://seedcamp.com/podcasts/seedcamp-sessions-precious-on-community-the-business-of-community/

    • 36 min
    Precious on Community: The Business of Community

    Precious on Community: The Business of Community

    "If you try to grow too quickly, you miss a really critical opportunity to create the foundation of community and figure out a model that works really well and is repeatable. Don't try to do too much too quickly." David Spinks, Co-Founder @ CMX

    A decade ago, the term 'community' didn't strike most as a central component of company-building, even though it was. Fast-forward to today, where the internet has transformed communication in our professional and personal realms, and community managers have become key stakeholders in product, marketing, and business development. David Spinks has been at the forefront of this community revolution. Having launched his first online community at 14 for his favourite video game, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, David now advises community teams at the likes of Google, Udemy, Waze, and Airbnb. He is the co-founder of CMX (acq. by Bevy), where over 20,000 community professionals gather to learn and support each other, and the host of the CMX Summit, the world's largest community conference.

    In this episode of Precious on Community, Precious dives into David's background and dissects how founders can use community to grow their businesses. The two community leaders also dig into CMX's SPACES, a model for defining community business value which is further explored in David's recently released book The Business of Belonging.

    One of David's recommendations for early-stage startups? Don't try to do too much too quickly. Focus on one small group and build on top of their loyalty and commitment to the brand.

    A few cited examples of community-building in a business-context include:

    - Airbnb: www.airbnb.co.uk/d/superhos
    - Reddit: www.review.firstround.com/What-to-Learn-from-the-Man-Who-Managed-Reddits-Community-of-Millions
    - Skimm-bassador Program: www.theskimm.com/general/skimmbassadors-5er7Uanv5uK6eQYMiOsmaU-post
    - Notion Community: www.notion.so/Notion-Community-04f306fbf59a413fae15f42e2a1ab029
    - Sephora Beauty Insider: www.glamour.com/story/sephora-beauty-insider-program-updates
    - Tech Ladies: www.hiretechladies.com

    Links:
    Precious Oyelade - www.twitter.com/preciousolade
    David Spinks - www.twitter.com/DavidSpinks
    Seedcamp - www.seedcamp.com
    The Business of Belonging - www.davidspinks.com/book
    CMX SPACES - www.cmxhub.com/the-spaces-model
    CMX Community - www.cmxhub.com/community
    Bevy - www.bevy.com

    • 44 min
    Attracting the Best People Faster than your Competition with True's Duncan Finlayson

    Attracting the Best People Faster than your Competition with True's Duncan Finlayson

    "[When hiring,] you're asking someone you've just met to effectively babysit your child. That's the sort of trust you need to have...you're effectively giving them your baby to help it scale." — Duncan Finlayson, Partner @ True

    Hiring top-tier talent for your startup is arguably as important as developing a good product. A new hire is a big investment that affects a team's productivity and a company's culture. Startups can't afford the cost of a bad hire so recruiting wisely is essential, albeit extremely difficult.

    Duncan Finlayson, a partner at True, a global executive search firm with over 15 offices worldwide, spends his days helping fast-growing companies find top-tier talent. In this episode of This Much I Know, Duncan sits down with Seedcamp partner Carlos Espinal to discuss the best ways to work with recruiters and hire talent for scaling teams. His go-to advice? Hire people who are willing to put skin in the game. An eagerness for equity can be a very good sign.

    Links:
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Duncan Finlayson - twitter.com/FinlaysonDuncan
    Seedcamp - www.seedcamp.com
    True - www.trueplatform.com

    • 37 min
    Introducing Precious on Community: What does community mean?

    Introducing Precious on Community: What does community mean?

    Humans are innately community-seeking. It's why we section off into groups on playgrounds, congregate around political leaders, and build families, biological or otherwise. Communities add value, and membership goes far beyond group identity; it even drives purchasing decisions. From clothing and bottled water to open-source software, community is a powerful tool for company building, and one that no founder should underestimate.

    "No two communities are the same," Seedcamp's community manager Precious Oyelade tells us. "Yet there are repeatable steps and actions you can do to make one work." And this is what Seedcamp's newest series, "Precious on Community" seeks to dive into. Over the few episodes, Precious will be interviewing community builders from all walks of life to share findings and document key learnings about how to build an effective community.

    Welcome to Precious on Community.

    Shownotes and links:
    - Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    - Precious Oyelade - twitter.com/preciousolade
    - Seedcamp - www.seedcamp.com
    - Seedcamp's This Much I Know with GORUCK: seedcamp.com/podcasts/this-much-i-know-founder-ceo-of-goruck-jason-mccarthy-on-building-community-and-walking-the-harder-path
    - Tribes, Seth Godin - goodreads.com/book/show/3828382-tribes
    - How to build a community with people - www.gettogether.world

    • 19 min
    Point Nine's Ricardo Sequerra Amram on spotting a B2B diamond in the rough

    Point Nine's Ricardo Sequerra Amram on spotting a B2B diamond in the rough

    “That’s what gets us super excited — being able to see a product that fits a very specific need in the market, that even if it’s built super roughly, already exposes the needs that the founder has identified.”

    Few know the B2B venture space in Europe better than Point Nine Capital. From Delivery Hero and Zendesk, which both IPO’d, to Typeform, Clio, and Vend, the Point Nine team knows how to spot a startup poised for growth. As an early-stage investor at Seedcamp, Cherry, and now as a partner at Point Nine, Ricardo Sequerra Amram spends his days speaking with founders who are at the pre-version 1.1 development stage of a product. In this episode of This Much I Know, Carlos Espinal dives into how Ricardo assesses these bare-bone prototypes and determines their viability to scale.

    “A magical moment throughout our due-diligence is when we are going through the product with the founder and he is explaining to us why he built such a feature first and why exactly is it that this particular part of the product is important for the prototype, and why he didn’t build the other feature,” Ricardo says. “That’s where the clarity of thought and insight that was generated throughout years of industry experience comes out.”

    Listen in as Ricardo and Carlos discuss Ricardo’s path into venture capital, and how Point Nine thinks about what makes up a backable prototype and successful B2B entrepreneur.

    Links
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Seedcamp - www.seedcamp.com
    Point Nine - www.pointnine.com
    Ricardo Sequerra Amram - twitter.com/ric0seq
    B2B SaaS Napkin - https://medium.com/point-nine-news/what-does-it-take-to-raise-capital-in-saas-in-2019-26829debef29

    • 37 min
    La Famiglia’s Jeannette zu Fürstenberg and Judith Dada on the Picasso painting that is a startup

    La Famiglia’s Jeannette zu Fürstenberg and Judith Dada on the Picasso painting that is a startup

    “B2B is all about social science and social context. It’s counterintuitive because you’d think that is B2C but in B2C, it’s more about the vision and brand and riding on this huge wave that is building up in the viral market. In B2B it comes down to people. If you have the ability to observe, listen, shut-up, and work your way from that, that’s the biggest asset that founders can have in terms of catering their solution to what is needed in the market.” — Jeannette zu Fürstenberg, Founding Partner @ La Famiglia VC

    La Famiglia VC doesn’t believe in conformist bets. Led by Dr. Jeannette zu Fürstenberg alongside partner Judith Dala, the fund invests in contrarian ideas that enable radical change within the B2B sector. “What we really want to see is founders with bold and transformative visions that have something in their character and in their nature that wills the future into being,” Jeannette explains. Since its start in 2017, the fund has closed two funds and invested in dozens of companies, including several co-investments with Seedcamp in data collaboration platform Graphy and employee service platform Back.

    In this episode of This Much I Know, Carlos speaks to Jeannette and Judith about their current sector interests, the role of sustainability in VC, and La Famiglia’s view on what makes a good founder. Having both studied social science at university, Jeannette and Judith also discuss the importance of thinking about social context when investing in and founding B2B companies.

    Links
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Jeannette zu Fürstenberg - linkedin.com/in/jeannette-zu-f%C3%BCrstenberg-a4227a17a/
    Judith Dada - twitter.com/dadajudith
    Seedcamp - www.seedcamp.com
    La Famiglia VC - www.lafamiglia.vc | twitter.com/lafamigliaVC
    La Famiglia’s newest fund - https://sifted.eu/articles/la-famiglia-50m-fund/

    • 44 min

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