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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.

This Much I Know - The Seedcamp Podcast Carlos Espinal

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    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

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.

    Karel Obluk of Evolution Equity Partners, on Cybersecurity Risks & Opportunities, Growth Investments

    Karel Obluk of Evolution Equity Partners, on Cybersecurity Risks & Opportunities, Growth Investments

    In this episode, Carlos Espinal is joined by Karel Obluk, a cybersecurity expert, former CTO and interim CEO at AVG Technologies (a cybersecurity software company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and ultimately acquired by Avast Software) and now a Partner at Evolution Equity Partners.

    They kick off the conversation with Karel's early career in tech, his leadership roles at the cybersecurity firm AVG and the history of the cybersecurity industry. They then discuss the risks and opportunities in the cybersecurity space, his firm's investment strategy, and what it takes for high-growth companies to expand internationally.

    Show notes:
    Karel Obluk - twitter.com/karelobluk
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee

    Evolution Equity Partners - evolutionequity.com
    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com

    Recommended read:
    Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door, by Brian Krebs

    • 40 min
    Hiring, Motivating & Transitioning High Performing Talent, with Sophie Adelman and Siahdal Magos

    Hiring, Motivating & Transitioning High Performing Talent, with Sophie Adelman and Siahdal Magos

    In the newest Seedcamp Deep Dive, Sophie Adelman, co-founder of Multiverse and The Garden, and Siadhal Magos, co-founder of our portfolio company Metaview, join Carlos and our Talent Manager Alex Lewis to discuss all things talent in early-stage startups - from hiring to motivating and transitioning during market downturns.

    Tune in to learn best practices for interviewing and selecting candidates, why and when expertise is needed in startups, and why compassion is essential when letting employees go.

    Show notes:
    Sophie Adelman - twitter.com/Adelbadge
    Siadhal Magos - twitter.com/smagos
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Alex Lewis - twitter.com/AlexLewisTalent

    The Garden - onegarden.com
    Metaview - metaview.ai
    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com

    Recommended resources:
    Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street [https://whothebook.com]

    How to build an interviewer training process that raises the bar by Metaview [https://resources.metaview.ai/interviewer-training-playbook]

    • 51 min
    Stripe's David Singleton on Technology Innovation, Putting Customers First and the CTO Role

    Stripe's David Singleton on Technology Innovation, Putting Customers First and the CTO Role

    In the latest episode of 'This Much I Know,' Carlos is joined by David Singleton, the CTO of Stripe. David shares valuable insights and lessons from his decades-long career at global technology companies such as Symbian, Google, and Stripe.

    In a vivid conversation, he and Carlos explore:
    - the essential nature of timing in technological innovation;
    - the fast-paced changing financial world;
    - the importance of putting customers first;
    - the evolution and definition of the CTO role;
    - Stripe's mission and operating principles;
    - developer productivity;
    - attracting and growing talent;
    - building a learning organization;
    - and more.

    Show notes:
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    David Singleton - twitter.com/dps
    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com
    Stripe - stripe.com

    Seedcamp is Europe's seed fund, identifying and investing early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. The Seedcamp Nation includes over 440 startups building breakout businesses that change the way people live, interact and buy and includes publicly listed UiPath, Wise, and unicorns Revolut, Hopin, Sorare, Pleo, wefox, Grover, and viz.ai along with fast-growing businesses such as Primer, Peppy and Ezra.

    Stripe is a financial infrastructure platform for businesses. Millions of companies—from the world's largest enterprises to the most ambitious startups—use Stripe to accept payments, grow their revenue, and accelerate new business opportunities. Headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, the company aims to increase the GDP of the internet.

    Contact their team to learn more: https://bit.ly/39TVMrT

    • 34 min
    Regenerative Farming: Harmonising Environmental and Financial Incentives

    Regenerative Farming: Harmonising Environmental and Financial Incentives

    In this Seedcamp Deep Dive, Carlos speaks with author and farmer Sarah Langford and Sward's Co-founder and CEO Reuben Saxon about the crucial role of regenerative farming in food supply and carbon capture. Carlos kicks the conversation off with an insightful review of Sarah's upcoming book "Rooted: Stories of Life, Land and a Farming Revolution." They also trace the evolution of farming in the UK from the post-war era to Brexit and the current generational shift in farming.

    They are later joined by Reuben Saxon, co-founder and CEO of Sward, a startup enabling farmers to take control over their natural capital assets alongside their stewardship and food production. Together they discuss the digitization of agriculture, harmonising financial and environmental incentives, and how young farmers embrace technology to increase productivity and connect with fellow farmers globally.

    Tune in to learn about the importance of natural capital and why regenerative farming plays a pivotal role in a more sustainable future.

    Show notes:
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Sarah Langford - twitter.com/wigsandwords
    Reuben Saxon - linkedin.com/in/reuben-alexander-saxon-78273328

    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com
    Sarah Langford's book "Rooted: Stories of Life, Land and a Farming Revolution" - amazon.co.uk/Rooted-Stories-Life-Farming-Revolution/dp/0241503744
    Sward - sward.io

    • 46 min
    The Future of Hybrid Workspaces, with the Co-Founders of HubbleHQ and Kadence

    The Future of Hybrid Workspaces, with the Co-Founders of HubbleHQ and Kadence

    In this Seedcamp Deep Dive, Carlos is joined by Dan Bladen, Co-founder of Kadence, and Tushar Agarwal, Co-founder of HubbleHQ as they share their founder stories and experiences with pivoting their businesses during the Covid -19 pandemic.

    Listen in to learn more about the latest trends in hybrid workspaces and the commercial real estate market along with what it means to create employee-centered work environments.

    Show notes:
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Dan Bladen - Co-Founder & CEO - Kadence - twitter.com/danbladen
    Tushar Agarwal - Co-founder & CEO - HubbleHQ -twitter.com/iamtoosh

    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com
    Kadence - kadence.co
    HubbleHq - hubblehq.com

    • 36 min
    Why Sequoia came to Europe, with Sequoia Partner Matt Miller

    Why Sequoia came to Europe, with Sequoia Partner Matt Miller

    In this episode of This Much I Know, Carlos Espinal is joined by Matt Miller, a Partner at Sequoia Capital. Matt started his entrepreneurial journey at a young age, first as an avocado seller and eventually when he took two years off university to work on a restaurant tech product. Today, he helps lead Sequoia’s initiative in Europe, where he works on finding great companies to partner with.

    Throughout this episode, Matt talks about his favourite sectors, shares some stories about working with companies like Tessian, and explains how the investment in Graphcore spurred on Sequoia’s decision to approach the European ecosystem.

    Show notes:
    Carlos Espinal - [twitter.com/cee](http://twitter.com/cee)
    Matt Miller - [twitter.com/mcmiller00](https://twitter.com/mcmiller00)
    Seedcamp - [seedcamp.com](https://seedcamp.com/)
    Sequoia Capital - [sequoiacap.com](https://www.sequoiacap.com/)
    A Fireside with Matt Miller & Luciana Lixandru - [youtube.com/watch?v=tnjPCtG87dU](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnjPCtG87dU)

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

startupdude1 ,

This Much I NOW Know

Well worth a listen for anyone interested in startups or understanding more about VCs and investing. Perfect for an aspiring founder like me!

jeemo7e ,

Gem of a podcast

Real gem of a podcast, this. Some fantastic founders and Europe's most renowned investors (including Index, Balderton, etc)...& Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Massively insightful in understanding both what investors and VCs look for on founders, and also in understanding why startups fail or succeed.

startups1 ,

Hugely insightful

This podcast is an incredible resource for me as a founder. It's a great way to learn from other founders and their journey as well as from VCs on what they look for when investing in companies.

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