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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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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.

    Behind the Scenes of Seedcamp Fund V

    Behind the Scenes of Seedcamp Fund V

    Seedcamp Fund V is here. It’s our strongest fund to-date and we're thrilled that so many friends and founders have put their faith in us to continue backing Europe’s finest entrepreneurs.

    We don’t believe in draping fund announcements in a vague veil of splendour, so we want to give you the inside scoop of Fund V: the who, what, when, why, and how. In addition to publishing our fundraising pitch deck here, our Managing Partners Reshma and Carlos, Partners Tom and Sia, and Head of Brand & Marketing Natasha jumped on to this week’s ‘This Much I Know’ to explain what you can expect from Fund V.

    The Seedcamp Nation includes the brains behind some of Europe’s most exciting companies including the likes of Hopin, Revolut, Primer, and Sorare. If you’re looking for pre-seed funding, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you’re building at https://seedcamp.com/looking-for-funding/.

    Links:
    Fundraising pitch deck: slideshare.net/seedcamp/seedcamp-fund-v-fundraising-deck/
    Seedcamp Announcement: seedcamp.com/introducing-seedcamp-v/
    Seedcamp: www.seedcamp.com
    Looking for Funding?: seedcamp.com/looking-for-funding/

    • 26 min
    Prof. Luke O’Neill on the intersection of academia and health tech

    Prof. Luke O’Neill on the intersection of academia and health tech

    The gap between academic research and business is shrinking. Notable scientific technologies are shifting from receiving grants to venture capital funding. From massive frauds (*cough* Theranos) to incredible successes like Moderna, deep science is gaining traction amongst the world’s top investors. According to Statista research published in early 2020, the value of venture capital invested in the life sciences industry reached 22.4 billion dollars in 2019, almost doubling from the figure in 2014. As scientific advances become more commercializable, this figure will only increase.

    With an eye on the future within the space, Carlos and one of our newest interns, David, are joined by Luke O’Neill, a Fellow at the Royal Society, a Professor of Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, and the co-founder of recently acquired Inflazome. They talk about which areas of science may be overhyped, share their mutual love for Star Trek, and dig into topics from Professor O’Neill’s newly published book which tackles life’s biggest questions like, “Do we have control over our lives?” Listen in to find out whether or not we do.

    Links:
    1) Never mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science - https://www.bookstation.ie/product/never-mind-the-bllcks-heres-the-science/
    2) Inflazome - https://inflazome.com/press-release-21-sep-2020.html
    3) Prof. Luke O’Neill - https://twitter.com/laoneill111
    4) Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    4) Seedcamp - https://seedcamp.com/

    • 39 min
    Accel’s Harry Nelis on KAYAK, IPO strategy, and the right founder-VC relationship

    Accel’s Harry Nelis on KAYAK, IPO strategy, and the right founder-VC relationship

    Accel partner Harry Nelis knows what it’s like to be in the founder seat. After graduating with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Harry moved to Silicon Valley to work as an Engineer at Hewlett Packard before founding his own venture-backed software company.

    His experience as a founder showed him just how difficult it is to build a long-lasting company and develop a sticky customer base. It has also informed his founder-first approach to venture capital investing at Accel, one of the world’s most successful funds, having invested in Slack, Etsy, and Qualtrics to name a few. A strong believer in founders leading their own companies, Harry thinks of himself as a coach and advisor to world-class companies.

    In this episode of This Much I Know, Carlos sits down with Harry to dive into some of the biggest topics in VC. They discuss some of Harry’s most memorable investments, the evolution of the European VC landscape, and the changing attitudes towards IPOs among founders and investors.

    Links:
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Seedcamp - www.seedcamp.com
    Harry nelis - https://twitter.com/hnelis
    Accel - https://twitter.com/Accel

    • 43 min
    Shachar Radin on how to build a demand generation machine

    Shachar Radin on how to build a demand generation machine

    On the afternoons of 17th & 24th of September, we brought early-stage marketers from the Seedcamp Nation together for one of our favourite events of the year - the Seedcamp Marketing Summit. Attended by over 80 people we delved into the hottest topics cropping up across our portfolio companies' marketing teams: from building a demand generation machine to PR for startups and whether or not PR agencies provide any benefits at an early stage - it was a jam-packed program! Our Head of Marketing and MC, Natasha Lytton, guided us through it all.

    Huge thanks to all the fantastic people who contributed to this virtual experience, including portfolio company speakers: Andy Shovel (CEO @This), John May (Head of Demand Generation @re:ceeve), Will Allen-Mersh (Partner @Spill), Anthony Rose (CEO @SeedLegals) and Steffen Hedebrandt (Co-founder @Dreamdata). Our amazing keynote speakers: Shachar Radin (CMO @Hubble), Meagan Healey (Brand & Comms Director @Attest), Andy Davis (Head of Demand Generation @Attest), Chris Seigel (Senior Director, Direct to Consumer @Harrys), Sally Higgin(Marketing & Comms Director @Harrys), Darryl Sparey (Managing Director @Hard Numbers), Ashley Friedlein (CEO @Guild) and Kate Adams (Vice President of Marketing @Drift). Finally, thank you to our two amazing fireside speakers: Ines Ures (NED, ex-CMO Deliveroo, & ex-CCO Treatwell) and Chad West (Director, Global Marketing & Communications @Revolut). A huge effort by all to make sure this event translated across well into virtual!

    • 41 min
    Andy Shovel, founder & CEO of THIS, on "Why PR Is Great And Why PR Agencies (for startups) are Crap"

    Andy Shovel, founder & CEO of THIS, on "Why PR Is Great And Why PR Agencies (for startups) are Crap"

    On the 17th & 24th of September, we brought early-stage marketers from the Seedcamp Nation together for our first ever online edition of the Marketing Summit. We delved into the hottest topics cropping up across our portfolio companies' marketing teams: from building a demand generation machine to PR for startups and whether or not PR agencies provide any benefits at an early stage - it was a jam-packed program! Our Head of Marketing and MC, Natasha Lytton, guided us through it all.

    • 20 min
    Re:ceeve's John May questions the value of LinkedIn Advertising

    Re:ceeve's John May questions the value of LinkedIn Advertising

    On the 17th & 24th of September, we brought early-stage marketers from the Seedcamp Nation together for our first ever online edition of the Marketing Summit. We delved into the hottest topics cropping up across our portfolio companies' marketing teams: from building a demand generation machine to PR for startups and whether or not PR agencies provide any benefits at an early stage - it was a jam-packed program! Our Head of Marketing and MC, Natasha Lytton, guided us through it all.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 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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