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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
How Digital will Healthcare become, with the Founders of Ezra
In this episode of This Much I Know, Managing Partner Carlos Espinal speaks with Emi Gal and Diego Cantor, co-founders of Ezra, about how digital healthcare will become. Every year, 20 million people are diagnosed with cancer, 10 million of which are detected late. Ezra's core mission aims to change this equation through their next-generation cancer screening technology that uses AI & MRIs. Carlos kicks the discussion off with an observation: healthcare solutions are now increasingly moving from reactive to proactive, as the ability to predict medical diagnoses ahead of time is growing. This statement translates well into some of Ezra's findings: while 13% of their scans suggest a potential cancer patient, a whopping 70% of their findings are clinical findings (ie. liver disease, aneurysms, etc.). The three also cover the balance between data privacy and medical progress within the field of medical imagery, as any kind of algorithm requires data to be trained on. Finally, Emi and Diego touch on their long-term aspirations for Ezra, and what it is going to take for the world to have equal access to such technologies.
Tune in to this episode — it's a really good one.
The Power of Consumers and The Future of Sustainable Materials
“Consumers of today like to have a dialogue with their brands...consumers can now ask the harder questions.” Ingvar Helgason, Co-Founder of VitroLabs
In this week’s TMIK, Managing Partner Carlos Espinal and Seedcamp team member Polina Stavrovski chat with two very exciting guests, Ingvar, and Joy Howard who are both building companies in the sustainable fashion space. Ingvar’s mission with VitroLabs is to decouple the leather industry from the meat industry by creating a new source of leather from animal cells. Their technology allows high-end fashion brands and creatives to have a new source of leather with all the same properties and no compromise on quality. Joy’s mission with Early Majority is to build a technical streetwear brand that makes outdoor gear for all eventualities, by operating in categories that have traditionally left out the woman’s point of view.
The four delve into a discussion on the shifting nature of consumer behaviour and how they’re in turn empowering brands from a top-down approach, changing traditional notions of shareholders and stakeholders. Joy offers her take on greenwashing, explaining how she has two minds about companies that can seem ‘performative’ with their sustainability branding. “Over time, it *does* lead to a change in consumers' perceptions and their behaviour, but at the same time it’s tough for people who are building something radically different and true to the ideals of sustainability,” she comments. Ingvar nods to the importance of companies being transparent, and that “it’s really telling to see which companies are answering the questions and which companies are brushing them away.” He also mentions the importance of the role governments play in creating carbon emission taxes or at least levelling the playing field by removing subsidies from companies emitting a lot of carbon. “For everything we are consuming, we are not paying the real price,” Ingvar notes.
Joy and Ingvar also discuss the transfer risks associated with migrating from the usual suppliers with decades of experience (but that are way more wasteful), to a more sustainable supply chain that has the same quality of timeline, delivery, and product. Although there has been an increase in demand for sustainable materials, this can also prove quite challenging for startups in competition with more established brands.
Finally, Carlos asks Joy and Ingvar what science fiction book they recommend that will most likely represent our future. Tune in to hear their answers and the full discussion, it’s a good one!
If you’re interested to learn more about Ingvar and Joy’s respective ventures, check out VitroLabs and Early Majority.
Vitro Labs: vitrolabsinc.com
Early Majority: earlymajority.com/
Ingvar Helgason: twitter.com/ihelgason
Joy Howard: twitter.com/joyehoward
Carlos Espinal: twitter.com/cee
Polina Stavrovski: linkedin.com/in/postav/
Seedcamp - seedcamp.com
The Intersection of Mental Health and Tech
In this Seedcamp Deep Dive, Head of Brand Natasha Lytton speaks with Maria, Head of Product at Spill about the intersection of technology with mental health, and the growing opportunities that exist when offering accessible mental health services moving forward for both patients and clinicians. Spill’s mission is to “put high quality talk therapy in the pocket of every person on Earth” by not using a traditional finger-wagging approach. Maria and Natasha dive into discussing what it means to build trust across a product for users. Maria suggests that the most actionable way of viewing trust in a product is through ‘consistency over time.’ She advises that PMs need to stop thinking about users’ interactions with product as a snapshot in time, but rather expanding their outlook to a series of interactions. The two also discuss the shocking fact that the financial industry is more regulated than the mental health industry. The episode finishes off with Natasha and Maria hypothesising around how tech will evolve in its intersection with mental health in the years to come.
Listen in, it’s a good one!
This is a part of the Health series, stemming from our recent Deep Dive on Health within the Seedcamp portfolio.
Maria Boghiu - twitter.com/MariaBoghiu
Natasha Lytton: twitter.com/Natashalytton
Spill - spill.chat
Health blog post: seedcamp.com/the-future-of-healthcare-and-the-tech-companies-out-to-improve-it/
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!
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.
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.