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personal conversations with the entrepreneurs and investors reshaping Europe

Venture Europe: Entrepreneurship | Technology | Venture Capital Calin Fabri | Entrepreneur | Investor | Founder Coach

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personal conversations with the entrepreneurs and investors reshaping Europe

    Bjarne Kveim Lie - The status at growth stage, Eur 5B committed, 140 investments, Growth > FCF, Dr Alban and the asymmetric risk-reward ratio

    Bjarne Kveim Lie - The status at growth stage, Eur 5B committed, 140 investments, Growth > FCF, Dr Alban and the asymmetric risk-reward ratio

    Bjarne Kveim Lie - Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Verdane.

    Verdane invests in technology companies with equity tickets between 8 and 150m Euro, they have Eur 5B of committed capital and over 140 investments since 2003. They have a flexible mandate and can make both minority and majority investments. In addition to making individual investments they also act as a solution provider for GPs that seek liquidity and have completed over 50 so called ‘secondary directs’ over the years.

    They have been named Best European PE Growth Fund all the years between 2019 and 2023 and Best European mid-market PE fund in 2022.

    During this episode we discuss about the status of the growth stage as an asset class, the learnings from investing for over 20 years and the fun parallel between investing with an asymmetric risk reward ratio and Dr Alban. It’s my life!


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    • 33 min.
    James Currier - Built and sold $10B worth of companies between NfX founders, Being a 5x Founder and 2 key elements for success, Designing for the white-hot center, Choosing a life partner

    James Currier - Built and sold $10B worth of companies between NfX founders, Being a 5x Founder and 2 key elements for success, Designing for the white-hot center, Choosing a life partner

    James Currier - Founding Partner at NfX.

    James is a five-time Founder, an angel investor in DoorDash, Lyft, and Patreon, and a Founding Partner at the venture capital firm, NfX.

    Before becoming an investor, James was the co-founder and CEO of Tickle, one of the internet’s first successful user-generated-content companies. Tickle grew to the 18th largest website in the world with over 150 million registered users — before they were acquired in 2004 by Monster for $110 million. It was during this time that James realized the power of network effects as the core growth driver of both B2B and B2C successes across every vertical.

    James then co-founded three other successful companies – Wonderhill (online video games, merged with Kabam in 2010 which then sold for $800M), IronPearl (growth analytics SaaS, acquired by PayPal in 2013), and Jiff (enterprise healthcare software, raised $68M from Venrock, GE, J&J, merged with Castlight in 2017 — NASDAQ: CSLT).

    As a lifelong learner and developer of talent, James loves sharing wisdom among Founders. He speaks regularly at numerous industry conferences and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Silicon Valley Business Journal.

    During this episode we discuss about the importance of the founding team and learning velocity, we discuss about network effects and the white-hot center and touch upon some books recommendations across entrepreneurships, finding one self and marriage and relationships.

    Enjoy!


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    • 32 min.
    Zeynep Yavuz - From ideation to IPO, Thematic Investor, Assessing first time entrepreneurs, Fintech and Crypto

    Zeynep Yavuz - From ideation to IPO, Thematic Investor, Assessing first time entrepreneurs, Fintech and Crypto

    Zeynep Yavuz - Partner at General Catalyst.

    General Catalyst, has $28bn assets under management and is one of the world’s best known VC firms. They backed some of greatest businesses that you probably are very familiar with including Airbnb, Stripe, Discord and Snap among many many others others.

    Prior to joining GC, Zeynep worked as an operator focused on strategy and product at World Remit and invested at growth stages at TA Associates. At GC she focuses on fintech and crypto.

    During this episode we discuss about her career trajectory from working in investment banking to private equity to operator and now GC. We also discuss how she asses founders at early stage and we touch on the opportunities that lie at the intersection of fintech and crypto.

    Enjoy!


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    • 34 min.
    Chris Smith - The state of Pre-seed investing, Fundraising process, Intuition VS Investment Memo, The importance of hard work

    Chris Smith - The state of Pre-seed investing, Fundraising process, Intuition VS Investment Memo, The importance of hard work

    Chris Smith - Managing Partner of Playfair. (brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Seedrs⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠)

    Playfair is a generalist fund with a contrarian approach to pre-seed technology investing. Based in London, Playfair invests across the UK and Europe with an intentionally high conviction, low volume approach: making 6-8 investments a year and preserving time, capital and resources to help companies post-investment.

    Playfair has backed more than 70 companies across two funds including Thought Machine, Andela, Mapillary, Recycleye and Orca AI among others.

    During this episode we discuss how they asses investment opportunities at such an early stage, the number one mistake founders do when fundraising and how they support their founders to raise a Series A.

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    • 36 min.
    Rex Woodbury - Consumer behaviour and techtonic shifts, Social Media 3.0, Pre-seed investing and being true to yourself

    Rex Woodbury - Consumer behaviour and techtonic shifts, Social Media 3.0, Pre-seed investing and being true to yourself

    Rex Woodbury - founder and Managing Partner of Daybreak, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City. (brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠Seedrs⁠⁠⁠⁠)

    Before founding Daybreak, Rex was a Partner at Index Ventures the premier venture capital firm that invested in Adyen, Revolut, Roblox, Discord, and Figma among others.

    Rex focuses on the application layer of technology, often investing in internet, software, and marketplace businesses with the potential for viral adoption.

    He also writes Digital Native, a publication about people and technology that reaches 50,000 weekly readers which i highly recommend.

    During this episode we discuss about the art of early stage investing, the pros and cons of social media and the power of technology to bring people together.


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    • 35 min.
    Kirsty Grant - £2.6B through Crowdfunding, The new equity market, End-to-end infrastructure to fundraise for investors and founders across stages

    Kirsty Grant - £2.6B through Crowdfunding, The new equity market, End-to-end infrastructure to fundraise for investors and founders across stages

    Kirsty Grant - Managing Director at Seedrs - Europe’s leading private investing platform.

    Under her leadership, Seedrs has become the most active investor in early stage private companies in the UK, funding over 2,000 deals and participating in rounds totalling over £2.6 billion to date.

    This year, she played an instrumental role in launching Seedrs' EU regulated entity.

    During this episode we discuss the past and future of crowdfunding, how companies like Revolut and investors like Seedcamp used Seedrs to raise funds and why we need more founders in Europe.

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