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Every week, join Josh Davey and Alex Dunning, as they present you with inspiring and candid conversations from the best entrepreneurs, investors and leaders right now. This is a podcast powered by Seedrs, Europe's largest equity crowdfunding platform.

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Every week, join Josh Davey and Alex Dunning, as they present you with inspiring and candid conversations from the best entrepreneurs, investors and leaders right now. This is a podcast powered by Seedrs, Europe's largest equity crowdfunding platform.

    Building Seedcamp and Fundraising Advice for Founders with Reshma Sohoni

    Building Seedcamp and Fundraising Advice for Founders with Reshma Sohoni

    Reshma Sohoni is the Founder and Managing Partner of Seedcamp. As an immigrant coming to work in a British firm, Reshma felt like she ‘didn’t fit in’ and quickly realised that if she wanted to be part of a world she’d like to live in, then she would have to go out and make it. This led her to establish Seedcamp in 2007.

    Seedcamp have since backed over 300 businesses and are considered to be one of the largest Seed investment companies in Europe. Whilst with all their success, Reshma reminds herself and team to ‘stay hungry and alive’ as an organisation. The ecosystem is maturing and the competition is as high as ever.

    This episode truly focuses on the evolution, from Seedcamp’s early days as an accelerator into a funding business, the emergence of its own economy portfolio and their future growth and partnerships.

    Reshma also doesn’t shy away from giving great fundraising advice too, reminding us that “the great founders are out there hustling and building relationships, not just promoting their product”. You’ll be left feeling motivated!

    Useful links:

    Discover more about Reshma Sohoni here.

    Invest in cool startups on Seedrs here.

    Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

    • 32 min
    Russia's Most Wanted Man, Co-Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, Bill Browder

    Russia's Most Wanted Man, Co-Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, Bill Browder

    Bill Browder is the CEO and Co-Founder of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, which at one time was the largest foreign portfolio fund in Russia.

    Bill studied at Stanford Business School and upon graduation in 1989, mixed with some soul searching, Bill joined the Boston Consulting Group. During an assignment in Poland the following year, he came across the mass privatisation of companies at one half of one year’s earnings. He took his life savings of $2,000, invested it and made 10x his money back.

    This led Bill to co-found HCM in 1996, citing “big successes don’t come from people spotting business opportunities, but being interested in something which becomes a business opportunity”.

    Described as one of Putin’s biggest critics, and this podcast may confirm just that, his journey has been far from simple. In this episode, Bill tells us about his life as a businessman and an activist, and paints a picture of his conflict with Russia. He also touches on how he moved the business to a global market.

    Today’s episode highlights the sheer determination of taking risks, and that spotting an opportunity can lead to great success even in dire circumstances.

    Useful links:

    Discover more about Bill Browder here.

    Invest in cool startups on Seedrs here.

    Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

    • 40 min
    Building the Company to Democratise Venture Capital with Seedrs Co-Founder, Jeff Lynn

    Building the Company to Democratise Venture Capital with Seedrs Co-Founder, Jeff Lynn

    Jeff Lynn is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Europe’s largest equity crowdfunding platform, Seedrs. Jeff noticed a gap in the wealth market for investors, whilst co-founder Carlos Silva had witnessed a number of small businesses struggling to raise capital, which led them to combine their experiences and launch Seedrs in 2012.

    Jeff is a huge believer in the value of creating potential for small businesses that are trying to take over the world. Something that was reflected in his early vision “to help first time entrepreneurs raise their first few hundred thousands of pounds – to take the concept, build out a prototype, do a market test and begin generating revenue”

    Seedrs has since helped to fund hundreds of business deals and has processed over £1.5 billion of investment on the platform.

    In our first episode of the Go Fund Yourself podcast, Jeff explores the journey of Seedrs from the initial idea, how the co-founders secured their first investor and financial backing, how the early financial crash and the recent pandemic has changed the landscape of businesses, up to the key moment when he stepped down as CEO. He passed the torch to Jeff Kelisky, who he describes as “a really outstanding CEO, who has brought the discipline of the business to a scaling business”

    This insightful episode is a combination of knowing when to play on your strengths and making sacrifices in order to achieve growth in the business in an ever-evolving world.

    Don’t forget to leave us a 5* review on Apple Podcasts with the chance to win some money to invest in a startup of your choice on Seedrs!

    Useful links:

    Discover more about Jeff Lynn here.

    Invest in cool startups on Seedrs here. Capital at risk.

    If you are an entrepreneur or investor, and you’re ready to dive into the world of crowdfunding, get in contact with us today here.

    • 55 min
    Go Fund Yourself Podcast Trailer

    Go Fund Yourself Podcast Trailer

    Welcome to the Go Fund Yourself Podcast, a podcast powered by Seedrs, Europe's largest equity crowdfunding platform. 

    Every week, join Josh Davey and Alex Dunning, as they present you with inspiring and candid conversations from the best entrepreneurs, investors and leaders right now. 

    Subscribe and leave us a review if we're your cup of tea! 

    Learn about how to raise capital for your startup here. 

    Invest in innovative companies and inspiring founders here. Capital at risk. 

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