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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.

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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.

    The Intersection of Mental Health and Tech

    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.

    Show notes:

    Maria Boghiu - twitter.com/MariaBoghiu
    Natasha Lytton: twitter.com/Natashalytton
    Spill - spill.chat
    Finger-wagging: nytimes.com/2019/05/06/well/family/doctors-is-it-ok-if-we-talk-about-why-finger-wagging-isnt-working.html
    Health blog post: seedcamp.com/the-future-of-healthcare-and-the-tech-companies-out-to-improve-it/

    • 31 min
    Setting-up product and tech teams

    Setting-up product and tech teams

    Seedcamp EiR David Mytton and VP Devin Hunt have both been successful, technical founders (Server Density, Lyst). As they scaled respective internal teams, they gathered a plethora of experiences on the matter. On this week's TMIK, our Managing Partner Carlos Espinal chats with David and Devin about "Unpacking the Stack", and the various angles to consider across product, engineering and design teams.

    The three dig into a range of topics, starting with hiring, and whom to hire first for both technical and non-technical founding teams. Then, they break down the terminology and various responsibilities of the different functions. Taking the example of product, Devin explains that the Chief Product Officer (CPO) is there to set the product vision, whereas a Product Manager (PM) manages an aspect of that vision. Furthermore, he explains that product teams are responsible for delivery, as well as working hand in hand with engineering and design teams. On that, David points out the importance of building cohesiveness within teams to better the communication (and shares a couple cues, including the power of show & tell meetings)

    Finally, Carlos asks Devin and out different reasons for early start-up killers. Some answers covered the balance in technical know-how in founding teams, the bias in prioritising engineering problems (vs. actually helping the business) or the difficulty to fire wrong hires early-on.

    We've been lucky enough to have both David and Devin with us at Seedcamp. This episode (un)packs a lot, so definitely tune in - lots of valuable insights shared!

    • 56 min
    How Accelerating Technology is Transforming our World

    How Accelerating Technology is Transforming our World

    “Technology alone is not enough. Without the right governance, it may still lead us down the road of overconsumption and environmental catastrophe.” — Azeem Azhar, Author of Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It

    Azeem Azhar knows a thing or two about what direction exponential technology is heading toward, and how it's challenging our well-established social, economic, and political systems. On this week’s TMIK, Managing Partner Carlos Espinal chats with Azeem on his newly published, must-read book, ‘Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It.’ Neither the conversation nor the book is about a dystopian future, but the two definitely dive into some dystopian outcomes!

    The two discuss a range of themes that technology has transformed, particularly around the changing landscape of labour, increasing levels of local productions, and transport. In regards to the labour market, Azeem brings up the contradicting nature and impact that one single business model and economy can have in developed countries versus developing countries. The gig economy model is one interesting example. In developed countries where labour markets are formalised, the gig model creates flexibility, but more insecurity; however, in less established countries, the model provides *more* certainty to the labour force. The two also highlight the importance of not shying away from ML and robots. One fun tidbit: in 2020, the companies that had most heavily invested in robots and ML, also hired the most people (Amazon, Netflix, JD.com).

    Finally, Carlos asks what investment themes Azeem is currently looking at. “I rely on the founders to tell me,” Azeem states, but he does share a few he’s keeping an eye out for. Think smart car batteries, protein engineering, and bio-manufacturing.

    This episode packs in a lot, so definitely tune in; it’s a really good one.

    Shownotes
    Azeem Twitter: twitter.com/azeem
    Azeem Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/azhar/?originalSubdomain=uk
    Exponential book: amazon.co.uk/Exponential-accelerating-technology-transforming-business/dp/1847942903
    How the Gig economy could drive growth: forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2017/03/23/how-the-gig-economy-could-drive-growth-in-developing-countries/?sh=1b1783104a49
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com

    • 46 min
    Scaling for Success: Andrew Bartlow on High Growth Startups

    Scaling for Success: Andrew Bartlow on High Growth Startups

    “Keep it simple. Be brilliant at the basics”. This is the advice that Andrew Bartlow, Founder of Series B Consulting gives to small, high-growth organisations looking to scale rapidly on this week’s This Much I Know episode. Managing Partner Carlos Espinal chats with Andrew about Andrew’s recently published book, “Scaling for Success: People Priorities for High-Growth Organizations.”

    The two discuss common challenges related to rapid growth, including the brilliant jerk’ phenomenon, along with the merits of when a company should define a proper HR function. Regarding the latter point, in super early stages of a company, HR encapsulates payroll, employee benefits, and recruiting. But when a team starts to have around 20 employees, Andrew suggests that a CEO should hire a dedicated recruitment role. “You want a dedicated internal recruiter once you’re hiring 10-12 people a year,” Andrew says. “The recruiter will easily pay for themselves.” They also discuss how to find the right advice from the right people for founders. It’s important to prioritise context over content and to not go shopping across a bunch of different people for advice - it’s better to find the targeted advice that fits a founder’s own context better.

    Tune into this week’s episode to hear some of the secrets to scale your high growth startup successfully!

    Shownotes:
    Andrew Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/bartlow
    Series B Consulting: seriesbconsulting.com
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com
    Book, Scaling for Success - amazon.co.uk/Scaling-Success-Priorities-High-Growth-Organizations/dp/0231194447](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scaling-Success-Priorities-High-Growth-Organizations/dp/0231194447
    Brilliant Jerk Phenomenon - hbswk.hbs.edu/item/can-the-brilliant-jerk-be-managed-effectively

    • 38 min
    HBS's Tom Eisennman on why startups fail

    HBS's Tom Eisennman on why startups fail

    90% of startups fail. For early-stage founders, this can come from both false positives or negatives. Two factors include: bias towards early adopters vs. mainstream customers, that are mostly necessary to scale, or giving up too early on a project that turns out to be a billion-dollar business idea a couple of months later. Tom Eisenmann, Professor at Harvard Business School, discusses this and much more in his recently published book '*The Fail-Safe Startup'*. In this episode of This Much I Know, our hosts Kate McGinn and Carlos Espinal have a chat with Tom to cover topics at the heart of founder journeys. This includes a few key factors to keep in mind for early-stage founders, such as MVP testing or upfront customer discovery work. Tune in to hear more about what Tom observes in academia around patterns both founder and investors tend to follow!

    Show notes:
    Tom Eisenmann: twitter.com/teisenmann
    Tom's book: penguin.co.uk/books/315/315444/the-fail-safe-startup/9780241420171.html
    Kate McGinn: twitter.com/ktmcgn
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com

    • 39 min
    Building International Organisations with BoundlessHQ's Dee Coakley

    Building International Organisations with BoundlessHQ's Dee Coakley

    The landscape of working and hiring remotely has drastically changed. Recruiting some of the best global talent as an employer requires a lot of knowledge on highly locally specialized topics because doing the statutory minimum is simply not enough anymore. Dee Coakley, the CEO and co-founder of BoundlessHQ, is on a mission to make it easy to employ anyone, anywhere. In this episode of This Much I Know, our host Carlos Espinal has a chat with Dee to cover topics at the heart of global organisations around multi-country payrolls and HR compliance. Tune in to hear more about the best practices on topics around compensation for internationally remote teams, employee stock options and more!

    Links
    Dee Coakley: twitter.com/DeeCoakley
    Carlos Espinal - twitter.com/cee
    Seedcamp - seedcamp.com

    • 38 min

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Rossy3783929259 ,

Informative and Insightful

Highly recommend this podcast which contains a lot of helpful knowledge for the entrepreneur/business owner/investor from a wide array of guests. You’ll always leave with a few nuggets of wisdom. Download some episodes and listen today!

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, authentic and refreshing! 🙌

Wherever you are in your journey as an entrepreneur (whether you’ve got multiple successful ventures under your belt or are literally just trying to figure out what it means to be an entrepreneur), this podcast needs to be on your list of must-listens! Stories are so powerful in the startup world - these especially. Carlos and the entire Seedcamp team do an incredible job of bringing guests onto the show who cover a wide range of startup topics in a way that humanizes their journey (and the industry as a whole)! Thank you Carlos for the work that you do!

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