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Nic Brisbourne's view from London on technology and startups

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VCs and our quest to invest in “home runs”

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:49:27 +0000

This chart (taken from a recent post by First Republic’s Samir Kaji, data from leading venture investor Horseley Bridge) shows that to get the 3-5x return that most venture...

Enjoying the journey

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:10:09 +0000

Two weeks ago I wrote about our Skill and Pace value. Another of our four values is Enjoy The Journey. This one is more axiomatic for me than the...

The Dawn of ConstrucTech

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:00:36 +0000

You might have seen that the week before last Balfour Beatty (here) and Mace (here) weighed in on the future of construction. Both are quite radical in the breadth...

The pursuit of skill and pace

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:36:57 +0000

Here at Forward Partners we are going through a process of rethinking our values. We have historically had seven, but found that was too many to consistently remember and...

When did tech become a dirty word?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:18:26 +0000

The world is turning against tech. Silicon Valley is in danger of becoming the new Wall Street – public enemy number one. And it’s easy to see why. Facebook...

Satya Nadella owns his mistakes – impressive

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:26:09 +0000

From a recent Fast Company article about Satya: Invited to participate in a Q&A at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, a major annual event, he told...

US and UK entrepreneurs suffer equally from ‘fear of failure’

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:11:02 +0000

This chart is from the UK government’s recently published Patient Capital Review. I’m publishing it here because I often hear it said that the US startup ecosystem has a...

Forward Partners Code of Ethics Regarding Sexual Harassment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:47:38 +0000

Earlier in the year, there were a significant number of victims who came forward to share stories of sexual harassment by investors. Some of those investors were prominent VCs....

Board meetings: Avoiding triviality

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 12:56:55 +0000

Getting value out of board meetings is tough. Lots of VCs have written posts with great tips – this recent one by Mark Suster is a very high quality...

Evolving our investment strategy

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:49:22 +0000

This is a long post (1,900 words). For those of you who are time poor here’s the tltr: Forward Partners operates a focused investment strategy because it helps us...