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Nic Brisbourne's view from London on technology and startups

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:53:04 +0000


European tech: Which way to the exits?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:53:04 +0000

Max Niederhofer recently published this chart showing European exits. As you can see there’s been impressive growth in sub $100m exits, but the story with larger M&A exits and IPOs...

A new dawn for European VC

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:23:59 +0000

This week I’ve been at the SuperReturn/SuperVenture conference in Berlin. It’s the biggest European gathering of venture capital fund managers, private equity fund managers and LPs, the institutions that...

Software startups: Beware ‘magic’ bullets

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:17:42 +0000

I just read ‘Need More Time’? Guideposts For Tech Founders Going To Market When No Market Exists which is full of great tips for what they call ‘pre-chasm’ enterprise startups. The...

As easy as… AI

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:13:25 +0000

Google is pushing hard to make artificial intelligence as easy to access as cloud computing, building services that reduce both costs and the technical skill required from users. To...

Sometimes best practice isn’t best

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:03:36 +0000

The blogosphere has transformed entrepreneurship. Twenty years ago there were precious few resources available for founders and most either had to find an advisor who had done it before...

UK VCs growing faster than European counterparts

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:12:41 +0000

One fear I heard expressed a lot post Brexit is that the London will lose it’s place as the dominant startup centre in Europe. These fears were compounded by...

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...