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Nic Brisbourne's view from London on technology and startups

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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...

Google’s 5 Traits of Great Teams

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:45:58 +0000

As you may know Google has done an almost obsessive amount of research into what makes a high performing team. This post from Michael Schneider summarises what they found,...

Ten minutes mindfulness a day makes you a better leader

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:26:50 +0000

Want to see the confirmation bias at work? Then read on. I just read Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything...

The growth equation

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:01:48 +0000

This growth equation is brilliant in it’s simplicity. I love that it forces the focus on a magic moment and core product value. Both are essential. Read more about...

How to beat the behemoths

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:34:51 +0000

I just read Andrew Chen’s Growth is getting hard from intensive competition, consolidation, and saturation. His argument is that we are at a point in the cycle where distribution is controlled...