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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...

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...