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Nic Brisbourne's view from London on technology and startups



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The importance of being an expert-generalist

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:43:09 +0000

I am in the Elon Musk fan club. It’s hard not to be in awe of what he’s achieved – four multi-billion dollar companies and he’s only in his...



The Enlightenment, the lean startup and Steve Jobs

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:31:57 +0000

As a keen observer of startups over the last 17 years, one of the most remarkable and welcome developments has been the application of scientific method to building startups....



The evolution of AI

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:28:05 +0000

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you will have noticed there’s a lot of heat around AI as an investment theme right now. Octopus’s recent announcement of a...



The art of authentic positivity

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:16:50 +0000

A couple of times recently I’ve found myself coaching people to stay positive. In both cases they very reasonably pushed back, saying great idea, but they didn’t want to...



Enough with the unicorn bashing

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:14:18 +0000

It’s fashionable in certain quarters now to slate some of the billion dollar startups that have been created recently and the investors that helped them get there. Zebras Fix What...



Assessing product demand – top down and bottom up

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:29:20 +0000

It’s common for VCs to look at the market size for a potential investment from a top down and bottom up perspective. The top down perspective takes market research, often from...



Evaluating whether a sector is interesting as an investment target

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:05:47 +0000

We have been thinking about how to evolve our investment strategy recently. I will write about the full process when we’re done and I’ve got a better sense of...



The importance of happy endings

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:48:19 +0000

I’ve come across Kahneman’s Peak-End concept before but only just grasped it’s significance. As with much of his work Kahneman is highlighting an area where our minds don’t work...



Courage and facing up to failure

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:50:27 +0000

I’ve just read Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, a book lots of people seem to be talking about all of a sudden. It’s a great book, and one I highly...



Nailing go-to-market strategy

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:11:44 +0000

This chart, from First Round Capital’s recent post Leslie’s Compass: A Framework for Go-To-Market Strategy is super interesting. It’s first use is for founders to work out whether they should...