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Nic Brisbourne's view from London on technology and startups

Last Build Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:11:44 +0000


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...

Amazon: A true success story

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:54:54 +0000

For about three weeks I’ve been meaning to write about the amazing success that is Amazon. Back then it was when I read they were planning to create 100k US...

“Don’t run for trains”

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:19:15 +0000

Around nine years ago I read Nicholas Taleb’s seminal texts The Black Swan (2007) and Fooled by Randomness (2001) and I loved them both. For venture investors everywhere The Black...

Long on vision, short on execution?

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:40:59 +0000

I love the idea of Magic Leap and wish them every success in the world. Who wouldn’t want to see whales leaping out of floors like the one in the picture...

UK: Tech talent remains

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:36:56 +0000

This is a chart from Atomico’s 2016 State of the Nation report. As a UK investor and citizen it’s pleasing to see that we’re the top destination for tech industry migrants by...

Pre-seed investments work best when there’s a clear plan for short term value creation

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:35:36 +0000

Most VCs will say that to evaluate deals they look at the market size, the product and the quality of the team. Different investors place different weights on the...

Fear of failure can be a good thing, absence of courage never is

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:07:38 +0000

Last night at FPLive I was chatting with an entrepreneur called Nick who has just closed his startup. He talked impressively about what he’d learnt and has an interesting...

Strong convictions, weakly held

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:12:50 +0000

I first came across the phrase “strong convictions, weakly held” through Marc Andreessen, but a bit of Googling showed me it was originally coined by Paul Saffo, then Director...

Browsers, bots and unlocking mobile e-commerce

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:39:03 +0000

As the world becomes increasingly mobile centric, we still don’t have a great solution for long tail e-commerce. Smartphones now work amazingly well for Amazon and categories where we...

In defence of liquidation preferences

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:56:14 +0000

I just read a New York Times article that led with the sentence “Deep inside a Silicon Valley unicorn lurks a time bomb”. It turns out that ‘time bomb’...