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Mastering the art of product management with Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas

Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas is an entrepreneur, founder and executive focused on growth-stage tech businesses. Until recently Carlos was the Chief Product Officer at Skyscanner, the travel search engine. Previously he was founder and CEO at Fogg, a hotels metasearch startup that was acquired by Skyscanner. He also served as deputy CEO of the IT service firm Netfocus, where he led digital security before the company was acquired by Hewlett-Packard.

Speaking with Seedcamp partner Carlos Eduardo Espinal, Carlos provides an unparalleled insight into the art of product management and scaling tech businesses, as well as a first-hand view of the acquisition process – a process he went through at both Skyscanner and Netfocus.

Carlos addresses some of the biggest scaling challenges he faced when helping grow Netfocus, and discusses how at Skyscanner he saw just how important it was to empower product managers by removing obstacles and giving them freedom to meet goals – a tendency not, he argues, second-nature for engineers used to controlling all variables.

Learn more about product management as a discipline, and what sets it apart from engineering and design roles – and why ‘Running Team Operations’ and ‘The Rhythm of the Business’ would be essential chapters in any book on product management.

Show notes from the episode: Carlos Espinal Website: www.carlosespinal.com Seedcamp: www.seedcamp.com Skyscanner: www.skyscanner.net

Related bio links: Carlos Espinal: uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / twitter.com/cee Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas: linkedin.com/in/carlosgonzalezcadenas

Josh Nussbaum, Principal at Compound, on rebranding and learning from missed opportunities

In this episode, Seedcamp partner, Carlos, is joined by Josh Nussbaum, Principal at the New York-based venture capital firm Compound, formerly known as Metamorphic Ventures. Compound, who rebranded earlier this year while raising a new $50 million fund, invests in early-stage technology startups disrupting or enabling traditional industries in New York and across the States.

Josh’s route into VC began early, spearheading Startup Week while a student at NYU and hosting hackathons for several years before joining Compound, initially as an intern. Since joining forces with David in 2012, he has become an integral part of the Compound team. Prior to joining Compound, Josh worked in business development for startup, JustDecide, a social decision-making company. Prior to JustDecide, Josh worked in digital marketing and branding at Bayard Advertising.

Carlos and Josh discuss how a rebrand enabled Compound to freshen its story for the future and how the best startups tell a story about how the future is going to be. Josh meditates on learning from missed investment opportunities and how to identify patterns for future investment decisions.

Also discussed is Compound’s philosophy. Raising its first fund shortly after the iPhone came out, the firm favoured investments in so-called ‘transactional media’, at the intersection of digital media and digital commerce (Indiegogo, Tapad, Movable Ink) – but is now looking more towards AI-focused startups.

Learn more about New York’s tech ecosystem, the rebranding of a venture firm, and lessons from missed opportunities.

Show notes from the episode: Carlos Website: www.carlosespinal.com Seedcamp: www.seedcamp.com Compound: www.compound.vc Get it on Product Hunt: https://www.producthunt.com/podcasts/seedcamp-podcast-josh-nussbaum-principle-at-compound

Related bio links: Carlos: uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / twitter.com/cee Josh: on medium at http://sdca.mp/2e9k6GX / twitter.com/josh_nussbaum

Amy Nauiokas, Founder & President of Anthemis Group, on passion as a guiding force

In this episode, Seedcamp partner, Carlos, is joined by Amy Nauiokas, founder and president of Anthemis Group. Founded in 2010, Anthemis is a leading digital financial services venture capital and strategic advisory firm, focused on reinventing financial services for the 21st century.

Amy’s journey is a fascinating one; from studying and working in Cameroon, assisting the US Peace Corps, to moving to Wall Street and serving as Senior Managing Director at Cantor Fitzgerald before moving to Barclays Capital and later becoming CEO of Barclays Stockbrokers.

Carlos and Amy discuss leadership during periods of crisis, with Amy heading Cantor during the tragic events of September 11.

Amy speaks about her founding of Anthemis Group with Sean Park and Nadeem Shaikh, and praises the virtue of self-awareness. She discusses Anthemis’ philosophy and its reputation for ‘inventing categories’, with early investments in the InsurTech (ClimateCorp), Consumer and Retail Banking (Simple), Wealth Management (Betterment) and Blockchain spaces. She goes on to reflect with Carlos on the importance of passion as a guiding force, alluding to her founding of media production company Archer Gray and her philanthropic ventures at Bubble.

Learn more about the value of thinking differently, marrying strategy and execution, and the importance of passion as a guiding force.

Show notes from the episode: Carlos Website: www.carlosespinal.com Seedcamp: www.seedcamp.com Anthemis Group: www.anthemis.com

Related bio links: Carlos: uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / twitter.com/cee Amy: http://www.anthemis.com/people/amy-nauiokas/ www.linkedin.com/in/amynauiokas

100th guest special with Werner Vogels, CTO & VP of Amazon

Werner Vogels, CTO and VP at Amazon.com and a world-leading expert on scalable systems, didn’t have the traditional entry into tech one might expect.

Responsible for driving Amazon’s technology vision, which is to continuously enhance innovation on behalf of Amazon’s customers at a global scale, Werner is one of the architects behind Amazon’s approach to cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Tune in to the 100th Seedcamp podcast special for a deep-dive as Werner talks to Carlos about his fascinating and varied journey from studying Computer Science aged 28 and a 10 year career in academia, to co-founding his own business before starting his first “real job” at Amazon in 2004.

Learn more about the core pillars that uphold Amazon’s approach to hiring, team work and commercialisation as well as how a relentless focus on customer centricity guides all product development.

With references to Seedcamp-backed companies such as TransferWise - improving customer experience and disrupting staid industries such as financial services - hear Werner’s thoughts on the need for enterprise to innovate to compete with younger companies or risk going out of business.

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Show notes from the episode: Carlos Website: www.carlosespinal.com Seedcamp: www.seedcamp.com Amazon: http://aws.amazon.com

Related bio links: Carlos: uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / twitter.com/cee Werner: www.linkedin.com/in/wernervogels / twitter.com/Werner

Alex Kayyal, Europe Head at Salesforce Ventures, on the art & science of valuation

In this episode, Seedcamp Partner, Carlos, is joined by Alex Kayyal, Europe Head at Salesforce Ventures, investing in the next generation of enterprise technology. Alex brings over a decade of experience across technology and finance, having been both an investor and entrepreneur. Prior to Salesforce, he helped establish a venture growth firm and also founded his own startup. Alex's experience as a founder, investor and investment banker puts him in a unique position to understand the, often daunting, M&A process from both a company and investor perspective.

In this podcast, Alex and Carlos discuss the art and science of valuation, from a company and acquirer perspective, and the sell and buy process.

Tune in for top tips on how to avoid a 'fire sale' situation and learn more about Alex's first-hand experience when it comes to scaling a business, seeking investment and how to internationalize.

Salesforce portfolio companies include: Carto, CoolaData, Digital Genius, NewVoiceMedia, Onfido, Qubit, RedKix and Universal Avenue, among others.

Show notes from the episode: Carlos Website: www.carlosespinal.com Seedcamp: www.seedcamp.com Salesforce Ventures: http://www.salesforce.com/ventures/

Related bio links: Carlos: uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / twitter.com/cee Alex: www.linkedin.com/in/alexkayyal / twitter.com/alexkayyal

Hugh Campbell, Founding Partner at GP Bullhound, on preparing your company for an exit

In this episode, Seedcamp Partner Carlos was joined by Hugh Campbell from GP Bullhound. The conversation begins with Hugh explaining his time at Oxford where he studied "Physiology, psychology and philosophy". They then proceed into speaking about his work experience with City Bank and Goldman Sachs before his 3 co-founders decided to take the lessons learned in investment banking to create GP Bullhound. Since it's inception the company has now expanded outside London to new locations like Manchester, Germany and France to be closer to great tech companies because these come from all over Europe.

Speaking about the challenges of fundraising Hugh shares that in his view today's biggest challenge for founders in the UK is not to raise £1M early stage round given the existing tax benefits but it's much harder for businesses that are at 10 or 15 people and want to grow to 100 and need a larger round. He then proceeds to share his tips on fundraising and give examples on how to build better relationships with investors while explaining how trust plays a big part of an M&A deal. Regarding exits they discuss the rise of private equity firms in the purchasing of tech busiensses and how those are different from traditional large acquirers like Google, Microsoft or Facebook.

During the podcast Hugh and Carlos also approach the state of enterprise software market especially regarding exit options. They then proceed speaking about the evolution of the European investor and tech scene during the last decade focusing in the IPO scene and how it is improving in Europe with IPOs like Auto Trader, Boohoo, Zalando and Rocket Internet. These have been impacting the entire European landscape including the German technology market fuelling it's incredibly fast growth - especially in Berlin all of which despite not having the tax brakes in the UK.

Finally they discuss the expansion strategies for UK based companies and Hugh shares his favourite book for young entrepreneurs so that they can evaluate if their idea is any good at an early stage.

Show notes from the episode: Carlos Website: http://www.carlosespinal.com Seedcamp: http://www.seedcamp.com GP Bullhound: http://www.gpbullhound.com/

Related bio links: Carlos: uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / @twitter.com/cee Hugh: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/hucampbell / https://twitter.com/hugh_gpb

Nic Brisbourne, Managing Partner at Forward Partners

In this new episode of the Seedcamp Podcast Nic Brisbourne, Managing Partner at Forward Partners joins Carlos Espinal.

Being passionate about both maths and sciences during his high-school years Nic ended up studying Social and Political Science at Cambridge for three years. His first job right out of university was in a traditional company where he worked as a consultant at Gemini Consulting. This first experience allowed him to have a unique view on the existing parallels between being a VC and being a consultant. After this first experience Nic moved on to the venture industry in 1999 living through four months of excitement before the bubble burst and experienced first-hand the hard-times that came right after. During his years at Reuters he learned a lot and had the privilege to look at exciting new areas like IoT and AI really early on when they were not as popular as they are today.

More recently Nic joined Forward Partners as a Managing Partner investing in ambitious startups. Nic also clarifies the types of businesses they are interested in investing in as well as how they are uniquely able to help their founders.

Finally, discover his views and insights on to the future with possible impacts of Brexit, what startups should focus on and the one book that he recommends to all founders.

Show notes from the episode: Carlos Website: http://www.carlosespinal.com Seedcamp: http://www.seedcamp.com Forward Partners: http://www.forwardpartners.com

Related bio links: Carlos: uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / @twitter.com/cee Alex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brisbourne / https://twitter.com/brisbourne

Chrys Chrysanthou, Principal at Notion Capital, on leadership, corporate venturing, & investing

In this episode of the Seedcamp Podcast learn about Corporate Development from a strategic buyer and aquihires with Chrys Chrysanthou from Notion Capital and Carlos Espinal.

Tune in and listen to Chrys share how going through the military and managing 70 persons helped him get a job at Cisco where he ended up staying for 10 years and learned how corporate ventures work. After his time at Cisco he had the opportunity to join a promising young startup in the space of the Internet of Things space and manage their operations as the COO. Later on Chrys ended up joining Amazon Web Services where had the privilege to work closely with Amazon CTO - Werner Vogels leading Business Development efforts of the startup ecosystem. And finally, in 2014 Chrys moved to the Venture Capital industry joining Accel Partners first and later moved on to join Notion Capital where he is now and focusing more on early stage B2B Cloud & SaaS startups.

http://www.seedcamp.com http://www.carlosespinal.com http://www.notioncapital.com https://twitter.com/cchrysan

Sitar Teli on investing in Product-Led companies and founders

In the latest podcast, Sitar of Connect Ventures talks to Carlos Espinal about the issue of growth in startups. They discuss the importance of Product focus and User Experience with the impact on virality.

After completing her studies at Duke University and a brief work experience in Investment Banking, Sitar decided to move into the early stages of Venture Capital. This lead to her to go against her initial plan and move to the UK to join the well known Doughty Hanson where she lead investments including Soundcloud. Along the way, Sitar got to meet her current partners at Connect ventures and soon enough discovered that they shared the same long term vision for the company which resulted in Sitar joining in as a Managing Partner.

With investments in both Citymapper and Typeform, Sitar shares her view on why product focus is such a key differentiator for Connect Ventures.

Related bio links: Carlos: uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / @twitter.com/cee Sitar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sitar / @twitter.com/sitar

Alex Stephany, Author and ex-CEO at JustPark

In today's episode, Carlos from Seedcamp is joined by Alex Stephany, Tech CEO, Advisor and Author of "The Business of Sharing: Making it in the New Sharing Economy". Tune in to listen to Alex on how he hustled his way through the tech scene from scratch, after studying english Literature, ending up to became the CEO of Justpark. Alex and Carlos move on to discuss key advice on hiring and exchange views on job titles for early employees, how to keep your team motivated and how to understand if you have made a bad hire.

If you're interested in Sharing Economy, this is the time to turn the volume up. Alex explains that the reason why he's written a book focused on this topic was to offer a 360 degree view coming from the entrepreneurs when compared with other books which have been primarily written by scholars or economists. Listen to a discussion on the professionalisation of the supply side, it's impact on the sharing economy and their visions about the future.

Show notes from the episode: Alex Website: http://alexstephany.com Seedcamp: http://seedcamp.com Book: amzn.to/1xA0Fq3

Related bio links: Carlos: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/carloseduardoespinal / @http://twitter.com/cee Alex: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/alexstephany / @http://twitter.com/AlexStephany