This Much I Know is the popular podcast from Seedcamp, Europe’s seed fund

Seedcamp Dives into Artificial Intelligence with Reinfer & IBM Watson

In the ‘Seedcamp Podcast Series’ we talk with key people in the tech startup industry to hear their stories, key advice and learnings from their experiences.

In this episode, Dr. Edward Challis Founder and CEO of Seedcamp-backed Re:Infer (https://reinfer.io/) and Christoph Auer-Welsbach, IBM Watson Partner Innovation, joined Carlos to discuss Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and whether or not we will have to worry about humanity’s fate in the future.

With their experienced backgrounds, we covered the state of artificial intelligence today, some of the plausible uses and evolution of AI in the near term, and dispelling some of the myths around what is AI and what it can and can’t do.

Related Bio Links - https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardchallis https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophauerwelsbach/en

Julian Teicke, Founder and CEO of FinanceFox, on Building Great User Experiences in Insurance

In this episode, Julian Teicke, Founder and CEO of Seedcamp-backed FinanceFox joined Carlos to discuss Julian's background as a serial Founder and what his ambition is, which is to fix the whole user experience within Insurance.

Julian's starting with building relationships with brokers and slowly moving up the value chain as other elements of the value chain catch up in their innovation as well. The two talk about how startups can work with organizations that are a bit stagnant, but that understand the old world economy. They move on to discuss what a sci-fi insurance future might look like as well.

Alistair Shepherd of Saberr on Hiring, Firing, and Building the Perfect Team

In this episode, Carlos was joined by Alistair Shepherd, Founder of Saberr (http://www.saberr.com/), a Seedcamp portfolio company. Saberr, is a people analytics company that helps organisations make better decisions about their people. The marketing industry was transformed when it started using data to drive decision-making and Saberr believe people functions are at the same inflection point.

In his chat with Carlos, Alistair talks about the reasons startups can succeed and fail, and how important it is to build a team that works well together. Using a shared value set and making sure the team is 'even', ensuring that you can map out the performance of a team with each new hire, in advance. The two discuss what builds good working relationships, and how to define and manage diversity and culture in the team.

Seedcamp Dives into the Future of Insurance

In this episode, Carlos was joined by Ernesto Suarez, CEO of Halo Insurance Services, and Nikolaus Sühr, CEO and Co-Founder of Seedcamp's own KASKO, to discuss the future of insurance tech. The insurance market, like the financial and property markets, is poised for startups to shake up the status quo - and they already are! In this conversation, the three discuss what is happening in the space, the key players emerging across the sector and what we can expect to see in the coming years.

Retail Week: Ben Farren, Founder of Spoke

In this second episode, Carlos and Tom from the Seedcamp team were joined by Seedcamp portfolio company, Spoke. Founder Ben Farren joined them to tell us about the story behind Spoke and the origins of building a UK men's brand from scratch.

Spoke is an e-commerce model to give men exactly what they're looking for: properly made clothes that really fit, without the luxury markup. Its clothes are cut in more sizes, from the very best fabric and trim - then sold direct to the consumer, at a sane price.

Prior to Founding Spoke in 2012 (and in 2011 with Spoke V1 - Ben is a great example of showing how to pivot!) he founded and launched Splash, West Africa's first Mobile Payments Platform, still one of just three on the continent to reach profitability.

Retail Week: Julian Wilson, Co-Founder & CEO, Khunu

This week we're sharing a short series for anyone who's ever wanted the inspiration, knowledge and insight into what it's like to build a retail business online.

In this first episode, Carlos was joined by Julian Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of Khunu, earlier this year to hear his story. Julian shares his experience in building a retail business in a fast-paced environment, with no prior experience. From the initial concept to finding product-market fit, and finding the talent to scale and the future of the business, you can find it all in this episode.

Jonathan Moules, Financial Times

In this episode, Carlos was joined by Jonathan Moules, a long-standing journalist for the Financial Times. Jonathan imparts his wisdom having worked with entrepreneurs for over the last decade to deliver the best stories for the FT. He has worked through the first dot-com boom and switched focus in 2005 to focus fully on Founders. Jonathan provides great advice on how to tell the human element of a story, how best to create and build a relationship with a journalist, how to spot bad PR's and what stories work best for him.

Seedcamp Dives into Bitcoin & Blockchain

In this episode, Carlos was joined by Dr. James Smith and Jonathan Heusser, for a look into Bitcoin - what it is, what it means for the industry and how the startups developing within this new space. If you want to get to grips with Bitcoin and the future of payments, this podcast is the best place to start.

James Smith is CEO and Co-Founder of Seedcamp-backed startup, Elliptic. The company identifies illicit activity on the Bitcoin blockchain and provides services to the leading bitcoin companies and law enforcement agencies, globally. The team recently announced a $5M series A round to keep building out its blockchain forensics tool.

Jonathan Heusser is Founder of Queueco, a market maker for digital currencies. They develop a scalable, automated trading platform and deploy it globally to trade on all major digital currency exchanges. Their strategies rely on the latest statistical and machine learning techniques and support the digital ecosystem by adding much-needed liquidity.

Stefan Klestil, Partner, Speedinvest

Stefan Klestil, Partner at Speedinvest, joins Carlos for our latest podcast. Alongside Seedcamp, Speedinvest invested in Holvi (acquired by BBVA) and in Curve, the fintech startup that consolidates all your payment cards into one. In this episode, Stefan and Carlos talk through his career, investments in the FinTech space and how investors can best support their founders. Stefan also gives an insight into what Speedinvest looks for in startups and which geographies are of key interest for new startups working in the FinTech space.

Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, General Partner, Balderton Capital

In this episode, Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, General Partner for leading VC Balderton Capital, joins Carlos to talk through his career working at giants such as Uber and Dropbox, and other players in the mobile landscape. The two discuss his first-hand experience of being acquired and his work in teams that very quickly scaled to include hundreds of employees. Carlos and Lars also look at the three key elements that have built global successes Dropbox, Whatsapp and Uber; the team, simplicity of product and monetization strategy.