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Founder of Playfair Capital, Federico Pirzio-Biroli, on the future of investing in Africa

Seedcamp Partner Carlos Espinal had the chance to sit down with Playfair Capital founder, Federico Pirzio-Biroli, to discuss his background prior to starting Playfair and Co-Working space Warner Yard.

In this episode, Federico shares with us his passion for frontier markets, and his views on the opportunity to move the needle in those areas for the better, leveraging his experience in building Playfair and seeing the EU ecosystem develop over the years.

For more on Federico's latest move, check out the Business Insider piece covering his departure:

Harry Stebbings, Founder of the 20 Minute VC Podcast

Starting by scoring a first interview with Guy Kawasaki Harry Stebbings walks us through how he started his network from scratch and built his massive following for his 20 Minute VC podcast show.

In this podcast, Harry shares his story with Carlos giving unique insights on to some of the amazing marketing efforts that he has created to drive user growth and retain his audience all while highlighting the accomplishments of his interviewees. Discover how he uses channels like Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter to drive his audience to the show and how he discovered which channels best converted for him.

Jeff Veen, Design Partner at True Ventures, on How a Design Expert Views Investments

In the latest episode, Carlos was joined by Jeff Veen, Design Partner for True Ventures, a Venture Capital firm that focuses on supporting the earliest stage Founders and their teams. In the podcast, Jeff and Carlos discuss how a Partner with a design background views potential investment decisions, unearthing a lot of advice on design for startups in the process.

EIRs on Hypothesis & MVPs

In this episode, Carlos sat down with Seedcamp Experts in Residence, Keith Wallington (previously at Mimecast) and Taylor Wescoatt (previously eMoov, Timeout and eBay), to discuss product hypothesis and getting to minimum viable product. Both have played roles in scaling businesses and worked with many of Seedcamp's portfolio, recognising that a lot of companies have more validation for a service than is actually the case. As EIR's they work to ensure startups are testing their theories to validate their products in the right way.

In this podcast, the three discuss the topic "winners recognise their startup is a series of untested hypothesis" a quote from Steve Blank, author of The Startup Owners Manual.

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 ( 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.

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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 (, 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.