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

Sheila Marcelo, Founder of Care.com

In this episode of the Seedcamp Podcast, we were joined by Sheila Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman & CEO of Care.com.

Sheila joined Seedcamp on our US tour to meet with our Founders and talk about the personal life experiences and passion that led to her building Care.com, the world’s largest online care destination. She touches on everything from creating company culture and failing fast as a young Founder, to scaling the company and being coached as a CEO.

Hadley Harris, Founding General Partner, ENIAC Ventures

In this episode of the Seedcamp Podcast, we were joined by Hadley Harris, Founding General Partner of ENIAC Ventures.

Our conversation covers his career in mobile technology that lead to him building ENIAC Ventures in 2009, a mobile centric early-stage VC. Hadley provides insight into how the ENIAC team operate to provide the best support and expertise for their Founders, and the best way for entrepreneurs to work with investors when they don’t know the answer to a problem. He also discusses what ENIAC look for in potential B2B and consumer mobile investments.

Stephen Forte, Managing Partner at Fresco Capital

In this episode of the Seedcamp Podcast, we were joined by Managing Partner of Fresco Capital, Stephen Forte.

In our conversation we covered his move from Wall Street to becoming the “tech guy” to building his career in startups. Stephen provides some great advice for CTO’s in small companies on the skills they need to build as the business scales. He discusses how to develop an understanding of the non-technical sides of your business, how to hire and manage your first technical employees and the people skills you need in order to manage and delegate.

Liam Boogar, Founder of the Rude Baguette, France's Startup Blog

We had the chance to catch up with Silicon Valley born founder of Rude Baguette, France's Startup Blog, during his recent visit to London.

In this episode we covered the startup scene in France, the future of journalism, and how founders can best approach a journalist to increase their chances of being covered.

Fred Destin, Partner at Accel

In this episode of the Seedcamp Podcast, Dave Haynes is joined by Fred Destin, Partner at Accel to talk through the career path that led to him working at one of the world’s leading VC funds. Fred talks about the key differences he sees between the US and European venture ecosystems and his five years spent serving on the board of Seedcamp.

Fred Destin joined Accel in 2014 and focuses on consumer and software investments. He is the lead investor and board member at Deliveroo, Pillpack and KNC. Prior to Accel, he was a partner at Atlas Ventures where he worked with with companies like Zoopla (public), Secret Escapes, Dailymotion (acquired by Orange), PriceMinister (acquired by Rakuten) and others. Fred grew up in Belgium and graduated from the Solvay Business School (University of Brussels).

Matthew Bradley, Investor at Forward Partners

In this episode we were joined by Matthew Bradley, Investor at Forward Partners. Matthew discusses his background and his experience that led him to start his own business in Italy and to invest in early-stage companies by later joining Forward Partners. He explains how the Forward Partners business model differs from others, by supporting and backing solo Founders at the idea-stage, offering in-house product development and growth support to give them the greatest chances of success.

Matt is an investor at Forward Partners — a B2C eCommerce fund based in London that invests in and provides support to entrepreneurs at the idea and seed stage. He did an undergrad BA in Politics and International Relations. An atypical background for a VC, Matt worked in Trading, Structuring and Sales at Barclays Capital and Lloyds for 5 years developing a deep understanding of risk (and reward!) solutions. He did an MBA at SDA Bocconi and spent a couple of semesters at Duke Fuqua to do his finance concentrations. In this podcast we talk about his journey into VC and what’s keeping him busy at Forward Partners, including their new site: http://thepathforward.io/

Simon Murdoch, Founder of Episode 1

In this episode we were joined by Simon Murdoch, Founder of early stage European technology VC, Episode 1. Simon discusses his background and experience that led him to becoming an entrepreneur and later an investor at Episode1, what he brings to the companies he works with, and insights into what he looks for in founders.

Simon sold his first company BookPages to Amazon in 1998 after which he reported to Jeff Bezos as VP Europe of Amazon.com. In early 2000, Simon founded and ran Chase Episode 1, an early stage European technology VC fund backed by JP Morgan Chase. The fund made over 3x return after all fees and carry. Chase Episode 1 included investments in BetFair (IPO 2010) and ScanSafe (sold to Cisco 2009). After the fund Simon became a full-time angel investor. His angel portfolio includes/included investments in Shazam, Zoopla (IPO 2014), LoveFilm (sold to Amazon 2011), Shutl (sold to eBay 2013), and Natural Motion (sold to Zynga 2014). In addition, from 2010 to 2012, Simon worked at Octopus Ventures in portfolio development. Simon has a BA in Physics from Cambridge and a PhD in Computer Science and Expert Systems.

Dan Appelquist, The Open Data Institute

In this episode we were joined by Dan Appelquist, Startup ambassador at The Open Data Institute. After discussing his background, Dan talks about Internet of Things, Privacy, and Open Data, giving insights in to how companies should explore data in a new way.

Daniel Appelquist works with the Open Data Institute startup program and the Open Data Incubator for Europe to build bridges with the startup and entrepreneurial community across Europe. Dan is a Mobile and Web industry veteran technologist who has been bringing innovative and disruptive services to market for two decades. He was an early Internet and Web pioneer, and has been a dot-com CTO and later a dot-com refugee. He helped to launch Vodafone Live! in the UK and has been instrumental in the development of industry standards initiatives and ventures such as dotMobi, the W3C Mobile Web Initiative, and device APIs such as the W3C Geolocation browser API. He has been a community instigator, founding MobileMonday London, as well as the Mobile 2.0 conference series in San Francisco and the Over the Air hack days in the UK. He worked as Open Web Advocate for Telefónica Digital and with Mozilla to bring FirefoxOS to market and build the ecosystem around HTML5.

Rob Fitzpatrick, Founder of Founder Centric

In this episode we were joined by Rob Fitzpatrick, Founder of Founder Centric. Rob discusses his background, how he got involved in the startup ecosystem, and gives insights on customer research and product validation. Question not to miss: “Are you solving a big enough problem for which you offer a solution that customers would pay for?"

Rob is Founder of Founder Centric. He works with startup accelerators & support programs, designing & delivering educational curriculum for their founders. Prior to all that, Rob run tech startups for about 7 years, raised funding in the US and UK, is a YC alum, and built products used globally by brands like Sony and MTV. He taught at Oxford and UCL and designed startup education programs for a bunch of accelerators, as well as some outliers like the UN. He is author of The Mom Test, a handbook on how to learn from customers when everyone is lying to you.

Gabbi Cahane, Managing Partner at Meanwhile

In this episode we were joined by Gabbi Cahane, Managing Partner at Meanwhile. He discusses his background, his involvement in the creative industry, offering insights to founders on how to create, position and develop their brand starting from “the brief.”

Gabbi Cahane is Managing Partner at Meanwhile. He founded his first marketing firm aged 23 after stints as a hod carrier, a fork-lift driver, a club promoter and a creative at Hill & Knowlton. His experience of creating, positioning and developing the brands of individuals and organisations has covered almost every marketing and communications discipline in pretty much every sector and spanned most geographic regions. He is also the founder of Cahane & Associates, a strategy and advisory firm that works with investors, corporates, growth companies and start-ups to identify, build, position, develop, promote, grow, acquire and sell brands.