Petra and Lois sit down with Abi Mohamed, one of the busiest ladies in the business. She wears so many hats - founder, scout, developer, programme manager - it's a miracle she found the time to chat! They discuss Abi's role at TechNation, her experience of angel investing and scouting for VC funds, and some of the reasons women are still less likely to pursue a career as a developer.
Abi's on Twitter @abii_mohamed
Community Growth Ventures
This week we’re joined by Sarah Nöckel, the founder of Femstreet and investor at Dawn Capital! We find out more about what goes on behind the scenes at one of Europe’s largest VC funds focusing on investments into B2B software and fintech, how to carve out a niche for yourself in the industry and discuss the classic question: what’s harder- being a VC or a founder? PS. Check out Femstreet here: https://www.femstreet.com/
What does it take to work at Seedcamp - one of the most influential early stage funds? Kyran Schmidt fills us in: on how he went from intern to associate, the foremost qualities Seedcamp looks for in founders, and current areas of interest for the fund.
In this episode Lois and Francesca chat to Hasan Sukkar about his work in venture capital and entrepreneurship. From dorm room founder to assessing space tech at Seraphim Capital, then interning through one of London's most talked about programmes, Included VC - Hasan's been around the block! He's now settling into the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and sharing what he's learned from working on both sides of the fence.
It's Christmas Eve and we have a special episode for you today! The holidays are a great time to unplug and catch up on your reading, so we've recorded an episode talking about literary works that have inspired us as well as what we're reading at the moment. Happy Holidays, we'll see you in 2020!
Petra and Francesca spend some time with Dele Akinyemi on this episode; Dele is an Associate for MMC Ventures, a fund investing in early stage UK start-ups. From East London to Indonesia, Dele has quite literally crossed the globe in his career so far and lets us in on how all the different pieces – medicine, consulting, start-up operations - fit together.
On this episode, Petra and Francesca sit down with Freddie Evans, Associate at Augmentum Fintech. Freddie explains how Augmentum’s unique public structure sets them apart in the venture landscape and how it benefits entrepreneurs; he also delves into characteristics he thinks make a great investor, explains what the first day in VC is really like and what habits he had to unlearn while transitioning into venture from consulting.
Lois and Francesca chat with Eva Rez, Senior Investment Manager at Sky Ventures. They discuss how corporate venture differs from institutional VC (Eva has experience of both!) and delve into some of the partnerships she's facilitated at Sky. Eva also talks about her route into the investment industry, and how she studied venture capital in San Francisco.
Lois and Francesca chat to Emma Steele, Investment Manager at Fair by Design. They discuss Emma's career trajectory, the remit of the Fair by Design Fund, and how impact investing works.
Fair By Design
Francesca and Lois are joined by Andy Davis, Venture Partner at Backstage Capital. They discuss the companies he's founded, how he advises the next generation of entrepreneurs, his favourite movie star and the importance of product validation.
Francesca, Lois and Petra introduce their new podcast and discuss how they're aiming to broaden access to venture capital. Get involved in the community on Twitter (@associated_pod), Instagram (@associated_podcast) and via email (email@example.com)!
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