By Associated Podcast
Broadening access to venture capital, one conversation at a time - from advice about careers to getting your business funded, we’re putting it all out there.
Each week we bring you a conversation with one of our friends in the investment industry: associates, interns and a whole host of others.
Hosted by: Francesca Baillieu, Tunde Adekeye and Danielle Bennett
Contact us at: email@example.com
Each week we bring you a conversation with one of our friends in the investment industry: associates, interns and a whole host of others.
Hosted by: Francesca Baillieu, Tunde Adekeye and Danielle Bennett
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The US Capital Influx: What Does US Money Mean For European Founders?
In this final episode of Season 7, we discuss the benefits and challenges the influx of US capital for the leaders that are the crux of the European tech ecosystem - the Founders. Our guests consisting of some of the best and brightest investors and entrepreneurs give brilliant insights into how founders can navigate what is still a complex journey in deciding what kind of business to build, where geographically they should base themselves, and what would be their ideal investor profile to work with developing and growing their idea. A huge thanks to our guests Deniz Kent (Prolific Machines Inc.), Zoe Chambers (Frontline), Paul Murphy (Lightspeed Venture Partners), Jan Miczaika (HV Capital), Briehan Burke (Keen Venture Partners), Harry Briggs (OMERS Ventures), Anna Ottosson (Trellis Road), Judith Dada (La Famiglia ), Hussein Kanji (Hoxton Ventures), Christian Reber (Pitch) and James Wise (Balderton Capital) for joining us on this brilliant journey in navigating what is a hugely exciting yet intimidating topic and of course to our wonderful listeners - we hope you enjoyed this season as much as we did. Until next time! Francesca, Tunde and Danielle x
September 13, 2022
The US Capital Influx: Does Europe's Structure Mean It Can't Be Tamed?
For American VC funds looking to get a slice of the European pie, things are easier said than done. From covering 20+ distinct markets to cultural differences, Europe poses newcomers with a unique set of challenges. This episode unpacks these issues and explores how American funds are adapting for this new market
August 30, 2022
The US Capital Influx: Does Europe Have All The Talent It Needs?
The ‘standard’ US partner profile is hard to find in Europe, so US funds have found it difficult to hire, BUT what if you create your own standard for hiring? Hiring internally, hiring operators and making speculative bets on younger talent are all ways to circumvent this talent conundrum. So with all of these options at a fund's disposal we ask ourselves, " Does Europe Have All The Talent It Needs?" Guests include: Judith Dada - LaFamiglia James Wise - Balderton Capital Jan Miczaika - HV Capital Briehan Burke - Keen Venture Partners Harry Briggs - OMERS Ventures Paul Murphy - Lightspeed Venture Partners Zoe Chambers - Frontline Ventures Christian Reber - CEO of Pitch Anna Ottoson - Trellis Road Hussein Kanji - Hoxton Ventures
August 16, 2022
The US Capital Influx: Is the VC Turf War Fake News?
Does Coatue and Sequoia entering Europe mean trouble for local funds? Last episode we looked at US driven competition in EU VC. This week our guests explain why it isn't all doom and gloom. From party rounds to finding niches, we ask 'Is the VC Turf War Fake News?' Guests include: Judith Dada - LaFamiglia James Wise - Balderton Capital Jan Miczaika - HV Capital Briehan Burke - Keen Venture Partners Harry Briggs - OMERS Ventures Paul Murphy - Lightspeed Venture Partners Zoe Chambers - Frontline Ventures
August 02, 2022
Does This Mean A European Turf Battle?
Style, media coverage, valuations - those are things we all could guess would be areas of competition between local VCs and incoming US firms, but what about talent spotting and fund structure optimization? In the third episode of Associated’s miniseries, “Does This Mean A European Turf Battle?” we tackle in what ways we are competing alongside ways we refuse to compete. Note - the quote in the conclusion is from Henry Kaiser. Twitter: @Associated_pod Email: associated. email@example.com
July 19, 2022
The Influx of US Capital: Why Now?
In 2021, 28% of all Venture Capital investments in Europe had at least one US fund on their cap table, to put that number into perspective, it was 16% in 2017. In this second episode, co-host Francesca Baillieu discusses the key question "Why now are we seeing the influx of US funds entering Europe?" with some of the most knowledgeable investors in Europe. There are many factors as to why this influx has happened, some could be perceived as "pull" mechanisms towards the European tech ecosystem and others as "pushes" away from long standing hubs such as Silicon Valley. To find out more, listen to this episode as Francesca unravels the causations and correlations behind this surge of US capital entering Europe. This episode features the following guests: Harry Briggs (OMERS) Paul Murphy (Lightspeed) James Wise (Balderton) Hussein Kanji (Hoxton) Briehan Burke (Keen) Jan Miczaika (HV) Zoe Chambers (Frontline) Anna Ottosson (Trellis Road) Judith Dada (La Famiglia)
July 05, 2022
The US Capital Influx: How Did European Tech Get So Hot?
In Episode 1 of our new series on the influx of US Venture Capital into the European tech ecosystem, we cover how and why European tech has gone from a 'backwater' into one of the most vibrant venture ecosystems globally. This episode features the following guests: Harry Briggs (OMERS) Paul Murphy (Lightspeed) James Wise (Balderton) Hussein Kanji (Hoxton) Briehan Burke (Keen) Jan Miczaika (HV) Zoe Chambers (Frontline) Christian Reber (Pitch) Deniz Kent (Prolific Machines)
June 21, 2022
Sebastian Johansson at byFounders
And to close off Season 6 of Associated podcast, we have the brilliant Sebastian Johansson from byFounders. In this episode we discuss the importance of building your network and how it is linked to the psychology of investing as well as what it’s like to spearhead a new office in one of the most competitive tech ecosystems in Europe. Also, hot off the press: ByFounders are currently hiring so tune in to learn about what skills they are looking for their new team member!
November 09, 2021
Emilie Hannezo at InMotion Ventures
What do electric vehicles and sustainable skincare have in common? Well, this week’s guest is something of an expert in both! Emilie talks to us about how she ended up in Jaguar Land Rover’s corporate venture capital arm, and the things she’s most excited about in the mobility industry today. InMotion are hiring a visiting analyst at the moment so if you’re interested hit up Emilie via LinkedIn. Job Posting Emilie's LinkedIn
November 02, 2021
Mike McGraw and Gabriele Papievyte at Inovia Capital
In this episode we focus on mentorship; it's described as "in the DNA" of Inovia! We hear what Mike has learned from being mentored by Patrick Pichette, Inovia GP, Chairman of Twitter, and ex-CFO of Google, and about how he's paid it forward by supporting newer starters including Gabriele Paievyte, who joins us too! Michael McGraw's LinkedIn Gabriele Papievyte's LinkedIn
October 26, 2021
Rodney Appiah at Cornerstone Partners
In this episode Rodney unpacks journey in VC and Growth Equity including his start in investment banking pre the financial crisis, building BGF (the UK government's Private Equity fund), and becoming a Partner at the Foresight Group and building their minority investment business. We also discuss the trials and tribulations of starting Cornerstone, his own fund focused on diverse founders, why he doesn't believe in the pipeline problem, and the returns opportunity they see in investing in these underserved teams.
October 19, 2021
Fred Ursell at Pembroke
In this episode we find out the difference between a VC and VCT as Fred gives us an insight into the consumer-focused VCT fund, Pembroke. Their recent investments in Dropless car-washing and Coat paint exemplify the requisite passion for huge consumer markets, ripe for disruption! We also find out about how Fred may have been on a different path if the plumbing market had been stronger in 2008.
October 12, 2021
Susan Lin at Felix Capital
Susan Lin started meeting angel investors aged ten. No, she wasn’t a child entrepreneur - she was the child of entrepreneurs! From these unconventional beginnings, Susan shares the motivations, decisions and international moves that led to her being made Partner at Felix Capital this year. She also speaks candidly about the thought process and guidance she had around starting a family, and about what she’s looking for in deals now she’s back in the saddle! https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanravelin/ https://www.felixcap.com/susanlin
October 05, 2021
Rakesh Narayana at Reckitt Capital
Rakesh Narayana heads up the venture fund for the corporate behind huge household brands like Dettol, Durex and Finish - no mean feat! In this episode Rakesh opens up about the fund's goals, what his team looks for in prospective partners and how Reckitt supports portfolio companies. Ever wondered what the benefits of corporate venture capital are? Rakesh talks us through what Reckitt offers and lets us in on what they look for in new applicants (sneak peak: an equal passion for sustainability and numbers)! Rakesh's LinkedIn
September 28, 2021
Henrik Wetter Sanchez and Jeevan Sunner at Playfair Capital
S6E3! We're excited to welcome the duo Henrik and Jeevan from Playfair Capital. In this episode, we get an insight into both their career journey's into VC (hint: they are both finance escapees but they have amazing side hustles)! We learn more about Playfair Capital's history, an ethos of having an open-door policy, and how angel investing has always been a part of their DNA, and of course, they let us know what they look for in founders! We get to learn more about their strategies in pre-actively increasing access to venture through targeted programs like their well-known Female Founder Office Hours. Henrik dives into processes how they leveraged no-code to streamline operations and optimized inbound applications to get back to founders within two weeks! This one episode is full of insights and great tactical takeaways. Make sure to listen in!
September 21, 2021
Madison McIlwain at Defy VC
We’re thrilled to have Madison McIlwain joining us this week to discuss her role at Defy VC, including her recent promotion to Partner! We discuss how Madison honed in on her niche of consumer and technology product, focusing on time spent at Gap and the podcast she recently launched, The Room. By Madison’s own admission, she could hold a conversation with a brick wall - and let us tell you, this is an episode brimming with energy and passion! Defy VC The Room Podcast Madison's LinkedIn
September 14, 2021
Megan Reynolds at Crane Venture Partners
We're back with Season 6! We're super excited to welcome the marvelous Megan Reynolds at Crane Venture Partners! We talk about: - Her journey from studying Classics to venturing into Hong Kong and what made her look into VC. - Her early experience at Entrepreneur First and building a strong thesis on deep tech founders building in Europe and matching her thesis to Crane Ventures. - Learn about how Crane views the world: "Every Company is Becoming a Software Company" and their investment thesis and what it all means! - Her top tips on building and writing a thesis for a venture fund And much more! Make sure not to miss this one!
September 07, 2021
VC Interviews 101: The Question Game
Part 4 of 4 on everything we've learned from interviewing for Venture Capital positions at top funds! In this episode Francesca Baillieu and Tunde Adekeye talk about how to dazzle your interviewer with piercing, insightful questions! They share the 'go to' questions they developed throughout their interview processes, and talk about why they're so effective. Whether you're looking to impress an interviewer with your knowledge or salvage an interview gone wrong, don't miss this ep!
July 20, 2021
VC Interviews 101: Personal Questions (Why Pick You)
Part 3 of 4 of our mini-series unpacking everything we've learned from interviewing for top VC Funds! In this episode, Francesca Baillieu and Tunde Adekeye discuss how to answer personal questions in VC Interviews, what qualities venture funds are looking for in you and how to build your own narrative. They discuss how to answer questions like: Why do you think you would be a good investor? How would you approach disagreement in the investment committee? What do you want to accomplish in X year's time? While providing the behind-the-scenes insight into the motivations of why VCs ask these questions. With the hundreds of qualified candidates for each venture role, acing these personal questions and making sure you stand out from the horde is key. There definitely isn't space to dial it in. We made this episode to help you do just that. We hope you enjoy the episode!
July 13, 2021
VC Interviews 101: Case Studies Unpacked
Part 2 of 4 on everything we've learned from interviewing for Venture Capital positions at top funds! In this episode Francesca Baillieu and Tunde Adekeye discuss the case studies and technical questions that often come up in the middle of the interview process. There are few resources that let candidates know what to expect, and even fewer unpacking what the interviewers are looking for - this episode looks to address that! We cover as much as we can, including the criteria VC funds use to assess companies, common metrics and industry benchmarks, and how to make a case for a founder. Resources from this episode: Point Nine - Triple 2x Double 3x Point Nine - What does it take to raise capital, in SaaS, in 2019? Tunde's blog and Case Study examples
July 06, 2021
VC Interviews 101: Why this fund?
4 Part Miniseries We're sharing everything we've learned from interviewing for Venture Capital positions at top funds! In this episode Francesca Baillieu, with very special co-host Tunde Adekeye, discuss the questions VCs ask to check candidates understand how the industry works as well as their appetite to work at their firm. Check out Tunde's blog for further insights and stayed tuned for the second episode next week. 🚀🚀🚀
June 29, 2021
Raees Chowdhury at Revolt Ventures
💎 BONUS 💎 with Raees Chowdhury, Investor at Revolt Ventures and recent Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree! From fashion, through health and to real estate, Raees’s passion for finance really underpins his whole career, and is evident in discussing the unique ‘PropCo’ structure Revolt are developing to drive value in portfolio companies. Raees's journey spans both entrepreneurship (twice!) and consulting so he's well placed to offer general guidance on breaking into VC, as well as specific advice for those wanting to be Revolt's next hire! Raees's LinkedIn Revolt Ventures
May 04, 2021
Magnus Grimeland and Ollie Purdue at Antler
We're learning all about Antler's hands-on approach to very early stage investing - in conversation with Magnus, the founder and CEO, and Ollie, who joined Antler as a Partner having previously founded a challenger bank for young people. Antler's unique, cohort-led approach to talent investing means the team spends a huge amount of time coaching founding teams they take on. In this episode Magnus and Ollie discuss the key things they look for in founders (Grit!) and how they leverage their own business-building experience. Antler Magnus's LinkedIn Ollie's LinkedIn
April 27, 2021
Sacha Haider at Global Ventures
This week we escape to warmer climes (virtually) as Francesca and Petra speak to Sacha Haider at Global Ventures in Dubai. With 5 years of experience across various emerging markets under her belt, Sacha takes us through her journey from media to private equity to venture capital. We talk about her geographic focus on the Middle East and Africa, what progression means in a venture capital fund, and how she turned an informal coffee into a job offer. Sacha's LinkedIn Global Ventures
April 20, 2021
Todd Grover at World Innovation Lab
This week we're joined by Todd Grover, an investor at World Innovation Lab (WIL) to talk all about his unique role spanning the US and Japan. We discuss strategic LP bases, international expansion to Japan and the metrics that get WIL excited. Todd also gives a super helpful, detailed breakdown of the most common ways he's seen early stage businesses achieve impressive metrics - we'll give you a teaser: they include network effects, moats and innovation. Todd's LinkedIn World Innovation Lab
April 13, 2021
Elena Mazhuha at Genesis Investments
Lois and Francesca are joined by Elena Mazhuha at Genesis Investments. In this conversation we discuss: Genesis Investments’ origins, fund structure and their investment thesis. How Elena’s journey into VC started from attending lecture and then finding her next job through a FB post. Her experience of what it was like being a first employee at a VC fund and how her role evolved. Her experience of transitioning from a generalist to a specialist within her role and doubling down on your strengths. The importance of an alumni network and how to network with someone purposefully? And much more! Genesis Investments Elena's LinkedIn.
April 06, 2021
Miao He at Luminous Ventures
Miao He is an Investment Associate at Luminous Ventures, having arrived at deep tech via a PhD in Molecular Biology and a stint as a Bioinformatics Scientist and an MBA. She talks to Petra and Lois about now investing in life sciences, healthcare and emerging technology as they discuss parallels between VC and academic work inspired by analysing data with computational methods. Miao's LinkedIn Luminous Ventures
March 30, 2021
Pauliina Martikainen at Maki.vc
On this week's episode, Francesca and Petra speak to Pauliina Martikainen, Investment Director at Maki. From her start in PR to launching her own pre-seed fund, to joining Maki VC, Pauliina takes us through her journey and what she's learned with her along the way to make her the investor she is now. Plus, we discuss Maki VC's incredible internship programme, Pauliina's go-to productivity tool, and what she would call her own fund if she were to re-launch one again one day!
March 23, 2021
Mark Shepherd at Beringea
What are the benefits of starting out at a generalist fund? What happens when you meet your colleagues for the first time in fancy dress? How does a MasterChef contestant becomes an investor? We find out when Petra and Lois sit down with Mark Shepherd at Beringea. We discuss all of these questions, plus how Mark got into VC, what his 2 top tips are for landing a job (for all the prospective investors listening!), and what he's currently looking out for (for all the founders out there!)
March 16, 2021
Mark Pearson and Oli Hammond at Fuel Ventures
We are excited to introduce our second episode of Season 5 with the incredible duo: Mark Pearson and Oli Hammond from Fuel Ventures. In this episode we discuss: - Mark and Oli's unique journey's into VC. You'll be surprised to hear their stories! Definitely don't want to miss this one! - Their thoughts on their current Investment landscape during COVID19 and Oli not shaking hands with a founder in a long while! - Why Mark started Fuel Ventures and the importance of enjoying the journey. - Key traits Mark looks for people wanting to join the Fuel's Deal team and the importance of being unconventional. - Fuel's unique LP Structure, ways of working as a small team and their investment thesis focused on product-founders. - Their top tips on how to optimise time with first pitch meetings and how relationship building is changing with founders through Zoom. And much more. We had a great time recording this episode. Enjoy! Best way to reach the team is through Fuel Ventures' Website. Mark's LinkedIn Oli's LinkedIn
March 09, 2021
Beata Klein at Creandum
We're kicking off Season 5 with a bang! We're super excited to come back from our little hiatus to speak to the marvellous Beata Klein at Creandum! We talk all about her starting a company in Asia, why she chose to join Creandum, what her first year in venture was like and how she stays productive day-to-day. As the first investors in Spotify, Creandum know a thing or two about spotting potential! Beata gives us the low-down on how the team look at product over team, and always think about what needs to be true for an early stage company to be huge!
March 02, 2021
Finn Murphy at Frontline Ventures, Annalise Dragic at Sapphire Ventures, Kamil Mieczakowski at Notion Capital
We're ending the year- and what a year it has been!- with a bang and a bonus episode. Lois and Petra are joined by a wonderful trio this week; Finn, Annalise and Kamil from Frontline Ventures, Sapphire Ventures and Notion Capital respectively chat through everything from how to progress through the VC ranks to finding your superpower as an investor and beyond. This group doesn't hold back- you definitely don't want to miss this episode! Finn's Twitter Annalise's LinkedIn Kam's LinkedIn
December 22, 2020
Hector Mason at Episode 1
This week, Hector Mason at Episode 1 sits down with Francesca and Petra- we chat about E1's strong content strategy, what boxes he needs to tick before presenting the company to the partnership and how he goes about finding the best start-ups in the market. We also discuss "The Seed Stage", the inspiration behind starting this initiative and how its win-win structure benefits the founder but also investors.
December 15, 2020
Esha Vatsa at Pilabs
We're joined by Esha Vatsa, an investor at Pi Labs - the early stage PropTech fund with a corresponding accelerator. Lois and Petra find out how Esha's early career in accountancy and transaction services inspired her moves into the VC industry, and from Delhi to London! We discuss the growing importance of ESG in investing, and how Esha sees its impact in the PropTech space (ESG = Environmental, Social and Governance factors to evaluate companies and countries on how far advanced they are with sustainability). PiLabs Esha's LinkedIn
December 08, 2020
Crystal Huang and Jai Sajnani at NEA
This week we hop across the pond and speak to Crystal and Jai at New Enterprise Associates- where both are Principals. We find out about how each approached applying for their current role and how they formulate their investment thesis now as investors at what once was the largest VC firm in the world. They tell us what impresses them in applicants and give very specific advice on candidates who are applying for investing roles- so don't miss out!
December 01, 2020
Daisy Onubogu at Backed VC
This week Petra and Lois sit down with Daisy Onubogu at Backed VC, where she leads Network and Communities. We unpack exactly what that role entails and how it sets Backed apart as a fund. Among her recounting her journey through studying law to working at Web Summit to ending up in venture, Daisy tells us about the importance of community building and relationship management for the benefit of founders and investors. We also get very candid on the ups and downs of the last few months, dealing with mental health problems and how almost always being online now has affected her.
November 24, 2020
Hannah Redgewell at Channel 4 Ventures
Lois and Francesca are joined by Hannah Redgewell, Investment Manager at Channel 4 Ventures. They get straight into Channel 4's unique model of exchanging TV advertising for equity in companies, and discuss the incredible reach TV coverage still has. Hannah candidly shares the details of her journey into VC and explains how her time as a Strategy Consultant shaped her passion for media and consumer offerings. Hannah's LinkedIn Channel 4 Ventures Channel 4's Portfolio
November 17, 2020
Rodrigo Mendoza-Smith at Quine
This week, our guest Rodrigo Mendoza-Smith joins us from Mexico City to chat about his unique journey as a mathematician in VC to founding his own company, Quine. He explains how he uses his unique skillset in the world of venture and how investors leverage using data to benefit the fund and their portfolio. Are you a data scientist looking to get into VC? Rodrigo talks about that as well!...So- tune in!
November 10, 2020
Jessica Li at Zageno & Elpha
We're delighted to be joined by Jessica Li in this episode of Associated. For a change of pace, in this episode, Lois and Julia get into the details of how Jessica entered the VC scene at a pretty young age, then moved to an operational role at Zageno as a Growth Marketer. We discuss how to position yourself so that you are seen and heard by the VC community, and discuss Jessica's role as Head of Content at Elpha. Particularly if you're a student interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital, this is not an episode you want to miss! Jessica's LinkedIn ZAGENO Elpha
November 03, 2020
Sam Cash at Project A
We're so excited to kick off Season 4 with the inimitable Sam Cash, Principal at Project A Ventures. Francesca and Lois dive straight in to find out about Project A's unique differentiator of providing operational support to its portfolio companies, and to learn how Sam's setting up the organisation's presence in London. They discuss his route into VC via a thrilling tenure at betaworks, and how his experiences inform his approach to recruitment. Sam's LinkedIn Project A
October 27, 2020
Matt Penneycard at Ada Ventures
💎BONUS 💎 In this very special episode of Associated we do the unthinkable - we interview a Partner! Matt Penneycard is one of two Founding Partners at Ada Ventures, the fund investing in overlooked founders and markets. Matt's refreshing candour paves the way for a landmark episode of Associated in which we showcase the classic route into VC from the perspective of someone who went on to raise a fund based on the principle of investing in people and ideas from more unexpected places. To explore what career paths might look like for the more diverse cohort of junior VCs on the scene today, we discuss how Matt hired an Associate who went on to be the other Founding Partner of Ada Ventures, how they raised their fund, and tips for people looking to do the same. Matt's LinkedIn Ada Ventures
September 15, 2020
Shaun Hon at Rainmaking
Ready for a new take on the VC space? Join us this week, as we interview Shaun Hon, Director of Rainmaking Transport, Southeast Asia’s first corporate venture builder for the maritime industry. He delves into his background as an engineer and how that brought him to the VC industry and eventually the venture building space. In this episode, you’ll get a chance to learn about what venture building is, as well as corporate innovation, and how it could be an interesting alternative for those wanting to enter venture capital. Other discussion topics include the startup ecosystem in Asia and advice for anyone currently looking to enter venture capital or venture building.
September 08, 2020
Shinaz Navas at Emerge Education
This week we're joined by Shinaz Navas, Associate at Emerge Education. During our interview we learned more about Shinaz's experience founding his own EdTech startup and how he's implementing that experience and knowledge into investing in innovative new technologies in the education space. Education goes past K-12 and with COVID19, the need for new solutions becomes more urgent. He also delves into advice about how to position yourself based on transferable skills as a founder as well as how to differentiate yourself from other candidates when job searching or working in a new environment. This episode is truly a wealth of information for anyone interested in breaking into VC, learning more about EdTech, or in general how to set yourself apart from competition.
September 01, 2020
Yvonne Bajela at Impact X
This week we’re delighted to be joined by Yvonne Bajela, Principal at Impact X Capital. We hear about how Yvonne put her own spin on a relatively ‘traditional’ career path through investment banking and strategy consulting to corporate venture capital. By putting her skills to use in Ghana and Japan, Yvonne acquired a unique wealth of experience on both side of the investment table. Now she invests in underrepresented founders with Impact X!
August 25, 2020
Gunita Bhasin and Magda Posluszny at Speedinvest
This week we have another double dose on Associated- this time, courtesy of Speedinvest! Francesca and Petra chat to Gunita and Magda who are both investors at the fund- exploring their different journeys into venture capital, the unique platform value-add Speedinvest provides to its founders- and of course, what they're currently excited about and how they contextualise the start-ups they screen in the bigger picture of fund dynamics.
August 18, 2020
Jacob Claerhout at Partech
This week we're excited to be joined by Jacob Claerhout, Associate at Partech and founder of Merit, the 'Codeacademy for VCs'! Like us, Jacob feels strongly about broadening access to venture capital which is why he started Merit; to give anyone the opportunity to earn their stripes assessing early stage companies. We discuss how building something gives you a renewed respect for all founders, and how it's taking Jacob back to his background in engineering! Finally, as someone who's thought a lot about recruitment in VC, he shares his top tips for interviewing. Jacob's LinkedIn Merit
August 11, 2020
Paul Lehair at AlbionVC
Paul Lehair, Investment Manager at AlbionVC, joins us this week to share his brilliant story - not only did he have the pleasure of meeting Petra back when they both worked at Viagogo, but he was also one of the first business hires at Citymapper! We discuss how Paul went from studying Politics & Economics across three countries, to an M&A role at Citi, before he moved over to startups. Find out how his experience across these varied companies informs his approach to investing in B2B software companies for Albion. Paul's LinkedIn AlbionVC
August 04, 2020
Kate Seledets and Jessica Tan at 500 Startups
We're joined by Kate and Jessica, Associates in the Investment Team at 500 Startups who took pretty different paths to get there! We talk about how each of them is motivated by getting hands-on to support companies' growth, and what makes the fund's platform model special. Kate's LinkedIn Jess's LinkedIn 500 Startups
July 28, 2020
Magda Lukaszewicz at Balderton
What do politics and VC have in common? We find out this week as Francesca and Petra sit down with Magda Lukaszewicz at Balderton (fun fact: she was one of the youngest politicians in Sweden ever)! Magda takes us on her journey from politician to start-ups, investment banking to venture capital. She talks about what she's seen and learned along the way and explains why keeping an open mind is so important in an investing role.
July 21, 2020
Kathy Gromotka and Michael Tefula at Downing Ventures
In a first for Associated, we're joined by two guests this week! Kathy and Michael are both Principals at Downing Ventures where, although they tend to look at different types of companies, they work together closely. We talk about the benefits of friendship in working relationships - how real trust enables respectful challenge and leads to more comprehensive deal assessment. Kathy and Michael also discuss how they found the learning curve in VC, the journey from Associate to Principal, and they share tips on preparing for that VC interview! Kathy's LinkedIn Michael's LinkedIn Downing Ventures
July 14, 2020
Will Bricker at Hustle Fund
We're absolutely thrilled to be joined by Will Bricker, Associate at Hustle Fund, to kick off our third season of Associated! Happily, the concept of "hustle" really permeates the episode; from the way we got Will onto the podcast (an opportune Twitter exchange about how Associates can enable more efficient investments) to the way Will worked himself into his role (a masterclass in negotiating a shot by offering relevant value). We also discuss Will's work on venture systemisation; the theories behind it, biggest challenges, and ways to make the venture processes more efficient and scalable. Will's LinkedIn Hustle Fund
July 07, 2020
Reflecting on Two Seasons
To close out our second season we’re introducing a new member of the Associated team! Julia’s been working with us behind the scenes and is making her ‘on-mic’ debut with this special episode that sees us reflect on the last two seasons of Associated. This time, Julia’s asking the questions! We talk about why we started Associated, whether we're meeting our own expectations, what we’re proudest of and what we’re planning next. Julia's LinkedIn Resources from our episodes
June 02, 2020
Deepka Rana at Northzone
This week we're joined by Deepka Rana, Associate at Northzone, to discuss early stage investing across Europe and the United States. We chat about the joy of B2B products that delight the end user, ponder the immediate and longer term affects of coronavirus on VC, and reveal why it's always a good time to approach a fund you'd like to work at. Deepka's Twitter Northzone
May 26, 2020
Bastian Faulhaber at Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures (BCGDV)
In this episode of Associated, Bastian Faulhaber chats to Petra and Francesca about his role as Venture Architect at BCG Digital Ventures- the corporate investment firm and incubator of the Boston Consulting Group. He explains what he had to learn as he transitioned from an investing role to BCG DV, how start-ups are put together and grown in-house- plus, the exciting projects he's worked on across a ton of different industries.
May 19, 2020
Sarah Guemouri at Atomico
Sarah Guemouri, Senior Associate at Atomico, joins us this week to chat about what it's like to focus on research and insights for one of Europe's top funds. We discuss building a data strategy at a VC fund, how data-driven roles support the investment process, and how Sarah and her team pull together the annual State of European Tech report. Sarah's LinkedIn Atomico The State of European Tech Report 2019
May 12, 2020
Alise MacFayden at Relay Ventures
In this episode Alise MacFayden joins Francesca and Lois to chat about her unique role as a financial analyst at Relay Ventures. They discuss how Alise went from Commerce degree to VC, then get nerdy and delve into how she uses her expertise to undertake due diligence, valuations and financial forecasting! Alise's LinkedIn Relay Ventures
May 05, 2020
Seb Wallace at Triple Point
Francesca and Petra chat to Seb Wallace at Triple Point this week! Seb talks about how the fund has adapted to the coronavirus crisis and how he is dealing with working from home-plus, we chat about his legal background and how it's equipped him at his job.
April 28, 2020
Adam Reeve at Seedrs
We're joined by Adam Reeve, Senior Investor Manager at Seedrs, this week to discuss what it's like working for one of the most intriguing brands in venture capital. If you only know Seedrs as a crowdfunding website, you'll be amazed listening to Adam talk us through the multifaceted structure of the organisation! We also discuss how Adam found himself in VC, and what he thinks founders should focus on while raising at this tricky time. Seedrs Adam's LinkedIn
April 21, 2020
Keji Mustapha at Connect Ventures
For this episode Lois and Petra have the pleasure of chatting to Keji Mustapha, Head of Network and Operations at Connect Ventures. They discuss Keji's journey into VC, her role in connecting the fund's community, and the importance of sharing best practice to accelerate learning. Then Keji flips the script and asks what we wish we'd known before getting into VC. Connect Ventures Keji's LinkedIn
April 14, 2020
Edel Coen at Draper Esprit
This week we go international, speaking to Edel Coen from Draper Esprit in Ireland, with the Associated team split across the UK and Thailand. Edel talks about her experience on the operating side and investor side, and how getting board experience early in her career has impacted her. Plus, she lets us know what it’s like to work as a young investor in the Valley. Edel's LinkedIn Draper Esprit
April 07, 2020
Nick Sando at Octopus Ventures
Once again we're recording remotely, and this time we're thrilled to be joined by Nick Sando of Octopus Ventures (and, briefly, his cat). Before he joined Octopus to invest in the Future of Money, Nick was a founder himself - we discuss the highs and lows of entrepreneurial life, and how those experiences inform his approach to investing and supporting portfolio companies. Nick's LinkedIn Octopus Ventures
March 31, 2020
Bethany Greer at Bethnal Green Ventures
Kicking off Season 2 we've got Bethany Greer, Associate at Bethnal Green Ventures. For the first time on Associated we're recording remotely because of the global situation with COVID-19, but it hasn't stopped us! We get into how social distancing measures might impact the future of work, which is an area Bethany's fund looks at as part of their remit investing in early stage tech for good. And we talk about Bethany's unconventional path to VC - including a cool little thing she did post-interview that she believes secured her the role at BGV! Bethany's LinkedIn Bethnal Green Ventures
March 24, 2020
Abi Mohamed of Community Growth Ventures, TechNation and Backed
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
February 11, 2020
Sarah Nöckel at Dawn
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/
February 04, 2020
Kyran Schmidt at Seedcamp
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.
January 28, 2020
Christmas Special 🎄
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!
December 24, 2019
Dele Akinyemi at MMC Ventures
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. Dele's LinkedIn MMC
December 17, 2019
Freddie Evans at Augmentum
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.
December 10, 2019
Eva Rez at Sky Ventures
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. Eva's LinkedIn Sky Ventures
December 03, 2019
Emma Steele at Fair by Design
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 Emma's LinkedIn
November 24, 2019
Andy Davis at Backstage Capital
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. Backstage Capital Andy's LinkedIn
November 24, 2019
Introduction to Associated
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)! Associated Resources Francesca: LinkedIn, Twitter Lois: LinkedIn, Twitter Petra: LinkedIn, Twitter
November 24, 2019