growing pains

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The secret diary of….. being involved in start-ups. Growing pains is a great term, short, sharp but precise. As a kid you experience literal pains and ache as you grow – ditto young companies. I can genuinely say I have never had more arguments, or ‘impassioned debates’ nor have I ever come across more people […]

growth vs paying shareholders – the disconnect

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Bit of a dry one this, my apologies. But super important. Basically the need to look at the entirety of the investment proposition and to consider the medium term impact of investment terms rather than just looking at the pure ‘what % am I giving away’. I’m a little bit old-school when it comes to […]

the how and the what

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I am frequently asked how I go about finding (‘originating’ in private equity speak) interesting companies and what I look for. Firstly all origination is through networking and pushing out the message rather than by knocking on doors or making unsolicited approaches. The great benefit to this is that there is an element of pre-qualification […]