a cockroach and proud

This is definitively neither my definition, nor my idea. Rather it is a principal I have read about in a few blogs and articles with which I am broadly in agreement. I thought it worth penning a quick blog on it myself. A ‘Unicorn’ is a well used descriptive within the narrow field of tech […]

what is venture building?

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Our website proudly proclaims ‘We are Venture Builders’ – but what does that mean? First let’s start with what it isn’t. It isn’t ‘incubation’ as incubation is generally short-term. Our Venture Building is a commitment of 5+ years. It isn’t ‘acceleration’ as again acceleration is equally short-term. It isn’t ‘investing’ [replace with venture capital or […]

that don’t impress me much….

Hi. Okay. So you have: a phenomenal CV, identified a mega problem/gap in the market, a genius CTO/co-founder, a brilliant business idea, a huge addressable market, some interesting and well respected investors/advisors and you will be worth £millions in a very short amount of time. Unfortunately, in the words of Shania Twain, “that don’t impress […]

my first blog six years on

My first blog was just under six years ago when I got my first website and started talking a little about what we (‘I’ at the time) were trying to do. I recently re-visited it as all this content still sits behind the new site. I was kind of pleased to see that six years […]

cart before horse? conditional capital?

When you start a fundraise process there is only one guarantee. Not that you will either successfully, or unsuccessfully, fundraise. But that you will be faced with a multitude of, often polarised, opinions. This can be super helpful, insightful and value-add but also, more importantly, occassionally confusing and disruptive. I would never give advice in […]

running a marathon

The catalyst for this post was a comment from a good friend over the weekend who was talking about his (sub 3hr) marathon strategy. His comment was that when he realised “the way to run a marathon is to consider the halfway point to be 22 miles” that it really step shifted his abilities. The […]

three years and counting..

The third anniversary of Preparation Capital just passed without me really noticing. What was I doing to mark the occasion? With a wry smile I admit I was presenting to a potential client of one of the businesses I am involved with, helping them out with a sales presence on the ground in London (it […]

the tip of the iceberg

An iceberg communicates 10-15%* of the information about it to tell you it is an iceberg and allow you to gauge your interest in it (*stat courtesy of wikipedia). However, once interested you can qualify everything about the 10-15% that caught your attention by delving below the surface and seeing the enormous wealth of information about the iceberg that […]

is it realistic…

I am often asked questions prefaced by the phrase ‘is it realistic’, generally followed by ‘to raise £x (thousands/millions) of capital to achieve xyz’. To the surprise of many the answer is generally yes, albeit a caveated yes. The answer is always yes because I would confidently assert that there is sufficient availability of capital […]

it’s who you are more than your money that matters

The longer I spend with young companies the more it reinforces my view that angel investing/venture capital/private equity (etc… etc…) should be much less about ‘financial products’ and much more about people based service industry with a strong financial overlay. When I originally joined the private equity industry (now left) my employer at the time […]