metronomic meets Will Smith

Although only in my early 40’s I am finding that I am increasingly becoming ‘old school’. Not because I am changing my ways or becoming more conservative, more just that I am not buying in to the ‘quick and easy’ approach to company building that is somewhat fashionable and as a result I am being […]

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 […]

milestones or millstones?

When we work within our businesses on growth capital strategy we don’t advocate the popular funding principles of ‘bootstrapping’ (UK) or at the opposite end ‘get as much as you can’ (USA). Instead we advocate a milestone based strategy where the company targets a capital raise that gives it sufficient leeway to achieve a substantial, […]

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 […]

milestones and cheese

I have found myself referring to milestones a lot recently. A word that resonates for me, is common parlance in investing yet like many things might not be clear to all. Milestones, for me, relate to strategy. Certain points in a business’ life when an event, or events, conspire to deliver a transformational change in […]

investor communication and Chinese whispers

The majority of entrepreneurs ‘get’ that they need to have a coherent marketing strategy when it comes to selling their product or service. A large proportion also ‘get’ that true success in sales comes from understanding, communicating and pricing the ‘need’ that is being addressed by the product or service. However it is not always […]

fit the capital to the strategy and don’t believe the odds

Find the capital that fits with the strategy and don’t develop the strategy to fit with the capital. Day in – day out I am endeavouring to find focussed investment opportunities where the sector, stage, investment size and risk profile fit with the small number of investors I work with. I reckon the odds on […]