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My interview on FrenchWeb

Last Friday my friend Steph Bouchet (aka @rougefrog) stopped by our office to interview me for FrenchWeb, embedded below. It’s a good 12 minute intro to Forward Partners, the sort of companies we like, what we do here, and what makes us different. I also talk a little about the current state of the UK startup [...]

Starting an ecommerce company? Please apply to Forward Partners Open Day

This is a copy of a post my colleage Dharmesh posted on the Forward Partners blog last week.

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We are really pleased to announce our second Forward Partners Open Day during London Tech Week on the 17th of June.

Our team are offering a day of their time to work with you and 3 [...]

Welcome Stylect to the Forward Partners portfolio

We’re really happy to welcome Stylect to our portfolio. The deal closed a couple of weeks back and was announced on Techcrunch last week: “Swiping is the new liking” now applies to shoe shopping.

Stylect is a shoe shopping app for iOS which employs a Tinder-esque UI on top of it’s recommendation engine to [...]

Announcing SnapTrip

One of the things we like to do at Forward Partners is invest in companies just as they are starting up. That’s what we did with SnapTrip which was literally one man, an idea and a single sheet of Excel when we invested. We loved the man and the idea (the Excel [...]

David Norris joins us as Partner

I’m excited to let you know that David Norris joined us today as my Partner. Our mission is to generate superior returns by making great investment decisions and by being amazingly helpful to our companies. The reason I’m excited is that David is THE MAN to deliver on the second part of that promise. [...]

Going off grid for three weeks–in India

I’ve now been blogging for six and a half years, posting just about every day that I’ve worked, only pausing for holidays and weekends. I don’t usually write to let you all know when I will be away and not blogging because I don’t want to tell the world that my house will be [...]

40 years old today

It’s my 40th birthday today, and I have to say it’s a milestone I’m meeting with mixed emotions. For the last few days I’ve had a nagging sense of disquiet, almost passing to anxiety at times. There was no trigger event or focus that I could pin down, and my best guess is that [...]

Silicon Alley meets Tech City–event tonight

My partners at DFJ Gotham have organised an event in Shoreditch this evening to foster collaboration between the London and New York tech scenes. I will be speaking along with representative from the New York startup and venture scene, and government officials will discuss their role in supporting the startup ecosystem.

It should be [...]

DFJ Esprit leads $5m round in Lyst

We announced yesterday that DFJ Esprit has led a $5m round in Lyst, fashion’s leading social commerce platform, or, for those of you who prefer plain English, Lyst is a social shopping site where consumers discover and buy fashion. We were joined in the round by Accel, Alex Zubillaga and Venrex. Techcrunch and [...]

Capital On Stage – the conference where VCs pitch to startups

Please take a few minutes to read the passage below about the upcoming Capital On Stage conference in London. Arjen Strijker (the conference organiser) and I had a meeting of minds when we spoke last week about the importance of demystifying venture capital, it is one of the reasons I write this blog, it [...]