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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
News broke last week of our latest investment – a £2m Series A in mobile advertising startup StrikeAd. As the world’s leading mobile demand side platform (or DSP) StrikeAd enables agencies to plan, execute, and measure mobile advertising campaigns at scale and with high efficiency. We spoke with a number of agencies in [...]
As revealed by Mike Butcher on Techcrunch last week DFJ Esprit will be offering a £50,000 convertible loan note to the Grand Prix winner of The Europas Tech Startup Awards.
We are excited to be supporting Mike and the Europas and look forward to welcoming a new company into the portfolio.
The loan [...]
Yesterday morning I did an interview for Bloomberg TV. I’ve shared my thoughts on CNBC before, but this was my first time on TV with make up, and that somehow makes it more proper, don’t you think?
The piece is very short but they referenced The Equity Kicker twice. Without doubt they were interested [...]
A couple of weeks back I recorded a Desert Island Discs style interview for UK radio station Jazz FM. It went out at 6pm last night as part of their Jazz in the City series and it is now available as a stream from their website. For those that haven’t listened to [...]