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Announcing our investment in Dataloop

I’m very pleased to let you all know that we have invested in Dataloop.io. The announcement went live yesterday.

Dataloop provides infrastructure monitoring for cloud services and they fall into our ‘late seed’ category of investment. That means they are up and running and on a 12-18 month path to their Series A. (Our other [...]

Don’t let your startup fail for a preventable reason

CBInsights analysed 101 startup post mortems and found the following reasons for failure:

Many of these can be prevented with discipline. My friend Stephen Allott who was CEO of Micromuse, a UK startup that peaked with a $3bn valuation on NASDAQ, once described managing a startup as a process of identifying problems, putting [...]

Latest Google X project – Project Wing: delivery drones

Delivery drones, aka Project Wing, is the latest project to be announced by Google X, the Google department that houses many of their most exciting projects including self driving cars, Project Loon and Google Glass. As you can see from the video below they are using a hybrid plance/helicopter design that takes off vertically and then rotates to fly like a [...]

Making money from apps is HARD – some data

As you can see from the chart above only 3% of mobile app developers are making more than $100k per month/$1.2m per year. Assuming the same power law applies as monthly revenues scale further it’s a fair guess that only 3% of that 3%, i.e. 0.1%, are making $1m+ per month or $12m+ per year. [...]

Snaptrip case study – Solo founder hypothesis in action

My partner Dharmesh Raithatha wrote the post below on the Forward Partners blog earlier this week. I’m reproducing in full here because it’s a great explanation of our solo-founder hypothesis and how we work more generally.

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Are you a solo founder with an idea? We believe that we can [...]

Creativity in startups comes from people and process

At Forward Partners we have been thinking a lot recently about the qualities that we like to see in our people – our values if you like. One of those is to be “creative, adventurous and open-minded” and as we flesh out what that means we’ve been musing on how creativity works within our portfolio companies. We [...]

Lost My Name on Dragons’ Den

Ever wondered how much of a difference it makes going on Dragons’ Den?

Our portfolio company Lost My Name found when they pitched their magical children’s book to the Dragons whilst I was away on holiday last week. You can see the relevant section of the show in the YouTube clip below with realtime analytics [...]

Making it easier to buy stuff online will drive growth

Kieran O’Neill, founder of our portfolio company Thread likes to quote Paul Graham saying ‘if you make something easier for people to do, they will do more of it’. At Thread Kieran is making it easier to buy fashion and as a result the majority of his customers report that they spend more on clothes after [...]

How 20 customer interviews enriched Lexoo’s strategy

We recently invested in Lexoo, a marketplace connecting SMEs with legal services. We were attracted to the opportunity because there are an increasing number of freelance lawyers who are doing equivalent quality work for startups at 20-30% of the cost of working with a big law firm. The founder, Daniel van Binsbergen, is an impressive [...]

I’m a stock picker

There’s a lot of people now who think that the only way to make money in venture is to have an investment in one or more stand-out successes with exit values of $1bn+, the so called ‘Unicorns‘. The thinking goes that for early stage investors it’s all but impossible to tell which those companies are likely to be, [...]