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The right kind of help, demystifying investors, and five minimum requirements

8/8/2018
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Jessica Dick spends most of her time helping early-stage entrepreneurs navigating the fundraising process. As co-founder of consultancy Five Years Time, she ushers entrepreneurs from technical backgrounds into the world of business. As investment manager at Synergy Growth, she has worked with around thirty different start-ups. What better guest could there be for the Invested Investor? In this episode, Jessica breaks down the issues with the ways many novice entrepreneurs ask for help, and...

Duration:00:17:28

Changing the world, through a premium food brand and an AI platform for education

8/1/2018
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Priya Lakhani is an entrepreneurial adrenaline junkie. She has founded two successful companies, won numerous business awards, and acted as an advisor to the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills. Oh, and is an OBE. Her life's aim is to change the world for the better, and to that end she has funded meals in India, vaccinations in Africa, and her current project improves education for thousands of UK children. Remarkably, she has achieved all this despite a constant barrage of...

Duration:00:44:47

Being tenacious and walking through walls

7/25/2018
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Jonathan Milner's second Invested Investor podcast details his experience as a Cambridge Angel. Since he began in 2002 he has invested in forty different companies, very often leading deals as well. In this episode he shares his most important tips learned from an extensive entrepreneurial and investing history: from shouldering the burden of turning around a company in dire straits, to simplifying the decision of who to invest in. Jonathan, co-Founder and currently Deputy Chairman of...

Duration:00:23:46

From a bucket of ice, to a world leading life sciences innovator

7/18/2018
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Jonathan Milner was working as a postdoc in a Cambridge oncology lab when he was struck by an 'entrepreneurial seizure'. Inspired by his father, an engineer who ran a small company, he set up a venture to manufacture antibodies for biology research. Having come close to bankruptcy, Abcam is now worth £2.3 billion and renowned for its positive company culture. In this podcast, the first of two podcasts featuring Jonathan Milner, he takes us through this journey, and explains how lessons...

Duration:00:30:04

A telecommunications success story, and a chance for Manchester

7/18/2018
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Neil McArthur sold potatoes door-to-door as a child in Salford. Then, with his engineering background and his own capital, he set up the business that would later become TalkTalk. In this episode of The Invested Investor, Neil revisits the deals, false starts, and market choices that led to his success in the telecommunications field. He still works for TalkTalk, but spends most of his time working to improve his home city's entrepreneurial ecosystem. In the second half of the podcast he...

Duration:00:25:13

1: The secret art of early-stage investment

7/11/2018
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David Gill's meandering investment journey has taken him from law, to corporate finance, to running funder/fund operations at HSBC, to managing a huge tech incubator in Cambridge. Along the way he learnt some important lessons about early-stage startups. In this podcast David shares these lessons: about the hard decisions early-stage entrepreneurs have to make; about his three rules for smart investment; about judging an entrepreneurshsip ecyosystem; and about when investors should trust...

Duration:00:34:22

Women in investment, investing without a background in finance, and the importance of due diligence

7/5/2018
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Bridget Connell is an Invested Investor, having started investing four years ago without any financial background, and has completed five deals since. In this episode she explains her hands-on style of investing. She has previously worked in technology, so supports tech startups, and she mentors female investors and entrepreneurs through the syndicate Angel Academe. Bridget is a strong believer in doing due diligence when working on a project; she stays close to each company she works...

Duration:00:25:44

Women in investment, investing without a background in finance, and the importance of due diligence

7/2/2018
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Bridget Connell is an Invested Investor, having started investing four years ago without any financial background, and has completed five deals since. In this episode she explains her hands-on style of investing. She has previously worked in technology, so supports tech startups, and she mentors female investors and entrepreneurs through the syndicate Angel Academe. Bridget is a strong believer in doing due diligence when working on a project; she stays close to each company she works with,...

Duration:00:26:13

1: Women in investment, investing without a background in finance, and doing your due diligence

6/28/2018
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Bridget Connell went into investing four years ago without any financial background, and has completed five deals since. In this episode she explains her hands-on style of investing. She has previously worked in technology, so supports tech startups, and she mentors female investors and entrepreneurs through the syndicate Angel Academe. Bridget is a strong believer in doing your due diligence when working on a project; she stays close to each company she works with, and supports them by...

Duration:00:26:13

Pivoting to success

6/20/2018
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William Makant and Yusuf Muhammad founded Plumis in 2008 to develop Automist, an innovative sprinkler system. A decade later Plumis has a £2 million turnover and Automist is installed in 5,000 homes - but everything about it is different, from the product itself to the people involved. The secret to their success? Being able to pivot, to change strategy by learning about a market's key drivers. In this podcast William and Yusuf describe their journey, and the how and the why of their...

Duration:00:32:37

Collaboration, failure, and the universe of numbers

6/13/2018
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David Gammon a rare thing - an investor in technology with no technological background. Through his work as an Invested Investor and as CEO of Rockspring, he has supported entrepreneurs through some extraordinary successes. In this podcast, David describes his unconventional career path and how he sees the world. He talks about how crucial collaboration is for investors, and how he works with his family to make investment decisions. He has had his share of failures as well, and here...

Duration:00:34:23

Daring, entrepreneurial, transparency advocate, and leading investor news

5/31/2018
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Modwenna Ress-Mogg is a world leading investor news provider. In this podcast, she openly portrays her diverse entrepreneurial journey, starting from the idea of delivering food from supermarkets in vans at the age of fifteen to Angel News, an online investor news platform. Unfortunately she wasn't able to gain 'funding' for her delivery idea, but she has successfully made Angel News into a world leading investor news provider. Modwenna is a prominent supporter of transparency and...

Duration:00:36:14