Inside the mind of investors

How to get VC attention

November 11, 2019 Jane 0

Fred Hammack, a venture consultant, has benefited from an education in classics and finance. A fortuitous decision, he says, because “once you understand maths and statistics, you can read any paper on the planet and as long as you have the vocabulary, you can learn the underlying technology”.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, crafted from years of experience in different industries, Fred has an intrinsic understanding of what drives a biotech business. This understanding of the science and the business allows Fred the benefit of many perspectives, allowing him to really help people understand what it takes to gain investments in the space, how to get someone’s attention and how to build successful business models.

How does a start-up get onto your radar?

Two things…

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Inside the mind of investors

The attack of founderitis and why not to forget your grandma

September 19, 2019 Jane 0

One of my heroes in life is my dad, a paediatric surgeon renowned for his abilities. He is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, but if you challenged him to commercialize something, he would fail. I wouldn’t trust him to manage a dollar. I would trust him with my life, but I would not trust him with my start-up.

That’s not a criticism of him, but if you are that incredibly smart researcher, that person who’s able to do incredible discovery on the bench, that person that has incredible scientific ability, it’s important to be realistic. Some can deal well with the crossover and some of them…

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Is crowdfunding an option?

September 19, 2019 Jane 0

Crowdfunding is a mechanism of raising money by putting out a public call to a wide group of people, the crowd. It allows you to take ownership of the fundraising process and broadens the participation base with more funders involved in the process.

It is an extension of the digital empowerment we have seen in sectors like the music industry, where groups can now record and distribute their creative output by themselves, reaching their fans directly.

Crowdfunding is the financial manifestation of that. It disintermediates the process and removes the middlemen, expanding the groups that you can reach. It provides opportunities for…

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Investing in the future

March 13, 2019 Jane 0

Charlie Curtis teaches businesses how to innovate, focusing on the positive impact they can have for future generations. But keen to have a positive impact himself, Charlie, alongside his business partner Tim Kruger, starts revolutionary new ventures to address environmental issues.

Everyone should have a wilderness experience where they walk across a desert or climb a mountain or cycle across a country. In 2008, I spent three months in a small boat with three others, sailing from Argentina to Cape Town via the Antarctic. The camaraderie with a team that size is…

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