The UK AI Startups That Raised Funding in 2017 (so far)

The majority of executives believes that AI will have massive impacts on their businesses in the next five years according to a recent study by MIT. Here are 16 UK startups who’ve raised funding in 2017 – learn how they apply technology to solve problems and capture new markets. Continue Reading

10 things I wished I knew when I first became an entrepreneur

“This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship?—?the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” – Peter F. Drucker I embarked on a 30 day blogging challenge to restore my passion for writing (more about it here)Please… Continue Reading

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has created a circular (a regulatory document, in Vietnam speak) for improving the legal environment for venture capital investing in the Socialist state. The circular is now – since 16th April – open for public comment. The aim of the circular is to improve the ease of setting up and running VC funds in Vietnam, and from the perspective of the MPI Agency for Enterprise Development (the AED), investing in Vietnamese start-ups. Continue Reading

VC Cafe Turns 9

Last week LinkedIn reminded me that it’s been 9 years since I started VC Cafe (Dec 2005). Several people sent their congratulations (thank you btw), and it reminded me it’s been a while since I blogged regularly. I prefer springing into action rather than being sentimental, but I thought a little summary and a selection of highlights may inspire someone who is thinking about blogging to share their thoughts through this medium. Continue Reading

Forbes Reveals the 2013 Venture Capital Midas List

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Forbes released the 2013 Midas List for Venture Capital today, proving that to be successful in VC, all you need is one big hit. Five of the top ten names on the list invested in Facebook, the largest tech IPO of 2012. Continue Reading

Startups Start Local But Go Global. Is Europe Included?

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Cities Summit Tel Aviv, in a session moderated by Mr Yossi Vardi. The topic was the “Innovative code” of cities. My talk focused on London and its ability to become a startup center in Europe. In a nutshell, London has all the components it needs to succeed. Continue Reading

VentureGeeks Unveils Pre-Seed Investments in Five Israeli Startups

Since their inauguration in February 2011, little has been shared on the VentureGeeks program or its participants – until now. Yesterday, VentureGeeks unveiled its first five investments in their Investor Day event, following the Y Combinator model. Continue Reading

BVCA Report: The Global State of the IPO Market

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The latest Global Trends in Venture Capital report, compiled by the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and Deloitte, asks the question: “Is a an active IPO market in your home country essential for the success of the venture capital industry in that market?” Continue Reading