38 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Conversation with the Cowley's
We have an exciting end to series 4 of the Invested Investor podcasts. This week we are proud to have our founders Peter and Alan Cowley talking about their experience running the Invested Investor. A unique and open conversation between father and son reveals what their key motives are for setting up the Invested Investor, as well as the key successes and failures of the business. Interestingly, they highlight the biggest learnings from all the podcasts they have recorded.
45 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
The millennial angel investor
Reece Chowdhry, the dynamic founder of RLC Ventures joins us this week. Reece has been investing since the age of 13 and now has over 40 investments to his name. In this podcast, we hear how Reece started life at EY, before setting up RLC Ventures in 2015. At 30, Reece is a relatively young yet very well established investor. Don’t let his age fool you, he is extremely experienced but still willing to learn. His approach to investing includes looking for companies with a presence in emerging markets and offsetting a percentage of any carry from RLC Ventures to charities that the founders support.
54 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
Build your appetite for risk
Zoe Peden, investor and award-winning educational technology entrepreneur joins us to talk about her journey. Founder of FutureWorldVC and MyChoicePad, a language development product has made a lasting impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities. Zoe began her career in the charity sector, she describes life as an entrepreneur seeking funding, balancing the ups and downs and living off pure determination and creative talent.
50 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
Passing on wisdom and legacy
Joel Solomon joins us this week, he is the founding partner of Renewal Funds, the Canadian based mission venture capital firm and author of “The Clean Money Revolution”. Joel explains why he decided to become an investor and strategist for social and cultural change, as well as how his principles were cemented during his early career. He takes us back to his first job in politics through to his current position. Joel explains why and how he supports businesses so they can be part of the solution, making the new sectors of environmental technology and climate change matter. This is a compelling podcast, it’s sound quality is not up to our usual standard, due to the method of recording.
42 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
For the greater good of society
Simon Bond is the innovation director for Set-Squared, a partnership of universities that support early stage technology companies helping them to raise investment. He is an experienced Director of business incubation, university enterprise & research commercialisation, he specialises in business development strategies for innovation-intensive companies. Simon discusses his background and explains how he always believed he was destined for the business world, after founding a TV station with angel money in the early 1990’s. We learn about his journey as Simon talks us through the thrill of founding, scaling and successfully exiting, and how those early lessons never left him.
37 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
Take a pass on plastic
Kath Austin founder and CEO of Bee Bee Wraps and SME Entrepreneur of the year joins us for this week’s podcast. Kath explains why she left her charity fundraising background for her heartfelt curiosity of conquering the waste that her growing household was creating. Kath solved part of her home waste problem by creating her waxed cotton, food wrap product, she explains her determination to bring Bee Bee Wraps to market and why the company has a wide appeal, not only focusing on sustainability and impact but also maintaining an aesthetic that fits alongside current retail trends. Kath explains her journey with the Judge Business School’s incubator, Cambridge Social Ventures, and subsequently how the support programme enabled the sharp growth curve of the company and the business changes required to scale.
41 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
Meditation for clarity of thought
Firdaus Nagree, angel investor, founder and CEO of FCI London’s largest design showroom for high-end furniture and interiors with offices in India, UAE and Nigeria, joins us this week. Firdaus shares his journey from a family business to celebrated multi-award winner. Firdaus openly discusses how he learnt from mistakes made in his early career and how his change in attitude towards business relationships enabled him to shape his decision making processes today. He goes deeper to explain how a eureka moment has since formed his current inclusive managerial style and has enabled him to better mentor start-ups within his role at Entrepreneurs' Organization, the international entrepreneurial network.
36 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Keeping your trade secrets
Chris Smith, Managing Partner at Playfair Capital, angel investor and previous Head of Product Development at plan.com, where under his watch the company ranked #1 in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100. Chris is passionate about investing and supporting tech companies where he is able to use his extensive operational and legal experience to best advantage. Chris takes us through his career from London Lawyer to investment manager and entrepreneur. Chris offers some particularly insightful advice including his take on the protection of unique methodology or trade secrets.
29 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
Building an evergreen business
Ronan Perceval CEO and founder of Phorest, a global software provider focusing on the salon space. Ronan tells us how entrepreneurship had always been part of his mindset but how his university software ventures allowed him to define his business beliefs, in particular fundraising vs bootstrapping and founding for the longterm. Phorest has recently been named the most successful business financed by early stage investors by European Business Angels Network
34 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
A social entrepreneur helping social entrepreneurs
Craig Dearden-Philips MBE, social entrepreneur, angel investor, writer and academic joins us this week. Craig tells his inspirational journey from his first voluntary work to his present day social investment portfolio and social leadership publications. His first venture Speaking Up, was a system designed to support people with mental health and learning difficulties deemed by Craig necessary as the ones in place, both public sector and charity, where not achieving what they where designed to do. Craig recalls how he always wanted to “build and create things that benefited society”, and how his motivation to help others pushed him into his entrepreneurial endeavors.
29 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
Entrepreneur first, investor second
Professor Chris Mairs CBE, angel investor, entrepreneur, Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First, patron of Fight For Sight and a fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, tells his story this week. Chris co-founded telecommunications software company Metaswitch Networks where he was CTO for many years having completed a computer science degree at Cambridge and spending some time at IBM, where his seven-strong co-founding team met. Chris tells us the engaging story of how Metaswitch began, why they hired raw graduates over experienced applicants, and why the importance of a high-quality management team is crucial. Chris goes on to discuss his transition from entrepreneur to investor in UK based early-stage technology companies and accelerators. Alongside this, he entertains with his many celebrated international sporting achievements, most recent being his incredible cycle across the USA, fundraising for research into the prevention of sight loss.
41 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Intergrity, tenacity and motivation
Christopher Mirabile the Boston based Chair of the Angel Capital Association, co-founder of Seraf and Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group joins us this week with an incredible story. Christopher takes us from his early days in law and explains how he arrived in the venture, start-up and entrepreneurial space. His vast knowledge makes for an entertaining listen as he discusses what excites him and what pains him about angel investing. Christopher gives us his take on a classic start-up by saying “A classic start-up consists of a team that’s never done it before, creating technology that’s never existed before, to serve a market that doesn’t exist yet, what could possibly go wrong?”
43 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Changing the world one mind at a time
Keiron Sparrowhawk MedTech expert, founder and CEO of MyCognition joins us this week. He explains his personal connection to his early work within pharmaceuticals with Wellcome and GSK. He tells us how his disruptive thinking lead him into entrepreneurship and how his first venture PriceSpective resulted in a fantastic exit, which enabled him to concentrate on himself and subsequently create MyCognition. Keiron explains how his vision for the cognitive fitness game and app described as “physiotherapy for the brain” is set to disrupt the pharmaceutical market, and how the inspiration came from his desire to improve the quality of life of people suffering, often silently with diminished cognitive function. His passion shines through when he describes how this development could shape the way in which society as a whole considers and deals with mental health and cognitive fitness.
28 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
An ambitious vision for deep tech
Alex Sleigh investment director at the leading financial service provider, Newable Private Investing is our guest this week. Alex talks to us about his early career, how his father’s influence helped him to set his sights on venture capital and how his economics based background helped shape his future entrepreneurial vision. Alex shares his journey from investment director at London Business Angels to his idea for improving people's lives with enhanced broadband connectivity in rural locations and founding Newable Private Investing, the UK’s leading early-stage investment and business angel network.
31 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Entrepreneurialism is a universal language
Emma Sinclair MBE joins us this week, sharing her audacious approach to life and how life lessons helped her to navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship, from car parks and health clubs to tech. She explains how her childhood connection with the stock exchange taught her how to be bold and exit driven. Emma founded Enterprise Alumni a platform which enables enterprises to stay in touch with their talent pool and engage former employees. She is the youngest person to take a company public in the world. Emma states how there is no one-size-fits-all for an entrepreneurial team or formula for winning in life but that it is easier if you have people around you who support you, expressing the importance of trust within her founding team. Emma goes on to discuss how her sentiments towards work have changed over time and have naturally gravitated towards building communities for the benefits of competition, support and guidance. Emma’s involvement with Unicef as their first business mentor is her largest commitment outside of Enterprise Alumni. Her project teaches entrepreneurship skills in hard to reach places and resonates with her strong belief that “it is important to start things and not be afraid to think big in order to solve problems”.
31 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
Deep pockets and lengthy timescales
Martin Frost, CEO and co-founder of CMR Surgical, joins us this week. Martin is passionate about supporting technology based start-ups that make a difference in people’s lives, and has great experience raising venture and company development. In this podcast, he talks about his early corporate life licensing breakthrough tech and how this led him into entrepreneurship. He co-founded Red Cloud, a mobile money platform, which has transformed the lives of millions of people in emerging markets. Martin continues to transform lives with CMR’s robotic surgical solutions based in Cambridge. He has his sights set firmly on the global market with the new robotic platform, Versius. Martin’s honest insights into the needs of an entrepreneur are not only engaging, but are straightforward and hugely valuable too.
39 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Powering data growth
Raymond Luk, the Canadian serial entrepreneur and seasoned investor is our highly experienced and personable guest this week. Raymond takes us on his journey from his early days as founder of Hard Boiled Egg, a software development company, and Opendesk, a software service company, to his angel investing. Raymond explains how his entrepreneurial ventures have shaped his angel investing and how lessons learnt have helped him to understand the needs of start-ups and entrepreneurs. Raymond founded the Montreal based One Year Labs, an early-stage seed accelerator, and has since founded Flow Ventures and Hockeystick, which provides companies with software that enables growth using data.
33 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
Riding the data tsunami
Iris Barcia is an innovative technologist and experienced telecommunications professional, we are delighted to welcome her this week. Iris explains how technological curiosity and innovation drove her career, and set her on the road to becoming a leading telecommunications professional. Iris entertains us with her start-up journey and her creative role at Keima.
25 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
Investing in the future
In part two of Hermann Hauser’s podcast he brings us up to date by discussing his role within Amadeus Capital. Giving us an understanding of his investment portfolio, explaining why he champions AI, machine learning, quantum computing and Blockchain, and what qualities he looks for in an ideal entrepreneur. Hermann offers us his top tips for entrepreneurs and an insight into how lessons can be learnt from his failures.
26 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Building the UK's IT legacy
Hermann Hauser of the legendary Acorn computers is our distinguished guest this week. In part one of Hermann’s podcast, he talks to us about his long and successful history as an entrepreneur. He prompts memories and amuses with his truly amazing journey. Hermann entertains us with the story of how he secured a bank overdraft to finance Acorn computers and how the team managed to put together the BBC Micro in just a few days. He explains how the Micro revolutionised IT teaching in schools, how school children learnt to program using Basic at school and home. He goes on to discuss his role at Olivetti, ARM and the Active Book Company.