Editor’s note: this is a guest post penned by James Baillieu and Mark Rundall, partners in the Corporate team at international law firm Bird & Bird specialising in advising CVCs, VCs, and tech startups. Also check out the recent op-ed on liquity, challenges and opportunities for European tech startups by partner Martin von Haller Grønbæk. […]
The COVID-19 crisis has changed the lives of billions of people on Earth — including a small subset thereof, that is VCs and entrepreneurs. The change is not always positive or pleasant — but it’s certainly here to stay, and it’s very important to understand how to adjust for it. In a recent podcast episode, we […]
Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Shmuel Chafets, general partner and vice chairman at investment firm Target Global. It is now clear that we are on the tail end of the eleven-year bull market in the VC world. It was obvious it would not last forever, but it was absolutely unexpected that this would be […]
There are many fantastic examples in history of devastating crises that have led to a great wave of innovation. Perhaps the most famous example is the Second World War that drove innovation we are still using and perfecting today, such as computers, jet engines and the large scale application of several drugs including penicillin. But […]
(Editor’s note: this is an opinion piece published by multiple signatories from across the European tech industry, which are named at the bottom of this article.) A few days before the launch of the movement ‘Tech4Values’ in San Francisco by emblematic European entrepreneurs, BlaBlaCar co-founder and co-president of France Digitale, Frédéric Mazzella, explains its vision […]
Most businesses would kill for 20 percent annual growth. But in the tech world, if this is your reality, you have a 92 percent chance of being dead within a few years. Growth fixes require major intervention to a product and the way it is sold – requiring years companies do not have to show […]
Highland Europe’s Fergal Mullen has had some recent successful exits for portfolio companies. But all of them took time, and it’s important to realise that most do.