Matthew is an Investor at Forward Partners: a super-early stage London VC. Forward Partners invests in solo-founders, idea stage and seed stage eCommerce, marketplace and related software businesses providing them with funding, office space and the support of an expert in-house engineering, product and growth team. Before becoming a VC, Matthew had varying degrees of success (!) with retail and security tech start-ups. He began his career in Sales, Structuring and Trading at investment banks. He holds a BA in Economics and Politics and an MBA from SDA Bocconi. A huge thank you to Mattermark for all the data discussed in today's show and you can find them here!
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In Today's Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How did Matt make his way into the world of VC? What would he advise someone wanting to get into the industry?
2.) How does Forward Partners differentiate themselves in such a sea of seed funds? What is unique about their model?
3.) What are the key activities that entrepreneurs can do to build a successful business, ready for Series A? What would Matt advise someone who has an idea but no technical skills?
4.) What are the nuances and complexities of the early stage funding environment? How do Forward approach and overcome them? Are there any common misconceptions?
5.) What are the similarities and differences between the US and the UK with regards to start-up attractiveness? Where would Matt choose to found his startup if he were a founder?
6.) Considering YC’s recent intake, where does Matt see growth areas in consumer facing startups?
Items Mentioned In Today's Show:
Matthew's Fave Book: Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master & Margarita
Matthew's Most Recent Investment: Live Better With
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