Shomit Ghose on the Future of Data & deal-making across the Atlantic

An exclusive interview with Shomit Ghose, General Partner of Onset Ventures. The interview first aired as the 4th episode of The European VC podcast.  A little bit about Shomit Ghose Shomit Ghose is the General Partner of ONSET Ventures, a leading early stage venture firm operating out of Sand Hill Road, in Silicon Valley. With more than 130 startups and …

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Michael Hansen on Collaborating with Business Angels & Cluster organizations

An exclusive interview with Michael Hansen, CEO of DanBan – Danish Business Angel Network. The interview first aired as the 3rd episode of The European VC podcast. A little bit about Michael Hansen We were joined by Michael Hansen, CEO of DanBAN, Denmark’s leading Business Angel Association. DanBAN consists of more than 200 active Angels who collectively invest more than …

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Stephan Morais on Founding One of Portugal’s First and Leading Tech Funds

An exclusive interview with Stephan Morais, Founding & Managing Partner of Indico Capital. The interview first aired as the 2nd episode of The European VC podcast.  A little bit about Stephan Morais Stephan Morais is the founder and Managing Partner of Indico Capital Partners, a leading early-stage deep tech VC firm based in Portugal. Stephan was formerly an Executive Board Member …

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Will remote working become the new normal for everyone?

Everyone experiences feelings of isolation or increasing distractions when embracing remote working. Small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), which account for the major part (99%) of the European economy, have been particularly impacted by recent events. Dealing with increasingly restrictive liquidity reserves, SME owners are facing particular difficulties in this ongoing pandemic outbreak. The economic and …

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Marc Lorhmann on Cross-border Life Sciences Investing

An exclusive interview with Marc Lorhmann, Managing Partner of Vesalius Biocapital III. The interview first aired as the 1st episode of The European VC podcast.  A little bit about Marc Lohrmann Marc has over 18 years of experience and joined Vesalius Biocapital in 2012 as a venture partner. Since then, Marc advised on the corporate development of portfolio companies of Fund I and …

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In Europe, the startup funding graduation rate is also surprisingly low

In this post we: Present a primer on the startup funding graduation rate in Europe; Find that both European and US VC-backed companies show a steep drop off rate between Seed and Series A; Find that the startup graduation rate in Europe and the US shows exponential decay; Find evidence suggesting that Seed investments have been increasing …

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Retirement and the silver economy

Societies are experiencing a problem upon retirement. People feel stripped of their meaning and purpose, which is often strongly connected to their career. This feeling of emptiness is provoked not only by the fact that someone lost his/her job, but by the fear of losing friends and a place in society.  A study published in the Journal …

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Safeguarding SMEs mental health in future outbreak situations

Europe has around 25 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that together represent the backbone of Europe’s economy. These account for more than 99% of all businesses in the EU. SMEs are responsible for more than half of EU-28 GDP, employ around two-thirds of the European workforce and are responsible for 85% of job creation. …

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Is the 4-day workweek as foolish as it sounds?

Recent events have upended working life, changing how and where we work and live, and inspired many to guess on how economies and our lives will forever change. Some argue everything will go back to normal. Others that everything will change. I believe some things will change, to a certain extent, but that many things …

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8 books for Humanity in the Era of AI

It’s safe to say we’ve gone digital. It’s around us every moment of every day. Internet, smartphones, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Zoom videoconferences, Siri and Alexa, Google Chromecast, Big Data, Internet-of-Things, Cloud Computing, Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Chatbots. You name it. This is a highly fast-paced era we live in, both at home …

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