20 VC 019: Funding the Future with James Wise of Balderton Capital
James Wise is Principal at Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s most successful venture funds. At Balderton, James invests and advises early-stage technology start-ups, holding board member positions at Crowdcube.com, Surnrise.am, 3Dhubs.com and many more… Prior to Balderton, James helped build one of the UK’s first social venture funds and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, working with entrepreneurs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Items Mentioned in Todays’s Show:
- An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin
What you will learn in today’s show:
- How James made his entry into the world of Venture Capital?
- How does James feel the VC model differs in the UK compared to the US?
- Does Silicon Valley deserve the plaudits it receives for producing revolutionary tech companies?
- Following Balderton’s recent investment in Crowdcube.com, how does James believe the crowd will become more involved in the future?
- Is Crowdfunding not a competing method of financing to Venture Capital?
- What is Balderton’s competitive advantage for winning deals?
- What James believes makes the perfect Series A round?
- Does James believe the mini-bond, introduced by Crowdcube.com have the potential to revolutionise funding for businesses?
- Which sector James is most excited about and why?
- When thinking of success who is the first person that comes to James’ mind and why?
We then move into a rapid fire round where we hear James’ thoughts on his latest investment and why he said yes? Does James experience a fear of missing out (FOMO) when passing on investments? Finally, James’ favourite book and why?