20VC: Plaid and Column Co-Founder, William Hockey on Why the Brands that Win in Fintech Will Not Be Financial Services Brands, What US Banking Can Learn from China & Why Companies Can Be Built Slower than People Think?
2nd December 2022
Sean Seton-Rogers is a founding Partner at PROfounders Capital, a venture capital fund for entrepreneurs powered by entrepreneurs. Their investors and principals number some of the best-known players within the digital media space — people who have built some of Europe’s most successful companies. Prior to PROfounders, Sean has been investing in technology companies across both the US and Europe, when he was at both Balderton Capital and Commonwealth Capital Ventures in Boston. In addition to the PROfounders portfolio companies, he has in the past worked closely with others such as Bebo, Wonga.com, and ConstantContact.
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How did Sean make his entry into the VC world at the peak of the first tech bubble?
2.) What was the biggest lesson Sean learnt from experiencing the bubble imploding?
3.) Why are we seeing this trend of US VC funds investing in Europe?
4.) What are the key drivers to the growth of the European tech ecosystem?
5.) Why is there a serious decline in the amount of Series C rounds, only 7 in Q2 2015?
6.) Is Sean concerned by the rise of Crowdfunding? Does Sean see it as a competing finance model to VC?
7.) Do investors on Crowdfunding platforms experience the same deal terms as VCs?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Episode:
Sean’s Fave Blog or Newsletter: Benedict Evans Newsletter
Sean’s Most Recent Investment: Made.com
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20VC: Wolt CEO, Miki Kuusi on Leadership Lessons Scaling to a Reported $8.1BN Exit to Doordash, Building Teams not Families, The Difference Between Trust and Safety Within Companies, How To Use Compensation to Create Culture & Why You Should Not Be Looking For People Who “Have Done It Before”
28th November 2022