Why we invested in StackOne
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by Andrew Sheffield
1M ago
We’ve invested in StackOne to make API integration for SaaS vendors faster, easier, and more secure. It’s a pleasure to invest once again alongside our friends at Episode 1, Portfolio Ventures and an impressive list of industry-leading angels. StackOne co-founders: Guillaume & RomainHow it started Hector from Episode 1, first put StackOne and its founders Romain Sestier and Guillaume Lebedel on our radar — thanks, Hector! After meeting the team and understanding the pain they are solving, it became clear we needed to partner with Romain and Guillaume for the next stage of th ..read more
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Edition 11 of Female Founder Office Hours (FFOH) launches today as past attendees breakthrough £1.4b
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by Chris Smith
2M ago
Edition 11 of Female Founder Office Hours (FFOH) launches today as past attendees breakthrough £1.4bn in funding Edition 11 of Europe-wide Female Founder Office Hours is a key milestone for Europe’s largest diversity-led founder initiative This event will bring together over 300 female founders and 170 VCs from some of the world’s leading funds The latest funding data shows that over £1.4bn has been raised by companies that have attended one of the previous editions Since October 2019, Playfair’s office hours has delivered over 9,000 mentoring sessions for women founders across ..read more
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Playfair’s Hiring Process Explained (2024)
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by Henrik Wetter Sanchez
4M ago
We’re hiring! NB. This is an edited and updated version of the original blog post that Joe Thornton wrote in 2022 for our analyst hiring process that year. The core thesis behind our hiring process has not changed. However, we have slightly amended the steps of the process and wanted to clearly reflect those changes. Please excuse any strange phrasing that has come from editing an article originally written by Joe but edited by multiple people on the same team since! Playfair’s Hiring Process Explained Shortly after joining Playfair seven years ago, I wrote a blog post directed at startup ..read more
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1 year in — Playfair
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by João Nunes
4M ago
1 year at Playfair It has now been a little over a year since I decided to take the plunge and move countries to join Playfair. As I reflected on the journey so far and all the insights I’ve gathered during the past year I thought I’d share some of my key lessons learned and tips. I have always been a person with strong convictions and ideas about what I wanted to do in the future. Growing up, most kids dreamed about being an astronaut or police man but I was set on being a zoo-keeper. I was the kid who knew the names of all the animals and to whom the most prized Christmas gift was ..read more
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Ten highlights from 2023
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by Chris Smith
5M ago
TL;DR It’s been a tough year. Nothing has been easy. It’s taken a lot more effort to maintain momentum. Yet against the backdrop of a difficult funding environment and macro malaise, our founders have achieved numerous successful rounds and strong business performance. I am both proud of and grateful for their hard work, dedication and perseverance. #1 Closing a new fund We announced our third, $70m fund at the end of March together with a new brand identity that better reflects the way we think venture should be done — playing fair by founders. This was the culmination of many months of ..read more
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Top 5 Mistakes Pre-Seed Founders Make with Sales
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by Chris Smith
7M ago
In the third part of our ‘mistakes series’, I take a look into the most common avoidable mistakes founders make with sales. These were learned over more than a decade of being a Sales Director who sucked at first and then working with dozens of startup founders to refine their sales/GTM strategies. Sales is an emotive topic. Whilst some love the cut and thrust of sales, the thrill of making target, and the trappings that go with success, others find it an alien world that is equally mysterious and intimidating. Regardless of how you feel about it, sales is an essential part of building a ..read more
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6 Marketing Mistakes Made by Pre-seed Startups
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by Chris Smith
7M ago
In this guest post — the second in our ‘mistakes series’ — Holly Brautigam from Passionfruit takes a deep dive into the 6 marketing mistakes made by pre-seed startups and shares tips to avoid common pitfalls. When working for a pre-seed startup, time is precious and money is tight. Don’t waste it by falling into these common marketing traps. Clear marketing goals are missing At Passionfruit, we speak to pre-seed startups every day and one of the biggest mistakes we see is companies not clearly defining their marketing goals. Without explicit marketing goals, it’s much harder to figure ..read more
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Top 5 Mistakes Pre-Seed Founders Make with People Ops and Hiring
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by Chris Smith
7M ago
In this guest post, Matt Bradburn, the founder of our external People & Talent partner, People Collective, takes a deep dive into the mistakes pre-seed founders make with People Ops and Hiring and shares tips to avoid common pitfalls. It all starts with the genesis of an idea, a plan for a product, and a route to market in mind. You’re going to change the world, or solve a problem that’s annoyed you for years. Building product and GTM present their own challenges, but they’re well worn paths to work through. Unfortunately, these are not the only challenges you need to bear in min ..read more
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The Playfair Angel Community Explained
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by Chris Smith
7M ago
We launched our angel community last month and held our first AMA. Now we want to set out a little more about how we see the community working and how you can get involved. If you’re an active angel that hasn’t registered, click here. Our vision for the Playfair Angel Community is to be a place where angels can share investment opportunities, learn from their peers (and us), and spend time getting to know each other at our regular social events. You can read more about our ‘Access For All Angels’ philosophy here. So how exactly is it going to work in practice? What am I going to get ..read more
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AMA Series: Hacking the VC process (or how to maximise your chance of getting funded)
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by Henrik Wetter Sanchez
8M ago
TL;DR: There are no true hacks to getting venture investment. However, these tips and tricks from our recent “Ask me anything” webinar should help illuminate how the world of venture works. We hope this transparency is valuable to you in your fundraising journey. 1. Securing meetings 1a. Use LinkedIn Although warm introductions are preferred, LinkedIn’s search filters can help you find relevant investors. Filter by secondary connections and relevant keywords related to your sector or business model. Approach outreach as a structured sales pipeline, with customised intro messages or e ..read more
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