Investor insights: University spinouts – part one

Investor insights: University spinouts – part one

“More is less” We’ve been busy these last few months, and temporarily off the airwaves (for the younger reader, this is a reference to broadcast radio and TV: ask your parents or try Wikipedia for more information, if you can tear yourself from your latest TikTok...
Investor insights: Why scale-ups need an FD

Investor insights: Why scale-ups need an FD

“We haven’t got any sales. Why should I waste my money on a finance director?” There’s a pre-conception common among founders that a finance director just counts the monies. No revenues equals no monies. Combined, that equals no need for a finance director. But – and...
VC Insights: How to build a useful board pack

VC Insights: How to build a useful board pack

Focusing on a good monthly board pack is a task that can be easily pushed down the priority list, but it’s a key part of making sure a board operates effectively as a business looks to grow and scale. A strong pack both helps founders get as much value out of their...
Investor insights: Director’s service contracts – part six

Investor insights: Director’s service contracts – part six

“How a night in a five star hotel room cost me my company” Well, I guess there are lots of stories that could flow from a headline like that. Most would be a lot more interesting than the post below. So I’ll keep it short. The point is that founders can get themselves...
Investor insights: Director’s service contracts – part five

Investor insights: Director’s service contracts – part five

“Thou shalt not compete with SaaSco” So sayeth the venture investor. Not quite the 11th commandment, but a fair position for venture investors to take. So what does compete look like, and how in practice are these clauses drafted in the director’s service...
Investor insights: Director’s service contracts – part four

Investor insights: Director’s service contracts – part four

The eternal triangle: company – founder – investor A misleadingly intriguing subtitle for an article on enforceability of director’s service contracts, you might say: simple click-bait. And you would be right. Still, it’s something that investors in particular do need...