Frederic Destin

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VC Signalling Risk in Seed Rounds

CB Insights just published an interesting post about <b>signalling risk</b> i.e. the startup survival risk generated by getting a Tier I VC into the seed …

Pillpack: Adding $50M in funding to bring redesigned pharmacy to all

There are some people in the world that it is simply a joy to work with, and when good things happened to them you can only feel joy. TJ Parker and …

Developing London tech clusters beyond Shoreditch: Croydon ?

Here in London we're all very proud of the progress made over the last few years. Having come back from 4 years in Boston, I have been surprised by …

Innovation

Cytokinesis at Atlas Venture: bio and tech take off

Atlas Venture announced at his latest annual meeting that the biotech and tech groups were going their own way. Since I did spend ten years there, …

Venture Capital

Zoopla at seven – how focus and speed drive exceptional outcomes

I first invested in Zoopla in July 2007. At the time, a mere £500,000 to get the company going and back Simon Kain and Alex Chesterman in improving …

The Boston Surprise

Now that I am leaving Boston I can talk about its startup ecosystem in all candor. When I came over 4 years ago, it was essentially as an act of …

Why Series B is usually the hardest

Tom Tunguz and Danielle Morrill both came out with data suggesting Series B are hard. Tom calls it the "hardest round to raise", based on his …

Startups

Pro-rata rights: the good, the bad and the ugly

Fred Wilson posted an article to explain the concept and value of pro-rata rights, with his usual elegance in making the concept clear.Pro-rata …

How we can thrive in a world of Chaos

Late last year I gave a TEDx talk about "thriving in a world of chaos", looking at how we can deal with a level of unpredictability and a speed of …

Backing PillPack : a pharmacy you might actually love

Pharmacies are like banks. When you have to go to one, it's usually an unpleasant experience delivered in often indifferent fashion by overworked …

Uber vs. Le Taxi: The Disrupter and the Disrupted

Recently I just felt compelled to write a post about French Minister Montebourg and his ridiculous contortions to explain barriers put on innovation …