Everyone these days talks about having a network. At Seedcamp, it’s integral to our DNA. Our volume uniquely places us to have the most impactful and highly engaged founder network in Europe. Whether it’s finding someone at a similar stage to troubleshoot problems or just a couple of steps ahead who can help shortcut learnings, our 1,000-person strong founder network is an unparalleled advantage. From the Seedcamp network alone, our founders have hired senior employees, raised capital, found their first customers, and received expert guidance to help take their business to the next stage.

The other thing we bring to the table is stage expertise. While no company looks the same, we are one of the very few funds with genuine expertise in getting early-stage companies to an impactful Series A. We are 100% committed to supporting early-stage founders to achieve what they need, on their terms and without encroaching on their way of doing things.

With the power of the Seedcamp Nation, we bring the right people to swarm around your needs – whatever they may be.

In this episode, Carlos Espinal is joined by Karel Obluk, a cybersecurity expert, former CTO and interim CEO at AVG Technologies (a cybersecurity software company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and ultimately acquired by Avast Software) and now a Partner at Evolution Equity Partners.

They kick off the conversation with Karel’s early career in tech, his leadership roles at the cybersecurity firm AVG and the history of the cybersecurity industry. They then discuss the risks and opportunities in the cybersecurity space, his firm’s investment strategy, and what it takes for high-growth companies to expand internationally.

 

Show notes:

Karel Obluk – twitter.com/karelobluk

Carlos Espinal – twitter.com/cee

Evolution Equity Partners – evolutionequity.com

Seedcamp – seedcamp.com

Recommended read:

Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door, by Brian Krebs

The strength of our Seedcamp Nation lies in the network dynamics between our portfolio companies, now over 440 strong. A perfect illustration is the recent acquisition of Re:infer by UiPath, two companies we’ve backed from the initial cheque.

Re:infer, from spin-out to exit

When we first met Edward Challis (CEO) and Marius Cobzarenco (CTO) at Seedcamp Week in Berlin in 2015, they were just spinning out of UCL’s world-leading AI research lab. Impressed with their early vision for Re:infer to automate the interpretation of unstructured data and bridge the gap between humans and IT systems, we joined their journey from the first cheque.

Seedcamp Startup Week, Berlin, 2015

Over the past seven years, the company has developed state-of-the-art machine learning and NLP (natural language processing) to enable some of the world’s largest businesses to extract the value hidden in their unstructured communications data across all channels (email, chat, phone calls, tickets, and CRM). Re:infer’s no-code Conversational Data Intelligence platform transforms communications data into structured, actionable data at speed and scale, thus empowering every employee to better understand their customers, collaborate with their colleagues, and automate the most tedious tasks. Re:infer’s roster of customers, includes Deloitte, Natwest, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Accenture and Farfetch.

Now, we are excited to see them join forces with another Seedcamp portfolio company and leader in enterprise automation, NYSE-listed UiPath (PATH). Together, they aim to help customers supercharge their digital transformation efforts! Re:infer’s product capabilities are already available to UiPath customers in private preview

This partnership perfectly illustrates the power of the Seedcamp Nation, now comprising over 440+ companies.

Our Partner Tom Wilson comments:

“From the moment we met Ed and Marius, we knew they were exceptional talents that we just had to find a way to work with. We feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to partner right at the very beginning of their journey and we’re proud to see Re:infer embark on this next step as they join forces with UiPath.”

Our Director of Brand, Network & Portfolio, Natasha Lytton, emphasizes:

“We always talk about the power of the Seedcamp Nation and how it functions as its own microeconomy, where companies not only learn from one another but also often find their first customers, mentors or employees. To see UiPath and Re:Infer join forces is the ultimate demonstration of this flywheel effect in motion.” 

Prior to its acquisition, Re:infer received over $11 m from top-tier investors, including Crane Venture Partners and IP Group. The company also won numerous accolades, including Best AI startup at World Summit AI, Best Innovation at the ISG Automation Summit, and has been recognised as the UK’s AI Innovator by the UK Government and as a Cool Vendor by Garner in 2021.

To learn more about the partnership, read UiPath’s EVP, Product & Engineering Tom Kummert’s statement here

In the newest Seedcamp Deep Dive, Sophie Adelman, co-founder of Multiverse and The Garden, and Siadhal Magos, co-founder of our portfolio company Metaview, join Carlos and our Talent Manager Alex Lewis to discuss all things talent in early-stage startups – from hiring to motivating and transitioning during market downturns.

Tune in to learn best practices for interviewing and selecting candidates, why and when expertise is needed in startups, and why compassion is essential when letting employees go.

Show notes:

Sophie Adelman – twitter.com/Adelbadge

Siadhal Magos – twitter.com/smagos

Carlos Espinal – twitter.com/cee

Alex Lewis – twitter.com/AlexLewisTalent

 

The Garden – onegarden.com

Metaview – metaview.ai

Seedcamp – seedcamp.com

 

Recommended resources:

Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street

How to build an interviewer training process that raises the bar by Metaview

In the latest episode of ‘This Much I Know,’ Carlos is joined by David Singleton, the CTO of Stripe. David shares valuable insights and lessons from his decades-long career at global technology companies such as Symbian, Google, and Stripe.

In a vivid conversation, he and Carlos explore: – the essential nature of timing in technological innovation; – the fast-paced changing financial world; – the importance of putting customers first; – the evolution and definition of the CTO role; – Stripe’s mission and operating principles; – developer productivity; – attracting and growing talent; – building a learning organization; – and more.

Show notes: Carlos Espinal – twitter.com/cee David Singleton – twitter.com/dps

Seedcamp – seedcamp.com Stripe – stripe.com

Seedcamp is Europe’s seed fund, identifying and investing early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. The Seedcamp Nation includes over 440 startups building breakout businesses that change the way people live, interact and buy and includes publicly listed UiPath, Wise, and unicorns Revolut, Hopin, Sorare, Pleo, wefox, Grover, and viz.ai along with fast-growing businesses such as Primer, Peppy and Ezra.

Stripe is a financial infrastructure platform for businesses. Millions of companies—from the world’s largest enterprises to the most ambitious startups—use Stripe to accept payments, grow their revenue, and accelerate new business opportunities. Headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, the company aims to increase the GDP of the internet.

Contact their team to learn more: https://bit.ly/39TVMrT