Entrepreneurs - their vision, energy and drive - are the source of value creation.
We love supporting entrepreneurs driven to deliver better solutions and in the process build industry transforming companies.
Some of the challenges in this “journey” of building and scaling companies is in putting together the right team, attracting great people and keeping them. Other common "growth challenges" come as a company further grows, when it is often necessary to "change gears": upgrade talent and systems, and in parallel ensuring the right information flow to the right people so good decisions can be made in a timely manner and the right culture is sustained even as the company grows in size and complexity.
We are in the company building business, not in the "deal" or "capital" business. We leverage our relationships to help build teams, attract partners and help companies realise their vision. We do everything we can for our companies as we are "on the same boat" as soon as we invest.
To give entrepreneurs a kick-start, here below is some of our favourite stuff:
"What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial"
"Why entrepreneurs don't scale"
"How you too can be an unstoppable entrepreneur"
"Failure as a tool" (video)
"23 things every entrepreneur must know"
"What is the most difficult CEO skill"
"Q+A on 'The hard things about hard things'"
Growing, growing up and scaling
"The questions every entrepreneur must answer"
"How to hire the best people you have ever worked with" (from Marc Andreessen)
"From initial traction to initial scale: the hardest phase"
“At about US$2m ARR, every great hire will be accretive”
What’s the second job of a startup CEO?
"All revenue is not created equal" (from Bill Gurley)
“Churn is the single metric that determines the success of your subscription service”
"What is the most difficult CEO skill"
"The decision-driven organization"
Financing and getting funded
What to know about due diligence
"Pitch advice for entrepreneurs" / "What I wish I knew before pitching linkedin to VCs" (link to LinkedIn's Series B pitch deck)
LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman’s Advice for Entrepreneurs
"Note on private equity deal structures"
International VC and private equity valuation guideline
"Talking it over, and over, and over" (an interesting and short take on how to deal with investors)
Advantages of private equity ownership
“Clean, efficient and smart”
McKinsey’s cost curve for greenhouse gas reductions
(And 15 years after McKinsey published its first carbon cost curve, here’s Goldman Sach’s China carbon cost curve (and how it reflects the massive cost reduction of renewable technologies)!
Are you ready for the resource revolution
How smart, connected products are transforming competition
Internet of things: which things really should phone home
Big data: the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity
The Greentech Media report on "Intelligent Efficiency"
Intelligent assets: unlocking the circular economy potential
The future of employment: how susceptible are jobs to computerisation (the famous "are robots leaving us out of jobs" study)
Unburnable carbon: are the world's financial markets carrying a carbon bubble?
How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources
The role of critical minerals in clean energy transitions
For the year 2020: resources for corporate leaders and for startup CEOs in crisis
The CEO moment: leadership for a new era
Risk, resilience and rebalancing in global value chains
The CEO playbook for keeping your company alive
28 moves to survive (and thrive) in a downturn
Others – innovation, emerging markets, China, data
How important it is to be clear about assumptions
Where companies with long-term view outperform their peers (a McKinsey-led project, with a write-up of the results in the HBR here)
Outperformers: high-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them (a McKinsey Global Institute project)
China’s new innovation advantage
Capturing China's US$5 trillion productivity opportunity
Digital vortex: how digital disruption is redefining industries (Cisco / IMD)
Ten tech-enabled business trends for the decade ahead (and an earlier version discussing "smart assets")
Cleantech venture capital: continued declines and narrow geography limit prospects (Brookings Institute, 2017)
How to win the digital race by coming in second …. (responding to disruption)
Superstars: the dynamics of firms, sectors, and cities leading the global economy