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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:

Entrepreneurship

"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'"

"Do things that don't scale"

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"

"All revenue is not created equal" (from Bill Gurley)

"What is the most difficult CEO skill"

"Teamwork at the top"

"Building a better board"

"The decision-driven organization"

Financing and getting funded

How to raise money

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)

Airbnb's 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

Are you ready for the resource revolution  

How smart, connected products are transforming competition

The Internet of Things  

Internet of things: which things really should phone home

The Netscape moment in IOT

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)

Resiliency

Unburnable carbon: are the world's financial markets carrying a carbon bubble?

How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources

Others – innovation, 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)

China's innovation imperative

Grow fast or die slow

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")