As the founding Partner at Hoxton Ventures, Hussein Kanji just raised their third fund with $215 million in fresh capital to super charge the European early stage scene. In this episode, he and host Tak Lo discuss his journey in the early days of the London venture capital scene, portfolio stories, and many lessons learned on how to build a venture capital firm from the ground up.
This podcast is brought to you by Braeside and is available on Google, Apple, and Spotify, among others.
Main Points From the Podcast
Here is a quick highlight of the value you will get from this episode:
00:00 - Introduction
1:19 - Personal congratulations and past history
8:23 - Career in venture capital
12:34 - History of London and European venture capital scene
18:53 - History of Hoxton Ventures, where they stand now, and portfolio stories including Deepmind and Darktrace
29:22 - Hussein's personality and how that extends to the philosophy at Hoxton to build in large markets
37:10 - Changes at Hoxton Ventures
39:34 - SPV drama
42:17 - The Hoxton team and team dynamics and value and culture at a high performance venture firm
49:56 - Further lessons learned at building a venture firm and working with founders through boards (or not)
1:08:57 - Expansion plans
1:07:30 - Conclusion
Like this episode? Don’t forget to subscribe and share! Plus, do leave a kind review so others can easily find us in their search.