Thursday Sep 29, 2022

Lessons on how to build a high performing venture firm

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.

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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


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