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Episode #6: William McQuillan, Founding Partner of a venture firm for globally ambitious B2B companies

William McQuillan is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures. This is the second part of a two-part episode with William. If you haven’t done it yet, we strongly recommend you go back and listen to our previous episode with William on Frontline’s investment theses and how they support founders. In this episode we focus on firm building. Specifically how William built Frontline and took it from an Irish focused firm to a firm for globally ambitious B2B companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

In this episode you will learn:

– How William perceives the funding environment in Europe, compared to the US.

– How Frontline collaborates with its LPs in adding value to their portfolio companies.

– The importance of VC firm building from William’s perspective and how he believes it contributed to Frontline’s success.

– Why William believes VCs should be more rigorous in their use of data to find deals

Episode #5: William McQuillan, Founding Partner of a venture firm for globally ambitious B2B companies

William is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures. Prior to starting Frontline, he was a founding employee at Ondra, an award-winning investment boutique that went from a 4 person team to 70+ employees in only 18 months. When Frontline was founded, William was 27 years old, making him the youngest VC ever to have raised a fund at that time (2012). Shortly after recording this episode William announced Frontline Fund III.

 

In this episode you will learn:

– How William has built a truly differentiated investment thesis for Frontline’s two funds.

– What William looks for in seed stage startups and why he believes integrity is all important and money cannot be the founder’s main driver.

– How William perceives the effects of Brexit and its implications for their investment strategy and work with startups.

– Why William is a supporter of founders taking a small bit of secondaries.

Episode #4: Shomit Ghose, GP of a Silicon Valley firm with 7 funds under its belt

This episode runs contrary to what the European VC stands for and features an American VC from the Valley. However, the focus is on looking from the outside in, as well as carving out lessons learned from decades of collaboration across the Atlantic. Shomit Ghose is a General Partner of ONSET Ventures, a leading early stage venture firm operating out of Sand Hill Road, in Silicon Valley. With more than 130 startups and 7 funds under its belt, ONSET Ventures is a highly respected firm in the Valley. Shomit is a seasoned VC with multiple IPOs under his belt – both as an investor and as an entrepreneur.

 

In this episode you will learn:

– How the European and American VC landscapes differ and what we can learn from both.

– How to increase your presence and establish collaborations between US and European VCs.

– How to approach building a country-agnostic fund and the role of VCs, LPs and Institutions.

Episode #3 Michael Hansen, CEO of a leading Business Angel Association in Europe

Michael Hansen is the CEO of DanBAN, Denmark’s leading Business Angel Association. DanBAN consist of more than 200 active Angels who collectively invest in more than 30 M€ on an annual basis. Prior to joining DanBAN, Michael was the chief architect behind the sprawling investment environment around the Danish Robotics Cluster which is broadly recognized as one of the very strongest clusters for Robotics companies in Europe, if not the world.

In this episode, you will learn from a true investment cluster builder

– The importance of politicians making brave strategic decisions in promoting cluster development.

– The story of the Danish Robotics Cluster in which the first collaborative robots were hatched, counting with two acquisitions at a valuation of almost 1 billion EUR.

– How to work with national clusters to generate deal flow and fast track deals.

– Collaboration models between Business Angels and VCs.

Episode #2 Stephan Morais, Founder and Managing Partner of a leading early-stage deep tech VC firm

Stephan Morais is the founder and Managing Partner of Indico Capital Partners, a leading early-stage deep tech VC firm. With a diversified background as an investment banker, consultant, entrepreneur and CEO, he has lived in 8 countries and 4 continents over the last 24 years, and acted as and advisor to politicians and European institutions. Prior to founding Indico, Stephan was an Executive Board Member at Caixa Capital, where he led investment rounds of many Portuguese global tech success stories.

In this episode, you’ll learn

– How Stephan tackled raising a VC fund and what to should look for in LPs

– How European VCs can push for policy developments that allow for more capital to be deployed into the industry

– What Europe can learn from other countries and regions

– What learnings Stephan has drawn from running an iberian fund

Episode #1 Marc Lohrmann, Managing Partner of a 120 M€ life science fund

Marc Lohrmann is the Managing Partner of Vesalius Biocapital III, a 120 €M venture capital fund investing in late-stage companies in drug development, medical devices, diagnostics and eHealth, across Europe. Prior to joining Vesalius, Marc started eight life sciences companies, worked as an investment manager at a leading corporate VC and worked with several corporate finance boutiques focused on life sciences M&A transactions.

In this episode, you’ll learn

– How VBC III works as a country-agnostic VC fund and the main barriers to more funds investing across Europe.

– How investors without a natural sciences background can create value for Life Sciences companies and why founders find these investors a refreshing element in the board room.

– What Marc would love to change about European VC, what’s important when investing across Europe and what’s next for Marc.