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This week’s short and snappy edition is all about the super cool team at the super cool SuperSeed – an early stage B2B venture fund. Check out the conversation I had with founding partners Mads Jensen and Dan Bowyer, hope you love it as much as I loved recording it!

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From boy bands to venture investing 👨🏻‍🎤

Check out the latest episode of Nothing Ventured where I spoke to Mads Jensen and Dan Bowyer, the amazing investors behind SuperSeed a seed fund investing in technical founders who are transforming how the world works and helping them hit their first million.

Prior to founding SuperSeed, Mads was co-founder and CEO of Sefaira, a company developing software for sustainable and high-performance building design whilst Dan built and exited 2 startups as well as having spent time as a boy band member and host on children’s TV.

Some top takeaways from this pod:

➡️ Hunger for AI in Business Transformation: Mads and Dan highlighted the massive interest and hunger in how AI is transforming businesses. With AI becoming more prevalent, there is a fundamental shift in how businesses are perceiving and utilising this technology to drive innovation and growth.

➡️ Need for European Nasdaq: The discussion touched upon the idea of creating a European Nasdaq to support tech businesses in Europe. The lack of strategic buyers in Europe often leads to companies seeking exits in the US. Establishing a European Nasdaq could provide more opportunities for companies to grow and scale within the region.

➡️ Focus on Building Big Independent Businesses: While the goal is for companies to build big independent businesses, the reality often leads to exits to US trade buyers. This trend highlights the importance of companies being structured to work with US markets and partners to achieve significant growth and success.

They also talked about:

🚀 How Dan and Mads went from a boy band and IBM to raising a fund.
? Whether there is a lack of risk appetite in Europe
📈 How European venture was only 2 – 3bn a decade and a half ago and we’re now 10x of that.
🏎️ Speed of sale speed of scale

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