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  • Frog Summer Party with the TELL Series 2017

    By Joe Krancki 

    What does a 19th century French journalist have to do with 21st century entrepreneurs? Well, as Jean-Baptise Alphonse Karr penned in 1849 and the 100+ guests at our annual summer party proved … “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.  Read More… 

     

     


  • How growth companies benefit from data – the Customer Lifetime Value example

    By Jens Düing

    In this post on our series on growth investing, we are looking at how leading KPIs shape the prospects of growth companies. Read More…

     


  • To all growth stage founders and CEOs – a quality board pack will make your life easier, let me show you what it might look like and explain the benefits.

    By Steven Dunne

    To many stressed and stretched founders and CEOs, a board pack is an unwanted burden that comes with outside investment and consumes resources that could be better used to drive the business forward. Read More…


  • Goodwood’s Classic Car Membership weekend

    By Mike Reid

    Frog Capital LP investors and portfolio CEOs gathered this weekend at the unique Goodwood March classic car event. Read more…

     


  • PropTech; M&A signals that Online Services is coming of age

    By Mike Reid

    Over the past six months, IAC (HomeAdvisor) and Homeserve have led the way in acquiring companies (MyHammer (DE) and Checkatrade (UK) respectively) in the up and coming PropTech services market. Read more…


  • Every growth stage CEO knows that people are your company’s greatest asset, right! So where’s your asset management programme?

    By Steven Dunne

    Many entrepreneurs feel that they should keep the essence of the exciting business culture a company had as a start-up throughout its life. This is admirable to an extent but can allow nostalgia for a rose-tinted view of the early fun times getting in the way of sensible, appropriate business planning and structure as the business scales up.  Read More…


  • Marketplace lunch up at Frog Capital

    By Mike Reid 

    Last Thursday, we had a selection of the Europe’s best upandcoming marketplace operators over for lunch. Read more…


  • To all growth stage founders and CEOs – A quality CFO is not a late stage luxury but a current requirement – here’s why

    By Steven Dunne

    After the excitement and freewheeling of the first creative stage of growth driven by entrepreneurial or technical zeal, all businesses face similar challenges and unfortunately the data would suggest 80% to 90% don’t make it successfully through. Read more…


  • Frog hosts the biggest reception for Europe’s tech giants at NOAH London 2016

    By Jens Düing

    Once again Frog gathered over 170 leading European tech entrepreneurs and investors at an invitation-only event at one of London’s premier historic landmarks, Tower Bridge. Read more…


  • What impact might the Brexit have on British high growth companies?

    By Jens Düing

    In September I was given the chance to present my thoughts on what impact the Brexit might have on British high growth companies to an audience of international business leaders. Like many others I had been worried. Read more…


  • Blockchain Roundtable @FrogCapital

    By Joe Krancki

    A hot summer night, and a hot topic to discuss: the blockchain. Under the shade of Frog’s mews, we gathered a handful of industry insiders, technologists and curious investors to discuss where this phenomenon is headed. Read more…


  • Frog gathers Europe’s tech leaders at Tower Bridge

    By Jens Düing

    Frog brought together over 100 of Europe’s most influential entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors at one of London’s most iconic landmarks, Tower Bridge, for an evening reception co-hosted by Renovata Partners and Northzone after Day 1 of the 2015 NOAH Conference. Read more…


  • Six Years of the TELL Series

    By Joe Krancki

    On June 24th, we celebrated another successful year of the TELL Series. Former speakers, including Stefan Glänzer, Angus Bankes, Dinesh Dhamija, Will King and David Soskin mixed with newcomers from London’s burgeoning entrepreneurial scene and from Frog’s portfolio, building valuable new connections. Read more…


  • TELL Series – William Chase

    By Joe Krancki

    William Chase started Tyrrells, the potato crisp manufacturer, in 2002 and sold it for £30m in 2008. A Herefordshire farmer who spent twenty tough years “selling spuds” before finding a way to make them pay, Chase left school young and weathered an early bankruptcy before his success with Tyrrells. Read more…


  • TELL Series – Jerry Kennelly

    By Joe Krancki

    Jerry Kennelly started Stockbyte in 1996, one of the first digital stock picture libraries, and sold it to Getty Images in 2006 for $135m. Read more…


  • TELL Series – Andy Phillipps

    By Joe Krancki

    Only an entrepreneur could, with a Cambridge phD and INSEAD MBA, declare themselves unfit for academic work. Given Andy Phillipps’ success in founding booking.com, now the fastest-growing global travel company, his revelation to the TELL audience that he scored 1 (that’s 1 up from 0) on INSEAD’s Entrepreneurship module has us convinced INSEAD need to re-write their module. Read more…


  • TELL Series – Paul Kerley

    By Joe Krancki

    Paul Kerley founded Norkom in 1998, an anti-crime software provider for the financial services industry. Sustaining the company through a failed IPO, near-liquidation, several pivots and innumerable macro shocks, Kerley led Norkom to a €217m exit to BAE Systems in 2011. Read More…

     


  • Frog hosts classic car event

    By Mike Reid

    A winning track record drives funds forward, and on Tuesday 28th April, in collaboration with The Institute of Family Business, Frog introduced its guests to the world where track record counts most: the classic car market. Read more…


  • TELL Series – Matthew Slotover of Frieze

    By Joe Krancki

    With no prior skills in art, publishing or business, Matthew Slotover started one of the most successful art publishing businesses, Frieze Magazine, as a 22-year-old graduate in 1991. Driven by London’s increasing presence in the international art market, Slotover launched Frieze Art Fair in 2003, the city’s first international contemporary art fair. Read more…


  • TELL Series – Taavet Hinrikus of TransferWise

    By Joe Krancki

    As with phone calls and taxi rides before Skype and Uber, money transfers seem “incredibly boring”, Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of TransferWise, told the TELL audience on 4 March. But as Skype and Uber did, TransferWise is ripping through its respective industry, transforming money transfer from a slow, expensive chore into an impossibly cheap, easy and fast process. Read more…

     


  • TELL Series – Nick Hynes of Somo

    By Joe Krancki

    “Everything will change in the connected world”, Nick Hynes, founder and CEO of Somo, a mobile marketing agency, told the TELL audience on 25 Feb. Read more…

     


  • TELL Series – Ayman Asfari of Petrofac

    By Joe Krancki

    Ayman Asfari joined Petrofac in 1991 and has grown the oil and gas service company into a FTSE100 firm, with a turnover in excess of $6bn and 20,000 employees in 27 countries. Read more…


  • VC/PE Movember Fundraiser

    By Mike Reid

    Frog’s King’s Cross spot has often been called ahead of its time. As tech firms and funds flock here, Frog is already well established in its serene, central Mews. But on Wednesday night, the Mews stepped back in time. Welcome to our Speakeasy, ladies and gentlemen, in aid of Movember, and supported by Frog and Silicon Valley Bank. Read more…


  • Turning investor appetite into capital for growth

    Investors are seeking opportunities with the momentum and strategy to cut through any economic uncertainty. Companies in Europe are delivering and the demand is there to do more. Successfully bridging this gap will help create the future leaders. Read More…

     


  • TELL Series – David Cleevely

    By Joe Krancki

    David Cleevely’s TELL address on 28 May paid humble little attention to the billion-dollar company he co-founded, Abcam plc., or the consultancy he sold to Datatec for over $20m, or the numerous institutions he’s responsible for in Silicon Fen, like Cambridge Network, Cambridge Wireless, Cambridge Angels, and now The University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy.  Read more…


  • TELL Series – Nancy Cruickshank

    By Joe Krancki

    Nancy Cruickshank’s packed career held the TELL audience rapt on 21 May. The founder of Smartmove (now Zoopla), handbag.com (bought for £22m by Hearst Corporation) and numerous media platforms for Condé Nast, Sky and The Telegraph Media Group told the MBAs present to chase every opportunity they find. Read more… 


  • Celebrating 5 years of TELL

    By Joe Krancki

    London Tech Week was abuzz with the success of Silicon Roundabout and digital tech expecting to add £12 billion to the UK economy and 46,000 new jobs over the next decade. But who’s nurturing that next generation of entrepreneurial talent? The TELL Series is evidence of entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs. Read more…


  • TELL Series – Eldar Tuvey

    Eldar Tuvey, Co-founder and CEO of Wandera, the first mobile data gateway for enterprises, shared the story of his dotcom start-up Scansafe with the TELL audience. An internet software company launched in 1999 with his brother Roy, it surfed both the dizzy and dismal waves of the early dotcom days. Their adherence to cloud computing was valuable foresight, and a move into internet security software in 2004, strengthened by a powerful partnership with AT&T, made them a market leader. A pitch-perfect exit to Cisco followed in 2009 for $183m. Read more…


  • Two simple 2×2 matrices that will change your week

    By Mike Reid

    Congratulations for growing your businesses rapidly so far. But how do you keep this going? Or more to the point, how do the people who work for you keep this going? Having too much to do is a permanent feature of life in a fast growing company. What your teams do now (today!) and next (tomorrow!) is the difference between success and mediocrity. How effective are those that report directly to you at prioritising? And how effective are they at ensuring their teams can prioritise? Yes, they have the management talk, but when it comes down to how they allocate their time during the week, are you confident they are spending 80% of their time doing things that are important AND urgent? Read more…


  • Germany’s entrepreneurial ecosystem reaches adolescence

    By Jens Düing

    Germany has recently seen a proliferation of accelerators: first came those founded by successful entrepreneurs (e.g. Rocket Internet, Project A, Hanse Ventures), then more recently the corporate ones (e.g. Hub:raum, P7S1 Accelerator, You Is Now). With so much support Read more…


  • TELL Series – David Rasche

    Entrepreneurs don’t have to start businesses in their bedrooms or garages to be called so. Anyone who takes on significant financial risk with the belief they can grow a business is an entrepreneur, David Rasche told the TELL audience on 12 March. His buy-in buy-out of SSP, now the biggest insurance and financial services software vendor in the UK, is an illustrative tale of shrewd (and sometimes lucky) financing, and the imperative presence of a strong team. Read more…


  • TELL Series – Luke Johnson

    Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners and Patisserie Valerie, addressed the TELL audience at Deloitte on January 15th. Luke has 25 years’ experience building up businesses including Pizza Express, Strada, Giraffe and Integrated Dental Holdings, the UK’s largest dental surgery chain. Non-profit positions include Chairman of Channel 4 until 2010, and, currently, Chairman of The Institute of Cancer Research. Fed up with the under-representation of entrepreneurs in public life, he launched The Centre for Entrepreneurs last year. Read more… http://vimeo.com/84727805


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