By the age of 14, I’d lived in Kenya, Nigeria, UK, Thailand and Australia, and commuted back and forth between Melbourne and school in Oxford, UK six times a year as an unaccompanied minor. Rapid, unpredictable change amongst a wide range of cultures was and still remains relatively ‘normal’ to me.
My first experience of entrepreneurship was ironically within the UK’s largest companies, where I became a senior part of a new startup tasked with selling over $1bn of property in a managed fashion. Whilst not majorly creative, it taught me the importance of focus, speed, clarity, proactivity and teamwork, many of the values that live within Frog today.
At Frog Capital
In work, my passion is helping innovative European scale-up entrepreneurial teams succeed. I believe leading a team from where you handpicked everyone to one where the majority were hired by someone else is THE most challenging phase for a business leader. Too many of the same mistakes are made by new leaders, and Frog is hopefully part of solving this.
After 22 years of investing in PE & VC across the world, but mainly Europe, it is lucky that European growth equity and high growth companies is, in our view, the asset class with one of the most attractive balance of risk and reward. After launching Frog in 2009, I run Frog alongside Jens and Steven, two fantastic partners. I’ve seen most of the scale-up mistakes, and one of my most pleasurable jobs is collaborating on building out the Frog Scale-Up Methodology to help others avoid the same mistakes.