The Twenty Minute VC: Europe's Youngest Series A Venture Partner, James Wise @ Balderton Capital

How to get into venture & what the future of VC looks like

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Harry Stebbings — Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@jp_wise is a partner at @Balderton one of Europe's leading early stage venture funds with $2.5B in funds. The youngest partner at a Series A fund in Europe, at 29 James has already led on deals including the likes of @Crowdcube @SketchFab @3D Hubs @Sunrise and @Workable amongst others. He discusses his unusual background, coming into VC after previously setting up and running a charity, why he thinks geography matters less than every and why he continues to focus on areas in healthtech and edutech as well as many other emerging sectors.

In Today's Episode You Will Learn:

1.) As Europe’s youngest venture partner, is venture capital a viable career going forward? What makes James say this? Has there been a time when you doubted this thesis and why?

2.) So it is a viable career, where do we go from here? Why should we choose venture in Europe over venture in the US? What are the inherent pros and cons? Does James get the itch to head to the Valley?

3.) So VC in Europe is the place to be, so why did James choose Balderton? There are a plethora of great and emerging funds in Europe, what attracted James to Balderton?

4.) What does the next 10 years of VC look like? Where we are heading? Although a viable career now, will this continue to be with increasing power of crowd sourced financing and decreasing startup costs?

5.) What advice would James give a young individual looking to get into the industry? How can an individual show their passion and inherent interest for VC and startups in a tangible way?

Items Mentioned In Today's Episode:

James' Fave Blog: The Morning Paper by Adrian Colyer, Nathan Benaich Newsletter

James' Fave Book: Score Takes Care Of Itself: Bill Walsh, Nick Bostrum: Superintelligence

James' Most Recent Investment: Magic Pony
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James Wise — Venture investor @Balderton
Thanks for posting this Harry - was great talking to you again and what a year The Twenty Minute VC has had! Happy to answer any questions people have following this episode.
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