Fascinating and highly accessible insight from the team at Mosaic Ventures on the key characteristics of leading Founders in Europe. Some commonly held assumptions are challenged in this very well presented research, link here.
Essential reading to keep you informed
In the library you will find news, information and guides from Spectrum. Also our Board Chair Report, based on Spectrum’s research of the views and experiences of board chairs, investors and CEOs in fast growth, privately held businesses.
We have also included published information from other organisations which we found to be particularly interesting and relevant, and that we hope you enjoy reading.
Building trust is the essential starting point for all quality business relationships, none more so than during the interview process. a16z Talent Partner, Jeff Stump, shares his views on talent and integrity here
What is culture and why is it so important? Netflix’s famous document provides immensely valuable learning
When we take a brief from a client they will talk most about their “culture”, and when we then speak with a prospective candidate, they will usually ask “what is the company culture” ? But,…
The Founder of Waze – acquired by Google – neatly highlights the differences between start-up and corporate life
Noam Bardin founded Waze, a start-up which was acquired by Google. Unusually for an entrepreneur whose business has been acquired, Bardin then served seven years at Google. When he eventually left Google, Bardin felt compelled…
Independent report on the UK Fintech sector by Ron Kalifa, OBE. At Budget 2020, the Chancellor asked Ron Kalifa, OBE to conduct an independent review to identify priority areas to support the UK’s fintech sector.…
Spectrum remains fully operational during the global Covid-19 coronavirus healthcare crisis. Since 2010, the business has operated a cloud-based technology infrastructure and a predominantly ‘remote’ or ‘virtual’ based people organisation. As we continue to serve…
It’s time for more alternatives to venture capital cash, argues the Omidyar Network’s Sarah Drinkwater — and for more startups focused on making positive contributions to the world.
We’ve come to the end of another busy year and wanted to share a selection of Spectrum’s 2019 highlights with you.
Pivoting from an initial product design or business model has become a given in the startup playbook. But even as startup leaders shift their businesses to meet a newly discovered need, they often fail to apply the same logic to themselves — and there they get into trouble. Startup leaders must be willing to pivot their leadership approach, or their board and investors will end up doing it for them.
Coaching was once the purview of either the most powerful leaders or those in hot water. Now it’s a tool for all CEOs looking to better themselves.
The CEO’s job is as difficult as it is important. It’s the most powerful and sought-after title in business, more exciting, rewarding, and influential than any other.
The world of work is changing. The often talked about ‘skills gap’ shows a need for creative, different thinkers to make sense of the rapid change and the disruption we’re facing in the world today. Dyslexic individuals have a range of natural strengths that make them ‘hard wired’ to step right in and fill this gap.
Spectrum Founder and Managing Partner, Daniel Osmer, recently took part in an interview with Andrea Petrone. Daniel was asked to provide his perspective about the main challenges for tech entrepreneurs, finding and hiring the best talent and how to develop their own leadership.
Five years in to McKinsey’s research, we’ve seen more women rise to the top levels of companies. Yet women continue to be underrepresented at every level.
It is only by achieving the optimal balance between humans and machines that Boards can navigate the future of work.
Did you receive the Autumn edition of our Quarterly Update containing Spectrum’s latest news, views and current search mandates?
Daniel joined about 100 other cyclists on 5-7 September in Normandy, France to raise funds for SSAFA: a British charity which does great work providing support to its forces veterans – and their families – whenever and wherever they need it.
If you ask working women with families why they step off the leadership track, it’s often not just because of what happens at the office. Rather, it’s because of the combined effect of their daytime…
As a startup, it’s hard to negotiate customer contracts because you’re not yet established or trusted in the marketplace, so customers are taking on the risk. Many founders therefore make the mistake of being overly…
Ignition Financial’s Report looks at how an eventful first half of 2019 has seen some key events that could mark a turning point for the start-up/VC ecosystem as we know it.