Startup Advice Series

New European Data Protection Laws. What are they and how do I prepare?

With less than 12 months to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect (from 25 May 2018) we caught up with Chris Coughlan from Ashfords who shared an outline of some of the key changes and … Read More

Why we actively embrace unconventional entrepreneurial characteristics

As investors we talk a lot about the importance of people in our decisions; yet how much do we understand about the largely intuitive decisions we make about the people and teams we invest in?

In some areas … Read More

“Do I need a Chairperson?” High-performing boards in early-stage startups

Notion invests exclusively in early-stage enterprise software companies, with the ambition to build global category leaders. We have 35 companies in our portfolio; while each is unique, they also have much in common.

In particular, they … Read More

Why every startup needs a purpose

The strongest business ideas are rooted in a purpose that promises to change society, a category or take on an apathetic market leader, says Paul Cash, CEO of Rooster Punk…

Entrepreneurs, more than anyone else, share a common desire to … Read More

What every product developer needs to know about new product adoption

It’s common to assume that the decision to use a new product (or otherwise) is a rational one.

In the minds of most, the sequence goes like this:

Marketing Automation: What are the benefits?

Let’s begin at the beginning – what is marketing automation?

In simple terms, marketing automation refers to the process of using software to automate marketing practices. Be they email marketing, social media marketing, or those more complex multi-channel campaigns, … Read More

Category creation as strategy in tech

This blog is inspired by the discussions I have every week with our founders but brought to life by the team at Play Bigger. All the clarity and insights are all them.

History shows us that … Read More

When should a UK startup establish a US company?

One of the most common questions we field from UK startups and scale-ups building a US business is when to establish a separate US company.

Below are various indicators that it’s time to strongly consider setting … Read More

Leveraging your employer brand to attract the right hires

Whether they’ve actively thought about it or not, every single organisation has a employer brand. Although far wider definitions are possible, we can essentially sum employer brand up as how a business is perceived by those individuals who … Read More

Brexit, the Budget and what UK tech companies think about innovation

Brexit is on the tip of everyone’s tongue right now. “What will it mean for me?” “…For my company?”, “How will the economy do?”, “What actions will the government take?” Indeed, 73% of companies think that Brexit makes … Read More

5 Habits of Running Highly Effective Board Meetings

The founder of a company we have recently invested in was asking me for some advice about running board meetings. I think it’s an important subject.

There is definitely far too much time wasted at board … Read More

Growing your SaaS Business: The $100 Million Dollar Mission

This is a summary of my presentation at SaaStock on Tour, London, 15th March, 2017.

The goal for Notion is simple – to be recognised as the definitive European enterprise software investor; attracting the very best enterprise … Read More