We have an open and transparent engagement model. If you want to talk, give us a call and we’ll have an initial, no obligation conversation. We won’t want you to tell us about your finances, but we will want to know what your investment expertise is, what your outline sums are and what stage you’re most interested in. You could be at start up incubator, seed, angel, syndicate, fund, institutional.
If we think we can help you, we’ll outline what we would do for you. If you’re interested, we’ll insist on signing a robust Non Disclosure Agreement – yours or ours (we don’t mind so long as it protects you and us). We’ll then produce a detailed agreement with specific deliverables and milestones, typically including business profiling and presentation of investment opportunities.
Some clients want us for a particular assignment at a fixed fee, which might be completing an audit assessment on a particular innovation or sector, or assisting with achieving a particular delivery milestone. We’re also happy to assist with existing investments, particularly if a degree of focus or turnaround is needed.
Other clients want our engagement based on results, such as joining other investors or funding placed into opportunities, in which case we take a small percentage. Some want both. The choice is yours
We don’t seek any exclusivity in our work. If you want us to work with others alongside us, that’s fine with us.
Our goal is simple – we want to guide those with investment seeking the higher potential returns from disruptive technologies to the best opportunities.
Finally, don't forget to read the legals.
Artificial intelligence is a current hot topic for investors but much of what is hyped as AI may not be all that it seems. Hype is a term often seen around disruptive innovations and Gartner penned the hype cycle a couple of decades or so ago in order to describe the different stages (“peak of inflated expectations”, trough of disillusionment”, “slope of enlightenment”, “plateau of productivity”). More recently, analyst Davey Jose at sombre bank HSBC modernised the picture, using terms like “hype mania”, “backlash” and “real application”.
A few weeks ago Google announced that it was close to achieving “quantum supremacy”. Maybe the machines are about to take over. Actually, Google has just made the next stage quantum computing chip (called Bristlecone) that has 72 bits. John Martinis, who heads Google’s effort, says it’s “pretty likely” that the new chip can achieve “quantum supremacy.” But what does this mean?
Investors usually focus on buy price, exit price and perhaps how long in-between the two. But we may be looking in the wrong direction altogether. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine ran a headline declaring that we’ve come to a pivotal moment for investors, particularly for those in innovative businesses. The article pointed out that some events stand out as watershed moments such as Bill Gates writing his “Tidalwave of the Internet” memo in 1995 or Steve Jobs holding up the iPhone in 2007. So what was this earth changing event?