|Type of investor||Early stage VC|
|Typical investment size||$1M - $2.5M|
|Typical investments in a year||6|
|Investments made||Jajah, Amobee, Joyent, Assia, Quantenna, Boku|
|Investments partners||Sequoia, Intel, NEA|
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I worked for a start-up called Portrait Software, Bessemer Ventures backed and eventually acquired by Pitney Bowes.
Personally I love Fab.com, Etsy, Pinterest and service sites like AirBnB and DogVacay which have been very useful to me!
Most rewarding is the freshness of ideas and total belief that this is the next big thing – and some of them will be! Frustrating is when it takes too long to understand the proposition because the message is not clear.
Explaining a proposition in technical speak without talking about the problem it solves!
-Lessons as an investor that might help entrepreneurs
-Have a really clear elevator pitch about what you do - it has to be easy to understand for everyone
-The team is the company and makes or breaks decisions – one standout person always makes a great impression
-When information is easy to get at it simplifies the investment process – having the house in order is good practice.
Working for Telefonica since 2006 running the Enterprise Sales team in UK and then developing new business opportunities - resulting in the acquisition of Jajah, a VOIP company based here in Silicon Valley.
Previous experience in a CRM start up with Bessemer as lead investors and ultimate successful exit to Pitney Bowes. Prior experience at Xerox in a variety of roles including UK board director in Sales and Marketing.