Jeff Lynn is the Co-Founder and Government Chairman of Seedrs, Europe’s largest and most lively fairness crowdfunding platform. Jeff is a big advocate for the worth that small companies can create within the “innovation financial system” and speaks in depth about how he has gone about serving to startups and scaleups purchase essentially the most treasured useful resource when seeking to develop – money.
Earlier than Seedrs, the method of elevating funding for a startup was inefficient, opaque, and unique.
Whereas for most individuals, the notion of investing in a startup was an inaccessible pipe dream.
Solely enterprise capitalists, or these with entry to giant quantities of cash, would have the chance to take a position and reap the advantages. Seedrs was in-built 2012 to vary that. Seedrs’ goal is that buyers of all types, from small retail buyers to giant establishments, are supplied with an-to-use platform to seek out, spend money on, and assist startups and high-growth personal companies, constructing a various portfolio within the course of.
For entrepreneurs, Jeff knew that crowdfunding was extra than simply elevating capital, it was about founders bringing their neighborhood, together with our numerous vary of buyers, together with them on the journey forward:
“[This is a different way] for entrepreneurs to lift capital, to leverage the ability of their communities, and to have the ability to exit not simply to 1 or two wealthy uncles, however to tons of if not 1000’s of associates, followers, potential prospects, present prospects and different supporters to lift small quantities… The quantity of expertise on this nation, in Europe and globally, far exceeds the variety of entrepreneurs who’re getting funded at present, and with extra capital and extra environment friendly methods of funding these entrepreneurs, there can be an enormous progress in innovation and an enormous progress within the variety of nice companies being constructed”
Along with co-founder Carlos Silva, the pair accomplished their MBAs at Saïd Enterprise College on the College of Oxford, and obtained their first £25,000 in funding from Carlos’ landlord, a former tech govt. Previous to Seedrs, Jeff had beforehand been an SEC lawyer and Carlos, a technical skilled primarily based in Portugal. Collectively, and with the assist of an incredible staff, they’ve helped fund over 800 companies and seen over £1.5 billion invested on the platform.
In Seedrs’ very first episode of our new podcast present, Go Fund Your self, we sit down with Jeff Lynn to study concerning the journey of Seedrs proper from the start. The matters we focus on:
- How Jeff and his co-founder recognised an issue out there and solved it
- Diversifying past Seedrs unique enterprise mannequin, together with creating one of many world’s most lively Secondary Markets for startup shares
- The impression of COVID-19 on Seedrs and the broader startup ecosystem round Europe
- What led Jeff to stepping down as a CEO and the way he transition into a brand new position at Seedrs (which you’ll be able to learn extra about right here)
- Pivoting technique after the CMA rejected a proposed merger
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