Smedvig insights

A selection of thoughts, news & insights from the Smedvig team and our portfolio.

Gender diversity in the UK Venture Capital Industry: what we now know

Diversity.VC recently published a report on the state of gender diversity in the UK Venture Capital industry. As part of the team that worked to produce the report, I want to highlight some key statistics and offer my view on what we can do next, both to improve gender diversity and diversity more broadly in the venture / tech ecosystem.

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Internationalising your business: How, When & Where?

On 2nd October Cruxy & Company, Smedvig Capital and Silicon Valley Bank co-hosted an event delving into international expansion, with a focus on the US market. Opinions came from a diverse panel consisting of an investor, lawyer, strategist and Tech CEO with recent US expansion experience. In a morning full of punchy opinions and in-depth insight, here are some of the key takeaways.

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Quill: How to build an inspirational workplace culture

In the famous words of Peter Drucker: “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. The benefits of a positive, strong and aligned company culture have been proven time and again, from improved employee retention to boosted productivity and performance. With the right strategy but a poor team culture, outcomes are often negative — but a team with a strong culture is better equipped to overcome the challenges that spring from a faulty strategy, and ultimately prevail.

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The rise of retail apps: why we invested in Poq

Smedvig Capital recently led the £9.5m Series B investment in to Poq, the UK’s leading retail app development platform. We are excited to have backed the awesome founding team of Oyvind, Michael, Mike and Jun, and their vision of bringing retail into the age of apps. Here’s why.

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Internationalising your business: How, When & Where?

On 2nd October Cruxy & Company, Smedvig Capital and Silicon Valley Bank co-hosted an event delving into international expansion, with a focus on the US market. Opinions came from a diverse panel consisting of an investor, lawyer, strategist and Tech CEO with recent US expansion experience. In a morning full of punchy opinions and in-depth insight, here are some of the key takeaways.

Read More

Quill: How to build an inspirational workplace culture

In the famous words of Peter Drucker: “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. The benefits of a positive, strong and aligned company culture have been proven time and again, from improved employee retention to boosted productivity and performance. With the right strategy but a poor team culture, outcomes are often negative — but a team with a strong culture is better equipped to overcome the challenges that spring from a faulty strategy, and ultimately prevail.

Read More

Gender diversity in the UK Venture Capital Industry: what we now know

Diversity.VC recently published a report on the state of gender diversity in the UK Venture Capital industry. As part of the team that worked to produce the report, I want to highlight some key statistics and offer my view on what we can do next, both to improve gender diversity and diversity more broadly in the venture / tech ecosystem.

Read More

The rise of retail apps: why we invested in Poq

Smedvig Capital recently led the £9.5m Series B investment in to Poq, the UK’s leading retail app development platform. We are excited to have backed the awesome founding team of Oyvind, Michael, Mike and Jun, and their vision of bringing retail into the age of apps. Here’s why.

Read More