Kindred has been looking for a new General Partner for around two years now and we’re delighted to be able to announce that we’ve finally made an appointment. Selecting a GP is by necessity a lengthy process, as it’s a long-term commitment and both sides need to kick the tyres on everything from personal chemistry to investment judgement alignment.

Maria Palma will be joining Kindred from New York based Venture Capital fund RRE, where she spent five years, both building their platform team (from scratch) and leading investments into some of their most exciting break-out companies.

Prior to that she…

Fundraising is one of the activities that tends to dominate the time and energy of most early-stage start-up founders. We created this guide to help founders become more familiar with the Series A fundraising process. We believe everyone should have access to the same knowledge going into their fundraise to enable the strongest founders to succeed, not the ones with the most “inside info”.

In Part I we covered four sections: Metrics, Timeline, Steady State Fundraising and Active Fundraising. It was our most popular content to date and we’re hoping that Part II completes the fundraising picture. …

There are two objectives that tend to dominate the time and energy of most early-stage startup founders: fundraising and hiring. The latter is often impossible without the former, but a founder needs a team to support them while they’re focusing on raising capital. It’s a difficult balance, and one with which many founders struggle, particularly if they’re inexperienced at dealing with VCs.

Last year, Anna Briggs spent several months interning with the Kindred Capital team and during that time, the fund made its final investment into a new portfolio company out of Fund I. …

We’re all understandably somewhat distracted by COVID-19 at the moment, both from a health point of view, but also the possible short and longer term economic consequences.

At Kindred, we have no intention of waiting for more certainty and are going to be investing as usual. We also had three deals in Term Sheet in the last two weeks and all will close, as planned.

That doesn’t mean that we haven’t taken sensible precautions in the way we’re running our business. For instance, we have made the decision to socially isolate ourselves and for the foreseeable future, we won’t be…

As the Community Lead at Kindred, I was recently tasked with creating a parental leave policy for the firm. I found the mechanics of pulling together a policy framework pretty straightforward (happy to share our template), then the team all weighed in on scope.

I’ve been at Kindred for about a year now and I’m regularly reminded that this is not a conventional venture capital firm. Since day zero, the team have tried to take a blank sheet of paper, apply first principles thinking, and always put people first. So, this policy is not based on what might be ‘expected’…

Since we started Kindred Capital in late 2015, we’ve gone from strength to strength and it’s now time to look for our next General Partner, as we start to invest from Fund II, which is another £80m seed fund. In this post I’m going to explain what we’re looking for and why a star investor should be interested in joining our great team.

Fund I pioneered our successful Equitable Investing concept, where sharing Carry with the founders we invest in has noticeably maximised both dealflow and subsequent support for the companies we invested in. Notably successful Fund I portfolio companies…

We often hear that it’s hard to raise funding for a seed business (or any stage business, in reality). But how difficult is it exactly? We thought it would be useful to share the Kindred investment process and the numbers at each stage.

Like any VC, we get far too many inbound approaches to see all of them. We get sent decks to our website, by email and LinkedIn, plus via any number of intermediaries and specialist websites, who promise to make it easier for startups to contact VCs. …

Legendary runner Dave Wottle, demonstrating that it’s the result that matters*

Imagine you are talking to a friend who is naturally gifted at sports — perhaps, tennis or golf, but any sport will do. They tell you that it is their intention to go professional and turn their hobby into a fulltime occupation.

After you congratulate them and wish them the best of luck, one topic that would naturally emerge would be to explore who would be coaching them on the next stage of their career. If they’re joining a team, naturally a coach will be provided. …

10 percent Addicted to VR

Bill Gates wrote in 1996 that “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” While this was certainly true at the time, the nature of exponential trends means that these changes are speeding up — in other words, the next ten years are going to be even more dramatic than the last ten.

And the last 10 years have been very dramatic indeed. 2008 was the year that the iPhone had just been launched and we suddenly…

The founder couldn’t quite put his finger on it, but something was going wrong with his Talent Strategy for early employees.

No founder needs convincing that finding and retaining the right talent is crucial to success — at every stage of the business. But the first 10 hires you make are arguably the most crucial, as they set the bar for the future.

Hire a bunch of B and C players and that’s what your company will consist of from here on in. “A Players” won’t join a team of also-rans. Worse, as Steve Jobs observed, while A Players tend to recruit other A Players, Bs have a habit of hiring Cs and so on.

Once you’ve starting hiring, the arguably…

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Kindred is a new early stage venture capital fund based in London that practices equitable venture.

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