www.pickingalpha.com is talking to John Straw, Founder of iDisrupted, who gives insights on the ways venture capitalists think about disruption in technologies and disruptive business models. John Straw sits on boards of both European and USA Venture Capital firms and his experience of facing challenges of both markets give him an opportunity to identify and work through well know as well as hidden advantages and challenges of both sides. John discusses why VC fundraising in UK and Ireland is much more competitive and effective than in France (UK and Ireland has a joint population of almost 70mln. people, while France has population of 66mln. In 2014 France raised 9.3bln. Euros , while UK + Ireland jointly raised 22.2Bln Euros). He also discusses the impact of Brexit on EU Venture Capital scene.
John Straw is a leading authority on emerging technologies, a major voice in the digital services industry, and a serial entrepreneur. He can be heard at the corporate talks as well as European Commission Forums.
He is an active early stage venture capitalist, with a particular interest in technology companies. John previously Chaired Thomas Cook’s Digital Advisory Board and is currently Chairman/ Investor in search start-up Cloud Find, Non-Executive Director at personal data start-up CTRLio and principle at the recently formed investment group Thorium Technology Investors.