I believe that an activist approach to venture investing is the best way to build a strong portfolio and deliver outsized returns. That means I actively support all our portfolio companies throughout their life cycle, don't mind getting my hands dirty, and get involved wherever I can be useful.
Venture capital investing
Kjartan has spent the last 20 years working in the technology sector as a founder, advisor, board member, and investor. As a Founding Partner of Concentric, the London & Copenhagen-based venture capital firm, he works with early-stage tech businesses to support their development and accelerate growth.
Current investments include Homehero, Houst, Huckletree, Hussle, Pockit, Public.io, Superscript, Insly, Memory.ai and Wiredirect. He takes a hands-on, founder-focused approach to start-up investment and is passionate about increasing the profile of the European VC sector amongst family offices and institutional investors worldwide.
Prior to Concentric, he co-founded the venture fund DN Capital and the merchant bank Korral Partners and has been instrumental in 100+ transactions over the course of his career, as both investor and advisor.
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Insights Kjartan has written
Why should venture capital be at the heart of family office impact strategiesVenture Capital
Impact investing is a top priority for family offices, yet defining an approach that will ‘do good’ and drive returns is fraught with challenges. However, if you’re committed to venture investing, there’s a strong argument you’re already making an impact in several ways.
Venture due diligence for family offices: Balancing thorough analysis with gut feelVenture Capital
'Gut feel' is a big part of venture investment, but that doesn’t preclude the need for thorough due diligence to assess the business fundamentals. Doing so is even more important in the current climate and particularly for those with less experience in the VC space.
An introduction to venture capital funds for family officesVenture Capital
VC funds don’t always receive the same attention as their colleagues in the private equity and broader asset management space, and historically they’ve sometimes been seen as a bit mysterious. Here is an overview of everything you need to know.
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