ML88: Matt Clifford on The Habits of Successful Founders, Dispelling Startup Myths and Building the Companies of the Future
Clifford is the co-founder of Entrepreneur First (EF), the world's leading
technology company builder. EF invests in top technical people to help them build
world-class deep tech startups from scratch in London and Singapore.
One of the biggest assumptions about entrepreneurs is that they’re born, not made, and that it takes a mysterious combination of natural talent and a big slice of luck for founders to be in the right place at the right time.
By building EF with his co-founder Alice Bentinck, Matt has challenged that assumption – because EF creates startups by helping them to find co-founders and commercialise their technology.
And their thesis has been getting validation, because since 2011, they’ve created over 100 startups worth over $400m including Magic Pony Technology (sold to Twitter for $150M), Tractable and StackHut.
Plus they’ve recently expanded to Singapore and raised $12.4 million in new funding led by Silicon Valley’s Greylock Partners in a deal that sees Greylock partner and Linked In co-founder Reid Hoffman join the board.
In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:
- The qualities aspiring entrepreneurs need to cultivate
- The environmental characteristics that produce startup hubs
- What Matt has learned from creating over 100 startups in the tech space
So whether you’re looking to build a startup yourself or want to get some insight into the tech trends that will affect all of us in the future, this episode will give you all that and more.
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