A conversation with Matt Clifford, co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First, on talent investing, networks and incentivizing scenius.
My guest today is Matt Clifford, co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First, which he started with Alice Bentinck back in 2011.
Entrepreneur First is what is known as a Talent Investor – they help extraordinary individuals find a co-founder, develop and idea and raise money from the world's best investors. So far they've enabled more than a thousand people to create over 200 companies, worth a combined $2.4 billion.
On top of running Entrepreneur First, Matt writes Thoughts in Between, one of my favorite newsletters so it goes without saying that I'm very excited about this conversation.
We kick-off with a couple of somewhat weird questions I've been meaning to ask Matt for some time but then we dive straight into it:
- picking and testing locations for Entrepreneur First
- why the talent model investing is as important as ever
- why now is the right time to start a company
- the value of networks
- how to incentivize scenius (or communal genius)
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
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