After 9 productive and fun years investing alongside my partners at Episode 1, where I’ve backed companies like Carwow, Attest, Touch Surgery, Huboo, Mimica, Perchpeek, IAND, Adludio, Feedr and Auquan, it’s time for a change of focus for me personally.

While I remain 100% committed to the companies in the…

Huboo HQ — in Sunny Bristol

Huboo Technologies, a new investment for Episode 1

We recently invested in Huboo Technologies. It was the fastest investment decision I have ever made. After 15 minutes with the founders, Martin and Paul, I was in. The proposition — multi channel fulfilment made easy — was so compelling, the team — entrepreneurial flair and deep industry expertise —…

It is a truth universally acknowledged (as Jane Austen once wrote), that VCs prefer to work with Founders as CEOs, and not hired hands.

To the uninitiated, that might seem strange. Many of the founders involved in early stage startups are first timers, learning as they go, like new parents…

“Welcome to Durban, you’re about to run the toughest marathon in the world, then you’ll run the second toughest marathon in the world”

I’m just back from South Africa, where I ran, jogged, walked, hobbled, and dragged myself over one of the iconic distance footraces on earth; The Comrades Marathon…

Jump the Queue. Get ahead!

Just back from an event about Visas. Good speakers, and entertaining panel discussion and thanks to Tech City UK for organizing it. A common observation from attendees was that the qualification criteria were not always clear, so in an attempt to shed light on the rules, I thought I’d précis…

Industries of the Future — Alec Ross

So I’m finally reading “The Industries of the Future” by Alec Ross.

One of the (many) good things about an Easter break on the beach in sunny Florida is that I get to read non fiction. I pretty much always have a novel…

Brexit — Why and What Next?

On Thursday, the people of the United Kingdom spoke. Well, the less well educated, the economically vulnerable and the old spoke. In a world not short of contradictions, it is those who are most likely to suffer most from any economic downturn that comes…

Damien Lane

Over exposed to early stage venture, Founder at Episode 1, sports nut, ultrarunner (don't call me a jogger), angel investor, tiger dad, reader, traveller.

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