Founders on the front line
Jeff Lynn – Seedrs
Co-Founder, Jeff Lynn shares his views on European expansion, how he prepared the company for sustainable growth and the motivations behind his move from CEO to Executive Chairman.
Since launching in 2009 Seedrs has funded more than 640 deals and was named the most active UK investor of private companies in 2017 (Beauhurst). Companies who have raised on the platform include Revolut, Perkbox and Wrisk.
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Last year you switched roles, from CEO to Executive Chairman Tell us about the thinking behind that decision.Watch video
What has the take up been like in the EU?Watch video
If you could have a conversation with your former self, what would you say?Watch video
“In the early days I thought that building a business was a very binary thing. You either rocketed to the moon and everybody made a fortune or you wound up face down in the gutter. I didn’t understand the notion of strong and effective linear growth".Listen on iTunes
“As a software engineer I was missing the bigger picture. I wanted to be at the intersection of business, technology and creativity".Listen on iTunes
“If we’d been stuck doing what we were doing, unwilling to make changes, then we would have missed opportunities that were better than what we started out with".Listen on iTunes
“We want to build a global company. It’s the only goal we have. We're in London because there's better access to (B2B SaaS/ specialist) talent here".Listen on iTunes
“Crowdfunding is a component of what we do, but ultimately we want to be a full-service marketplace for big and small investors, so that people are able to invest in the business as they like".Read blog
“When you want to disrupt an industry you cannot talk as though you are the same kind of creature.“Read blog
“I recognised that if I didn’t give up control we wouldn’t grow. The only way to scale is to give others more responsibility".Read blog
"At first we did not have any plans to go international. The focus was on finding clients and securing sales. We got a lot of nos but we kept going and all of a sudden it took off".Read blog