Growth Mindset Podcast

100: The Best Investments Start with Yourself - Stuart Chapman, Co-Founder Draper Esprit VC

March 23rd, 2020

Stuart Chapman - Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Draper Esprit Plc

Draper Esprit , a Pan-European venture capital fund that invests into disruptive tech companies at the early and growth stages

Draper Esprit is one of the most active venture capital firms in Europe, developing and investing in disruptive, high growth technology companies. They believe the best entrepreneurs in Europe are capable of building the global businesses of the future. The company fuels their growth with long- term capital, access to international networks and decades of experience building businesses.

The company invests in tech companies that see new ways for the world to work. Which explains why their portfolio is full of inventors and visionaries; companies like Revolut, Trustpilot, Graze, Ledger, Transferwise and Graphcore.

In order to provide entrepreneurs with a more flexible approach to funding and to back them for longer, they re-invented the traditional venture capital by ourselves going public in 2016.

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My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.



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Show up on day one as your authentic self and you’ll create an authentic life. Doing this will let you step into your power and be firm in your decisions and actions so that you can create the life you want

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With persistence, you can communicate two critical lessons: you have talent burning inside you, and you can bring it out if you are willing to put in sufficient effort.

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Listening is something you can learn, day after day, that enriches ourselves inwardly and outwardly we see in our demonstrations and in our behavior. It’s a gesture that shows maturity and security.

While we are listening we often think already about how to respond. This is not a competition to see who is right, you do not win anything, actually you have everything to lose. If you do not handle well the conversation you risk misunderstandings and this leads to unnecessary fights.

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