Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered “expertise investor” that backs people pre-team and pre-idea to allow them to discovered startups, has appointed former Andreessen Horowitz companion Benedict Evans as a Venture Partner.
A well-respected analyst with a background within the tech and media industries, Evans can be tasked with offering “evaluation, perception and proposals” for brand spanking new applied sciences and markets that provide alternatives for the EF firm builder mannequin and to assist future EF cohorts.
This will embrace performing as an advisor to EF’s world portfolio, and supporting the present and upcoming cohorts at Investment Committee. Additionally, I’m instructed he’ll be working with EF’s Executive Committee on “technique and portfolio composition path” (no matter which means!).
Noteworthy, Evans’ LinkedIn profile lists him as a Venture Partner at London’s Mosaic Ventures. Mosaic primarily invests at Series A, and due to this fact additional alongside the funding funnel than EF. Presumably, which means there isn’t any direct battle of curiosity and I perceive he’ll proceed to do round someday per week at Mosaic.
(Fun truth: all the best way again in late 2013, Evans did a stint at seed funding agency Passion Capital based mostly in London. The “analyst in residence” left after 3-Four months and intriguingly that a part of his resume doesn’t get the LinkedIn remedy.)
Meanwhile, for the final six years, Evans was based mostly in San Francisco the place he was a companion at Andreessen Horowitz. Upon leaving Andreessen Horowitz, he returned to London as an unbiased analyst, persevering with to supply annual macro tech tendencies studies, in addition to producing a daily publication.
Alongside Evans, EF has lately recruited Sam Barnett as President, Bernadette Cho as General Manager of EF Singapore, Philipp Herkelmann as General Manager of EF Berlin, and Andy Young as Vice President of Growth.