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Interview with Kjartan Rist: European VC – Strengths, mistakes and opportunities


We interviewed Kjartan Rist, Founding Partner of Concentric, to discuss the following topics:

• State of play for Europeam VC.

• What returns to expect? Are U.S. VCs better?

• What mistakes has European VC made?

• What is VC activism?

Kjartan has spent his last 20 years focusing on the technology sector as a founder, advisor, Board member and investor. Concentric was founded in 2013 by Kjartan Rist and Denis Shafranik - European Activist Venture Investors for the past 20 years. The fund has offices in London and Copenhagen and invests across the major Northern and Western European tech hubs. Concentric invests into software-driven technology businesses that are solving «real problems» and automating traditional economy sectors such as financial services, mobility, real estate, logistics, industrials, retail etc.

Prior to Concentric, Kjartan co-founded the venture fund DN Capital and the merchant bank Korral Partners. In his career to date he has been instrumental in 100+ transactions as a Principal.

Kjartan graduated from University of Bath and earnt an MBA from Imperial College London.

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Relevant links:

MJ Hudson services - Venture capital law

Kjartan Rist's LinkedIn - Click here

Concetric website - Click here

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  • Topics
  • Concentric
  • Europe
  • European
  • Kjartan Rist
  • returns
  • U.S.
  • VC
  • VC activism
  • venture capital
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