This series will look at leadership from the point of view of an investor or VC.

In each episode of this series, we will explore what traits, behaviours, or red flags investors see in the leaders that they work with – and how founders evolve over time as they become better leaders.

Bryony Cooper  is a startup enthusiast and serial founder-turned-investor. She has led a few tech startups, a venture builder, an accelerator program, and is now a Managing Partner at Arkley Brinc VC. 

Get ready to be inspired by Bryony Cooper, with a background as a tech startup founder and experience in helping startups go from concept to commercialization, she brings a unique perspective to the table. 

Her unconventional journey, rooted in a creative background as a professional singer and writer, sets her apart in the world of venture capitalists.

Drawing from her own experiences and observations, Bryony underscores the significance of broad skill sets in founders and the value of interpersonal skills in addition to technical expertise. Mapping out a clear framework for growth, maintaining open communication, and aligning on company values are key aspects she highlights.

For individuals struggling with confidence, Bryony encourages deliberate practice and stepping outside comfort zones. Understanding one’s worth, believing in oneself, and exuding confidence while remaining humble are crucial factors she advises.

Join Bryony Cooper on her remarkable journey and gain valuable insights to overcome leadership challenges, foster company culture, navigate success and failure, and embrace your own creativity in the ever-evolving startup landscape.

You can find Bryony at the below links

In the interview,  Bryony shares

  • “I ran three tech companies by the age of 30 as CEO, and in between, I also ran a venture builder program helping other early-stage startups.” 
  • “In the tech startup world, you can grow very quickly, and it’s important to establish a company culture early on.” – Bryony Cooper
  • “Having open communication and shared vision with co-founders or management is crucial for the growth and success of a company.” 
  • “Failing makes you learn much faster, and experienced founders who have learned from failure are valuable in the startup ecosystem.” 
  • “Success can be more challenging than failure because it brings new responsibilities and expectations.” – Bryony Cooper
  • “Knowing your own worth, believing in yourself, and carrying confidence into the room are essential for leadership.” 
  • “Practicing pitching, presenting, and public speaking builds confidence and improves communication skills.” 
  • “Humility is just as important as confidence, especially when seeking investments or support for your company.” 
  • “Creativity can be an outlet and a source of energy replenishment for leaders in the business world.” 
  • “Body language plays a significant role in effective communication, and power poses can boost confidence and presence.”