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On technical founders and solving hard problems with Marie Brayer, Partner at Fly Ventures

Join us as Freddie Macpherson and Linda Võeras bring you a new inspiring story in VC and a conversation on technical investments and more.

Join us for a new episode of the NEUVC series dedicated to those embarking on their journey in the VC. In this episode, Freddie Macpherson, Associate at Isomer Capital, and Linda Võeras, Investment Manager at Karma Ventures, are joined by Marie Brayer, Partner at Fly Ventures.

Fly Ventures is an early-stage deep tech and tech-heavy B2B software specialist fund. They are the first-check VC for technical founders and invest from day zero to seed, backing founders from all over Europe.

Marie has a background in finance and a keen interest in engineering. Before joining Fly Ventures in 2022, she worked with Serena Capital, where she invested and worked with more than 10 French B2B startups, including Descartes Underwriting, Lifen, Malt, and Kili Technology.

Marie is always looking to help founders who really want to take on a huge technical challenge. Make sure to listen to Marie’s inspiring story on today’s podcast episode below.

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  • 00:58 Marie's Journey into Venture Capital

  • 03:54 From Software Engineering to Venture Capital

  • 06:23 The Evolution of the French Tech Ecosystem

  • 08:35 Expanding Horizons: From France to Europe

  • 10:20 Joining Fly Ventures: A New Chapter

  • 11:47 The Changing Landscape for Technical Founders in Europe

  • 12:26 Education and Ecosystems in Tech Success

  • 16:53 The Diverse Paths to Success in European Tech

  • 20:22 The Strategy Behind Winning Deals Across Europe

  • 22:46 Supporting Deep Tech Founders: Risks and Rewards

  • 29:27 Navigating the European VC Landscape

  • 42:02 The Future of Board Dynamics in Early-Stage Startups

  • 47:08 The Power of Side Projects in Venture Capital

  • 49:40 Advice for New VCs: Embrace the Intensity

👋 Upcoming in-person events we’re hosting

There’s nothing we like better than getting Europe’s best and brightest together around good food, drinks and conversations that go truly deep.

Fund Modelling Workshop & Mixer | 5th of June | 🌍 Berlin, Germany | Join waitlist.

European VC Awards | 4th of June | 🌍 Berlin, Germany | Get tickets.

📅 Upcoming virtual events

From time to time, a podcast is just not enough. Check out our roundtables and live events below.

State of European VC Fundraising | April 10th, 2-3:30 PM | Register here.
Speakers: Ekaterina Almasque, Founding GP at OpenOcean | Joe Schorge. Founding GP at Isomer Capital | Daniel Keiper-Knorr, Founding GP at Speedinvest.

🏆 Firesides with the winners of the European VC Awards

Fireside with the Newcomer of the Year Winner | 13/6, 12-1:30 PM | Register here. Hundreds of new VC funds come to market every year. But only ONE will win Newcomer of The Year. This is your chance to meet the winner firsthand.

Fireside chat with the Winner of the Hall of Fame | 25/6, 12-1 PM | Register here.
Hear firsthand from a true giant upon whose shoulders the European tech ecosystem stands tall.

🗓️ The VC Conferences You Can’t Miss

There are some events that just have to be on the calendar. Here’s our list, hit us up if you’re going, we’d love to meet!

0100 Conference Europe | 📆 16 - 18 April | 🌍 Amsterdam, Netherlands

TechChill Riga 2024 | 📆 18 - 19 April | Riga, Latvia

Iceland Innovation Week | 📆 15 - 16 May | Reykjavik, Iceland

EBAN Congress Tallinn 2024 | 📆 20-22 May | 🌍 Tallinn, Estonia

SuperVenture | 📆 4 - 6 June | 🌍 Berlin, Germany

Nordic LP Forum & TechBBQ | 📆 September | 🌍 Copenhagen, Denmark

North Star & GITEX Global | 📆 14 - 18 Oct | 🌍 Dubai, UAE

GITEX Europe 2025 | 📆 23 - 25 May 2025 | 🌍 Berlin, Germany

Trying to get in front of European VCs and LPs? The 2024 EUVC Media Kit is out - check it out here and let’s talk 💌