We’re excited to announce our new portfolio manager, Adam Hardy, an experienced growth operator who has been launching and scaling ventures for more than a decade.
As our portfolio continues to grow, we are expanding our team to find more ways we can support the companies we've partnered with.
Today, we're stoked to introduce Adam Hardy, our new Portfolio Manager.
With considerable global experience at world-class companies, Adam will be helping our portfolio companies to grow faster, access resources, and reach their business goals sooner.
Get to know more about Adam Hardy, below!
Firstly, tell us about your journey to date
I started my career at Shazam, helping music labels with their artist growth strategy. When Apple acquired Shazam, I learned a valuable lesson in startup equity distribution and decided to get involved with startups. Since then, I’ve spent the past decade launching and scaling ventures across Europe and the Asia Pacific as a product and growth operator at Seedrs (Europe’s largest equity investment platform), at Blenheim Chalcot (the UK’s leading venture builder), and most recently, at BCGDV (the digital venture arm of the Boston Consulting Group).
Having spent the past three years in corporate venturing, I realised that my energy came from partnering with early-stage founders, so I decided to move back into early-stage VC. After several recommendations, learning about their growth, and meeting the incredible team, I wanted to be part of Investible’s journey. And now I’m here!
What excites you about joining the Investible team?
I’m most excited to work with the incredible team and founders to develop the most valuable VC platform in the Asia Pacific, helping our portfolio grow faster, increasing their chances of raising that all-important next round, and scaling.
What do you love most about the startup ecosystem?
The founders. Without visionary founders getting sh*t done, there would be no innovation.
What's your personal philosophy?
Strong opinions, loosely held. An effective way to make quick decisions under uncertainty. You force yourself to create an initial hypothesis based on what you know, then seek to tear this hypothesis apart by challenging your thinking, seeking disconfirming evidence, and course correcting to strengthen your hypothesis.
What's something new you've learned recently?
The importance of selection bias in the design process. During World War II, the British lost many of their bombers over Germany. To prevent this, they decided to reinforce the planes with armour. They assessed all of the bombers that returned to identify the areas with a high degree of damage and found that all the damage focused around the wings and body of the bombers.
Their first reaction was to reinforce armour in these areas, but they decided to ask for a second opinion from a mathematician. The mathematician reviewed the graphs of damaged areas and identified a selection bias - the data only included the bombers that had survived and not the bombers shot down.
His solution? Armour the engines, the cockpit and the bombers' tails to prevent them from being shot down.
Something about you that might surprise people?
I own a hundred pairs of sneakers, #diversified geographically across Sydney and London.
You can connect with Adam on LinkedIn here.