At Forward we think they might be.
So we’re running an elongated experiment. We have a range portfolio companies at different stages of development. When portfolio CEOs or Executives come to us and ask for help we do we can to oblige. We like to think there’s lots we can help with, especially given the DNA and network from the Forward Group. We don’t (obviously) know the answer to everything. But almost always we know someone who can help.
And if we’re not the answer then, to paraphrase Mark Suster, we need to get the fuck out of the way.
Th person with the answer could be from inside our investment team. Or inside other portfolio companies. Or even in other companies that we know, like and have a positive sharing relationship (big or small).
So then the question is, how do we most usefully pass on this expertise: make these connections: get out of the way?
We believe it could be regular events. Focused on one topic. We exceptionally carefully selected folks coming. Where everyone contributes. And everyone gets something out of it.
We have already started running some events, and feedback was very positive. Now we are hiring someone to help with the organisation and curation of them. We’ll let you know the results of the experiment in 6 – 12 months.
If you know what these events might be, and you want to work with us, please do apply here.