Who backs tomorrow’s talent?


The life of an unknown actor and a start up hedge fund are not so different: constant rejection often leading to a wavering sense of self and purpose

By Niki Natarajan

All the world’s a stage. Jacques in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, could almost have been prescient. In his monologue of the seven stages of man’s life, he could almost describe the seven stages of hedge fund investing.

If the standing room-only session at the recent EuroHedge Summit in Paris was anything to go by, early stage investing has entered its second childhood, but it would seem that the struggling actors have yet to see this.

The session called Start-ups, Seeding and Capital Raising saw the audience sitting on the