I Squared Capital creates transatlantic telecoms network company

Telecoms updates Sign up to myFT Daily Digest to be the first to know about Telecoms news. A newly formed transatlantic telecoms company is planning a “substantial” investment in expanding its network across Europe after completing a $2.2bn acquisition of assets owned by a struggling rival. EXA Infrastructure has been established in London by I … Read more

End your meeting with clear decisions and shared commitment

Too often, meeting participants do the difficult work of diagnosing issues and brainstorming new ideas but don’t reap the fruits of their labor because they fail to translate insights into action. To avoid this scenario, leaders need to be thoughtful and deliberate about how they end meetings–ensuring the team walks away with clear decisions and shared commitment to implementing the next steps.

Antin: French group opens the door on private infrastructure

Infrastructure investment updates Sign up to myFT Daily Digest to be the first to know about Infrastructure investment news. Build it and they will come. Or invest, would say Antin, Europe’s largest dedicated private infrastructure fund manager. Public investors will now have the chance to access a slice of infrastructure funding fees. The French group … Read more

Index Ventures launches web app to help founders calculate employee stock options

The ability to offer stock options is utterly essential to startups. They convince talented people to join when the startup is unlikely to be capable of matching the high salaries that larger, established tech firms can offer. However, it’s a complex business developing a competitive stock option plan. Luckily, London-based VC Index Ventures today launches … Read more

Leading under pressure

Pressure can drive outsized results, but when the stakes are particularly high, it can also become an insurmountable obstacle to performance and achievement. The best way to overcome this hurdle, according to Dane Jensen, CEO of performance consulting firm Third Factor and author of The Power of Pressure, is to lower it by stepping back and analyzing what’s actually at stake.

What minority founders must consider before entering the venture-backed startup ecosystem

Sesie Bonsi Contributor Sesie Bonsi is the founder and CEO of Bleu, a financial technology platform focused on enabling touchless payment experiences. Funding for Black entrepreneurs in the U.S. hit nearly $1.8 billion in the first half of 2021 — a fourfold increase from the previous year. But most venture-backed startups are “still overwhelmingly white, … Read more