PayPal acquisition of iZettle

PayPal (PYPL) to acquire Swedish based payments company iZettle for $2.2 billion to expand its geographical footprint and to enter the market for on-premise payment solutions. Seen as the European equivalent of the US based company Square, this acquisition creates many new industry dynamics within the payments industry.  The company's devices and platform are being [...]

By |2018-05-28T08:23:50+00:00May 17th, 2018|Exits, Markets|Comments Off on PayPal acquisition of iZettle

Eight Roads Ventures closes third growth fund

Eight Roads Ventures Europe, the investment division of fund managers Fidelity International, has launched its third $375 million fund to invest in European and Israeli scaleups.  The fund is part of a venture network that spreads across three continents giving them global viability. It will back 15 to 20 companies with a ticket size [...]

By |2018-05-28T14:47:27+00:00March 20th, 2018|Fund Raising, Funds, New Fund|Comments Off on Eight Roads Ventures closes third growth fund

Fintech Ecosystem

Given London's position as the global financial centre and a core technology hub it is not unsurprising that Fintech has become a core area for innovation.  The interest in the sector has created a specific ecosystem based in London supporting the sector with industry bodies, incubators and venture funds dedicated to the sector. This [...]

By |2018-04-03T19:49:09+00:00December 29th, 2017|Companies, Fund Raising, Funds, Markets, Networking, Reports|Comments Off on Fintech Ecosystem

The State of European Tech

Atomico has published the third "State of European Tech" report supported by by both Silicon Valley Bank and Orrick at the Slush event held between 4 and 5 December 2017 in Helsinki.   The full report can be found here but given it is a very comprehensive 143 pages long and a weighty 42Mb file I have pulled out some of [...]

By |2017-12-10T12:03:32+00:00December 6th, 2017|Fund Raising, Reports, Resources|Comments Off on The State of European Tech

Samsung NEXT

In January 2017 Samsung announced that, through its global innovations group, has established the Samsung NEXT fund, a $150 million fund targeting businesses specialising in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and “other new frontier technologies.” The fund is aimed at making pre-seed to series B investments. “Our investments bring the power of the [...]

By |2017-11-29T07:45:53+00:00January 12th, 2017|Companies, Fund Raising, Funds, Markets, New Fund|Comments Off on Samsung NEXT
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