As discussed in The New World Order of Innovative Financing, investors are increasingly opting to invest into companies in advance of formal funding rounds (including seed rounds). In the UK, these investments are usually made through convertible loan notes or advanced subscription agreements (known as ASAs). In the US similar instruments like Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) by Y Combinator and Keep It Simple Security (KISS) from 500 Startups have seen increased usage. In this post, we’re look at the advantages and disadvantages of these instruments from the both the investor and company perspectives. We’ll also look at what…
In one of the first rounds of 2017 and another win for Fintech, Monese, a banking app for immigrants and expats, announced a hefty A round of $10 million. The app caters to immigrants and expats and in the context of Brexit, the round is notable because of its international consortium of investors. Two lead investors, Estonia’s Smart Cap (in the first round with Seedcamp) and Korea Investment Partners (in this current round) are our clients and we’re pleased to have advised them on this deal. Other investors in the round include Anthemis Exponential Ventures and STE Capital. The total funds raised…
In early December, Techcrunch Disrupt London came to town. The event hosts Startup Battlefield which gathers early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the Disrupt Cup and a cash prize. As expected, the agenda was jam-packed with a wide-range topics from Brexit and walking robot dogs to flying cars and the continued disruption and innovation of Fintech. On the VC front On the venture capital front, Niklas Zennström, Atomico said that early stage Seed and Series A investments in Europe are now on par with the US, both in terms of amount of capital invested and number of companies….
Congratulations to our client Doctify Limited on raising more than $1M in their Series A funding round led by Amadeus Capital. We advised Doctify from their inception and their initial seed funding through to their Series A funding. It’s been exciting to see their success from the start! Doctify is a new healthcare booking platform that gives patients a tool to search for specialist doctors, compare reviews and prices and book online appointments. In a January article in the Evening Standard, the company says it aims to become the go-to online health platform.
According to The Macro, the ecosystem for seed or early financing is far more complex now than it was just five years ago. From super angels or micro VCs to VC firms themselves with an emphasis on seed funding, the landscape has multiple layers inside the seed funding market. Even the size of seeds has changed. The average size of a seed round on the rise anywhere from €200,000 to €6 million (what we call a super-sized seed). There’s a lot of advice out there too. Philipp Moehring, Head of Europe for AngelList, has some tips for raising a seed round without…
We’re pleased to be advisors to InMotion, the independent venture from Jaguar Land Rover. InMotion plans to transform the experience of personal travel and deliver greater freedom, choice and well-being in movement. In other words, smart transportation. Smart Transportation Hackathon On November 3, 2016 in London, InMotion is having it’s first hackathon. The hackathon is focused on transforming the future of transportation. During the day, from 5:30 to 11:30 pm, hackers will have a chance to solve a technical challenge that can be utilised by the wider community. This gives them a chance to be a part of solving real customer mobility problems….
Last week, JAG Shaw Baker was one of the sponsors of GP Bullhound’s 2016 Investor Allstars. The annual awards pay tribute to entrepreneurs and investors in the start up ecosystem including Entrepreneur of the year to VC Fund of the Year. This year JAG Shaw Baker sponsored the Seed Fund of the Year category which went to Entrepreneur First (EF). EF is an accelerator but also a unique training school for entrepreneurs. The accelerator made news when one of their investments, Magic Pony, a visual processing start up, was acquired by Twitter for a reported $150 million (£102m). Congratulations to EF and all the companies and individuals who…
Our clients are always on the move and despite holiday nature of the summer months, July and August have been no exception. Here’s a round up of a few strategic wins for our clients. Hailo has joined forces with Daimler’s MyTaxi and created Europe’s largest taxi e-hailing company. With the merger, the companies say they will now serve three million customers with 100,000+ registered taxi drivers across 50+ cities in nine European countries. Our client, Atomico was one of the investors in this deal and we’re happy to have helped them with this exciting merger. The MIT Technology Review recently published their list…
The Brexit Referendum has come and gone but has left a legacy of conversation and debate in the UK and around the world. From education and trade issues to tourism and technology, Brexit has been talked about a great deal (probably too much!) over the last two weeks. As a law firm at the heart of the UK’s thriving technology and life science sectors, we have experienced firsthand the concerns of entrepreneurs and investors alike. We wanted to candidly share our views on what we’re seeing as effects of Brexit vote – and what we therefore might expect to see – in…
It’s been a great start to the summer of 2016! Two clients launched new products and another was acquired by Twitter for $150 million. We’re proud to work with this great group of entrepreneurs in IoT, insurance tech and machine learning. In the acquisition department, Magic Pony Technology, a stealth European tech company was acquired by Twitter in June. Magic Pony’s technology uses neural networks to improve images. According to a TechCrunch article the acquisition will bolster Twitter’s strategy to build it’s machine learning muscle and potentially improve how it delivers photos and videos across its apps. “Machine learning is increasingly at the…
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