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In Client News: Crane Venture Partners Leads $30 M Series C For AI Startup

By | Artificial Intelligence, Client news, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Series C

Congratulations to our client, Crane Venture Partners on leading the Series C $30 Million funding round for London-based Onfido. Onfido uses artificial intelligence algorithms to help websites verify people’s identities by merely using a photo-based identity document and a selfie to curb hackers and security breaches that have exposed personal information of millions of people globally. This is the second round of investment for Onfido following their round of $30 Million including two of our clients Idinvest and Wellington. In an interview with TechCrunch, Scott Sage, co-founder and partner, Crane Venture Partners, said that Onfido is one of the leading data enterprise…

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Do You Really Need A Lead Investor In Seed Financings?

By | Brand, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge, Partner Insight, Seed, Tina Baker

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…

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Seed Funding: The Non-Priced Round

By | Brand, Entrepreneurs, Partner Insight

Early stage funding for start-ups is getting complicated. For many years, companies have raised initial seed funding through convertible loans instead of selling shares. In this type of funding, the loan, together with interest, automatically converts into the shares a company sells in its next funding round at either a discount (ranges are between 10% and 30%) or the lower of a discount or a valuation cap. There also may be specific limitations on the size of that funding. In recent years, following on to trends in the US with the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) and Keep it…

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Scenes from Four Years From Now

By | Entrepreneurs, Events, People

Last week in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress, our co-founders, James Shaw and Tina Baker gave a great workshop at the investor and start-up event, Four Years From Now (4YFN). The session, Break on through to the other side: tips and tricks for successful funding and financing, was given to a packed tepee at the event last Tuesday. Tina addressed the state of seed funding and how it has changed over the years. From Classic seed rounds to what the firm calls, Super Sized (Seed plus) rounds, Tina walked through the trends and what entrepreneurs should look for when they seek funding. Here’s…

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