We invest our time and capital in companies at an early stage, typically when founders have identified a problem and have created at least a prototype of their product or service. We only work on a handful of projects at a time. We prefer to focus our time and capital where we can make the biggest difference.
Every company we work with is different, and so is the way we work with them. You might find one of us working in an interim operational post, such as CFO, head of product, or legal counsel, or we might be called in to recruit key people for the team. You could also expect us to be involved at a strategic level, with brand development, and to participate in the company’s board of directors.
Unlike most investors we aren’t held to fund lifetimes. This means we have the freedom to be committed supporters of our companies in the long term.
CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training, CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.
Anyone can watch our live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. The future of education is interactive, free, and live now.
We started tails.com because we know that every dog is an individual with unique needs, and that tailor-made nutrition paired with lifetime blend-evolution is the best way to feed for long-term health and vitality. We have brought together a team of 15 dog-loving experts in their field who are dedicated to bringing the benefits of tailor-made nutrition to every dog.
Our head vet has experienced the impact of different diets on the pets in his surgery and realised that the best way to deliver effective health benefits through nutrition was to create unique diets for each animal. This insight along with in-depth research, including analysis of detailed pet growth curves and nutritional requirements based on a wide variety of physical and lifestyle variants, has allowed us to understand the exact needs of thousands of dogs. And also to create the systems that design perfectly optimised food and feeding plans for each individual dog.
We validate all of our research with an independent nutritionist who has nearly 30 years of experience in animal nutrition. From a Degree in Animal Sciences and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry to varied research and development roles within the pet food industry, formulating and developing diets, studying feeding habits and ensuring strict quality control as well as lecturing nutrition students, our go-to pet food nutrition expert is uniquely qualified to ensure we are delivering the best for every dog.
Opera started in 1994 as a research project inside Norway’s largest telecom company, Telenor. Within a year, it branched out into an independent development company named Opera Software ASA.Today, Opera Software develops the Opera Web browser, a high-quality, multi-platform product for a wide range of platforms, operating systems and embedded Internet products – including Mac, PC and Linux computers, mobile phones and PDAs, game consoles, and other devices like the Nintendo Wii, DS, Sony Mylo, and more.Opera’s vision is to deliver the best Internet experience on any device.
Opera’s key business objective is to earn global leadership in the market for PC/desktops and embedded products. Opera’s main business strategy is to provide a browser that operates across devices, platforms and operating systems, and can deliver a faster, more stable and flexible Internet experience than its competitors.
Shazam is a mobile app that recognizes music and TV around you. It is the best way to discover, explore and share the music and TV you love. Shazam connects more than 500 million people. It took us 10 years to reach 1 billion tags, 10 months to reach 2 billion, 3 months to go from 10 to 12 billion... It's an amazing app, available now in the Apple, Android and Windows stores. And we're always looking for new and innovative ways to delight our users.
City Screen is the UK's largest independent cinema circuit screening specialised films. The company has 19 sites in key university cities throughout the UK including, Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, York, Aberdeen, Exeter, and in London at Notting Hill, Brixton, Clapham and Stratford.The company is the first major cinema group in the UK to convert 100% of its screens to digital cinema projection. City Screen also provides programming and ticketing solutions to over 50 independent cinemas throughout the UK and Norway.
LOVEFiLM International, the European market leader in online DVD rental with over 1,200,000 subscribers, and approximately 50% of all rental transactions in the UK, as well as strong market share in Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The company was founded in 2003.LOVEFiLM International offers customers the largest DVD library in Europe, with more than 70,000 unique titles and 3 million DVDs and video games, as well as a fast-growing Video-on-Demand (VoD) and streaming service. The company was sold to Amazon in February 2011.
lastminute.com is Europe’s leading travel and leisure website. Based on the idea of matching supply and demand, it offers consumers last minute opportunities to acquire airline tickets, hotel rooms, package holidays, entertainment tickets, restaurant reservations and home delivery, speciality services, gifts and auctions. Operating across multiple markets, lastminute.com has established approximately 13,600 supplier relationships and over 9.8 million subscribers to its weekly newsletter.
lastminute.com was listed on the NASDAQ and LSE in 2000 and was sold to Sabre Holdings Corporation in 2005.
Kiala offers fast delivery of your parcels to a convenient collection point. The delivery process to these nearby stores is supported by a unique and brand new technology platform that ensures a very high quality service. The customer can track his or her parcel on the internet, is notified by SMS, e-mail or phone as soon as the parcel has arrived at the delivery point.
Graze.com was started by 7 friends. We all love food and wanted to get a lot more out of our snacking.
Our taste buds (and waistlines) were suffering at the hands of average snacks. We thought we could do a lot better!
So we started inventing snacks that showed off health's more pleasurable side and working out the best way to get them to busy foodies like us.
Graze.com was born! The 7 of us quit our jobs and started making graze boxes.
Brainient gives clients the tools to create rich, engaging and interactive video formats which can be delivered across a range of devices and reported on in real time. The only interactive video solutions provider able to run campaigns across all UK broadcasters, Brainient has recently expanded its operation into other European markets.
Brainient’s tools are used globally across the video ecosystem and it has integrated its solution into platforms such as Adap.tv, Videology and Brightroll.
blinkbox is a London based online video company that allows users to stream and download movies and TV. They have content distribution deals in place with a wide range of UK and international production houses including Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Sony Pictures, the BBC, Fremantle and All3Media. Content is either free to the user (funded by advertising), or paid for, and users have the option to stream or download content.
The company was founded by Michael Comish and Adrian Letts.
Arts Alliance Media is a global leader in digital cinema software and services. They offer cutting-edge solutions in software as well as installation, maintenance and support across the cinema ecosystem.
Their software touches over 25,000 screens worldwide across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific while their Network Operations Centre supports several thousand screens globally.
Arts Alliance Media was founded in 2003 by Thomas Høegh
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