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Meet The
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Values

What We
Live By

Our purpose is to back the optimists building a future we want to share.
These values guide everything we do.

Put People First

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We start with a deep respect for the people we work with – and for ourselves.

We work hard to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and prioritise what’s best for them.

We make a social contract with our founders: we’re their first port of call and deliver on our promises – we’re in this together.

Push the Limits

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We push ourselves and others to be better and dream bigger, every day.

We don’t fear failure and support one another to take risks where others won’t.

We look for ways to surprise and inspire each other, sharing an ambition to break new ground, together.

Be an Apprentice

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We love to start – and re-start, driven by restless curiosity and the knowledge that great things come from long-term commitment.

We believe in zero-ego: we’re pragmatic, do the homework and we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty.

We’re forever learning and question everything, staying open to new ideas and feedback.

Bring Good Energy

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We believe in our spirit of optimism and adventure, to bring out the best people.

We stay bright and present, and bring our full selves to work.

We keep things informal, remembering to smile, joke and have fun along the way.

We start with a deep respect for the people we work with – and for ourselves.

We work hard to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and prioritise what’s best for them.

We make a social contract with our founders: we’re their first port of call and deliver on our promises – we’re in this together.

Family

A Young Team
Doing Things Differently

Alex Brunicki

Mixes hustle with an English kind of awkwardness.
<3 tough challenges (MdS 2016, working w/ Andre) and Chelsea FC. Previously @ McKinsey, Oxford.

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Jenny Gyllander

Finnish / Swedish (fascinated by Swedish brands, loves Finnish honesty and hockey). <3 scuba diving, podcasts, @Thingtesting on Instagram and Harry Potter. Previously CMO @ SlushHQ, Kokoro & Moi, ESADE & Aalto Uni.

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Andre De Haes

French / American mother + South African / Belgian father --> curious nomad.
Optimist by nature. Nothing by halves. Loves music, cycling and skiing.
Apprentice @ a16z, Index, McKinsey.
Pupil @ Stanford, Oxford.

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Genevieve Wastie

Design Thinker on a mission to help people and teams to reach their potential.
<3 skiing, floristry and border terriers. Previously AKQA & W+K, strategist for founders, talent consultant, and University of Oxford.

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Backed Scouts

The Extended
Community

Our ambition is to create a powerhouse knowledge and sourcing network for the fund and for our portfolio companies. So we created the Backed Venture Scout Programme. An initiative designed to welcome a few excellent humans into our community, and set the stage for long-term collaboration. The programme will run biannually - in the Spring and again in Autumn; each time bringing up to twenty more incredible makers and doers into our extended family and exponentially broadening our reach. We work to support their growth & development, expand their network, and elevate their personal brand. In turn, our Scouts refer candidates from their network for open vacancies across our portfolio companies, and source high-potential startups for us to invest in.

Abi Mohamed

Abadesi Osunsade

Adam Elgabri

James Frewin

Isaac Kamlish

Jessica Yung

Gemma Milne

Freddie Fforde

Rashide Carvalho

Emmanuel Aremu

Victoria Stoyanova

Anne-Laure le Cunff

Juliette Premmeurer

Jos Smart

Jonny Burch

Nancy Fechnay

Jamie S Elliot

Dom Potter

Lauren Currie

Press

Family
In the Press

Bloomberg

Millennials Really Are Making a Move on Tech Funds

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Techcrunch

Verve scores $18.5M to reward you for selling tickets to friends

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Tech EU

UK synthetic biology startup LabGenius raises $3.66 million seed round

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Billboard

Why Fans Are Selling Festival Tickets To Earn Everything From Free Admission to Golden Toilets

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The Telegraph

Hot Wheels game maker Hutch drives away with £4m investment

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The Telegraph

Tech investor Peter Thiel ups stake in Lystable

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Venture Beat

5 trends that matter in mobile gaming in 2017

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The Financial Times

A DIY tech evangelist scales up before BBC’s Micro Bit giveaway

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The Guardian

How Boiler Room changed the face of live music

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The New York Times

One Knit at a Time

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The Telegraph

Serial entrepreneur Emma Sinclair: ‘A family dinner is actually a board meeting’

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Forbes

Interview with Andre de Haes

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Techcrunch

Blockchain-based banking backend Vault OS from ex-Googler emerges from stealth mode

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