Firstminute Capital launches second $111 fund, featuring a who’s-who of founders as LPs

Firstminute Capital launches second $111 fund, featuring a who’s-who of founders as LPs

London HQ’d Firstminute Capital has introduced its second early-stage enterprise fund of $111m (£87m). Founded and cornerstoned in 2016 by Brent Hoberman CBE (greatest generally known as co-founder of and, along with Spencer Crawley (previously of Goldman Sachs), this new fund comes after the primary fund of $100M, giving Firstminute $211M property beneath administration, investing throughout Europe and the US on the seed stage.

Firstminute’s workforce of 18 is predicated in London, Stockholm and Berlin and now has plans to open an workplace in LA subsequent 12 months.

Of word is the truth that its LPs now quantity 70 founders of billion-dollar companies as traders, and that Firstminute is being so open. VCs sometimes don’t reveal a lot details about LPs. Hoberman has clearly additionally leveraged his place as founding father of the Founders Forum group which runs occasions and actions for European tech founders.

The indisputable fact that so many founders – largely drawn from the ranks of European startups – have invested is uncommon, definitely for European VC funds. It contains 16 founders of $10bn+ “decacorn” know-how companies, together with Palantir, Wayfair, Ocado, MongoDB, Zalando, Supercell and Check Point, in addition to founders from Huda Beauty, Graphcore and Rappi. Included are board members and CEOs from giant know-how corporations.

RIT Capital Partners is the fund’s anchor investor. This is their first such place in a European enterprise capital agency. They beforehand backed main US funds together with Sequoia, Benchmark, Thrive and Iconiq. Additional institutional traders embody the Chinese know-how big Tencent, FMCG conglomerate Henkel, London-based enterprise fund Atomico and 4 Californian multi-stage corporations.

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The current Fund I portfolio consists of 56 corporations which have collectively raised roughly $0.5bn in funding.

Firstminute says half of its present portfolio corporations have UK headquarters, with the remaining half cut up between continental Europe and North America. Two-thirds of the companies are B2B and one third are B2C.

Hoberman mentioned in an announcement: “European know-how is reaching escape velocity, and it’s improbable to allow so many world serial entrepreneurs to present their expertise to the following technology: now we have over 70 unicorn founders becoming a member of us on this journey to date, and extra to return as we strategy ultimate shut. Seed enterprise investing is attracting ever greater high quality backers which can assist extra founders succeed.”

Crawley, firstminute Co-founder & General Partner, mentioned: “Our healthcare techniques, workplaces and academic institutions face contemporary complexities. The service financial system is having to re-imagine itself. The hole between monetary markets and the actual financial system is rising wider (with the younger most in danger). Start-ups are usually not a panacea, however rising know-how corporations have a key function to play in as we speak’s restoration technique, each of their mindset and the merchandise they are going to create.”

I requested Hoberman to what extent was the internationalization of the fund‘s geographical footprint associated to Brexit?

“Some traders have requested us concerning the dangers of Brexit to a UK-based fund and it’s been nice to spotlight the worldwide nature of our strategy,” he mentioned. “The potential threats of a foul Brexit deal ensured we moved sooner to cowl extra geographies.”

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I additionally requested him what benefits or disadvantages does having so many founders as LPs confer on the fund?

“Operators perceive the rollercoaster of the founder journey effectively. They know the trail to success isn’t linear. They have lived the scaling journey with all its challenges. They can impart this knowledge to the following technology.

“These founders learn about blitzscaling, board administration, prioritization, fundraising, internationalization and above all of the function of expertise and groups. This data could make the distinction between failure and extraordinary success.

“Furthermore profitable founders typically have world-class community, helpful for hiring, internationalization and enterprise improvement offers,” he mentioned.

Firstminute additionally introduced some workforce modifications. Arek Wylegalski, previously of Index Ventures, has joined as a companion for Fund II. Arek was a Venture Partner with the agency throughout Fund I. Lina Wenner, previously of BCG, has been promoted to Associate Partner, and Camilla Mazzolini, Clara Lindh Bergendorff and Sam Endacott have been promoted to Principals. Min Nolan, Head of Platform & Operations, and Anais Benazet, Head of Community, lead the portfolio assist perform, while Henry Lane-Fox, Steve Crossan and Tommy Stadlen proceed to speculate as enterprise companions.

The backers of firstminute capital funds embody the founders and/or executives from the businesses listed beneath:

firstminute LPs – Founders of $10bn+ corporations, embody:

Joe Lonsdale (Palantir Technologies), Robert Gentz (Zalando), Niraj Shah (Wayfair), Tim Steiner (Ocado), Marius Nacht (Check Point), Kevin Ryan (MongoDB), Ilkka Paananen (Supercell), Adyen, Autonomy, Airtel.

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firstminute LPs – Founders of $1bn+ corporations, embody:

Sebastian Mejia (Rappi), Ross Mason (MuleSoft), Pete Flint (Trulia), Martin Migoya (Globant), Vikrant Bhargava (PartyGaming), Martin Varsavsky (Jazztel, Fon, Eolia), Fabrice Grinda (OLX), Steve Fredette (Toast), Rafi Gidron (Chromatis), Simon Nixon (Moneysupermarket), Lars Hinrichs (XING), Johan Brand (Kahoot), Huda Kattan (Huda Beauty), Tom Chapman & Ruth Chapman (Matchesfashion), Nigel Toon (Graphcore), Carl Pei (OnePlus), Hanzade Dogan (Hepsiburada), Barry Smith (Skyscanner), Sir Charles Dunstone (Carphone Warehouse), Hamish Shephard (HelloFresh), Alexander Rittweger (Payback), Marketshare,, BlaBlaCar, Qunar, Net-a-Porter, Fox Kids Europe, Webhelp, Betfair, Datamonitor, Tradex Technologies, Zoopla.

firstminute LPs – Current or Former CEOs and Chairs, embody:

Eric Schmidt (former Chairman and CEO, Google), Michael Lynton (Chairman, Snap and Warner Music Group, former CEO and Chairman, Sony), Sir Paul Ruddock (Co-founder & former CEO of Lansdowne Partners, Chairman Oxford University Endowment), Lord Mervyn Davies (Chairman of Corsair Capital, former Minister and Standard Chartered CEO & Chairman), Linda Fayne Levinson (former Chairwoman of Hertz), Jeremy Coller (Founder, Chairman and CIO Coller Capital), David Giampaolo (Chairman, Gousto), Ian Gallienne (CEO, Sienna Capital), Alexander de Carvalho (Co-founder & CIO of, Heineken NED), Babatunde Soyoye (Co-founder and Managing Partner, Helios Investment Partners), Nextdoor, PicsArt,, Nordeus, Kinnevik AB, JCDecaux Holdings.

firstminute LPs – Institutional Investors, embody:

RIT Capital Partners, Tencent, Atomico, Henkel, Felicis Ventures, The Raine Group, LionTree Partners, Lombard Odier.



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