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The ideas and conclusions in this blog are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oxford Capital Partners. They are for general interest only and should not be taken as investment advice or as an invitation to purchase or sell any investment.

Planting seeds with Hometree

  • Ventures
  • Miles Kirby

A boiler installation company might not sound like an obvious target for venture capital investment. But we believe Hometree is well-positioned to exploit the way the energy market is changing. There are big changes ahead for the UK energy markets...

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On the money: Our investment in Curve

  • Ventures
  • Nadim Lahoud

We are very excited to announce our participation in Curve’s Series A round. Curve is building a money hub that uses an all-cards-in-one Curve MasterCard to enable users to spend from all their accounts, and a mobile app to manage their money in on...

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2017 - Looking into the tech crystal ball

  • Ventures
  • Claire Maynard

Along with Christmas jumpers and tinsel, December also brings with it an inbox influx of industry predictions for the coming year. We have sifted through some of the best and come up with our favourite predictions for 2017. TakeawAI This year wil...

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Why we invested in Red Sift

  • Ventures
  • Nadim Lahoud

We produce huge amounts of data — not just in aggregate on networks synonymous with big data like Google or Facebook — but as siloed users as well. Just have a look at your inbox: Hundreds of messages a day, sent and received, deliverable...

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The Next Generation of Transportation

  • Ventures
  • Miles Kirby

At the end of May, I spent two days at the Connected Car Forum in Monaco. Arranged by Cassandra Harris and her team at VentureSpring, the conference attracted some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts from companies including McLaren Applie...

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The perfect investment completion?

  • Ventures
  • Rachel Guest

Before a Venture Capital investment completes, both sides of the transaction have to get through a lot paperwork. Rachel Guest explains how the right approach can make for a smooth completion process. There is no such thing as a perfect completion...

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Four reasons we like property tech

  • Ventures
  • Meriwether Beckwith

At Oxford Capital, we are a UK-focused early stage investor. We like to focus on the UK because we are a relatively small team of 8, but also because we believe in the UK's potential as an ecosystem for nurturing and building great tech businesses. ...

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Building a portfolio: high potential and early growth

  • Ventures
  • Tom Bradley

At Oxford Capital, we talk about making two types of investment: High Potential and Early Growth. In each of these areas there are common characteristics that we seek – obvious examples would be the strength of the team, the quality of the produ...

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Making sense of gaming metrics: 3 key points

  • Ventures
  • Meriwether Beckwith

Hot on the heels of Boris Johnson’s in-minecraft launch of London’s own gaming fund, it’s a great time to be a player in the UK gaming industry. At Oxford Capital, we’ve made 2 gaming investments (Outplay and Kobojo) and continue to be excite...

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Import.io: Investing in the future of data

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

In January 2016 Oxford Capital announced its investment in Import.io. This company has created a software platform (SaaS, or Software as a Service) that can collate vast quantities of unstructured data from across the internet, and turn it into datas...

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Slush 2015 - Never a better time to be a European entrepreneur

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

On the strength of this year's Slush conference, one of Europe's biggest tech investment events, it's clearly an exciting time for European entrepreneurs to be raising money. Welcome the dark. Embrace the cold. So implored the organisers of Slush....

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Dublin web summit shows a startup scene in rude health

  • Ventures
  • Will Orde

Web Summit is one of Europe's biggest gatherings of startup internet businesses and investors interested in backing them. Will Orde from Oxford Capital spent three days at the summit and couldn't help being struck by the vibrancy of the early stage s...

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Digital Media. Continued relevance for investors?

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

The Venture Capital industry's interest in digital media has cooled off recently. But there are still good reasons to be interested in the sector. Digital media, encompassing advertising and marketing technologies ('adtech' and 'martech'), has lon...

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Mobile gaming. Under-invested. Under-valued?

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

The proliferation of mobile phone usage and the move to 'freemium' gaming business models has created opportunities for tech investors. As many market commentators have observed, we are in the latest wave of a computing revolution that really star...

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State of the tech market - two sides of the same coin

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • David Mott

Are we in a new tech bubble, or are things different this time? Is the US tech sector signalling the peak of the market and the coming of the next crash? Has the $50bn valuation of Uber caused the first reverberations that will hit the US tech mar...

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European unicorns - more common than you might think...

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • David Mott

A new report shows that Europe has produced 40 $1bn companies since 2000, nearly half of which were British businesses. The chances are that you have actually seen several unicorns. In fact, you probably encounter them on a daily basis. When Ailee...

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Crystal Ball 2015 - tech predictions for the year ahead

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

Each January, technology journalists and industry commentators are keen to share their predictions for the year ahead. What will be the big tech trends and developments in 2015? Here is our round-up of the best of the pundits’ guesses. 1. Smart ...

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Rise of the wearables?

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Orde

The tumbling cost of hardware development and manufacture is helping start-ups enter the wearable technology market in droves, and rapid growth is expected. But there are still other technological limitations for the wearables sector to overcome. ...

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European VC is alive and well

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

The general perception of the European VC landscape is often held to be that of a distant poor relation to the freneticism, ambition and volume of the US West Coast. Fig 1. The Finnish PM takes the stage at Slush 2014 for the first day opening a...

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Will you love your Apple Watch, or keep it in a drawer?

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

The noise surrounding ‘wearable technology’ has built to a crescendo with the announcement of the Apple Watch, due to hit the shelves in early 2015. But will this be the moment that wearable technology finally hits the mainstream, or will most co...

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Ready, set, wait...

  • Ventures
  • David Mott

A friend in a large PE house recently told me they listed one of their portfolio companies, "in just six weeks". Such boasts are frequent in the private equity world when stock markets are buoyant. But the claim hides the huge amount of hard work nee...

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A new dawn for video advertising?

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

MirriAd has announced a partnership with VEVO, an online music video channel that accounts for half of YouTube’s traffic. The deal represents the first step in a potential quantum leap for online digital advertising. Last year Google invested a ...

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Tapes make a comeback

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

Why Big Data is increasing demand for an ageing technology. We’ve blogged before about Big Data and the Cloud, and it is well known that both markets are growing at an astonishing rate. The darlings of the sectors tend to be the software deve...

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Budget 2014 - how it affects EIS investments

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Laws

How will changes introduced in this year's Budget affect investments like the Oxford Capital Infrastructure EIS? IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS BLOG POST: The Finance Bill 2014 came into force on 17th July 2014. The Oxford Capital Infrastructure EIS no ...

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Top 6 predictions for 2014

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Laws

As ever at this time of year, many journalists, industry commentators and other pundits have been busily writing their predictions for the year ahead. Here are six predictions that caught our eye. Impact investing grows up. Impact investing (inve...

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The future of venture capital in Europe?

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

This year’s Slush conference, held in Helsinki, brought some of Europe’s most promising start-ups together with technology giants including Spotify, Alibaba and Rovio. Oxford Capital attended the event, which highlighted the opportunities and ...

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The growth potential for Cloud Computing

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Laws

Following our investment in Abiquo, a Cloud management software developer, this month we examine the continued growth and investment potential of the Cloud industry. The Cloud Computing market includes many innovative, fast-growing businesses, eac...

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