What is it? In what kind of startups does Balderton Capital invest generally? Lucy Baker answers our questions!
15 minutes to convince
The “Open house session” is a great opportunity for 8 startups to pitch in front of Bernard Liautaud (15 minutes). Applicants are advised to bring a short presentation&demo and should be able to answer these questions: what problem are you trying to solve? Who and how big is your target market? What’s unique about your product versus what is offered in the market today?
Bernard Liautaud is one of Europe’s most successful entrepreneurs and a high profile investor.
Having founded Business Objects in 1990, the company became the world leader in Business Intelligence and it was subsequently acquired by SAP AG for $6.7 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time.
Bernard now works as a General Partner at Balderton Capital(@Balderton), one of the largest Venture Firms in Europe. Balderton has c. $2 billion funds under management and their notable investments include Bebo, wooga, Wonga, YOOX, MySQL, and Betfair.
In what kind of startups does Balderton Capital invest generally? High tech, social gaming, social media, education, Health, etc.?
We are open minded and will look at any sector, however we focus on markets that are ripe for disruption. Naturally, this tends towards high-growth technology markets, such as e-commerce, consumer internet and software.
In which startup Balderton has invested, succesfully, and why?
We recently invested in Tictail, dubbed as the “Tumblr of ecommerce” by Wired magazine. It allows anyone to create a bespoke online store for free and has a unique approach to the user interface: the ‘to-do feed’.
It serves as a personal marketing and sales assistant, generating daily tasks tailored to each retailer to improve customer relations. Tictail’s ambitions have been global from the outset and their technology is truly disruptive, but what really stood out for us is the fit between the potential of the opportunity and the DNA of the team.
To apply for a slot please like us on Facebook, then send us a direct message giving an overview of your business. We will endeavour to confirm successful applicants by Friday 2nd November.