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We help entrepreneurs invent new industries and disrupt existing ones.

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Hoxton is a different kind of European venture firm

We're a small fund with big ideas. We don't pretend to be for everybody.

We are a $40 million early stage firm that aims to partner with founders and teams seeking to invent new market categories or transform large, existing ones. We follow our investment and try to work with companies where there is a chance for us to be shareholders for seven to ten years.

Our sweet spot is investing in early stage technology startups in the internet, mobile and software markets as the first venture investor. We invest as little as $250,000 to seed a company and as much as $2,000,000 to lead an initial round.

We prefer to work founders who are either technical or domain experts in their industry. We don’t mind younger or first-time founders. We like taking risks on brilliant people and products.

All of us have spent time building and growing technology companies. We invest in similar areas, but have different perspectives. We do not think of ourselves as financiers, but as partners to entrepreneurs.

We are based in London and invest across greater Europe. To us, any startup in a country that sings in the annual Eurovision contest counts as a European startup.

The best way to find out more about us is to talk to the entrepreneurs we work with.

We focus exclusively on startups with the potential to scale

 Our bar is high. We believe venture capital is best suited for startups that have the potential of generating asymmetric returns. We only invest when we think a startup has the potential to scale to a large outcome – $1B+ valuation startups. 

We are an actively helpful minority investor

We each have deep operating experience in the tech industry but we believe great companies are built by great entrepreneurs, not venture capitalists. But we love to help behind the scenes. We are prepared to roll up our sleeves and help our entrepreneurs with advice, hiring, and every once in a while, operational issues.

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We invest early

 We invest early, between $250k-$2m. Some folks call us a seed fund, others call us an early Series A fund. We aren’t a concept fund, even though we’ve written checks on nothing more than a Powerpoint before. 

We ride disruption

We don’t like just better mousetraps – a good customer value proposition isn’t enough for us to get excited. We think the most value is created when there is an underlying industry disruption that can carry a company to success. We think few markets experience disruptive change each year so we only make a handful of new investments (4-6 a year). 

We believe Silicon Valley matters

Especially for European startups. Europe doesn’t have the financing depth, executive, product and technical management talent, and ecosystem of partners (and eventually, acquirers) for startups to scale into large, valuable companies. Yet. Until it does, we work closely with founding teams to help tackle the US market.

Our investment criteria are simple

Exceptional companies are exceptions; we’re willing to break our rules for the right company.

Be in a large or rapidly growing new market

We like investing in startups either creating new industry categories (e.g. social networking in 2005 and social gaming in 2007) or disrupting a large, existing market with a 10x better product or service (e.g. CRM and the cloud in 2000). 

Demonstrate you hire better than yourself

We’ve found the universal hallmark of great companies is the ability of founders to attract and hire exceptional candidates, raising the bar of the company with each successive hire.

Show us evidence of market fit

Be prepared to show us evidence of a clear market insertion point. If you’re a consumer startup, our bar is even higher. We need to see early traction, because we’ve learned data is the best evidence of what resonates and what doesn’t with consumers.

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If you can't invent the future, the next best thing is to fund it.

Team

Dylan Collins

Dylan Collins

Venture Partner

SuperAwesome
Jolt (acquired by Gamestop)
Demonware (acquired by Activision)
Startup Ambassador, Ireland

Trinity College

Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Partner

Accel
Microsoft
Safe-View (acquired by L-3)
Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast)
Sun Microsystems
Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG)

London Business School
Stanford University

Rob Kniaz

Rob Kniaz

Partner

Fidelity Ventures
Google
Intel

Stanford University
University of Maryland

Vijay Pandurangan

Vijay Pandurangan

Venture Partner

Mitro (acquired by Twitter)
Google

Carnegie Mellon University
Columbia University
George Washington University

Dylan Collins

Dylan Collins

Venture Partner

SuperAwesome
Jolt (acquired by Gamestop)
Demonware (acquired by Activision)
Startup Ambassador, Ireland

Trinity College

Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Partner

Accel
Microsoft
Safe-View (acquired by L-3)
Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast)
Sun Microsystems
Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG)

London Business School
Stanford University

Rob Kniaz

Rob Kniaz

Partner

Fidelity Ventures
Google
Intel

Stanford University
University of Maryland

Vijay Pandurangan

Vijay Pandurangan

Venture Partner

Mitro (acquired by Twitter)
Google

Carnegie Mellon University
Columbia University
George Washington University

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