Hacking Wall Street: Are tech unicorns about to disrupt stock market flotations? Tech companies have changed the way we chat, bank, travel and date. Are they about to disrupt capital markets too?

Syndicate Room’s “Top 100: Britain’s Fastest-Growing Businesses” report names Hoxton portfolio companies Behavox, Deliveroo, Darktrace, and SuperAwesome amongst the companies that have increased in value the most since 2015.

TourRadar, the OTA for tour holidays, raises $50m from TCV (TechCrunch)

High-profile UK tech failures highlight danger of overhype (Financial Times)
Fall of Ve Interactive, Powa Technologies and others raise questions about backers

Wall Street Journal names Darktrace one of the ‘Top 25 Companies to Watch’ (Cambridge Networks)
Darktrace, the leader in Enterprise Immune System technology, has today announced that it has been named on The Wall Street Journal’s inaugural ‘Top 25 Companies to Watch’ list, which identifies emerging leaders in hot corners of the tech industry.

British CEOs Bemoan Election Disaster (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
A hung Parliament and sinking pound will complicate planning

Traders used poker games and food menus to make a killing off illegal trades and cover it up but then AI found out (CNBC)
Behavox is a U.K. start-up that uncovered the wrongdoing. Its software can link seemingly unrelated things to help compliance staff within financial organizations find rogue traders, by recognizing behavior that strays from the norm.

A Croatian startup run by a veteran ex-Googler is trying to make deliveries and doctors more efficient (Business Insider)
Operating out of Zagreb, Croatia, Optimoroute provides back-end software to consumer-facing companies that have agents in the field

As loss-making Snapchat sets its valuation at up to $22.2bn, would you have to be mad to invest in its IPO? (CityAM)
You surely don’t need to be mad to invest in Snapchat at its IPO

Croatian Startup OptimoRoute Helps Employees Out In The Field Travel More Efficiently (PYMNTS)
A Croatian company is aiming to help companies with employees who frequently work out in the field operate more efficiently

UK tech urges Theresa May to clarify skilled immigration in hard Brexit speech (CityAM)
The UK tech industry is calling on Theresa May to consider the need for skilled migrants in her plans for Brexit, which are due to be revealed in a highly-anticipated speech on Tuesday

America’s tech giants cautiously commit to Brexit-bound Britain (The Economist)
Silicon Valley’s finest forge ahead with investments in the tech industry

U.K. Government Rewards Technology Sector in Autumn Statement (Bloomberg)
The U.K. government has distributed a number of gifts to the country’s technology sector.

European tech funding slows in post-Brexit anxiety (Financial Times)
Deal value and volumes fall as disparity with US widens

VC funding drops for European technology start-ups (Financial Times)
Funds invested in the European start-up scene have dropped more than a third

Capital Markets Startup of the Year (Founded in Past Three Years): Behavox (Financial News)
In one of the most closely fought contests, London-based regtech startup Behavox took home the inaugural FN award for capital markets startup of the year, underscoring the rising popularity of technology firms to help big finance cope with its heavy compliance burden

From FinTech, RegTech (MarketsMedia)
Regulatory technology presents an opportunity, but monetization is uniquely challenging

As Tesco shares jump after it reported another rise in sales, is the retailer out of the woods? (CityAM)
Tesco has dug itself out of the hole that former chief executive Philip Clarke left in his wake in 2014, but the company is still a long way from being out of the woods

Brand Britain: How will Brexit affect our image abroad? (CityAM)
We’re used to the echo chamber of post-referendum woes from the worlds of business and politics, but what does Brexit mean for marketing Brand Britain abroad?

Why London will remain a global tech hub post-Brexit (Information Age)
London’s tech growth business are led by some of the UK’s most entrepreneurial leaders, who will rise to the post-Brexit challenge and ensure London continues to thrive as a global tech hub

Tech start-up funding ‘appallingly bad’ in UK (BBC)
Investors need to take a long-term view when backing new tech start-ups in the UK

London Tech Scene Remains Buoyant After ‘Temporary’ Brexit Setback (Forbes)
We need to talk about Brexit and the effect it is likely to have on the London tech sector

‘It hasn’t affected our plans for hiring’: Startups defy post-Brexit gloom (Tech City News)
In the early hours of Friday June 24th, London’s tech ecosystem was left shocked and awed as Brexit turned from a distant nightmare into an inevitable reality

The startup taking on TripAdvisor and Yelp (The Guardian)
TruRating wants to make hospitality ratings more reliable by ensuring only card-paying customers can leave reviews

Food delivery investor: ‘Amazon is not a business to be trifled with’ (SNL)
A battle to deliver food on London’s streets is heating up as the market gets increasingly crowded

Investors Dispatch $275M to Deliveroo at $800M Valuation (WSJ)
On-demand businesses are still in demand

Deliveroo raises $275m to fund further expansion (Irish Times)
Restaurant delivery service claims 25 per cent month-on-month growth here

5 reasons why Uber sold its China business to Didi Chuxing (CNBC)
Uber has bowed out of the world’s second-largest economy after selling its China business to domestic rival Didi Chuxing

Uber bows out of China fray with lots of fight left for dominance elsewhere (The Guardian)
The ride sharing firm will now be eyeing the Indian market, and has its sights set on even bigger rivals

VCs pledge to support UK tech despite Brexit vote (Tech City News)
A number of investment firms have committed to continue supporting the UK’s tech sector despite the country’s Brexit vote

London keeps tech investment lead despite Brexit (CBR)
Capital still flowing into technology companies as London stays ahead of Paris, Amsterdam and other European cities

Investment firms say ‘business as usual’ as they back UK’s tech sector despite Brexit (Bdaily)
Some of the biggest investment firms in the capital have reaffirmed their backing for the UK’s tech sector despite the results of last month’s referendum

London’s Behavox offers surveillance software to help financial institutions remain compliant (Techcrunch)
Business tends to bemoan the existence of regulation, but for some companies ‘red tape’ is a huge opportunity

Here are the 23 UK venture capital firms that startups should know about (Techworld)
While the US and in particular Silicon Valley reigns supreme, the UK still punches well above its weight within the world of venture capitalism

KKR Backs UK Cybersecurity Firm Darktrace (Sky News)
The Wall Street giant will become the most prominent investor in British cybersecurity start-up Darktrace, Sky News learns.

Cybersecurity start-up Darktrace raises $65 million backed by KKR (CNBC)
Darktrace, a U.K. cybersecurity firm that positions its software as the “human immune system” for networks, has raised $65 million in a funding round led by U.S. private equity giant KKR, the start-up said on Wednesday

Cybersecurity startup Darktrace intercepts $64M in fresh funding at a valuation of over $400M (TechCrunch)
Darktrace, the U.K. cybersecurity startup whose backers include Autonomy founder Mike Lynch’s Invoke Capital, has closed $64 million in fresh funding

This UK cyber security startup just landed $65m (CityAM)
A UK-founded cyber security startup backed by Mike Lynch, who sold his previous business to HP for billions, has landed millions of pounds in new funding from investors

Machine learning cyber security startup Darktrace raises $64m Series C (Silicon Angle)
Machine learning cyber security startup Darktrace Ltd. has raised $64 million Series C in a round led by KKR that included Summit Partners, TenEleven Ventures, and SoftBank

Brexit, and That Huge Investment Fund You’ve Never Heard Of (Bloomberg)
U.K. venture capital may lose anchor investor in an EU divorce

What does Brexit mean for Portugal, startup-wise? (Portugal Startups)
We still don’t know what the implications of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union are

The risk to UK startup funding after Brexit (FT Alphaville)
Still, the EIF is a key player in the European start-up space and the question of whether its funding continues to flow into the UK is the “biggest unobvious risk” for the country’s tech scene

Brexit makes it harder to attract top talent, say start-ups (IT Pro)
UK start-ups say Brexit could harm London’s status as Europe’s tech hub

Brexit: UK tech start-ups mull uncertain future (CNBC)
The immediate fallout from Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) was seen in the stock market turmoil and huge fall in the pound – which had an impact on some tech firms

EU referendum letter: 1,280 business leaders sign letter backing Remain (Independent)
Remain campaigners have said that the letter shows unprecedented support from across business and finance

Why most of London’s tech sector believes Brexit will prove a disaster (TechCrunch)
A decision over the U.K.’s future membership in the European Union is now just days away, with latest polls indicating a race to the wire

Lisbon Investment Summit começa hoje em Lisboa com mais de 100 investidores (Economico)
Evento junta em Lisboa as melhores ‘startups’

Deliveroo’s revenues reported to hit €166m (Independent)
Online food delivery service Deliveroo continues to thrive, with revenue reportedly reaching €166m in the past year

TourRadar, Porter & Sail and More in Travel Startup Funding This Week
TourRadar raised a $6 million Series A round from new investors Cherry Ventures, Aws Founders Fund, Hoxton Ventures and existing investor Speedinvest bringing the Vienna, Austria-based startup’s total funding to $6.5 million

Cherry Ventures backs TourRadar’s $6m series-A (Unquote)
Austrian holiday marketplace TourRadar has raised a $6m series-A from lead investors Cherry Ventures and Hoxton Ventures, alongside other backers

Group-Tour Marketplace TourRadar Raises $6M in Series A Funding (FINSMES)
TourRadar, a Vienna, Austria-based online marketplace for multi-day group tours, raised $6m in Series A funding

Austrian startup TourRadar raises $6 million to grow its online travel marketplace (VentureBeat)
TourRadar, an Austria-based online marketplace that specializes in selling multi-day tours around the world, has raised $6 million in Series A funding

TourRadar locates $6M Series A for its travel tour booking site (TechCrunch)
Founded by Australian brothers Travis and Shawn Pittman but relocated to Austria of all places, TourRadar, the travel tour booking site, seems to be on a roll

TourRadar raises $6 million to fuel expansion and marketing (Tnooz)
Multi-day tour and activity specialist TourRadar has secured a $6 million Series A investment from Hoxton Ventures and Cherry Ventures

Restaurant delivery service Deliveroo opens in Limerick (Irish Times)
The UK firm is also trialling new offsite kitchens in residential areas

Increase Your Return on Failure (HBR)
One of the most important—and most deeply entrenched—reasons why established companies struggle to grow is fear of failure

Alphabet, Microsoft and the Search for Tech Growth (Bloomberg)
Hussein Kanji, partner at Hoxton Ventures, and Larry Hatheway, chief economist at Gam Holding Group, examine first-quarter results for Alphabet and third-quarter results for Microsoft as both companies fell short of analysts’ estimates

The restaurant takeaway revolution (The Mail on Sunday)
Deliveroo raises £140m as venture capital floods into financial technology start-ups

5 UK IoT venture capitalists making investments in drones, software and monitoring (Computer Business Review)
Millions are being poured into the IoT space, but who are some of the main backers in the UK?

42 digital health startups that raised money in Q1 2016 (MobiHealthNews)
MobiHealthNews has rounded up our Q1 2016 coverage into a handful of longform stories

UK cyber security company Darktrace embarks on funding round to secure $400m valuation (CityAM)
UK cyber security company Darktrace has turned to Silicon Valley in a bid to secure funding which would see the company valued at $400m

Start-up banks: Can they take on the big players? (CNBC)
Challenger banks – upstart lenders looking to take on the major retail players – are fast becoming all the rage with U.K. lenders such as Metrobank launching on the London Stock Exchange

What Brexit? Tech cash still floods into UK (Politico)
If money talks, Britain’s tech hub isn’t worried about the threat of an EU exit

Delivering 25% Month-On-Month Growth: The Deliveroo Story (Forbes)
Averaging around 25% year-on-year growth would be an auspicious sign for most startups. But Deliveroo, a UK food delivery service, says that it has been averaging around 25% month-on-month growth over the last few years

Investment firm Isomer Capital launches €150m tech fund (BDaily)
London-based Isomer Capital has announced it is launching a €150m (£116m) investment fund to capitalise on the European boom in technology businesses

Isomer Capital launches €150m investment fund to boost Europe’s tech startups (Tech City News)
Isomer Capital has launched a €150m investment fund to boost European tech startups

Isomer Capital launches €150m European tech fund (Startups.co.uk)
London-based fund will help VC firms such as Hoxton Ventures and Entrepreneur First invest in early stage UK tech businesses

London Edges Closer To Becoming The Sand Hill Road Of Europe (Forbes)
Is London becoming the Sand Hill Road of Europe?

You can now get food from Belfast restaurants delivered to your door thanks to Deliveroo (Belfast Live)
Deliveroo is working with Wagamama, Yo!Sushi, Eddie Rockets and Kua ‘Aina to name a few

Online Marketplaces, Uberisation and Business Models Of Tomorrow (Sunday Times/Ranconteur)
Internet-based businesses are disrupting traditional marketplaces, but the newcomers may also offer new opportunities for established players quick enough to respond

UK healthcare technology: your robot doctor will see you now (Financial Times)
A UK start-up that enables users to consult a doctor via a mobile app is set to secure new investment to develop a version powered by artificial intelligence

Babylon, The U.K. Digital Doctor App, Scores $25M To Develop AI-Driven Health Advice (TechCrunch)
Hot on the heels of PushDoctor’s $8.2 million Series A, another U.K. startup playing in the digital health app space has picked up funding

UK AI healthcare startup scores largest series A funding in Europe (Computer Business Review)
News: babylon plans to extend its digital health mobile app beyond the current 250k British users

Innocent Drinks and DeepMind invest £17.3m in health start-up Babylon (Startups.co.uk)
UK business enables users to contact medical professionals through video consultations, phone calls and text messages

Digital healthcare provider Babylon closes $25m Series A round (Tech City News)
Digital healthcare service Babylon has raised a $25m (£17.4m) Series A funding round led by Swedish group Investment AB Kinnevik

UK tech firms smashed 2014’s venture capital funding record in 2015 (Information Age)
UK technology companies raised $3.6 billion in venture capital investment in 2015, an increase of 70% over 2014

The UK tech sector raised £2.5 billion from venture capitalists in 2015 (Business Insider)
UK technology companies raised a record $3.6 billion (£2.5 billion) from venture capitalists in 2015, according to data from research firm CB Insights and London & Partners, which promotes the London Mayor’s office

These were the top 10 VC deals in the UK in 2015 (Techworld)
Peer-to-peer lending, money transfer and other fintech ventures made up almost half of the top 10 VC investments in the UK in 2015, cementing London’s reputation as the fintech capital of Europe.

Bubblicious? Fledgling messaging app Slack is investing $80m in other businesses (The Memo)
With millions in the bank, loss-making two-year-old company Slack is now funding other companies building apps on its platform

Hoxton Ventures takes aim at Europe’s Unicorns (Red Herring)
Nine years ago, when Rob Kniaz moved to London from Silicon Valley, the U.K. – and Europe – were very different places for entrepreneurs

Europe hotbed of Unicorns amid ‘fundamentally changing’ funding model (Growth Business)
The number of European businesses reaching the highest valuations is rocketing, according to Hoxton Ventures partner Hussein Kanji

Lederhosen @ Old Billingsgate: when NOAH came to London (Tech.EU)
In mid-November, NOAH came over to London – a high level technology conference with German origins, oriented more towards scale-ups than startups

Europe hotbed of Unicorns amid ‘fundamentally changing’ funding model (Growth Business)
The number of European businesses reaching the highest valuations is rocketing, according to Hoxton Ventures partner Hussein Kanji

How to Breeze Through Airport Immigration Like a Diplomat (Wall Street Journal)
For the army of U.S. business travelers tramping across the Asia-Pacific region, the goal sounded simple: they wanted to compete on a level playing field with peers from other countries who got the V.I.P. treatment in airport immigration lines

We Are Bullish On Europe. You Should Be Too (Informilo)
As two Americans living in London, operating Hoxton Ventures, one of the new early-stage European micro-cap funds, we’ve always been big believers in the European start-up market

Starting a New Venture Fund and How London Compares to the U.S. (20 Minute VC)
Hussein Kanji really is a pedigree in the industry having started off his career with Microsoft, he made the leap into venture with Accel Partners where he was a board observer with the likes of Playfish, acquired by Electronic Arts and made seed investments in the likes of OpenGamma and Dapper acquired by Yahoo

Software firm Immunio gains traction with clients (The Chronicle Herald)
Backed by $2.7 million in venture capital funding, Immunio is rapidly gaining clients for its software that battles breaches of company data

Immigration clampdown will hurt UK technology start-ups, warn top entrepreneurs (The Telegraph)
Hundreds of Britain’s most successful start-up founders are lobbying the Prime Minister to shelve plans to clamp down on skilled migrants

Listen To Hoxton’s Hussein Kanji On How To Spot A Unicorn, Europe Vs Silicon Valley, And More (Techcrunch)
Earlier this week I took a call with Hussein Kanji, who, along with Rob Kniaz, is founding partner of London-based VC Hoxton Ventures, a relatively new fund that already has a growing reputation as one of the more ambitious new kids on the VC block.

London calling (Wamda)
Why London? Why not another European city

The Next Billion Dollar Companies — Where Are They Now? (Forbes)
No more than six months after the launch of Forbes’ inaugural Next Billion Dollar Startups list (produced with TrueBridge Capital Partners), the list is already outdated. And in the best way possible.

Lebanon a gateway to start-ups’ success (The National)
Mr Kanji agrees that the Middle East could become not only a great place from which to raise investment in tech but also to find future tech stars.

Big Investors Are Finding Ripe Start-Up Targets in Europe (New York Times)
Klaus Hommels has invested in some of Europe’s most successful start-ups

Spotify, Skype & Facebook backer launches £245m tech fund for Europe (Computer Business Review)
Lakestar will look to early funding rounds in London, Berlin and Zurich

Deliveroo raises $70m six months after previous round (The Telegraph)
The online food takeaway service has secured investment from Index Ventures and Greenoaks Capital in its third funding round in the past 12 months

Deliveroo whets investor appetite with $70m backing (Growing Business)
Takeaway delivery start-up brings food from Wagamama, GBK and MEATLiquor directly to consumers doors

UK food takeaway start-up Deliveroo raises $70m (Financial Times)
Deliveroo, an early-stage UK start-up that delivers takeaways from high-end restaurants, has raised $70m in an attempt to expand internationally amid intense competition in the online food-delivery market

Deliveroo raises $70m in funding for global expansion (IB Times)
Deliveroo, the on-demand delivery service for restaurants, has raised $70m from investment funds Greenoaks Capital and Index Ventures as the firm looks to ramp up international expansion.

Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Raises $70M Series C (TechCrunch)
Deliveroo, the on-demand startup that offers food delivery from premium restaurants that don’t traditionally offer a take-out service, appears to be on somewhat of a roll

London’s Deliveroo devours $70M in fresh funding to grow its premium meal-delivery service globally (VentureBeat)
Deliveroo has swallowed another $70 million in funding as the U.K-based food-delivery startup gears up for some aggressive expansion across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia

London startup Deliveroo has raised $70 million in a huge new funding round (The Drum)
Deliveroo, the London meal delivery startup that works with restaurants across Europe, has announced that it has raised $70 million in new funding

Deliveroo Raises $70 Million for Michelin-Starred Online Menus (Bloomberg)
Deliveroo, the upscale London online food delivery service, raised $70 million in a funding round led by Index Ventures and Greenoaks Capital

Phone to fork food player Deliveroo raises US$70m in Series C round (Silicon Republic)
Deliveroo, the fast-growing on-demand service for high-quality restaurant meals, has raised US$70m in a Series C investment round led by Greenoaks Capital and Index Ventures as well as Accel and Dylan Collins’ Hoxton Ventures

Greenoaks and Index lead Deliveroo’s $70m series-C (Unquote)
Greenoaks Capital and Index Ventures have led a $70m series-C funding round for British food delivery service Deliveroo.

Premium food delivery service Deliveroo raises $70m Series C (siliconAngle)
UK based premium food delivery service Deliveroo (Roofoods Ltd.) has raised $70 million Series C in a round led Greenoaks Capital and Index Ventures that included previous investors Accel Partners and Hoxton Venture

Deliveroo closes $70m Series C round (Tech City News)
On-demand delivery service Deliveroo has closed a $70m Series C investment round led by Greenoaks Capital and Index Ventures, with participation from existing investors Accel and Hoxton Ventures

SuperAwesome Continues To Grow With Fundraising (Alist)
Emerging as one of the leaders for digital advertising platforms aimed at the younger set, SuperAwesome has managed to come a long way in the past year – and it’s aiming even better with a recent fundraising round

SuperAwesome raises $7 million in Series A round (Games Industry Biz)
Bangkok and New York offices will grow following the influx of new funding

Deal in focus: SuperAwesome raises $7m (Unquote)
Children’s advertising specialist SuperAwesome’s $7m series-A funding round, which received support from Twenty Ten Capital and Hoxton Ventures, highlights strong growth potential in an overlooked sector

Deliveroo founder: meals on wheels start-up could be a local job generator (Silicon Republic)
In its first phase Deliveroo will generate between 20 and 30 jobs in one district of Dublin, founder Will Shu told Siliconrepublic.com, but this could go up 10-fold

Mike Lynch’s cybersecurity startup Darktrace valued at more than £60m (The Guardian)
Anti-hacking technology backed by former founder of Autonomy attracts $22.5m funding from venture capital firm Summit

Europe incubates tech’s new billion-dollar babies (Financial Times)
Once the stuff of legend in Europe, unicorns are becoming easier to find on the continent.

European tech: In Silicon Valley’s shadow (Financial Times)
Money is flowing into start-ups, but tough EU rules could dash hopes of a Google or Facebook rival

SuperAwesome raises $7m in Twenty Ten Capital-led Series A round (Growing Business)
Child-safe advertising firm secures backing with big initial funding round

SuperAwesome, The ‘Kid-Safe’ Marketing Platform, Raises $7M Series A (Techcrunch)
The company will use the money to “grow faster and reach more territories,” says founder Dylan Collins.

‘Kids safe’ ad platform SuperAwesome bags $7m (Startups)
Marketing company has secured investment from Twenty Ten Capital to fund growth “of the next Peppa Pig or Moshi Monsters”

More ‘unicorn’ sightings taking place in Europe (Gulf News)
In the 12 months from April 2014, 13 businesses have attained the $1b valuation

Google, Softbank Put $11.5 Million Into London’s Fastest Growing SaaS Company (Forbes)
If an online store could guess what you were thinking as you browsed their site for goods, would they make more money off you?

UK’s Yieldify Raises $11.5M From SoftBank And Google Ventures To Fix E-Commerce Conversions (Techcrunch)
Yieldify, a marketing tech business that has built software to improve and track on-site and email conversions — that is, for e-commerce businesses to keep people shopping, buying and generally interested instead of going somewhere else on the web — has raised $11.5 million.

Google Ventures is investing in London e-commerce startup Yieldify (Business Insider)
Google has made its third investment in Europe since launching its $125 million (£79.4 million) venture capital fund here last year.

Yieldify raises $11.5m from SoftBank and Google Ventures (Startups)
Marketing technology business Yieldify, featured in the Startups 100 2014, has secured $11.5m Series A funding from SoftBank Capital and Google Ventures.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-ventures-europe-and-softbank-invest-115-million-in-yieldify-2015-6#ixzz3e5F1Gd9Q

France’s Food Assembly benefits from European tech funding rush (Reuters)
French online farmers’ market La Ruche qui dit Oui – branded as The Food Assembly in English – has won 8 million euros ($9 million) in funding as venture capital firms seek to enter Europe’s expanding “food tech” market.

Europe incubates tech’s new billion-dollar babies (Financial Times)
Once the stuff of legend in Europe, unicorns are becoming easier to find on the continent.

Interview: Bd4travel’s boss on funding, the UK and being better than average (Travolution)
Data analytics start-up bd4travel is eyeing up the Swiss and French travel markets for expansion, having secured $4.2 million in Series A funding earlier this week

Hiring the right COO could give you back 50pc of your time (Irish Independent)
When it comes to discussion about roles, the chief operating officer (COO) tends to come in a distant third

bd4travel raises $4.2m & signs Expedia founder as Chairman (Computer Business Review
Money raised from Series A funding round will allow start-up to expand its customer base.

Bd4travel Raises $4.2M To Let Online Travel Industry Use Big Data To Personally Target Visitors (Techcrunch)
Bd4travel, a German startup that offers a “predictive analytics platform” for the online travel industry to help target site visitors in a more personal way, has raised a $4.2 million Series A round led by London-based Hoxton Ventures

Hoxton Ventures leads $4.2m series-A for BD4Travel (Unquote)
Hoxton Ventures has led a $4.2m series-A investment round for BD4Travel, a German business-to-business software platform for the travel industry

bd4travel brings home $4.2 million round and former Expedia exec (Tnooz)
Travel analytics specialist bd4travel has raised $4.2M in Series A funding led by Hoxton Ventures and Talis Capital

New backers agree $4.2 million Series A funding round for bd4travel (Travolution)
Travel technology start-up bd4travel has raised $4.2 million in Series A funding having become a UK firm and one of 13 in London’s new TravelTech Lab

Big Data specialist bd4travel raises $4.2m Series A Round led by Hoxton Ventures and Talis Capital (Tech City News)
bd4travel, the predictive analytics platform for the travel industry completed a $4.2m Series A funding round led by Hoxton Ventures with participation from Talis Capital and Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group.

bd4travel secures $4.2m Series A funding (Startups)
First company as part of Boris Johnson’s new Traveltech Lab accelerator to secure investment

Darktrace’s ‘pattern-of-life’ defense (Network World Asia)
Darktrace is touting a new approach to cyber-security that leverages Bayesian probabilities for early detection of cyber threats and insider threats.

Darktrace touts “immune system” for IT networks
What’s needed is a way to suss out both internal and external threats before they happen. Darktrace, a young IT security company founded by the UK government’s cyber community — from GCHQ and other intelligence agencies — was started to do just that.

Want high quality food for lunch? London-based Deliveroo launches in Berlin and Paris today (Venture Village)
London-based delivery startup Deliveroo launches in Berlin and now competes against MyLorry and others. Unlike the Berlin startup, however, Deliveroo focuses on high quality food.

Deliveroo gets official Dublin launch (Irish Times)
New service brings food from some of Dublin’s top restaurants direct to the doorstep

Deliveroo bounces into Dublin with food service (Irish Independent)
Deliveroo, the high-profile UK-based online food delivery service, has officially launched its Dublin service with a number of well-known chains and restaurants signing up to the venture.

Online food delivery service Deliveroo launches in Dublin (RTE)
Online based food delivery service, Deliveroo, has officially launched in Dublin, with plans to create more than 50 jobs.

You are about to get a whole lot more choice when you order takeaway (Yahoo)
Takeaway food fans can choose from a string of new “upmarket” offerings – if they’re fortune enough to live in select parts of Dublin.

50 Jobs for Dublin with Deliveroo (CareersPortal)
Online-based food delivery service, Deliveroo, has officially launched in Dublin, with plans to create more than 50 jobs.

Frustrated security pros try a new approach: Let the bad guys in (Silicon Angle)
With recent, high-profile security breaches at companies like Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. and Target still fresh in our memories, most enterprises are all too aware of just how costly such incidents can be.

More than $2bn in deals for Cambridge cluster in March (Global University Venturing)
Cambridge University spinouts and startups based in the Cambridge business and technology cluster pull in $2.08bn in March

Apple Watch Not That Material to Apple: Kanji (Bloomberg)
Hoxton Ventures Partner Hussein Kanji discusses new offerings from both Apple and Samsung, and whether tech companies are overvalued. He speaks with Jonathan Ferro on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Five lessons Silicon Valley has for UK tech entrepreneurs (The Guardian)
British startup founders should say ‘yes’ more, scale up faster and make their employees rich, say experts from both sides of the Atlantic

Cambridge deals top $64.1bn in two years (Business Weekly)
March roared in like a lion to deliver another $2.08 billion worth of deals in the Cambridge UK business and technology cluster.

Darktrace raises significant funding from investors (Acumin)
Cyber security firm Darktrace has managed to raise £12.27m from a number of investors, including Hoxton Ventures, Talis Capital and Invoke Capital, along with various private sources, placing the company’s value at around £54.5m.

Tech Momentum Differs From 1.0 Bubble And Won’t Stop Soon (Forbes)
Tech bubble, tech momentum, tech revolution — no matter what you call it, all signals point upward at least for now.

Here’s What a Former NSA Official Thinks About CISA (DC Inno)
Fresh Off An $18M Raise, Darktrace SVP talks major cybersecurity bill

Fast-Growing Darktrace Picks Up $18 Million From Autonomy Founder Mike Lynch (Forbes)
The cyber security market is in that dubious market position of benefiting from other peoples’ problems.

Darktrace takes $18m investment on $80m valuation (Financial Times)
Darktrace, the British cybersecurity company backed by the Mike Lynch, founder of UK software group Autonomy, has raised $18m on a valuation of $80m in a move designed to fuel ambitious plans to go global.

Darktrace, The Cyber Security Startup Backed By Mike Lynch, Raises Further $18M (Techcrunch)
Cyber security startup Darktrace, which is already backed by Autonomy founder Mike Lynch’s Invoke Capital, has picked up $18 million in new funding, at a valuation of $80 million.

Machine-learning security startup Darktrace aims $18m injection at overseas expansion (ZDNet)
Selling security based on complex algorithms and Bayesian mathematics, Darktrace is earmarking a multimillion dollar investment for new markets, including the Asia-Pacific region.

Ex-Autonomy chief Mike Lynch’s Darktrace bags £12.6m from investors (The Register)
Spook-friendly infosec firm swallows more wonga

British cyber-security firm Darktrace secures $18 million funding (Reuters)
Darktrace, a British cyber-security firm backed by former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, said on Wednesday it had raised $18 million (12 million pounds) from venture capitalists to expand in Asia Pacific.

Cyber security firm Darktrace raises $18 million as for Asian expansion (Evening Standard)
A fast-growing cyber security company with close links to the intelligence community has raised $18m to crack Asia, just months after launching in the US.

Won’t somebody please think of the children? The ‘kidtech’ space is about to explode, led by European startups (Tech EU)
In this guest post, serial entrepreneur Dylan Collins – currently CEO of SuperAwesome – argues that the ‘kidtech’ space is poised to explode in the coming years, led by a slew of European companies.

Collins-backed Deliveroo poised to pounce on Dublin’s food scene (Irish Independent)
Deliveroo, the high-profile UK-based food delivery firm that’s backed by Irish entrepreneur Dylan Collins, is accelerating its hiring in advance of a Dublin launch for the service.

Ray Coyle rules out buying back stake in Largo from Germany’s Intersnack (Irish Independent)
Raymond Coyle has ruled out buying back a large chunk of Tayto crisps maker Largo Foods.

Venture Capital Firms Pour Investment Into MBA’s Start-Up Ventures (Business Because)
Entrepreneurs from top universities have raised more than $25 billion in combined venture capital funding, as MBA’s start-up companies come of age.

Mind your manners, Uberians (Chicago Tribune)
Passengers should be civil with their Uber drivers — and cabdrivers, for that matter, though Uber operators can easily get you blackballed.

Quietly doing well (The Economist)
The government isn’t touting it, but its record on entrepreneurship is good

London tech investors look to mirror success of Silicon Valley (Financial Times)
More than $2bn has been raised by new technology funds in London in the past five years, as venture capital flows into Europe’s burgeoning start-up scene.

Venture capital funds sprout amid rush to invest in London tech (Financial Times)
New venture capital groups are sprouting in the city alongside tech start-ups

Facebook Is Distinctively a Mobile Company (Bloomberg)
Hoxton Ventures Partner Hussein Kanji discusses both Facebook and Apple earnings

Ratings Now Cut Both Ways, So Don’t Sass Your Uber Driver (New York Times)
People routinely use the Internet to review services from plumbers to hairdressers. Now the tables are turned. Companies are rating their customers, shunning those who do not make the grade.

British takeaway service for top restaurants wins new backing (Telegraph)
London-based start-up Deliveroo, which delivers high-quality local restaurant meals to customers’ doors, has raised $25m to fund its expansion across the UK and internationally

Deliveroo, the online delivery service that brings restaurant food to your door, has raised £16.5m (Independent)
The London start-up is set to expand across the UK

Food-Delivery Startup Deliveroo Picks Up $25 Million in Series B Funding (Wall Street Journal)
When it comes to food-delivery startups, investors have a seemingly insatiable appetite

Deliveroo grabs $25M to bring its premium meal delivery service to more cities (Venturebeat)
London-based food delivery startup Deliveroo has raised $25 million to beef up its U.K. and global aspirations

Deliveroo, The Online Food Delivery Service Just For Restaurants, Is Raising £16 Million (Business Insider)
Deliveroo, the London-based startup that lets restaurants offer takeaway delivery to customers online, is raising £16 million in new funding and eyeing international expansion

Deliveroo grabs $25m to expand high-end takeaway service (Tech City News)
Food delivery service Deliveroo has announced a $25m Series B round led by Accel Partners

Two year-old food delivery start-up Deliveroo bags £16.5m (Growing Business)
Young Gun-founded company set to expand its high-end restaurant takeaway service

Food startup Deliveroo receives £16.5m in Series B funding (Techworld)
The investment will help drive expansion across the UK and internationally, said the company, which was founded in 2013

Venture capital funding of London tech start-ups doubles (Financial Times)
London-based technology start-ups attracted record levels of venture capital in 2014, with investors ploughing $1.4bn into the city’s fledgling companies — double the amount raised last year.

Why I call it bubblicious (Tech City News)
With record breaking numbers of startups raising record levels of cash, are we walking our way into the next dotcom bubble?

Hoxton Ventures sets aside €6 million to fund Irish startups, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland (Tech.eu)
London early-stage venture capital firm Hoxton Ventures has created a special €6 million investment vehicle to exclusively finance Irish startups, with financial and other support from Enterprise Ireland.

New VC fund to focus exclusively on Irish opportunities (Irish Times)
Tech entrepreneur Dylan Collins has linked up with Hoxton Ventures to launch €6m early stage fund

Hoxton announces €6m fund for Irish start-ups (Irish Times)
Hoxton Ventures, a European micro-cap venture capital fund, has launched a new €6 million early-stage venture capital fund for Irish firms, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland.

Hoxton Ventures creates exclusive €6m venture capital fund for Irish tech start-ups (Silicon Republic)
Hoxton Ventures, a venture capital company focused on bridging the gap between Europe and Silicon Valley, is to establish a new side fund worth just under €6m in Ireland.

Big tech start-ups buypass Silicon Valley (Financial Times)
The majority of tech start-ups that have gained a $1bn valuation in the past decade hailed from outside Silicon Valley, according to research that casts new light on the global growth of fledgling digital companies.

Hoxton adventures with venture capital (Business Strategy Review)
Hussein Kanji, co-founder of the European early stage find, Hoxton Ventures, talks entrepreneurially with BSR.

How Do We Start Our Companies Smarter? (Technology Review)
MIT Enterprise Forum Executive Director unveils an exciting new opportunity designed to help people with good ideas start successful companies

Investor concerns as Rocket IPO countdown ends (Financial Times)
Investors are expected to make Rocket Internet’s initial public offering on Thursday the biggest technology listing in Germany

Rocket Internet puts the case for share price lift off (Financial Times)
Rocket Internet, the seven-year-old German ecommerce investor and start-up conglomerate that hopes to replicate the success of Alibaba’s listing last week, has said its planned €1.5bn initial public offering is already fully subscribed.

What Do Europeans Think of Rocket Internet? (CB Insights)
What is it that makes Rocket Internet special (or not)? Five European investors and operators weigh in.

Premium Restaurant Take-Out Platform Deliveroo Raises £2.75M From Index, Hoxton, And Others (Techcrunch)
Today the London-based company has closed a £2.7 million series A round led by Index Ventures, with participation from new VC kid on the block, Hoxton Ventures, along with a number of individual investors.

Index, Hoxton invest £2.75m in Deliveroo (Unquote)
Index Ventures has led a £2.75m series-A funding round for Deliveroo, a London-based food delivery platform, with participation from Hoxton Ventures.

New Microsoft CEO (CNN)
Microsoft’s Market Might; Ballmer Versus Nadella; Big Changes at Microsoft; US Stocks Up; Global Markets; Target Hack; BP Profit Falls; London Tube Strike; Underground Farming in the Tube

Index Ventures raises €400m for early-stage technology start-ups (Financial Times)
Index Ventures, the European investment group that backed Candy Crush-maker King Digital and online takeaway marketplace Just Eat, has raised €400m to invest in early stage technology start-ups.

Business communities: All together now (The Economist)
What entrepreneurial ecosystems need to flourish

No tech please – we’re British (Financial Times)
At a recent speed pitching event for technology start-ups in London, hosted by the UK Trade and Investment Commission, organisers kept time using a small red bell with the words “Ring for Sex” painted on it.

Hoxton Ventures raises £24m fund to invest in early-stage startups in Europe (Wired)
Wired – Dec 4, 2013 – Hoxton Ventures has raised a $40m (£24m) fund which it plans to use to invest in early-stage technology companies across Europe.

Hoxton Ventures aims to bring Silicon Valley DNA to Europe with a new $40M early stage fund (Pando Daily)
Hussein Kanji, one of two American founders behind London-based Hoxton Ventures, calls it unicorn hunting, and hopes his firm’s newly announced $40 million early stage fund will herald a change in investment attitude.

Targeting Next $1B+ European Exit, Hoxton Ventures Pulls Back Curtain On New $40M Early-Stage VC Fund (Techcrunch)
What’s this me old mucker? London has bagged itself a new early-stage VC. Although it’s already made several investments, Hoxton Ventures, founded by Accel and Fidelity alums, Hussein Kanji and Rob Kniaz, is officially pulling back the curtain today.

Hoxton Ventures raises fund for European technology startups (The Guardian)
The fund has $40m available that will focus on European tech talent, aiming to meet some of the demand for investment

Bringing US investing to Europe – Hoxton Ventures raises $40m fund to target early-stage startups (Venture Village)
Hoxton Ventures has today announced a $40m fund that will focus investments on early-stage tech companies in Europe.

London’s Hoxton Ventures raises a $40m fund for early-stage European startups (The Next Web)
Hoxton Ventures, the London-based ‘micro-cap’ early-stage VC firm, has announced that it has raised $40 million for its first fund, with an aim to …

Hoxton Ventures holds first close on $40m (Unquote)
Hoxton Ventures has held a first close for its maiden fund Hoxton Ventures Fund I on $40m, with the aim of bringing the US microcap venture…

Hoxton Ventures raises $40m fund for early stage startups (Tech City News)
Hoxton Ventures has become London’s latest early stage venture with $40m to invest in European tech firms.

Venture investing in Europe – Comeback capital (The Economist)
SINCE the collapse of the dotcom bubble, European venture capital has had a bad reputation.

New Fund Seeks to Fill Gap Between Seed and Series A (Wall Street Journal)
A new fund aimed at funding early-stage companies in Europe from Paris to Stockholm was launched Wednesday, a founding partner of London-based Hoxton Ventures told The Wall Street Journal.

London gets a new early-stage VC firm in the shape of Hoxton Ventures (GigaOm)
London-based early-stage venture capital firm Hoxton Ventures officially revealed itself on Wednesday, despite having already made some quiet investments into startups Campanja and (according to TechCrunch) Tizaro.

Hoxton Ventures raises a $40 Million fund, brands itself as a US-centric European fund (Rude Baguette)
A new Venture Capital fund has been born in Europe: Hoxton Ventures announced today that it has raised a $40 Million fund to invest in European early stage startups.

Hoxton Ventures closes $40m fund to invest in European startups (Alt Assets)
Technology-focused early stage investor Hoxton Ventures has closed a $40m fund to focus on European startups.

London’s Tech City: Start me up (The Economist)
A cluster of start-ups in east London is thriving. All they need now is a big success

Europe’s tech entrepreneurs:Blooming (The Economist)
Europe has become a more fertile place for technology companies. But its tech industries still have to show they can burst through old constraints

In Tech City’s IPO Quest, Cambridge Could Hold Answers (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
It’s a virtuous circle in tech: A startup goes public, making millionaires out of the founders and others.

Entrepreneurs urged to shoot for the sky (Financial Times)
“We have no giants to poach from,” says Hussein Kanji, a London-based angel investor and start-up adviser formerly at Accel Partners and …

Hipsters Flocking to Silicon Roundabout as Bankers Fade (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
Coffee houses hold a special place in London’s history. During the late 17th century, they were the birthplace of Lloyd’s of London and the London Stock Exchange — two institutions that helped make the square-mile City of London a global financial capital.

Fledgling ventures flock to London for seed funding (Financial Times)
London has been crowned Europe’s capital for start-ups by some of the global technology industry’s leading players at a gathering to nurture some of the most promising upcoming entrepreneurial talent.

Business angels that are devils in disguise (Financial Times)
Fundraising is hard, especially if you are running an early-stage venture – which is why business advisers put so much emphasis on finding early-stage investors, known as business angels. But what if your angel turns out to be the devil in disguise?