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Appear Here raises $12m Series B led by Octopus Ventures
posted on May 17, 2017

Appear Here, an online marketplace for short-term retail space, has raised $12m in Series B funding.

Fraud detection firm Ravelin closes £3m round led by Playfair Capital
posted on October 18, 2016

Ravelin, a firm that uses machine-learning to detect and fight fraud, has raised £3m in funding in a round led by Playfair Capital.


The rise of the machines: How AI can transform our lives
posted on July 21, 2016

Tech City News held a roundtable attended by a variety of AI experts, who discussed the potential of AI and the ethical challenges posed by the technology. Yessi Bello Perez, our reporter, has more. Just last year, Stephen Hawking – arguably one of the world’s brightest minds – predicted artificially intelligent computers would overtake humans…


Investing in artificial intelligence: What’s all the fuss about?
posted on July 20, 2016

Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting and transformative opportunities of our time, argues Nathan Benaich, an investor at London-based investment firm Playfair Capital. While the field has gone through two cycles of bull (‘50s-’70s and ‘80s) and bear (‘70s and ‘97-’93) markets, where expectations were hyped up only to eventually fall short of their…

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Festival booking site Festicket closes $6.3m Series B
posted on June 30, 2016

Festicket, an online platform for music festival experiences, has raised $6.3m in Series B funding. The round drew support by Lepe Partners and existing investors pan-European VC firms Wellington Partners, PROfounders and Playfair Capital. The news comes after the startup raised $2.7m in Series A funding in September 2014 and $680,000 in seed funding back in 2013. Zack…

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Private jet booking platform Stratajet lands $8m in funding
posted on May 19, 2016

Private jet booking platform Stratajet has announced the closure of a $8m funding round led by Octopus Ventures. The round, which also drew support from existing investors Playfair Capital and JamJam Investments, brings the company’s total funding to $14m. According to a statement, the money will allow the London headquartered company to invest in further…

StreetHub rebrands and bags £1.7m round
posted on October 19, 2015

London-based independent retailer network StreetHub has raised a £1.7m round led by Octopus Ventures, along with bringing in further cash from existing investors Index, Playfair Capital and previous angels. The company has also announced a slick rebrand, unveiling its Trouva platform today, where items for sale among its 350-plus participating boutique retailers are curated for shoppers in…

Smart fraud detection startup Ravelin raises £1.3m
posted on September 29, 2015

Online fraud detection platform Ravelin, created for the demanding on-demand digital economy, has raised a £1.3m round from a number of high-profile VCs and angels. The Barclays Techstars Fintech alumnus attracted cash from previous VC investor Passion Capital, which led a March seed round for an undisclosed sum, along with Amadeus Capital Partners and Playfair Capital, plus…

Pronto on-demand food service raises £1m seed round
posted on August 27, 2015

Food startup Pronto, whose founders slept in their production factory for six months while creating the platform, has raised £1m to “build the food infrastructure of the future”. The round was led by Playfair Capital and joined by an impressive roster of others, including Seedcamp, The London Co-Investment Fund, Ballpark Ventures, The Next Web founder Patrick de Laive…

4 emerging themes that excite me as an investor
posted on May 28, 2014

Entering into my 8th month in VC world, I’ve now evaluated a couple of hundred businesses and I’m beginning to find my feet. This exposure to founders, markets, technology approaches, customer acquisition strategies, and product value propositions has refined a set of four technology themes that truly excite me. In the spirit of openness and…

Meet the new faces of Warner Yard
posted on May 31, 2013

Warner Yard is London’s latest co-working space, right in the heart of Clerkenwell It opened its doors earlier this week and owner Federico ‘Fede’ Pirzio-Biroli (pictured right), founder of Playfair Capital, has been helping the companies settle into their new offices. This is Fede’s first coworking space and he’ll be welcoming investors and a range…

London’s next tech IPO?
posted on May 8, 2013

Despite several likely contenders, Tech City London has yet to produce an IPO. Which startup will be the first to blink? Last week’s news that Shazam had appointed a new chief executive fuelled rumours that the successful music-tagging startup is on the verge of going public. But with new Shazam CEO Rich Riley being based…

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