We are backed by star technology entrepreneurs, and we aspire to be the most helpful seed fund in Europe.
We look for globally ambitious founders building businesses with digital at their core.
We are based in London, investing across Europe and beyond.
We invest in rounds valuing companies at less than $20m, providing more than 18 months of runway.
This is a selection of companies founded by our entrepreneur investors. They form part of our community of over 45 top technology founders, including 29 founders of billion dollar technology businesses, and strategic family offices.
Brent HobermanExecutive Chairman, General Partner
Brent Hoberman is Chairman and co-founder of Founders Factory, a multi-sector incubator/accelerator based in London and backed by global corporates. He is also co-founder of Founders Forum, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow.
Brent is a co-founder and was founding Chairman of Smartup, Grip & Made.com, a leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer. Brent co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, took it public in 2000, and exited to Sabre for $1.1bn in 2005.
Technology businesses he has co-founded have raised over $500m.
Brent sits on the Board of The Economist, the Advisory board for LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund) and the UK Government Digital Advisory Board. Brent was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship in the 2015 New Year's Honour's List.
Boards and Advisory Boards (past and present)
"Thanks so much, Brent, for believing in us when we were five guys in a garage with a prototype! Without you, we wouldn’t be here today.”
Johannes Reck, Founder of GetYourGuideFollowing $50m Nov 2015 Series C round
“My friend, one-time boss and brilliant technology mastermind.”
Martha Lane-Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of SohoMarch 30th 2015, The Dimbleby Lecture
“Brent's network is unbelievable. No matter who we wanted to reach, he made intros that got us a meeting.”
Dr Rand Hindi, Founder of Snips.ai
“Brent is an exceptional manager and entrepreneur. He possesses a deep understanding of marketing, technology and strategy, and has a phenomenal commitment, vision and passion that is truly unstoppable. His humility, humour and humbleness on the back of such success makes him a genuinely wonderful person to work for.”
Pete Flint, Co-Founder of Trulia
“We wanted to be firstminute's first investor. We share a firm belief in the future of Europe's technology ecosystem so we're excited to be part of this new fund as it backs Europe's most promising early stage founders”
Niklas Zennström, Co-Founder of Skype and Atomico
“Brent is always there to support us in our growth, challenging our assumptions or introducing us to the right person with the right expertise wherever in the world. I feel really lucky to have him as one of our investors.”
Jean-Charles Samuelian, Founder of alan.eu
“Brent has been a great mentor and the reason I decided to build Made.com in London 7 years ago.”
Ning Li, Co-Founder of Made.com
“Brent was my flatmate not long before he started lastminute.com. He inspired me to give up my job in the City and start a business. I blame him for everything that followed!”
Jason Gissing, Co-Founder of Ocado
“firstminute capital has an unparalleled ability to amplify the growth of a company with his vast experience, knowledge and network.”
Reda Bennis, Founder of Zebra Fuel
“Brent is both a pioneer and master connector of the European Internet community.”
Adam Valkin, General Partner of General Catalyst
“Most investors focus in on short-term differentiation; Brent believes in authenticity, and long-term, noble goals that with the power of technology can redefine people's lives.”
Thomas Clozel, Founder of Owkin