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Portfolio Update - 31.08.2018

ClauseMatch have joined the Investment Association, the UK's trade body representing investment managers with over £6.9 trillion assets under management, as their first FinTech member.

 

Narrativ have graduated from German software giant SAP's Foundry accelerator and have been given access to SAP's extensive partner and customer network including enterprises such as Coca Cola and General Electric.

 

Homelyfe have launched their partner program, enabling third party firms to provide Homelyfe's insurance offering alongside their products, and have partnered with Premium Credit, a leading UK premium finance enterprise with over 2.2 million customers.

 

Portfolio Update - 14.06.2018

Darktrace have become Cambridge's youngest surviving Unicorn after achieving a $1.25bn valuation only five years after launch, and were recently named as one of the top global startups on CNBC'S Disruptor 50 list alongside Uber and Airbnb.

 

Luminance were interviewed by the BBC as a legal AI market leader after securing over 80 customers, including ten of The Global 100 law firms, and continue to perform well after winning "Startup Tech Company of the Year" at the National Technology Awards.

 

Onfido's COO was ranked 4th in Business Insider's "UK FinTech 35 under 35" after overseeing Onfido's growth from inception to an ID Verification market leader with over 1,500 clients and $60m raised from world-class investors including Salesforce and Microsoft Ventures.

 

Homelyfe have joined Startups 100, a list highlighting the top 100 UK startups launched in the last three years, for their impressive platform which allows customers to find and buy home insurance in 85 seconds.

 

Portfolio Update - 08.05.2018

Luminance have announced their regulatory compliance solution following a trial with a major retail bank where they achieved 85% time-savings for its GDPR review, and have now secured over 75 clients including ten of The Global 100 law firms.

 

Price f(x) have partnered with Bain & Company, one of the world's top management consultancy firms, where their pricing optimisation software will be used to support Bain's extensive client base.

 

Pass the Keys have been chosen as one of the first three UK partners for AirBnB's professional co-hosting programmme following their impressive short-term rental track record with over 5,000 guest stays completed since their launch in 2015.

 

Senrio have been raising awareness of IoT chained attacks, where attackers hack vulnerable IoT devices to gain access to enterprise networks, and publicly demonstrated an attack at RSA, one of the world's largest cybersecurity conferences.

 

Portfolio Update - 13.04.2018

eporta have raised a $8m Series A round, supported by Talis, to double their team and expand overseas after securing an impressive 10,000 buyer customer base including Hilton Hotel Group, Accenture and Ted Baker.

 

Pirate Studios have announced the 30 finalists for their Pirate Prodigy Programme, narrowed down from over 2,000 applications, which has proven to be immensely popular with over 70,000 votes cast for UK emerging music talent.

 

Onfido hosted a roundtable discussion with ID verification industry leaders regarding the difficult task of meeting data privacy requirements without compromising end user experience, and expected trends following the upcoming implementation of GDPR.

 

Portfolio Update - 28.03.2018

Darktrace have detected mass clandestine cryptomining operations, with up to 55% of all global organisations estimated to be affected, after uncovering a hidden cryptomining side business operating under the floorboards of a European bank's data center.

 

Onfido represented London in an interview with the World Economic Forum where they defended London as the fintech capital of the world due to its strong spirit of collaboration between regulators and start-ups, rich tech talent pool, and extensive network opportunities.

 

CensorNet have launched their new USS solution, combining patented smart user authentication with sophisticated threat protection, after being named in Gartner's first ever Magic Quadrant for Cloud Application Service Brokers.

 

Portfolio Update - 15.03.2018

iwoca have promised to provide £100m business loans to SMEs in North England by 2020 as part of their ongoing efforts to support the Northern Powerhouse, and continue to achieve impressive traction with over 45,000 transactions completed since 2012.

Second Home have announced their upcoming Clerkenwell site, due to open in Autumn, which will cater primarily to their extensive corporate client base including Ernst & Young, Volkswagen and Santander.

 

Pass the Keys, the UK’s leading AirBnB rental management provider, discuss how property owners can take advantage of the rapidly growing short-term property rental market to maximise their rental returns.

 

Portfolio Update - 12.01.2018

Darktrace have partnered with AIG to identify client vulnerabilities for their cyberinsurance analysis, and have been named on CB Insights' 2018 "AI 100" list as one of the top 100 global AI firm. 

 

Luminance have leveraged their multi-lingual platform to secure a contract with Araoz & Rueda, a leading Spanish law firm operating in more than 30 countries, and are on track to repeat their strong 2017 performance as they expand throughout America.

 

Onfido had an impressive performance in 2017 including raising a $30m Series C round co-led by Microsoft Ventures, showcasing their ID verification solution to 10,000 attendees at Salesforce's annual conference, and achieving 550% US sales growth.

Portfolio Update - 24.11.2017

Onfido have been selected as the first ID verification provider for Salesforce's Financial Services Cloud where they will enable financial institutions to easily verify and onboard new customers. 

 

 

Shirley Chen, Founder & CEO of Narrativ, has been named in "Forbes 30 Under 30" following her impressive background where she acted as Head of Marketing at Moda Operandi before founding Narrativ, an advertising technology start-up which now handles 4.3 trillion monthly requests.
 

 

Luminance have won British Legal Technology Awards' "New IT Product of the Year" for their market-leading platform which continues to attract new clients including Chapman Tripp, New Zealand's largest full-service commercial law firm.

Portfolio Update - 09.11.2017

iwoca have joined LinkedIn's Top 25 Start-ups List, alongside Uber, Deliveroo and AirBnB, and have now lent over £260m to date since their launch at the end of 2012. 

 

 

Luminance have partnered with TRUST, a leading Finnish law firm, and are now live across 15 countries with over 150 completed transactions since their launch in September 2016.
 

 

Pass the Keys, the UK's largest AirBnB property manager, have launched in York and Glasgow ahead of their planned international expansion in 2018.

Portfolio Update - 27.10.2017

Talis co-led the £2.4m seed round of Homelyfe, an insurance-tech start-up helping homeowners to manage all of their insurance requirements through a single app.

 

Second Home expect to launch their London Fields site, designed tor working parents with plans for a fully staffed crèche, in early 2018. They are also aiming to invest over €10m to launch their second Lisbon site after achieving near-full occupancy at their original site.
 

 

Onfido, a leading ID verification start-up, have raised over $60m since their launch in 2012 and are planning to help provide banking access for the two billion unbanked individuals currently excluded from the financial sector.  

Portfolio update - 13.10.2017

Talis participated in PremFina's $36m fundraising round to disrupt the insurance sector alongside world-renowned co-investors including Japanese e-commerce enterprise Rakuten, investment management giant Draper Espirit, and Thomvest, the Venture Capital arm of the Thomson Reuters family. 

 

 

Narrativ, a female-led start-up using AI to revolutionise content advertising, have been taking action to improve the under-representation of women in the technology sector.  
 

 

Pirate Studios, the UK's largest music rehearsal studio provider, have developed their own live-streaming service which is gaining traction with popular independent artists.

Portfolio Update - 29.09.2017

Onfido, a leading ID verification start-up, have raised a £22m Series C round co-led by Microsoft Ventures. After increasing their revenue fivefold during 2016, Onfido now cater to 1,500 clients and have been highlighted by CB Insights as a RegTech sector market leader.

Pass the Keys, the UK's largest AirBnB property manager, have held their second fundraising round led by Talis Capital and are now planning to expand internationally in 2018.

 

Reevoo have partnered with Atom Bank, a digital banking platform backed by the British Business Bank, to provide independent reviews on Atom's mortgage and fixed saver account products.

 

Pass the Keys active in 8 cities

Pass the Keys, a fast-growing property tech start-up, completed their second round of funding led by London-based VC, Talis Capital. The funding will support further platform improvements and expand the service offering to more cities in the UK and internationally. The company closed its seed round back in October 2016, also led by Talis Capital.

Founders, Alexander Lyakhotskiy and Zoe Vu, developed Pass the Keys in London Business School’s incubator program and focused on leveraging technology to provide a unique service to Airbnb hosts and help them with hassle-free rentals. Pass the Keys currently operates in eight cities across the UK – London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Brighton, Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, and Oxford – expanding at a pace of one new city a month and is the fastest growing Airbnb Management Company in the world and now covers more UK cities than any other provider.

CEO Alexander Lyakhotskiy commented: “Property is one of the biggest assets for any family and, through our technology solution, we give property owners the ability to maximise their investments hassle-free. Our key differentiators are our revenue management system, but also our focus on security via rigorous guest vetting and photo checks.”

Vasile Foca, co-founder and Managing Partner of Talis Capital, said: “It has been great to see Pass the Keys capitalise on what continues to be a growing sector in property tech. The company has already become the largest Airbnb property manager in the UK as it offers its services in 8 cities. The focus on strategy and automation of various processes, particularly the onboarding of clients, cleaners, and vendors, have allowed the Pass the Keys to become a leading multi-city, multi-platform property manager in the UK. We very much look forward to working with them in their growth to attain this traction internationally.”

Alexander Lyakhotskiy added: “ We are very confident about the future of the sharing economy in the UK and worldwide, and we are grateful for the continued support from Talis Capital. This new funding will allow us to improve our service further, as well as continue our ambitious growth plans. By the end of 2017, we aim to offer our service in all major cities in the UK and start our global expansion from 2018.”

 

Source: https://www.property118.com/airbnb-management-company-active-8-cities/ 

Portfolio Update - 11.07.2017

Darktrace have raised a $75m Series D round led by Insight Venture Partners and are now valued at $825m, a 100%+ uplift to their earlier Series C round which took place in July 2016.

https://www.darktrace.com/

Talis led the $3m seed round of Cyber Observer, a cybersecurity orchestration start-up which provides CISOs with a comprehensive overview of their enterprise’s cybersecurity health and the efficiency of their existing software providers.

https://www.cyber-observer.com/

Cybersecurity Orchestration Start-up, CyberObserver, raises $3 million led by Talis Capital

Cybersecurity Orchestration Start-up, CyberObserver, raises $3 million led by Talis Capital

UK-based Talis Capital has led the $3 million funding round of CyberObserver, an Israeli based Cybersecurity management start-up. CyberObserver provides a breakthrough cybersecurity orchestration and awareness management suite that provides CISOs and security domain managers with an unprecedented comprehensive view of their enterprises’ cybersecurity health.

Driven by a powerful analytics engine that calculates on-line measurements, CyberObserver monitors in real-time and provides 3 layers of information:

  • Fool proof indicators of the types of cybersecurity tools that are misconfigured, malfunctioning, or lacking.

  • Security gaps that exist in each security domain, alongside recommendations for pro-active steps to be taken to close them.

  • Continuous analytics that provide alerts on deviation from normal behaviour.

“CyberObserver can be automatically deployed on a corporate network in a matter of a few hours, predefined with security domains and CSCs measurements to deliver real-time Cyber-Security health views” said Itzik Weinstein, CEO of CyberObserver. “Our customers already include some of the largest companies in Israel and the world - from commodity trading giants in the USA, to large energy companies in APAC - our technology delivers inestimable value to their cyber security teams.  The investment will help us expand our international sales efforts, and continue our product development”.

CyberObserver was founded in 2011 by Shimon Becker, Moti Ram and Oded Mass, a team of Israeli security software experts with extensive experience in the methodology, development and management of complex technological systems that combine information technology and people.

“The cyber-security market has an immense number of companies offering products and services to protect digital assets from unauthorised access and malicious use” said Vasile Foca, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Talis Capital. “The number of cyber products required to secure enterprises from inside and outside threats is ever growing which means the demand for management tools to centrally control, reduce risk and exposure, and prioritise threats is growing significantly – we see CyberObserver as being at the front of this market and are excited at the company’s trajectory”.

The global security management market is forecasted to reach $4.5bn by 2018, where the market will see analysts having traditional event and threat response capabilities replaced with machine-speed decision making and response. With the well-documented shortage of security analysts (Frost and Sullivan has forecast a shortfall of 1.5 million trained security experts by 2020), security teams must seek efficiencies through automation when they cannot find the talent they need.

The funding will help CyberObserver to meet growing international demand and expand R&D to increase product development.

About CyberObserver:

CyberObserver is a powerful, comprehensive and easy-to-use orchestration and awareness solution that enables Chief Security Officers, Chief Compliance Officers and IT executives to effectively secure their organizations against cyber-threats. Developed by cybersecurity experts, CyberObserver uses our patented core engine and Critical Security Controls (CSCs) measurements to present a clear picture of enterprise-wide cybersecurity eco-system status and preparedness at any given moment, alerting to breaches and threats as they arise and actions to be taken to secure critical infrastructures across the security eco-system.

https://www.cyber-observer.com/

About Talis Capital:

Talis Capital is a London based venture capital firm, focused on B2B technology companies within three key areas: Security, Business Intelligence/SaaS and Financial Services. Talis Capital has completed over $380m of transactions since 2009 and has a strong record of investments. Talis has made over 30 venture investments and count some of the fastest growing tech start-ups in its portfolio – Darktrace, Onfido, Iwoca, - among many others.

www.taliscapital.com

Portfolio Update - 29.06.2017

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Darktrace have been highlighted for their role in helping to protect the UK following the recent barrage of global cyber-attacks.

https://www.darktrace.com/

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Second Home’s upcoming London Fields site, planned to launch in November, has been designed to provide a family-friendly environment for full-time working parents with on-site childcare facilities including a staffed crèche, and cultural programmes to encourage parent-child activities.   

https://secondhome.io/

Sources:

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/meet-londons-new-cyber-security-hackbusting-squad-a3574021.html

https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2017/jun/27/rohan-silva-union-entrepreneurs-government-immigration-childcare

 

Portfolio Update - 22.06.2017

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Darktrace have been named as the sole cybersecurity firm in Wall Street Journal’s “Top 25 Companies To Watch” list for 2017. They also continue to expand into new verticals and have begun to provide cybersecurity M&A due diligence after signing with MACOM, a global semiconductor enterprise with a market capitalisation of c. $3.6bn.

https://www.darktrace.com/

Luminance’s market-leading technology has been recognised by CognitionX, a prestigious awards ceremony highlighting the most innovative firms utilising Artificial Intelligence with fellow award winners including Tesla and Google Deepmind.

https://www.luminance.com/

Portfolio Update - 15.06.2017

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Onfido have been named as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum, a prestigious achievement previously held by Google, AirBnB and Spotify.  As a Technology Pioneer, Onfido will benefit from several dedicated community events including the World Economic Forum’s upcoming annual New Champions conference, commonly nicknamed “Summer Davos”, which will take place later this month.

https://onfido.com/  

eporta have been selected to represent the UK on a trade mission to the US where they will meet with executives from Silicon Valley giants including Google, Apple and LinkedIn.

https://www.eporta.com/

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Portfolio Update - 07.06.2017

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iwoca has been named as one of Europe’s top 50 FinTech firms by reputable judges, including the UK PM’s FinTech Business Ambassador, after being selected from a list of 1,500 competitors.

https://www.iwoca.co.uk/

CensorNet, a SME cybersecurity firm, has successfully integrated Multi-Factor Authentication technology into its offering. Going ahead its clients will benefit from enhanced protection against the growing threat of network breaches, with 81% currently due to weak or stolen passwords, whilst gaining real-time visibility and control of their online applications. 

https://www.censornet.com/

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Luminance has partnered with Cederquist, a leading Swedish law firm, and is now live in 12 countries with 110 global client transactions to date since its launch in September 2016.

https://www.luminance.com/

 

Sources:

https://thefintech50.com/the-fintech-50-2017

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/censornet-creates-unique-offering-with-mfa--uss-integration-626759231.html

http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/news/legal/%EF%BF%BCluminance-lights-cambridge-ip-summit

Portfolio Update - 12.05.2017

Darktrace are now approaching a Unicorn valuation after striking a partnership with Siemens to protect the vulnerable critical infrastructure of utilities and energy enterprises.  After recently winning four Stevie Awards including “Fastest Growing Tech Company”, they have now been nominated by the Evening Standard for “Tech Start-up of the Year” as well.

https://www.darktrace.com/

eporta, a B2B trade marketplace, has grown to provide over 1,000 high quality supplier brands under the impressive leadership of their CEO & Founder Aneeqa Khan who led Zoopla’s £1bn IPO at the age of 27.

https://www.eporta.com/

Luminance, a leading AI platform, has had explosive growth since its launch in September 2016 with 110 deployments and shows no signs of slowing down after partnering with Uría Menéndez, a major Iberian law firm.

https://www.luminance.com/

Onfido, a global ID verification start-up operating in 195 countries, continues to assert its dominance with 400% Year-on-Year growth since 2012 and 1,500 clients including Deliveroo, Uber, and Tesco. 

https://onfido.com/