hoxton ventures

We help entrepreneurs invent new industries and disrupt existing ones.

VENTURES

Focus areas

We are a $40 million early stage technology venture capital firm. We partner with founders seeking to invent new market categories or transform large, existing industries. Our sweet spot is internet, mobile and software startups. 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 that wasn’t possible before (e.g. CRM and the cloud in 2000). 

Investing in

  • Idea
  • Product or prototype
  • Go to market
  • Growth and expansion

Focus areas

The investor is focussed on the following areas

Consumer services & devices
Consumer services & devices
Financial
Financial
Energy & Greentech
Energy & Greentech
Hardware
Hardware
Healthcare
Healthcare
Marketplace & eCommerce
Marketplace & eCommerce
Media
Media
Mobile
Mobile
Other
Other
Retail
Retail
Software
Software

Experience

We each have deep operating experience in the tech industry. But we believe great companies are built by great entrepreneurs, not venture capitalists. We like to help behind the scenes. Our entrepreneurs count on us for introductions, advice on hiring, inking partnerships, and every once in a while, operational issues. And sometimes, with their blessing, we help them get crazy acquisition offers.

How much do they invest?

We prefer to be the first venture investor and we follow our investments, aiming to be shareholders for seven to ten years. We invest as little as $250,000 to seed a company and as much as $2,000,000 to lead a round. We invest early, between $250k-$2m. Some folks call us a seed fund. Others think of us as an early Series A fund. We aren’t a concept fund, even though we’ve written checks after seeing nothing more than a Powerpoint. 

How do they work?

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.

This makes a difference to them

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

Key People

Hussein Kanji, Partner

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

London Business School
Stanford University (Symbolic Systems)

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Rob Kniaz, Partner

Fidelity Ventures
Google
Intel

Stanford University
University of Maryland (Computer Science)

Linkedin 

 

Dylan Collins, Venture Partner

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

Trinity College

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Vijay Pandurangan, Technical Advisor

Mitro (acquired by Twitter)
Jumo (now GOOD)
Google

Carnegie Mellon University (Computer Science PhD)
Columbia University (Computer Science)
George Washington University

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Startups they funded

Adazza, Algomi, bd4travel, darktrace, deliveroo, behavox, optimoroute, raptor supplies, tourradar, vitesse, yieldify, gocardless, halo neuroscience, signpost, tarmin, hem

How to approach them

Send your business plan to BUSINESSPLANS@HOXTON.VC. Preferably referrals from other founders or industry colleagues - no intermediaries please.