Steve OHear

TaxScouts raises £5M Series A to expand to Europe, first stop Spain

TaxScouts raises £5M Series A to expand to Europe, first stop Spain

TaxScouts, the U.K. tax preparation startup founded by TransferWise and MarketInvoice alumni, has raised £5 million in Series A funding for European expansion. Leading the round is Octopus Ventures, with previous investors SpeedInvest, Seedcamp and Finch Capital following on. Also participating is Clocktower Technology Ventures, the U.S. venture capital firm specialising in financial technology. Aiming […]

 Steve OHear

Unmortgage founder’s new startup wants to make it free to sell your house

Unmortgage founder’s new startup wants to make it free to sell your house

Having left his previous company under unceremonious circumstances, Rayhan Rafiq-Omar, who founded Unmortgage, is launching his next proptech venture. Called Free.co.uk, the startup wants to eradicate listing fees when selling your house, as well as streamlining other parts of the house-selling process. Instead of charging for a listing on Rightmove, it hopes to make money […]

 Steve OHear

Plum raises $10M for its ‘smart’ money management app

Plum raises $10M for its ‘smart’ money management app

Plum, the London and Athens-based fintech that offers a “smart” money management app to help you improve your “financial resilience,” has raised a further $10 million in funding as it gears up for European expansion. The new round is led by Japan’s Global Brain and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which has participated […]

 Steve OHear

(How to fix) 5 common UX mistakes in online banking

(How to fix) 5 common UX mistakes in online banking

Customer support is a huge part of a user’s experience, and one that every bank likes to say they’re great at. But there is a lot we can learn from the mistakes that U.K. banks have made. Based on his latest research report into the user experience of a dozen leading British banks — including […]

 Steve OHear

Fraud detection startup Ravelin secures $20M Series C

Fraud detection startup Ravelin secures $20M Series C

Ravelin, the London-based company using machine learning to help companies fight fraud when accepting online payments, has raised $20 million in new funding. The Series C round is led by Draper Esprit, with participation from existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners, BlackFin Tech and Passion Capital. Ravelin disclosed $10 million in Series B funding in September […]

 Steve OHear

K Fund’s Jaime Novoa discusses early-stage firm’s focus on Spanish startups

K Fund’s Jaime Novoa discusses early-stage firm’s focus on Spanish startups

Earlier this month, Spanish early-stage venture capital firm K Fund officially launched its second fund, which sits at €70 million, up from €50 million the first time around. Targeting Spanish startups with an international outlook, the seed-stage firm plans to invest from €200,000 to €2 million, writing first checks in 25-30 companies. Meanwhile, a portion […]

 Steve OHear

Creandum backs Amie, a new productivity app from ex-N26 product manager Dennis Müller

Creandum backs Amie, a new productivity app from ex-N26 product manager Dennis Müller

Amie, a new productivity app from ex-N26 product manager Dennis Müller, has picked up $1.3 million in pre-seed funding to “kickstart” development and hiring. Backing 23 year-old Müller is Creandum — the European VC best known for being an early investor in Spotify — along with Tiny.VC and a plethora of angels. They include Laura […]

 Steve OHear

LocalGlobe and TransferWise’s Taavet Hinrikus back ‘frictionless finance’ startup Radix

LocalGlobe and TransferWise’s Taavet Hinrikus back ‘frictionless finance’ startup Radix

Radix, a U.K. startup that’s building a decentralised finance protocol on which new financial apps can connect and be built on top of, has raised $4.1 million in new funding. Backing the company, which counts the Ethereum network and a number of other “DeFi” projects as competitors, is London-based seed-stage VC LocalGlobe and TransferWise co-founder […]

 Steve OHear

Yamo scores €10.1M Series A to offer healthier food choices for young children

Yamo scores €10.1M Series A to offer healthier food choices for young children

Yamo, a self-described “foodtech” startup that produces and sells healthier food for babies and young children, has raised €10.1 million in Series A funding. Backing comes from European food and agriculture tech investor Five Seasons Ventures, Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund, Ringier Digital Ventures, Müller Ventures, btov Partners, Polytech Ventures, BackBone Ventures, and Fundament. It brings total […]

 Steve OHear

Nauta Capital launches fifth fund with €120M to back early-stage European B2B startups

Nauta Capital launches fifth fund with €120M to back early-stage European B2B startups

Nauta Capital, the pan-European venture capital firm that invests in B2B technology startups at seed and Series A, is launching its fifth fund. The new vehicle has an initial close of €120 million and is expected to surpass the VC’s 2016 fund, which topped out at €155 million. With offices in London, Barcelona and Munich, Nauta Capital […]

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