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Ten highlights from 2022. TL;DR Pleasure is the overwhelming emotion… | by Chris Smith | Playfair Weblog


TL;DR Pleasure is the overwhelming emotion I’ve on the finish of one other 12 months. Our founders have achieved unbelievable issues, not least elevating over $570m in very difficult markets. Their dedication, perseverance and refusal to just accept the favored unfavorable narrative are actually inspiring.

#1 Rising the group

After an intensive hiring course of that noticed over 1,000 functions, we welcomed Clare and João to the group final month. We’re delighted they selected to hitch us and are excited to see them flourish 💪

#2 Seeing the group thrive

We work exhausting to make Playfair a supportive tradition the place it’s potential to develop a long-term profession in enterprise. This 12 months we celebrated two main milestones — Jeevan being promoted to Principal and Sheff to Affiliate. So pleased with them each and their promotions are completely properly deserved 🌟

#3 Closing follow-on rounds

Macro financial situations are extraordinarily difficult. But our founders have discovered a approach to proceed rising their corporations and securing some vital funding rounds. We’re extremely proud of all of them.

This 12 months we have been delighted to take part within the following rounds:

Cauldron of their $6.6m seed led by Cherry Ventures with participation from Cassius and Seedcamp (TechCrunch).

Omnipresent of their $120m Sequence B led by Kinnevik and Tencent with participation from Uncorrelated Ventures (Bloomberg).

Passionfruit of their $3.6m seed co-led by firstminute capital and Playfair with participation from FJ Labs and Portfolio Ventures (Sifted).

Protex of their $18m Sequence A led by Notion Capital with participation from Elkstone and firstminute capital (Enterprise Insider).

Worldr of their $11m seed spherical led by Molten Ventures with taking part from IQ Capital, Pretiosum Ventures, Navigate VC and MD One Ventures (EU-Startups).

And rejoice plenty of later stage rounds being closed:

Kyra’s $15m Sequence A led by Bonnier Ventures with participation from LionTree, Firstminute Capital, Guardian Group Media Ventures and Torch Capital (The Info).

Onfleet’s $23m Sequence B led by Kayne Companions with participation from Savant Development (TechCrunch).

Starship’s $100m Sequence B led by NordicNinja and Taavet+Sten with participation from TDK Ventures and Goodyear (+European Funding Financial institution) (TechCrunch).

Thought Machine’s $160m Sequence D led by Temasek with participation from Intesa Sanpaolo, Morgan Stanley, Eurazeo, ING, JPMorgan Chase, Lloyds Banking Group and SEB (Bloomberg).

Tray.io’s $40m Sequence C extension led by Canada Pension Plan Funding Board with participation from True Ventures, GGV Capital, Spark Capital, Meritech Capital Companions and Stepstone Group (FinSMEs).

Along with plenty of signed however unannounced rounds (extra on these subsequent 12 months 👀📢) :

$17.5m Sequence B; $17m Sequence A; $12.5m strategic spherical; $13m Sequence A; $6m Sequence A; $1.25m seed extension

#4 Closing new investments

We made three new investments this 12 months, all of that are unannounced — rounds of £1.5m ($1.8m), £1.73m ($2.1m) and £2m ($2.4m) 🤐

We usually make six investments a 12 months. 2022 noticed us spend extra time than regular supporting founders with profitable follow-on rounds and planning for the way forward for Playfair — extra on that to come back in 2023 👀

#5 Founders’ Dinners & extra

A few founders’ dinners, journeys to Wimbledon and a smattering of different socials — it was so good to have break day video and again in actual life. While these occasions are at all times nice enjoyable, in addition they provide a possibility for founders to construct a robust, trusted help community of fellow founders.

#6 Taking Feminine Founders Workplace Hours to MENA

Version VIII of Feminine Founder Workplace Hours (FFOH) was the biggest occasion but and noticed the initiative develop to MENA with the help of our buddies at International Ventures in Dubai. On the day, 366 founders and 185 traders gathered collectively for 1,464 one-on-one mentoring/pitching periods.

#7 FFOH x Slush

For the primary time this 12 months we partnered with the group at Slush to ship Version IX of FFOH. Such an superior occasion and fortunately we discovered the one shiny room in the complete venue — excellent for a Slush Friday morning.

#8 Business recognition

Joe Perkins and the group at Panorama.vc are doing an incredible job of bringing accountability to enterprise and calling out the BS. We’re pleased with our 4.5 score from 84 evaluations and in addition being ranked one of many high 20 European Seed Buyers by the individuals who matter most — founders 🙏

#9 An epic offsite

Laborious to place into phrases how wonderful this journey was so emojis (and pictures) should do — 🦁🐆🦏🐘🐃

#10 Graduating from Kauffman Fellows

After 2.5 years, a private spotlight was graduating from the Kauffman Fellow Programme in Dubai. A lot of the programme was carried out over Zoom in the course of the pandemic, so getting the prospect to spend time in-person over a number of modules after which throughout commencement was wonderful.

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