最有看点的互联网金融门户

最有看点的互联网金融门户
专栏全新的互联网金融模式国际资讯

十大科技创业公司“燃亮”伦敦

每个人都知道伦敦是世界重要的城市之一,也是全球金融、文化中心,同时还是西方文明的一部分。伦敦在有记录的历史之前,就已经出现在了人类的地图上,其建筑可以追溯到公元前4500年。伦敦闪耀着永恒的光芒。

伦敦充满着活力,都市地区的企业贡献了整个英国GDP的30%左右。这里有将近900万人口,他们说着超过300种语言,彰显着伦敦的国际化魅力。

国际化中心城市的发展均以科技驱动,对伦敦来说,这意味着东伦敦科技城是一个很好的例子。创业公司的繁荣局面是2014年伦敦被宣布为欧洲未来城市的一个原因。

Farfetch

伦敦统治的文化领域之一便是时尚,这也是Farfetch的发源地,它是技术和来自世界各地的奢饰品专卖店的融合。拥有超过1000个精品品牌和众多的独家品牌,这让Farfetch成为世界各地时尚界的首选。

Farfetch成立于2008年,其后经过的时间足以让电商变得日常化,Farfetch专注于顶尖奢侈时尚领域。2010年7月,通过A轮融资450万美元,获得了资本的青睐。从2012年1月到2015年5月,Farfetch陆续完成B,C,D,E轮融资,总计募集1.9亿美元资金,其中包括时尚偶像Conde Nast投资的2000万美元。2016年5月在F轮中融资1.1美元,2017年6月从JD.com融资到3.97亿美元。总共募集资金7.01美元。

Funding Circle

如同歌中所唱,货币让世界得以运转。为了能够让资金流动起来, Funding Circle为寻找投资的小型企业建立了一个在线市场。投资者将资金投到不同的公司从而分散风险,而成长中的企业拥有了获得融资的高效方式。

Funding Circle在2010年年初完成了天使轮的110万美元融资,随后又在2011年4月到2014年7月的时间里完成了A,B,C和D轮融资,总共募集资金1.21亿美元。2015年4月它又完成了E轮融资,募集资金达到1.5亿美元。最新一轮的融资为2017年1月份实现,资金为1亿美元。总共募集资金4.13亿美元。

WorldRemit

伦敦吸引了无数移民,这些新的伦敦人需要有途径把钱汇到家乡。WorldRemit让超过125个国家的数百万笔交易变得轻而易举。在大多数情况下,客户可以像发送即时消息一样快速汇款。

这家公司在2010年获得超过50万美元的种子基金,之后定期的小型融资使他们一直坚持到2014年3月的A轮融资,当时Accel Partners投资了4000万美元。在下一年的2月份,Accel Partners又投资了1亿美元。2016年2月份WorldRemit通过债务融资获得了4500万美元。总共募集资金将近2亿美元。

Darktrace

伦敦意味着商业,而商业意味着网络攻击。Darktrace使用机器学习和其他人工智能工具来提供一种“企业免疫系统”。他们声称已经为2,400多个网络客户发现了超过30,000个以前未知的威胁。

从2013年开始,Darktrace已经成为世界上成长最快的网络防御公司之一。公司在2015年3月实现A轮融资1800万美元,接下来又在同年7月份募集了2250万美元,早期的发展使得他们拥有众多粉丝。著名的KKR & Co领导的投资者团队,他们在2016年7月的C轮融资中向公司提供了6400万美元的资金。总共募集资金将近1.05亿美元用来网络防御。

BenevolentA

创始于2013年,作为一家分层医疗公司,BenevolentAI是Proximagen管理团队的想法。他们的目标是通过人工智能来结合生物科学和医学研究。他们现在宣称自己是世界五大私人AI公司之一,他们的重点仍然在于医学研究。

在他们成立两年之后,于2015年8月份,四个投资者团队,其中包括Woodford Investment Management和Upsher Smith Laboratories,联合向公司投资了1亿美金。

Blippar

在过去,现实对人们来说是美好的;但是在未来,人们想要的是增强现实,利用人工智能来解释和扩展他们的世界。当然,营销人员将会首先利用Blippar,因为做广告会借助很多新的科技。你的智能手机现在能够“blipp”商品,从而增强他们的可理解性。

Blippar创建于2011年的夏季,并在2012年1月获得种子基金,金额未对外公布。Qualcomm Ventures在2015年3月向公司投资了4500万美元,随后该公司在2016年3月的D轮融资中获得5400万美元。Blippar迄今为止已经融资达到9900万美元。

BabylonHealth

大型城市意味着丰富的医学研究资源。Babylon Health将这些资源与高科技紧密结合。Babylon通过人工智能聊天机器人来开始问诊流程,然后可以在任意时间通过手机视频与接受过专业训练的医生进行交流。接下来会为你开药,有时候会直送到你家。

Babylon Health成立于2013年,那时候智能手机已经可以实现简单的视频会议。公司在2016年1月份完成A轮融资2500万美元。2017年4月份完成B轮融资6000万美元。总共募集资金8500万美元。

Qubit

电商公司会收集客户大量的信息,但是只有挖掘客户的想法才有意义。Qubit公司利用大数据和人工智能来帮助电商网站“通过具有高度说服力的个性化数据来保留最优质的客户”。电商对客户的需求越了解,他们就越能满足你。

在2010年10月获得天使轮投资135万美元,公司成立。在2012年12月,公司的发展吸引了Balderton Capital的注意,后者在公司的A轮融资中投资750万美元。2014年9月公司B轮融资获得Accel Partners领投2600万美元。2016年2月Goldman Sachs在C轮融资中投资4000万美元。迄今为止, Qubit总共募集资金7500万美元。

RateSetter

人和企业在需要钱的时候可以通过向其他人寻求帮助来避开银行,前提是他们知道谁有钱。RateSetter使用技术来帮助人们匹配借款者和独立投资者,从而避开银行。没有银行的参与意味着更少的麻烦和更低的利率,这对双方都有好处。

RateSetter在2010年的秋季发展起来,后来受到了风投的注意,后者在2014年7月为其投资了1000万英镑。公司在2015年3月收到Woodford Investment Management投资的2000万英镑,并且在2017年5月又收到了1300万英镑到目前为止,总共募集资金约为6400万美元。

Starship Technologies

Starship Technologies表示:“我们相信我们的机器人将彻底改变当地的送货行业。”他们正在建造一批自我驱动的运输机器人。在99%的旅程中,机器人可实现在30分钟内自主地从当地枢纽向对方交货。

公司由Skype的联合创始人在2014年成立,九位主要投资者已经在2017年1月份的种子轮中投资了1720万美元,这之前公司在2016年10月获得了非公开投资。迄今为止,投资在way-cool机器人的资金总计超过1700万美元。

更多英国金融科技企业参访实录见:未央英国金融科技之旅

Everyone knows London, one of the world’s leading cities and global hub for finance, culture, and, some claim, western civilization itself. London has been on the map since before recorded history, based on structures dating back to 4,500 BC. London is eternal.

London vibrates with energy, powered by businesses in the metropolitan area that generate about 30 percent of GDP for all of the UK. Nearly nine million people in the area speak over 300 languages, emphasizing the global allure of the city.

Global centers run on technology, and for London that means the East London Tech City for one example. The startup scene was one reason that in 2014 London was proclaimed the European City of the Future.

Farfetch

One of the culture areas where London dominates is fashion, and is the birthplace of Farfetch, the mating of technology with luxury goods boutiques from across the globe. Over 1,000 elite labels, many exclusive, make Farfetch the first choice of fashionistas from all corners of the world.

Founded in 2008, long enough for ecommerce to become routine, Farfetch focused on the highest end of luxury fashion. July 2010 saw some love in the form of $4.5 million in Series A money. Rounds of Series B, C, D, and E placements totaled $190 million between January 2012 and May 2015, including $20 million from fashion icon Conde Nast. May 2016 was wrapped with $110 million in Series F funds, and June 2017 glittered with $397 million from JD.com. Total package? North of $701 million.

Funding Circle

Money makes the world go round, as the song says, and to keep it going round Funding Circle created an online marketplace for small business looking for investment. Investors spread their funds across multiple companies to spread risk, and growing businesses have an efficient way to find new funding.

Breaking onto the scene with $1.1 million in angel funding in early 2010, Funding Circle followed that with A, B, C, and D rounds from April 2011 to July 2014 that totaled over $121 million. April 2015 arrived with $150 million in Series E money. Latest infusion was $100 million in January 2017 for a total around $413 million.

WorldRemit

London beckons to immigrants, and those new Londoners need ways to send money back home. WorldRemit makes that easy with millions of transactions to over 125 countries. Clients send money as quickly as instant messages in most cases.

Another 2010 startup with over a half million in seed money, regular small placements carried them through to March 2014 with Accel Partners ponied up $40 million in Series A money. Next February Accel placed another $100 million on the counter. Debt financing of $45 million in February 2016 brings total investment to nearly $200 million.

Darktrace

London means business and business means cyberattacks. Darktrace uses machine learning and other Artificial Intelligence tools to provide an “Enterprise Immune System.” They claim to have identified over 30,000 previously unknown threats for their 2,400 plus network customers.

Starting in 2013, Darktrace has become one of the world’s fastest-growing cyber defense companies. Fueled by Series A $18 million in March 2015, followed by another $22.5 million in July of that year, early progress gained them many admirers. Famous KKR & Co lead an investor group that placed $64 million in Series C money with them in July 2016. All told, nearly $105 million has been put to cyber defense.

BenovelentAI

Starting as Stratified Medical in 2013, BenevolentAI was the idea of the management team of Proximagen. Goal? To mashup bioscience and medical research with Artificial Intelligence. They now claim to be one of the top five private AI companies in the world, and their focus remains on medical research.

Just over two years after their start, in August 2015, four investor groups, including Woodford Investment Management and Upsher Smith Laboratories, combined to place $100 million in an unnamed funding round.

Blippar

Reality may be fine for people in the past, but citizens of tomorrow want augmented reality that uses Artificial Intelligence to explain and expand their world. Of course, marketing people will leverage Blippar first, since advertising pays for many tech advances. But your smartphone can now “blipp” objects and enhance their understanding.

Blinking to life in the summer of 2011, Blippar gained seed funding of an undisclosed amount in January 2012. Qualcomm Ventures appeared with $45 million in March 2015, followed by a Series D round of $54 million in March 2016. Blippar has augmented their reality to the tune of $99 million so far.

BabylonHealth

Huge cities mean medical research facilities. Tie those in with high tech and you get companies like Babylon Health working to disrupt medicine. Babylon does it with Artificial Intelligent chatbots to start the query process, followed by mobile phone video chats with specially trained doctors any time night or day. Prescriptions follow, sometimes directly to your door.

Started in 2013 after the smartphone enabled easy videoconferencing, Babylon Health received $25 million in Series A money in January 2016. That was followed by another $60 million Series B financing in April 2017. Adds up to a nice total of $85 million.

Qubit

Ecommerce companies collect plenty of information about you, but deciphering your whims takes help. Enter Qubit, a company leveraging big data and Artificial Intelligence to help websites “retain your best customers through highly persuasive personalization.” The better they know what you want, the better chance they have of making you happy.

Angel money of $1.35 million started the company in October of 2010. In December 2012, their development efforts drew the attention of Balderton Capital who dropped $7.5 million in Series A money in their coffers. Accel Partners led a $26 million Series B round in September 2014. Goldman Sachs wrapped their arms around another $40 million in Series C money in February 2016. So far, nearly $75 million says Qubit has a good idea.

RateSetter

People and businesses that need money can avoid banks by going to people they know for help, if they know people with money. RateSetter uses technology to help people avoid banks by matching borrowers with independent investors. No bank means less hassle and lower rates, always good for both sides of the money equation.

Beginning their development work in the fall of 2010, RateSetter grew to the attention of a venture manager in July 2014 who placed 10 million pounds in their pockets. That was followed by Woodford Investment Management placing 20 million punds in March of 2015 and another 13 million pounds in May 2017. Peer to peer total so far is about $64 million dollars.

Starship Technologies

Too cool not to include, Starship Technologies says, “We believe our robots will revolutionize local delivery.” Yes, they are building a fleet of self-driving delivery robots. Autonomous for 99 percent of their journey, the robots work from local hubs to deliver goods within 30 minutes.

Founded in 2014 by co-founders of Skype, nine major investors have delivered $17.2 million in a seed round in January 2017, following an undisclosed placement in October 2016. So far, investments in way-cool robots are up over $17 million and counting.

本文系未央网专栏作者朱孔达发表,属作者个人观点,不代表网站观点,未经许可严禁转载,违者必究!


用微信扫描可以分享至好友和朋友圈

扫描二维码或搜索微信号“iweiyangx”
关注未央网官方微信公众号,获取互联网金融领域前沿资讯。

发表评论

发表评论

您的评论提交后会进行审核,审核通过的留言会展示在下方留言区域,请耐心等待。

评论

您的个人信息不会被公开,请放心填写! 标记为的是必填项

取消

朱孔达 | 未央团队未央编辑团队

89
总文章数

TA还没写个人介绍。。。

考夫曼基金会设立创业者小微贷款项目

常笑 21小时前

伦敦通勤分期创企CommuterClub再获230万英镑注资

Lynsey Bar... 10-31

FCA正式对Fintech创企开放用户数据获取申请

高旭 10-18

奥地利金融科技创业公司大盘点

朱孔达 08-09

印度的新型银行,专为“害怕”银行的印度人设计

朱孔达 08-03

版权所有 © 清华大学五道口金融学院互联网金融实验室 | 京ICP备17044750号-1