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Thoughts on European startups, venture capital, and early-stage technology from the Frontline Ventures team.

Frontline closes €60M for Fund II

Today we’re announcing the close of Fund II at €60 million. We are very excited to continue growing our team to back ambitious B2B founders at the pre-seed and seed stages, with investments ranging from €200,000 to €3 million.

Here’s to many more years of backing the best B2B software companies in Europe.

Kim Pham
February 2017

Startups and VC in Germany, 2017 Edition

Frontline Ventures x Point Nine Capital Collaboration.

The highest level of international VC participation in Europe has fueled the growth of dozens of German-born, global, and European champions. As Zalando approaches ‘decacorn’ status and Trivago IPOs on the NASDAQ stock exchange, it is no longer a question of “if” Germany can become a major tech hub, but rather will it emerge as the leading startup destination in Europe.

Thomas Olszewski
January 2017

From operator to investor

After 19 years in operating roles, last summer I left my job as a VP at Twitter to learn a new trade, startup investing. Many people have asked what the transition is like. So here goes…

Stephen McIntyre
January 2017

Meet the new face of Frontline.

The fund has moved past our founding moment- and now our visual identity reflects that!

Reflecting on our origins: In 2013, Frontline Ventures came to life. Partners Shay Garvey, William McQuillan, and Will Prendergast had collectively spent 25+ years in venture capital, and felt that the European early-stage venture ecosystem was in need of a new type of funding partner.

Frontline Ventures
December 2016

Frontline in 2016

2016 has been nothing short of exciting for Frontline and the European tech ecosystem. Scroll down for some of 2016’s biggest stories in portfolio wins, fund news, and team updates!

Frontline Ventures
December 2016

Early bets, big markets: how Frontline came to invest in Signal

Today, Frontline is very excited to announce our Series A funding into Signal, alongside great lead investors MMC Ventures and Hearst Ventures. It has been an incredible journey so far — one that I am humbled to have been a part of as one of the first seed investors.

William McQuillan
December 2016

Startups and Venture Capital in the Nordics

Big Things from Small Places. The Nordics lead Europe in value creation. With a smaller population, less capital, distributed across 5 countries, the Nordics have produced some of the most successful companies in Europe. These are often not just regional champions, but companies that win on a global scale.

Frontline and Northzone collaborated on this deck to help tell that story to the world.

Thomas Olszewski
December 2016

Marketplace Lending in Europe

The internet is singlehandedly changing the way consumers and SMEs borrow. Online alternative finance is growing at 92% year-over-year and penetration is likely to grow 10–30x over the next decade.

Frontline will dive into these trends, predictions, and movements in European marketplace lending below...

Thomas Olszewski
December 2016

StreetTeam raises $10M to power peer-to-peer ambassador programmes for brands

Frontline is excited to support this impressive vision - welcome StreetTeam to the Frontline family! The human need behind advocacy is about belonging and connecting. Personal recommendations are the way we connect, express ourselves, and build closer relationships with each other. Advocates build knowledge, passion, and influence  -  which, as a result, makes them more credible and likely to affect their friends’ purchase decisions...

Frontline Ventures
December 2016

Roomex raises £3M to help simplify business travel

We are proud to back this ambitious team — welcome Roomex to the Frontline family! Business travel has long been a hassle — clouded in complicated invoicing, slow search & discovery, and unnecessarily high cost. Roomex CEO Jack Donaghy realised the industry was in desperate need of change — and thus, the global hotel booking platform for business travel was born...

Frontline Ventures
December 2016

Boundless opportunities in Europe’s largest economy

A Frontline x Point Nine collaboration: the German startup and VC ecosystem.  It is no surprise that Germany dominates much of the conversation around European tech — the growth of the startup and venture capital ecosystem has surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations...

Thomas Olszewski
July 2016

The Rise of FinTech in Europe

How sleepy incumbents paved the way for a new breed of financial technology startups in Europe.  In this deck, we will cover the rise of challenger banks, the Blockchain status quo, marketplace-lending, robo-advisors and how banks are responding...

Thomas Olszewski
July 2016

Brexit: what are the short- and medium-term consequences for UK tech startups?

Britain has voted to leave the EU. With all of the complexities and unknowns that come with this, many Frontline founders (in particular, our UK-based ones) are trying to get clarity on how this may affect them.

William McQuillan
June 2016

How to effectively plan community x VC initiatives

Sharing insights pulled from Frontline at CMX Summit East 2016. I’ve been a proud member of the CMX community since 2014 — the hub for the community industry. (How meta — a community for community builders!)...

Kim Pham
June 2016

Crossing the street

After four and a half of the best years of my professional life, I have made the very tough decision to leave Twitter. I’m crossing the street — literally and figuratively — to join Frontline Ventures as a venture partner...

Stephen McIntyre
June 2016

Venture Games

In 2003, I spent most of time playing Counter-Strike, the popular online first person shooter from Valve. Most of my friends played CS, and our time spent playing the game quickly evolved into time spent discussing computer components, mods, and software. In fact, to change many settings, one had to use Counter-Strike’s in-game command line interface...

Thomas Olszewski
June 2016

Rejection followed by Failure: a career in venture capital

I often get approached by folks looking to start a career in venture capital. They’ve read all the investor blogs, can quote the latest high-profile fundraisings and acquisitions, and have concluded that venture is a game of playing Midas...

Will Prendergast
May 2016