Creating value in European companies by expanding to the US

European companies that successfully launch in the US experience a step change in value and one of our investment strategies at DFJ Esprit is to be part of that process. We provide capital to finance the expansion and our networks and experience of how to do it right increase the chances of success.

These […]

Our recent £2m investment in StrikeAd

News broke last week of our latest investment – a £2m Series A in mobile advertising startup StrikeAd. As the world’s leading mobile demand side platform (or DSP) StrikeAd enables agencies to plan, execute, and measure mobile advertising campaigns at scale and with high efficiency. We spoke with a number of agencies in […]

Heading home after our strategy offsite

I am sat in a hotel bar in Barcelona doing email for an hour before I catch a flight home from our annual strategy offsite and I’m feeling good about the two days we just spent here.  We’ve been doing these offsites for a few years now in one form or another and this […]

DFJ Esprit offering £50k convertible note to winner of the Europas Tech Startup Grand Prix award

As revealed by Mike Butcher on Techcrunch last week DFJ Esprit will be offering a £50,000 convertible loan note to the Grand Prix winner of The Europas Tech Startup Awards.

We are excited to be supporting Mike and the Europas and look forward to welcoming a new company into the portfolio.

The loan […]

Last night Riverbed acquired our portfolio company Zeus Technology for $140m

Last night we announced the sale of Zeus Technology to Riverbed for $140m. This exit is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people over a long period of time. My involvement with the company dates back to 2004 when I led a recapitalisation of the business […]

DFJ Esprit is five years old today

Last night we had a little party in the London Planetarium to celebrate our fifth birthday. In typical DFJ Esprit style the event was a little different to the norm with a super-hero theme, a 4D film (and I mean 4D), and drinking well into the night. As part of the show we had […]

Welcome Conversocial to the DFJ Esprit portfolio

News just broke on Techcrunch that DFJ Esprit has invested £1.5m in Conversocial, whose social media management software helps companies increase engagement and manage interactions with their customers on Twitter and Facebook.  The screen grab below from their home page shows the central dashboard which allows for efficient handling of social media including posting […]

DFJ Esprit portfolio has big share of Euro M&A market

The table below is taken from a presentation we made to the investors in our Fund I last week and shows something my partners and I are pretty proud of, namely that our portfolio companies figure prominently in league tables of recent European exits.  In fact, if you tally up the numbers you will […]

New DFJ Esprit website live

Our new website went live yesterday – please go and check it out and let us know what you think, positive and negative.  We will do an update in the not too distant future and we’d love to incorporate your feebback.

I hope you like it, mostly because I want us to have […]

Thank you and Happy Christmas

2009 has turned out to be a good year for us at DFJ Esprit and I hope it has for you too.

After a difficult start I think the operating environment for most startups stabilised over the summer and turned mildly positive towards the end of the year.  Whilst life is obviously easier […]