San Francisco, CA / Hamburg, Germany (PRWEB) July 16, 2012
BV Capital, together with its four international funds, is rebranding its early-stage venture capital firm to “e.ventures”, emphasizing the firm’s unified international structure. Until now, e.ventures has operated as one firm under different names in each region. The new brand unifies the five local funds, thereby reflecting the firm’s approach of working together as one team, globally.
e.ventures’ eleven investment partners combine their shared global investment strategy with their extensive local networks and market insights. The team invests in today’s most attractive Internet markets with dedicated funds in the U.S. (BV e.ventures), Western Europe (e.ventures Europe), Eastern Europe (e.ventures Russia), Asia (Infinity e.ventures) and Brazil (Joint Venture Redpoint e.ventures). Each fund has a dedicated local investment team on the ground.
The e.ventures team has a long history of working and investing in tech companies together. Since its founding in the U.S. in 1998, BV Capital has raised four generations of funds with a total of $750m under management. Eight investment partners in four additional geographies have since joined with over 75 companies in the firm’s portfolio. e.ventures built its partnerships region by region using a lean startup approach itself – beginning with the U.S. and Europe, and ultimately extending to Russia, Asia, and now, South America.
“Innovation is coming from all parts of the globe, and international strategy, now more than ever, is critical for any company to get to scale,” said Mathias Schilling, co-founder and Managing Partner of e.ventures. “We want to empower founders to become global leaders quickly, and we do so by providing a global network of market access, funding and the best talent.”
The firm’s investment focus is on early-stage consumer Internet and mobile startups. U.S. investments have included market leaders such as Groupon, Angie’s List, GoToMyPC (Citrix Online), Shopping.com and Sonos. Other international portfolio companies include Farfetch in the UK, NGINX in Russia, Rekoo in China and Japan and Viajanet in Brazil.
“With the help of e.ventures’ first institutional round, we were able to expand our presence in the US and grow our business efficiently. Today, we are a top consumer Internet destination,” said William Oesterle, Angie’s List CEO. e.ventures has also been able to leverage its international partnerships in some of today’s fastest growing Internet markets, enabling many companies, such as Sonos, to go global. “e.ventures has been a great partner for us. Its global experience and footprint were key assets to help Sonos establish a global business quickly with minimum mistakes,” said John MacFarlane, Sonos CEO.
Founded in 1998 and built on a strong, shared culture of entrepreneurship, e.ventures is a venture capital firm with global scale. The firm invests out of dedicated funds in five geographies, namely BV e.ventures (U.S.), e.ventures Europe, e.ventures Russia, Infinity e.ventures (China and Japan) and Redpoint e.ventures (Brazil and Latin America). The e.ventures team has been investing in Internet companies for more than 15 years and operates as one team by combining a global investment strategy and philosophy with local presence and insights. Focused exclusively at the intersection of consumer Internet, media and mobile, e.ventures aims to help entrepreneurs build transformative companies. http://www.eventures.vc