Eight things we learned from the Highland Chief Finance Officer roundtable

Highland Europe invited Chief Finance Officers from its portfolio companies and some others along for a day of discussion and inspiration in October. The companies represented were Outfittery, WeTransfer, Brandwatch, NextThink, Starleaf, Condeco, NewVoiceMedia, Junique, SocialPoint, EGym, Featurespace, Maropost, AMCS, TripTease, DoveConviene, Wooga and Talentsoft. The CFOs heard presentations from Tony Zappala and Laurence Garrett, two of Highland Europe’s partners and from Fiona Talbot, SVP of finance and HR Administration at NewVoiceMedia and David Reynolds, CFO of Brandwatch.

 

 

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Susanne Pindao
NEGOTIATING WITH INVESTORS

By Gajan Rajanathan, Highland Europe.

It’s much easier to file for divorce than to part company with a difficult shareholder – so finding the right investor is essential. As a critical first step, do your homework. Make a checklist of the main things you are looking for -  beyond the capital - which will encompass (in no particular order) geographic reach, sector experience, ability to assist with talent recruitment and strategic introductions. Also ask yourself whether this is someone to whom you would instinctively make your ‘first call’ in a crisis. If the answer’s no, then they are probably not the investor for you.

 

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Susanne Pindao
Technology advisor Gajan Rajanathan joins Highland Europe

Highland Europe is delighted to announce that tech advisor and investor Gajan Rajanathan will join the team in September.In the last 18 months, Gajan has advised on some of the UK’s biggest tech deals including the £1.43bn sale of Skyscanner to Ctrip of China and the sale of Swiftkey to Microsoft in March 2016. He also advised on the sale of Withings, the French wearable tech company, to Nokia in early 2016.

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Tony Zappala
Cherry Freeman of Lovecrafts takes #1 spot in BusinessInsider's top 29 coolest female startup founders in the UK

The UK is one of the best-funded tech ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley thanks, in part, to its diversity.

There are more women than ever founding their own tech startups in the UK, defying barriers like the huge gender gap in computer science, the fact that most European firms have all-male founding teams, and that most venture capitalists are men.

Business Insider have ranked the 29 coolest female founders in the UK, taking into account their careers and the success of their companies. Cherry Freeman, a founder of Lovecrafts, has taken the #1 spot!

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Malwarebytes Introduces Enterprise Cloud Platform for Next-Gen Endpoint Protection, Announces Validation as Replacement for Antivirus

Malwarebytes®, the leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution, today announced the release of its new single endpoint agent cloud platform for business featuring Malwarebytes Incident ResponseMalwarebytes Endpoint Protectionand a new cloud-based management console. Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection, now delivered as a service by the platform, features a signature-less Anomaly Detection Engine powered by machine learning. Combining seven protection layers, this new Malwarebytes solution is a more effective and efficient replacement for antivirus.

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