Posts in Oped
‘If you’re looking for a quick flip, find a burger joint’

Photobox, Privalia, and myOptique have all exited recently for a combined value in excess of $1 billion (£770 million). The investments delivered meaningful profit to Highland Capital Partners – the funds from which the firm I co-founded, Highland Europe, was born. The combined revenue of the three companies at the time we invested was approximately $50 million, and all were burning cash. In 2016, together they will deliver close to $1 billion in revenue and significant profitability.

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Oped, FMTony Zappala
Growth stage funding picks up in Europe

Growth stage or growth equity tech investing is on the rise in Europe. According to Invest Europe, growth investments rose 11% year-on-year in 2015 to reach €6.5 billion ($7.3 billion), reflecting the increasing number of European companies leaving their startup years behind them to embark on the next stage of their life cycle.

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Oped, TZTony Zappala
Here are three things you should think about when fundraising for your company

At Highland Europe, one of the things we’re most often asked about is how to fundraise successfully. From selecting the right investors in the first place - and how to engineer introductions to them - to getting the market timing right, raising investment can often seem a bit like a game of snakes and ladders, with a few extra snakes thrown in for good measure. It needn’t be, so long as you get the fundamentals right.

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Oped, LGTony Zappala