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By 2023, it's predicted that nearly half of Europe's population will be gamers. The industry is booming and VCs are taking note. We decided to ask top gaming investors which startups they're most excited about. That's in today's newsletter, plus...
  • What the Onfido cofounders did next
  • Our (fictional) columnist Rosie Wood's latest dispatch
  • How Klarna is trying to become the 'Google for shopping'

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Onfido’s cofounders are quietly working on new startups — here’s the latest

Onfido is one of the UK’s most recognisable startups, worth half a billion pounds and said to be contemplating a public listing.

But two of its cofounders are onto pastures new, having stepped aside from Onfido last year citing the need for a “career break”.

Here's what they're up to.

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/Mild Conviction

Dispatches from a London VC: The top secret source for deals... dating apps


Rosie Wood, our (fictional) VC columnist, is back with her latest instalment chronicling life at Mild Conviction VC.

This week, Rosie talks us through how her recent breakup led her to the ultimate secret weapon for sourcing VC deals: dating apps.

Read the latest dispatch.

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15 gaming startups to watch, according to top investors


The pandemic has triggered a gaming boom and VCs have taken note. So far this year they've invested a record €1.7bn into gaming startups.

With VC focus on gaming at an all-time high, we thought we would take this chance to ask them which startups they have their eyes on. 

Here's which startups they're watching.

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\Fintech 

Klarna's €930m acquisition is a step towards 'Google for shopping'


This week Klarna acquired the Swedish comparison site Pricerunner for €930m.

It's a move designed to broaden the shopping experience Klarna can offer, and gives a glimpse of the kind of one-stop-shopping company the Swedish fintech hopes to become.

Can it become the 'Google for shopping'?

\Report

Who’s leading the ecommerce boom?


Consumer habits aren’t changing. They have changed — and during the pandemic, they decisively skewed towards online shopping. But which startups are well placed to take advantage of that?

Find out here.

News That Matters

💉 Baseimmune, a London biotech firm, has raised $4.8m for vaccine development. Here's the pitchdeck it used to raise the funding. 

💥 Riverlane, a Cambridge-based quantum firm, has hired a former White House scientist, Jake Taylor. It's a sign that Europe's quantum talent battle is only getting fiercer.

💰 Permutive, a London-based company which helps publishers and advertisers with on-device solutions has raised a $75m Series C round, led by SoftBank.

💸 Unlock, a SaaS-enabled marketplace that wants to help create healthy habits for remote teams, has raised $2m. The investment was led by La Famiglia, as companies working on remote solutions continue to score big from VCs.

🤑 Nauta Capital has closed its fifth fund at ​​€190m. The firm focuses on seed-to-Series A investments in b2b companies, and writes cheques of between €1 and €5m.

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