Institutional Investor: Anthemis Goes Beyond “Conventional Venture Financing Remit”

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In the pages of Institutional Investor, Jeff Kutler outlined Anthemis’ past, present, and future, taking particular note of our unique position in digital financial services: Amid the crowd of investors flocking to financial technology innovations and start-ups, Anthemis Group wants the world to know, as stated on its website, that it is “not a traditional venture capital provider.” Who would want to say otherwise, especially in the space now trendily labeled fintech? Anthemis, though, backs up its claim with a relatively long history; incubation and advisory activities beyond the conventional venture financing remit; and personnel with diverse backgrounds. Kutler hits the…

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Wired: Anthemis’ Sean Park One of 50 Most Influential People in Europe

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Wired published its annual list of the 100 most influential people in Europe, and Anthemis founder and chief investment officer Sean Park came in at number 33. Park joins the likes of Zaha Hadid, Jimmy Wales, and Baroness Martha Lane Fox on Wired’s list, which identifies people driving change in the vanguard of technology, design, media, finance, and politics. You can read the full list here. You can also watch Park’s 2013 speech at Wired Money – where he laid out his vision for “hacking regulation” – here. And you can keep in even closer touch with Sean on Twitter and…

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Portfolio Company Azimo Raises $20 Million Series B Round

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Azimo, the London based digital money transfer service, announced today that it has raised an additional $20 million in financing. The funding will advance Azimo’s mission to be the world’s leading low-cost, mobile and social money transfer service. The Series B funding round was led by Frog Capital, with participation from MCI Investments and existing investors including Anthemis,  e.ventures and Greycroft Partners. Azimo is a world leader in online and smartphone-based money transfers – providing a fast, secure and low-cost alternative to legacy high street remittance services. Founded in 2012, the company has built the most comprehensive network of any…

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Anthemis Expands Advisory Business with Addition of John Egan as Director

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Respected digital strategist will further Anthemis’ position as the top innovation advisor for financial institutions John Egan, the former head of innovation at Lafferty Group and a major contributor to the international conversation about innovation and the future of banking, has joined Anthemis as a director in its advisory group. As a core member of the Anthemis advisory team, Egan will help clients ranging from retail and corporate banks to insurance companies succeed in the information age. “John’s voice and vision have had a significant impact on financial services for years now,” said Nadeem Shaikh, Anthemis’ founder and CEO. “He…

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Seedcamp Founder Reshma Sohoni joins Anthemis as Senior Advisor

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Anthemis is pleased to announce that Reshma Sohoni, the co-founder of Seedcamp and one of the pioneering enablers of disruption in technology, is joining the organisation in the role of Senior Advisor. She currently leads Seedcamp, the largest and longest-running pan-European Acceleration Fund in the UK, as co-founder and partner. At Anthemis, Reshma will put her fifteen years of experience as an entrepreneur, senior executive and technologist to drive and enhance our global corporate strategy and business development efforts. “I’m delighted to join Anthemis. Sean and Amy were amongst the very small number of visionaries who spotted the opportunity in…

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Portfolio company Artivest raises $15 million Series A

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Artivest , a cutting-edge technology platform that connects leading private equity and hedge funds with a wider audience of suitable investors, announced today a $15 million round of funding led by prominent global investment firm KKR, with existing investors RRE Ventures, Peter Thiel, Nyca Partners, Anthemis Group and FinTech Collective participating as well. Artivest will use the funding to accelerate the growth of its technology, infrastructure and sales teams and the execution of its product roadmap. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York City, Artivest provides access at lower investment minimums to a select assortment of privately offered alternative…

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Amy Nauiokas’ interview on BreakingBank$

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Listen here for the full audio interview FINEXTRA: What is Anthemis’ core business – are you guys a traditional VC fund or more of an advisory firm? NAUIOKAS: I think we are right in the middle of both. So our core business is, and has been since its inception, one part advisory – where we take a role of senior advisor to a whole host of financial services organisations and institutions that are looking to digitise the future of their business. Separate to that we have an investments business that is a portfolio and managements business for entrepreneurs and startups…

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Meet Payoff’s Board Directors

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A look into Payoff’s Board of Directors. Featuring Mohamed A. El-Erian, Arkadi Kuhlmann, Jim Lane, and Sean Park. Get to know more about Payoff’s Empowerment Finance movement as we seek to restore humanity and reintroduce people to their true potential through transparent consumer finance. Payoff is a next generation financial services company, designing products that help people pay off their credit cards faster and save money.

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Nurturing Innovation – Amy Nauiokas’s interview with Banking Technology

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By Elliott Holley, Banking Technology. Read original article here. When Amy Nauiokas left her job as chief executive of Barclays Stockbrokers in 2008, she was taking a risk. Two years earlier, at just 34, she had become one of the most successful women in finance. Before that, she’d been head of e-commerce at Barclays Capital. She was already known for her efforts rebuilding the team at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York in the years after 9/11. But the world was changing fast, and the rising star felt that the time was right to do something different – to embrace change…

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Dispatches from the digital age

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By Sean Park “We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies.” ― John Marsden, The Dead of Night Chances are, if you work in a large company, its management culture is focused on seeking out, optimizing and profiting from an operating environment predicated on: • Knowledge • Certainty • Stability Successful managers of Industrial Age businesses have mastered the challenges of operating in such an environment and have shaped their businesses accordingly. The archetypal corporate hierarchy – with it’s bottom-up information flows and top-down decision making – is (unsurprisingly) highly adapted to this “KCS” paradigm. Indeed, the current,…

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