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We found and fund companies - deploying capital & expertise

YYX backs extraordinary founders and businesses, with relentless ambition to propel their ideas from inception to market domination

What We Do

YYX Capital is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in next generation Consumer Internet, eCommerce and FinTech companies.

YYX was founded by a team of highly successful digital entrepreneurs and executives in 2018. The firm is built on the Partners' shared belief that deep domain knowledge and proven operating expertise at scale, combined with expansive talent and funding networks are essential to support early stage businesses from seed to success.

Taking calculated risks are intrinsic to a startups growth and by applying our proven playbooks - we formulate strategies to execute alongside teams as they scale.

Our focus is on investing in tech companies at the formative launch / early stage of their growth

Our expertise is in assisting said companies, via the depth of our experiences and proven playbooks in achieving scale and in-turn the mutual targets we map out in partnership with our founders.

Consumer, eCommerce & Fintech

Our vision has
a longer horizon

YYX Capital fuses private equity and venture models. We look to deliver impact to our investments, bringing with us deep operational experience to scale our companies globally. The most significant value we add is in branding and marketing. Both online and offline, our team have created and elevated some of the largest and best recognised global brands of the last century.

We look for teams who have relentless drive and who can clearly articulate their value. A combination of business acumen, energy, industry expertise, courage and honesty are intrinsic to our beliefs and ultimately the people we choose to work with. We respect founders who are continuously learning and are informed with how markets and technologies change to suit their needs. While they lead the way, we are positioned to guide and steward them as they embark on building successful businesses of the future.

Portfolio
SEED SERIES A SERIES B GROWTH

We like sound,
long term strategies

We back them with patient capital; we’re not a VC fund with set cycles. We pair the benefits of technology with conventional businesses to combine tech multiples with reliable revenues.

Branding & Marketing Support

Our team have created and elevated some of the largest and best recognised global brands of the last century.

Network

As well as our extensive personal networks, YYX is also the principle backer of the Creator Fund. Creator Fund is a highly valuable sourcing channel for YYX, giving us proprietary access to the finest talent & promising startups across Europe.

CF implements a unique model which backs the strongest community of student entrepreneurs, consisting of founders across Undergraduate, MBA, Master’s, and PhD programs.

We also have great relationships with the following organisations:

Some of the companies prior to YYX that our Partners invested in / helped scale

Leading firms who've subsequently invested in our early stage companies

Our Current Founders

Noris Koppel

The firms extensive network and leverage across the FinTech sector, allowed Monese to accelerate growth from day one. Further to their tight knit support, I found it hugely beneficial to have a committed growth investor, that has backed the business from inception and contributed a substantial sum in every subsequent funding round up to our $60m Series B.

Dylan Collins

Sourcing talent has been YYX's biggest value add to SuperAwesome, tapping into their talent network has led to a series of key hires across our product and engineering team. I am hugely appreciative of their stewardship and brand-building ability. YYX have also been a key provider of trusted investment, including our Seed round.

Ashleigh Hinde

Utilising YYX's expertise building direct to consumer businesses was integral to Waldo's early traction. Not only did this allow us to realise the early wins, it has opened up new markets where the team have a demonstrable playbook for expansion that would otherwise have taken considerable time and trial/error to execute.

Investment Range

Our focus is Seed and occasionally Series A, if a company displays standout unit economics. We have the financial backing to follow our portfolio companies all the way up the value chain - maximising returns on outliers and helping to create long-term, sustainable growth.

Our Team

Current YYX Portfolio

Carbon Theory

Carbon Theory is an FMCG skincare brand, that sells their charcoal and tea tree infused products, online and in-store across Europe & US.

Waldo

Waldo is on a mission to deliver high quality daily contact lenses without the hassle or price tag

Straight Teeth Direct

Straight Teeth Direct™ is a direct to consumer teledentistry platform that connects users to online dentists globally enabling at home cosmetic teeth straightening with invisible aligners

Simba Sleep

Mattress e-commerce startup mastering the ‘simplicity of sleep’, perfect for all customers, uniquely harmonising science with experience.

SuperAwesome

An award-winning technology that enables the kids’ Internet. Used by hundreds of brands and content owners, SuperAwesome products provide safe digital engagement with almost half a billion kids every month.

Monese

Monese is a globally connected online banking platform, supporting a growing number of consumers and businesses with current accounts.

Near St

NearSt is a retail technology company building the world’s source of real-time local inventory. Their technology, NearLive, connects to any shop inventory system and turns raw stock into quality live inventory data, ready for the web.

Stealth Consumer

YYX Capital have teamed up with industry leading online experts in the pet industry, to launch their hotly anticipated D2C offering

Stealth Fintech

YYX join two serial entrepreneurs in developing the next generation merchant acquiring platform for digital currencies

Our Team

Michael Jackson

Chairman

Michael Jackson has a law degree from Cambridge University and qualified as a chartered accountant before spending five years in marketing for various US multinational technology companies.

From 1983 until 2006, Michael served as a director and chairman of FTSE 100 company, The Sage Group plc, and was also the chairman of PartyGaming plc, another FTSE 100 company. Michael still serves as a Director of a number of public companies.

Michael founded VCT focused Elderstreet Investments Limited in 1990 and merged it with Draper Esprit PLC, the publicly listed pan European VC firm in 2017.

James Cox

Managing Partner

Prior to entering venture investing, James was the Founder of a dynamic hedging Foreign Exchange business, focused on the optimisation of share classes in fund management companies, that company now trades in excess of $120 Billion USD of foreign exchange per month.

He then has spent the past 8 years advising and funding technology companies from startup to exit - including SuperAwesome, AirSorted, Monese, Waldo and many more.

James is also the founder of Simba Sleep, the leading direct to consumer sleep business. Under James’ leadership, as Founder / CEO, Simba grew from zero revenue in February 2016 to $100m+ revenue run rate by March 2018, making it one of the fastest growing consumer businesses on the planet. Simba was rated the number two in the 2018 Startups 100 table and a member of Tech Nations Future Fifty program.

Julian Barnett

Managing Partner

Julian started his career at Close Brothers in 1999 managing a UK investment portfolio and building risk, quantitative and valuation models. He subsequently joined Polar Capital in 2002 to co-manage the Polar Capital UK Market Neutral Fund.

In 2004 he launched the Polar Capital Paragon (Global) Fund, which was one of the best performing hedge funds in the world for the 5 years through 2008. After leaving Polar Capital in 2009, Julian founded Ridley Park Capital and launched the Ridley Park Capital Paragon Fund in April 2010, which was one of the largest European Fund launches since 2008.

In December 2012, Julian decided to return external capital and in January 2013 he founded Cluny Hill Capital in order to manage his personal & family assets. Julian is a CFA charterholder and has a certificate of Company Direction.

Charlotte Harper

Partner - Brand and Marketing

Charlotte spent four years as Group Marketing Director at Zoopla. She was part of the core ‘leadership’ team who brought Zoopla to the stock market in their $1.6 billion IPO of June 2104.

Prior to joining Zoopla, Charlotte headed up Match.com’s UK business as its Managing Director. She started her career at Mars before joining BSkyB as Marketing Controller. In 2001, she moved to O2 as Brand Director before joining Travelocity as it’s UK Marketing Director.

She is one of less than a handful of UK marketeers to have helped transform a consumer facing tech brand from relative obscurity to a ‘unicorn’ stock market listing. Charlotte has also advised Transferwise, eHarmony, Uber, Funding Circle, Treatwell, Lyst, Home Away, Readly and many more.

Sir John Hegarty

Partner - Brand and Marketing

John was a founding partner of Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970. John was subsequently a founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in 1982, which now has 7 offices worldwide, including in London, New York and Shanghai.

John has been central to advertising for over 6 decades, working with brands such as Levi’s, Audi and many others. John has received numerous awards including a D&AD President’s award for outstanding achievement, and received a knighthood in 2007.

John has written 2 books; ‘Hegarty on advertising- turning intelligence into magic’ and ‘Hegarty on creativity- there are no rules.’ In addition, John has also been an active venture investors for over a decade, as well as many other successes. John stewarded Camden Brewery as Chairman from startup to their exit to AB Inbev.

Deepak Kasthwal

Partner - Finance

Deepak studied Mechanical Engineering at the Delhi College of Engineering, General Management at (IIMA) Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Administration at London School of Economics.

He was a member of the founding management team at Cleartrip, which has scaled to become the largest travel portal in Western Asia. He brings a wealth of value to YYX portfolio companies, having built out the group's operations, finance and compliance divisions' worldwide.

He then subsequently led Ola as it's first CFO where he managed financial operations and stewarded the business to become one of the world's most valuable e-commerce organisations and Uber's biggest competitor in India.

Deepak's companies have taken funding from SoftBank, Sailing Capital, Tencent Holdings and Temasek Holdings.

Nicholas Shekerdemian

Partner - B2B and SaaS

Nicholas is a two-time founder and Thiel Fellow. He studied Chinese at Oxford University and at 19, founded 'Teaching by the Top' - a highly profitable EdTech marketplace platform which provides an educational gateway to the West for Chinese students.

At 20, whilst still at Oxford, Nicholas co-founded Headstart - a next generation recruiting platform designed to help organisations use Machine Learning insights to recruit in a data-driven, inclusive and socially responsible way. Since graduating Y Combinator, Headstart has grown to service a number of global enterprises including Vodafone, Accenture, Travelex, BP and Smiths, with offices in both the UK and the US.

In February this year, Nicholas was the youngest person to be listed in the 'Social Entrepreneurs' category of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and is now investing in B2B and Bio-Tech companies.

David Hickson

Partner - Legal and Strategic Development

David has been founder, or founding member, of five technology businesses that have raised close to £100m in venture/investment capital, and are in aggregate valued at close to £1bn. Previous to that he was an early employee at lastminute.com, where he held director level role, and played a pivotal role in its $1bn exit to Sabre Travelocity.

As part of the founding team, David is presently Director of Strategic Development at Founders Factory a global venture accelerator/incubator that has raised ~$60m from corporate investors including L’Oreal, Aviva, Guardian, EasyJet, Holtzbrinck and CSC. His role is to help both the Factory & its portfolio with their strategic growth options (including capital raising) and has mentored close to 100 high growth technology companies - a number which will double over the next three years.

Darren Goode

Partner - Brand & Marketing

Darren is a digital marketing executive with over 20 year’s experience in building global brands and driving transformational growth.

He brings a unique combination of global corporate prowess from leading roles at Apple as Head of iTunes Europe and L’Oreal as Marketing Director, tied with a track record in helping build some of the world’s most promising tech startups - including Babylon Health as CMO and Elvie as President. Darren also serves as an entrepreneur in residence at SeedCamp.

Darren is committed to assisting YYX portfolio companies by instilling good practice as they consolidate and scale their marketing efforts.

Ollie Horsnall

Partner

Ollie started his career with an AIM listed analytics firm where he advised leading Fortune 500 & FTSE firms including Anglo American and Metro Bank to deliver savings to their bottom line.

Ollie is very passionate about products, mobile technology and direct-to-consumer models. Focusing primarily on deal flow, screening investment, initial due diligence and investor relations.

As Principal of the Creator Fund, he serves as a bridge between the funds' pre-seed cohort, navigating the complexities of early stage through to their seed and growth rounds, which are often lead by YYX.

He's a creative thinker with a sound business understanding, who's driven by a practical approach to helping portfolio companies succeed. Ollie also happens to be our Pilot-In-Residence.

Chris Maynard

Associate

Chris is a Founding Partner at Creator Fund and an Investment Associate at YYX Capital. He is investing in ambitious founders build new consumer internet & e-commerce businesses and outstanding startup's emerging from top universities across Europe.

Chris has operator experience having worked in mobile development & financial technology and has an academic background in information systems & economics.

Chris has international experience having worked in the US, UK & across Western Europe and has strong analytical skills, excelling in both research and strategy. Chris recently received a Master's degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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