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Balderton (Benchmark EU)  CERTIFIED

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Rated 3.1 / 5.0 by 14
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FIRM OVERVIEW: Large Private VC founded in 2000 based out of London, UK (Europe)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: At Balderton, we are dedicated to nurturing innovative, world-leading companies. Building great, growing companies of lasting value is our ultimate aim, and we have the people, the skills and the financial capabilities to make it a reality. Balderton manages approx US$1.9bn in committed venture capital. The bulk of the capital comes from university endowments, charitable foundations and pension funds. Our most recent fund, Balderton IV, was raised in December 2008. Balderton was founded in 2000 by Benchmark Capital, the leading US Silicon Valley venture firm. We were then known as Benchmark Europe. Both firms have always been managed separately, and Balderton formally became an independent firm in 2007. However, Balderton maintains close ties with Benchmark Capital.

TEAM MEMBERS: Barry Maloney, Bernard Liautaud, Dharmash Mistry, Harry Briggs, Jerome Misso, Mark Evans, Roberto Bonanzinga, Roberto Moffat,

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A Reveiw of Balderton by One of Their Larger Investments

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-18

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Johan Brenner: Good First Impression

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by krbolik on 2008-01-30

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I just talked to Johan Brenner, who is partner and unfortunately not mentioned as Fund Team Member. The talk was efficient, honest and interesting. They have also overcome their exit weekness, because they just sold MySql to Sun (if the deal goes through ....).

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Bears No Comparison to Benchmark Us

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by gcme on 2007-11-18

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Very different fund from the US fund whose name they used for years. Very nice people who are easy to deal with.

The interesting bets are Setanta (a one-off) or late stage semi-mature businesses like CodeMasters, Figleaves, Lovefilm, Yoox. But wot, no exits" Don't them kid you with Betfair - this was a firesale of their flutter investment.

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Barry Maloney

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-28

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Very straight shooter.........no nonsense...........very sharp and quick to understand your business. Had a few meetings but didn't materialize beyond that. But would like to work with these guys.

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Pitching to Associates Ok

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-18

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I pitched to their associates. I was very impressed with their knowledge of our sector, compared to other VCs.

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Not at Balderton Anymore

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-07

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I heard that Klaus Hommels does not make any new investments with Balderton anymore. Does anybody know more"

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Composed and Smart

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by KK on 2013-05-18

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Met with them for the first time in Berlin (at a Capital On Stage Conference):

Rob Moffat, one of their principals, is professional and cuts through any crap quickly. Decent feedback was given to us and we would recommend them - they know their space well.

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Weakest Link

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-04

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Very Quick From Pitch to Funding

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-25

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Dealing with Balderton (formerly Benchmark Europe) was a real pleasure. Pitched mainly to Barry Maloney and Klaus Hommels, both of which were sharp and to the point. Pitch to term sheet in record time, albeit a bit weak on terms. Working with them after funding is also a pleasure, they are very easy-going, at least in our case.

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Received Offer but Rejected Terms

Fund: Balderton (Benchmark EU)

Posted by AXAA on 2010-07-03

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This was with the team as Benchmark some years ago. Valuation and management shake-up weren't acceptable to the existing investments and executives.

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