The internet gave people a place to learn about sex autonomously - not just through family, friends and traditional education. Insight into how others feel and think about sex has created more openness around the topic. With this came a deeper understanding of sexual psychology, and as Sachin Raoul and Robbie Coomber started to look into this rather taboo topic, they discovered that billions of people were suffering in silence.
Meet Mast! Joy, Rob and Henry all joined Antler UK two weeks before the UK government announced the lockdown. Apart from informal discussions they had never brainstormed together in our offices. Everything happened remotely and they’ve never looked back!
Different nationalities, different backgrounds and different interests. Rob, the CEO, has seven years of experience working in Risk for Barclays in London and Frankfurt. Emmanuel, the CTO, has spent eight years in Academia. After his PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Sorbonne Université in Paris, he joined University College London (UCL) as a Research Associate focusing on automatic persuasion methods for behaviour change. They probably would not have met if it wasn’t for Antler.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ole Ruch as partner and board member. As part of Antler’s board, Ruch will focus on international expansion, strategic partnerships, and investment management. Ruch will bring invaluable operational experience and insight to the Antler team, particularly around scaling big organizations, building global platforms and crafting large partnerships.
We are firmly a 'Rent vs. Buy’ generation. With an increasingly footloose population comes an increasing preference for renting over purchasing goods. With that in mind, we highlight one of our homegrown startups focused on helping consumers rent and select high quality furniture for their homes with Homespring.
Making healthy eating decisions is difficult, time-consuming, expensive, and there are no existing companies that pair healthy food recommendations with delivery services. Bitewell, a platform that ties data-driven dietician recommendations with last-mile food delivery, is fixing that.
In the past few years, Africa has witnessed a tremendous shift towards supporting job creation and entrepreneurship anticipating the overwhelming demand by the continent’s youth. While this is an exciting and much-needed trajectory, there is still a challenge in producing world-class, innovative, tech-enabled, and locally founded startups across the continent. Read the full article to understand how the Antler model is filling this crucial gap, one cohort at a time.
This article is an introduction to the series “Startup fundraising 101” - a resource that has been created in order to help all founders in their fundraising journey; whether you are just starting to think about fundraising or are in the middle of it.
So far this year, we have invested in 58 startups across seven countries. The companies funded represent over twenty sectors, ranging from fintech and deep tech to food delivery and gaming. 43% of these companies have at least one female co-founder.
We invited four experienced CTOs to discuss how to build a successful tech platform, the process behind establishing a startup and some of the key things to consider when you are just starting to build the tech behind your product/service. They discuss key questions such as why is speed important and what to prioritise between your product vision and customer validation.