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Investments

10

Portfolio Exits

3

About Simon Murdoch

Simon Murdoch is an angel investor who generally invests in young, emerging companies with a focus on UK-based companies with early traction. Murdoch aims to assist portfolio companies through efforts and expertise focused onadvising UK-based start up businesses on funding, business model. Murdoch founded Bookpages which was sold to Amazon in 1998. Simon is founder and CEO of FriendsAbroad.com Ltd, a company running two language-related web services: doyouspeak.com and friendsabroad.com.doyouspeak.com is on online English language school providing multimedia language lessons given by native English-speaking teachers. friendsabroad.com is a language exchange website for people who want to practice their language skills and develop friendships with people from other parts of the world.Previously, Simon was VP Europe of Amazon.com. He managed huge growth from start up in late 1996 through to multimillion turnover and hundreds of staff, ie from founding of his own Internet bookselling company Bookpages in late 1996, through acquisition by Amazon.com in April 1998, launch of Amazon.co.uk in October 1998 and ultra-high growth through 1999.He is also co-founder and partner of Episode 1 Partners Ltd, an early stage technology investment company. Episode 1 invested and managed the $100m Chase Episode 1 Fund which was launched in early 2000 to invest at start up or early stage in Internet and technology businesses such as Betfair.Simon has also invested directly as a business angel and advised as non-executive chairman or director a number of software technology and Internet businesses based in the UK including LoveFilm (DVD rental), Shazam Entertainment (music recognition) and Commerce Decisions (e-sourcing solutions).

Simon Murdoch Headquarters Location

United Kingdom

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Latest Simon Murdoch News

Narchie lands GBP 475K funding

Aug 25, 2021

Narchie, the social marketplace app for homeware, has secured a pre-seed investment of GBP 475K from experienced entrepreneurs and investors including, Episode 1 Ventures’ partners, Simon Murdoch, Damien Lane, and Adrian Lloyd.

Simon Murdoch Investments

10 Investments

Simon Murdoch has made 10 investments. Their latest investment was in Narchie as part of their Seed VC on August 8, 2021.

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Simon Murdoch Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/23/2021

Seed VC

Narchie

$0.65M

Yes

4

4/7/2021

Seed - II

Hearby

$1.5M

Yes

9

4/25/2019

Seed VC

BestBid

$0.64M

Yes

1

4/25/2019

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

11/13/2018

Series A

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$99M

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10

Date

8/23/2021

4/7/2021

4/25/2019

4/25/2019

11/13/2018

Round

Seed VC

Seed - II

Seed VC

Seed VC

Series A

Company

Narchie

Hearby

BestBid

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Amount

$0.65M

$1.5M

$0.64M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

4

9

1

10

10

Simon Murdoch Portfolio Exits

3 Portfolio Exits

Simon Murdoch has 3 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Fluidly on December 13, 2021.

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Exit

Companies

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Acquirer

Sources

12/13/2021

Acquired

$99M

10

5/23/2018

Corporate Majority - P2P

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$99M

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10

10/22/2013

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

12/13/2021

5/23/2018

10/22/2013

Exit

Acquired

Corporate Majority - P2P

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

10

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