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Our Focus


You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
Albert Einstein

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Our Focus


You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
Albert Einstein

 

We're early stage specialists

This means we make initial investments in pre-seed and seed rounds only. Our definition of investing early is investing in the first ever funding round in a company. Yes, we mean early where the company may be just a handful of founders and a plan. A great example of this is our investment in the seed round of Supercell in October 2010. We invested in the founding team based on the quality of the team, their plan and some initial technology they had developed. There is no standard deal. We have led, syndicated with other vc's and invested alongside great angel investors. Because we get the games business, we're often comfortable early on in your journey. We know where you want to go and we're not fazed by the uncertainties others face - we can see through the fog. Where others see mystery and incompleteness, we see foundations for genius and opportunities for excellence.

 

We only invest in the video games sector

We don't do 'gaming' (gambling) or betting games of any ilk. Neither do we invest in specific, single games (project financing, completion financing). It's not that we don't think these are interesting areas/approaches, they're just not to our taste and we think others are much better suited to help you if this is what you seek.

We invest in business teams. Business teams with terrific, creative games development capacity. Business teams with fantastic ideas for how their technology or scalable service solutions can revolutionise any of the core games processes from development, through discovery, engagement, retention and monetisation.

We love to see intelligence, insight and passion. And we have to see how your business can grow and, ultimately, how it can exit.

Oh, and before you send that NDA, please google "NDA VC".

 

You probably need money
You definitely need help

LVP are first and foremost mentors.

Individually, we've all done our 2-guys-in-a-garage start-up.
Individually, we've helped companies transition from back-of-an-envelope vision to multi-billion-dollar powerhouse.

It isn't a mystery to us, and our passion is to help you, hands-on, not just strategically but operationally. We'll have ideas that we'd love to share with you, pitfalls we'll gladly warn of, and will show you challenges we've overcome the hard way (and the better routes now obvious in hindsight!).

Success never comes easy, but we'll make sure the path is clear

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How we think


Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Jawaharial Nehru

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How we think


Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Jawaharial Nehru

Games are the
top activity on
smartphones
and tablets

London Venture Partners is focussed on investing in European companies in the digital games sector. Games are the top activity on smartphones.

The game sector has experienced strong growth year on year, for the past two decades with a 26% CAGR and now has approximately $100 billion in total public company market capitalisation. Since 1997, almost $40 billion of value has been created for investors & founders. We believe that is just the beginning of incredible value creation from new disruptive game companies.

Historically European games companies have generated investment returns for their investors & founders, versus North American games companies, and yet Europe remains vastly under-served by VC. Our extensive industry background gives us unrivalled, proprietary deal-flow across this highly capital efficient geography and our domain specific operating experience makes us the first choice for games company entrepreneurs. Our extensive networks globally brings high level access to strategic partners for distribution, co-development, investment and exit.

We are
investors in
the future

Investors in the future leaders of the digital social, mobile and tablet games industry.

The London Venture Partners seed fund is a new fund focussed on the digital game sector.

The social, mobile and online games sector is rich with vibrant growth opportunities but, inevitably, pitfalls await the uninitiated. Aside from creative risk, technology uncertainties, system boundaries and shifting platform alliances, without a deep understanding of web & mobile analytics, user acquisition methodologies and monetization & retention metrics, it is difficult to form an objective view of potential and a clear plan of action.

Our approach applies deep, sector specific knowledge and operational experience to analyse and benchmark, allowing a fast, focussed, direct and, above all, objective view to be formed.

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What we say is what we do


Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless,
and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

Samuel Johnson

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What we say is what we do


Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless,
and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

Samuel Johnson

ICELAND APRIL 2015

DG TALKS ICELAND, PLANES, GAMES AND VR

Back to the beginning

David Gardner in the early 80s demo scene

The 14 year-old "Dave Gardner" demos BlackJack at the 1980 Chicago games conference. Click through for his October 2014 update!

The 14 year-old "Dave Gardner" demos BlackJack at the 1980 Chicago games conference. Click through for his October 2014 update!

What excites us
about games investing

David Gardner gives a lightning talk at Slush

 

How do we operate
and what do we look for

TIGA, the independent game developers association, asked David Lau-Kee

What is LVP's ethos

Dean Takahashi hosts a fireside chat with David Gardner