Venture capital has been in the core of Ambient Sound Investments’ investment strategy since the company was founded. The focus has been on seed and series-a stage investments and we have backed different early stage technology companies in Europe, United States and Asia. The first portfolio was put together from 2005 to 2011 and it consisted of direct investments only.
In recent years we have switched from direct investments to investing into the asset class mainly via early stage venture capital funds. We intend to follow this strategy also in the coming years but could still invest into a small number of exceptional late stage opportunities.
Fund InvestmentsKarma Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm, specialised in late seed and A round investments in Europe’s technology companies that target global markets.
1517 is a venture capital firm and it's 1517 Fund supports teams with grant, pre-seed and seed funding for technology startups.country:United StatesCEO:Danielle StrachmanYear:2015Neoteny is a firm which specializes in growth capital and incubation investments. Fund 3 primarily invests in early stage hardware, software, Internet, biotech startups.country:United StatesCEO:Joichi ItoYear:2015
Direct InvestmentsSoftware company combining optical microscopy, computational super-resolution, artificial intelligence and robotics.country:United StatesCEO:Matthew PutmanYear:2015Frenzoo creates 3D fashion and lifestyle games for iOS and Android devices.country:Hong KongCEO:Simon NewsteadYear:2007A vertically integrated omni-channel fashion brand that is disrupting fast fashion with a tech-first Asia-centric approach.country:ThailandCEO:David JouYear:2019Starship is making autonomous robots that can carry items over short distances. With their mobile technology and partnerships they are revolutionising food and package deliveries, operating in several cities across the world completing tens of thousands of autonomous deliveries every day.country:USACEO:Alastair WestgarthYear:2021
ExitsInBio is specialized in servicing and selling instruments, laboratory consumables and reagents in the field of laboratory applications and biotechnology manufacturing.country:EstoniaCEO:Miina MartinYear:2007Exit:2020An online service for families to discover, preserve and share their family history.country:IsraelCEO:Gilad JaphetYear:2007Exit:2020Developer of virtual world technology and multi-platform games.country:United StatesCEO:Derrick MortonYear:2007Exit:2021Software as a service solution for fleet management.country:EuropeAcquirer:Fleet Complete (Canada)Year:2005Exit:2018Online grocery shopping and delivery in Singapore.country:SingaporeAcquirer:Lazada Group (Singapore)Year:2015Exit:2016E-purchasing system for IT goods in the Balticscountry:EuropeAcquirer:MBOYear:2006Exit:2016Haptic interface technology company.country:FinlandAcquirer:O-Film (China)Year:2008Exit:2016Marketplace of health and beauty services.country:United KingdomAcquirer:Recruit Holdings (Japan)Year:2008Exit:2015PryteService that allows single-click buying of mobile data on a need-to and per app basis.country:FinlandAcquirer:Facebook (United States)Year:2010Exit:2015Online service for managing and sharing research papers.country:United KingdomAcquirer:Elsevier (United Kingdom)Year:2008Exit:2013End-to-end security solutions safeguarding enterprises from hackers.country:TaiwanAcquirer:Proofpoint (United States)Year:2009Exit:2013Technology for verifying the integrity of digitally archived documents.country:EstoniaAcquirer:MBOYear:2006Exit:2013Online platform for semi-professional video content producers.country:United StatesAcquirer:Maker StudiosYear:2007Exit:2013Developer of telecom infrastructure modem technology.country:EstoniaAcquirer:Xilinx (United States)Year:2006Exit:2012E-publishing technology provider.country:PolandAcquirer:DeGruyter (Germany)Year:2008Exit:2012Software as a service solution for inventory management.country:RussiaAcquirer:1C (Russia)Year:2008Exit:2011CliftonHigh-tech company producing gallium arsenide semiconductors for power electronics. Closed as of 2016.country:EstoniaYear:2006Online real estate technology company.country:FranceYear:2008Online English language teaching services for businesses and education entities.country:United StatesYear:2006