the rampersand experience

 

Rampersand is an early stage venture capital fund specialising in late seed and Series A investments.

We back the best Australian founders and support them with money and more to build major international technology businesses.

The future is hard to predict and we let our founders tell us how they are going to build it. Then we get behind them with everything we’ve got - with capital, expertise, networks and our portfolio support platform.

Our partners have been part of numerous companies from the early stages through to successful exits including BEA Systems (acquired by Oracle for US$11bn), Jajah (acquired by Telefonica), Snaptu (acquired by Facebook), Onavo (acquired by Facebook), StepStone (acquired by Axel Springer) and Amobee (acquired by Singtel for over US$300m).


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our portfolio family

 Assembly is a powerful payments engine custom built for marketplaces to generate revenue and exceed growth targets

Assembly is a powerful payments engine custom built for marketplaces to generate revenue and exceed growth targets

 Expert360 is a marketplace which allows businesses to engage top consulting and finance talent for project-work

Expert360 is a marketplace which allows businesses to engage top consulting and finance talent for project-work

 Skedulo is a mobile workforce management system bringing ‘Uber-ification’ to the enterprise

Skedulo is a mobile workforce management system bringing ‘Uber-ification’ to the enterprise

 Mentorloop is enabling effective mentorships at any scale

Mentorloop is enabling effective mentorships at any scale

 PredictHQ is a global event intelligence platform that aggregates, enriches and connects scheduled and real-time event data to predict business outcomes

PredictHQ is a global event intelligence platform that aggregates, enriches and connects scheduled and real-time event data to predict business outcomes

 Spaceship is on a mission to help young people build wealth, starting with superannuation

Spaceship is on a mission to help young people build wealth, starting with superannuation

 School Places is Australia’s first ever marketplace for unfilled private school places

School Places is Australia’s first ever marketplace for unfilled private school places

 Sendle is tapping into big business delivery networks and making them available to everyone

Sendle is tapping into big business delivery networks and making them available to everyone

 Stackla is a social content marketing platform that puts user-generated content at the heart of brand marketing

Stackla is a social content marketing platform that puts user-generated content at the heart of brand marketing

 Tiger Pistol is a unique social marketing platform for small and medium businesses

Tiger Pistol is a unique social marketing platform for small and medium businesses

 Surefire’s Transaction Platform makes it easy to keep pace with the fast changing world of mobile Point of Sale and payments

Surefire’s Transaction Platform makes it easy to keep pace with the fast changing world of mobile Point of Sale and payments

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AmazingCo

We invested in AmazingCo’s Series A round in 2018. Actually, we invested before they even opened their round because we believed so much in their vision and track record. It is a tech-enabled platform for people to plan fun and fulfilling experiences, everything from kids parties, to meaningful dates and corporate bonding. AmazingCo brings technology to a largely fragmented and unsophisticated industry, delivering exceptional personalised experiences at a global scale and are now growly rapidly in Australia and the US. Read more about the raise in the AFR here.

Assembly

We were the first fund to invest in Assembly (then PromisePay), when it was an payment and escrow provider for online marketplaces. Since our first investment in 2015, it has evolved into an end-to-end platform that goes beyond payments for online platforms and financial institutions, including Westpac. In 2016, we led their $10 million follow-on round in 2016. It has since set up its global headquarters in Singapore. Find out more about the 2015 raise in SmartCompany here and the 2016 raise in TechCrunch here.

Cog Systems

We invested in Cog System’s first fundraising round in 2018. At the time Cog was a cybersecurity company that offered the world’s most secure mobile and IoT security platform, providing defense-grade security on a mobile device without affecting usability and with no significant cost increase. Since then, it has added government, military and chip processors as major clients. Cog Systems has offices in Sydney and Chicago. Find out more about their 2018 round in the AFR here.


Expert360

We first invested in Expert360 in 2015, and were the first fund to do so. At the time, it was a marketplace for professional freelancers. It has grown into a Saas-enabled marketplace used by leading companies to manage their contingent workforce as it has rode the shift towards flexible work and portfolio careers. We followed on in their $10 million round (2017). Read more about the first raise in the AFR here.

Mentorloop

We invested in Mentorloop’s seed round in 2017. Mentorloop is a software and data analytics platform enabling organisations to launch and manage effective mentoring programs and build supportive culture of mentoring. Since then it has grown significantly and begun to explore expanding platform for those seeking mentorship both within and beyond their current workplace. Read more about it in The Sydney Morning Herald here.

PredictHQ

We were the first venture fund to invest Predict HQ, a global data platform that helps Uber, Airbnb and many of other customers understand the catalysts that drive demand. It aggregates, enriches and connects scheduled and real-time event data. It initially targeted the travel, transport and retail sectors, worth almost $3 trillion USD, but now also serves the retail and logistics industries also. PredictHQ is based in San Francisco and Auckland.

PredictiveHire

We first invested in PredictiveHire in 2016. The platform builds predictive analytics models to help businesses make better hiring decisions in order to reduce employee turnover, increase productivity and improve workforce diversity. PredictiveHire has clients across the retail, insurance and airline industries, and offices in London and Melbourne. We followed on in 2018.

Sendle

We first invested in Sendle in 2016. Sendle provides door-to-door parcel delivery for small and medium businesses. Its software platform connects a national network of couriers allowing it to operate virtually while optimising for cost and service levels to ensure it can provide Australia’s best parcel delivery service. Sendle is a registered B Corp and Australia's first carbon neutral delivery service partnering with Climate Friendly. Find out more about the 2016 raise in the AFR here.

Skedulo

We invested in Skedulo in 2015. Skedulo is the leading mobile workforce scheduling and management application which ensures thousands of workers in the health care, hospitality, manufacturing and field service industries are scheduled at the right place at the right time, with all the information they need to complete their tasks right at their fingertips. Skedulo is now based in San Francisco.

Spaceship

We invested in Spaceship, an Australian fintech disrupting the superannuation and wider investment management industry by engaging young people, in 2017. The company offers products which are specially tailored to the needs of 20-34 year olds and communicate with them in a way that they understand and are engaged by.

Stackla

We first invested in Stackle in 2014 and followed on in 2016. Stackla is a platform that allows companies to harness the content generated by its customers, and use that content in its marketing activities. With more than 350 brands across a range of industries, it is the leading UGC marketing software in the world, with customers including Canon, Disney, Toyota, McDonalds, Vogue, Telstra, and many more. The Stackla team is based in San Francisco and Melbourne.

Surefire

We invested in Surefire in 2015. Surefire allows businesses to convert existing payments infrastructure to allow for mobile commerce. Its transaction platform makes it easy for enterprise to keep pace with the fast changing world of mobile Point of Sale and payments.

TigerPistol

We first invested in Tiger Pistol in 2013, and followed on in 2014. Tiger Pistol is a social ad automation technology that uses data to drive better outcomes through hyper-localised social advertising at scale. Its technology platform allows traditional media companies to easily and efficiently manage thousands of social ad campaigns for small and medium businesses to get great results with small budgets. Tiger Pistol is based in Austin and Melbourne. You can read about the raises in TechCrunch here.



our team

  Jim - Managing Partner;   Stealth Social Media Giant; Expert Fencer; Guitar Hero

Jim - Managing Partner; Stealth Social Media Giant; Expert Fencer; Guitar Hero

  Paul - Managing Partner; Richmond Tragic; Peppermint Tea   Devotee  ; Phone Fanatic

Paul - Managing Partner; Richmond Tragic; Peppermint Tea Devotee; Phone Fanatic

  Rose - Head of Growth; Cynophile

Rose - Head of Growth; Cynophile

  Reyna - Investment Intern; Dance Snob; Paper Flower Expert; Lifetime Richmond Member

Reyna - Investment Intern; Dance Snob; Paper Flower Expert; Lifetime Richmond Member

 

Deal shapers and governance:

  Michael - Partner; Always Punctual; Knowledge Fountain; Grammar Defender

Michael - Partner; Always Punctual; Knowledge Fountain; Grammar Defender

  Jacqueline - Independent Director; Philosophy Master;   Legal Guru; Occasional Horse Rider

Jacqueline - Independent Director; Philosophy Master; Legal Guru; Occasional Horse Rider

  Martin - Partner; Wine Aficionado; Walking Enthusiast; Master of Contracts

Martin - Partner; Wine Aficionado; Walking Enthusiast; Master of Contracts


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Paul Naphtali, Managing Partner
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Nicole Small, Investment Manager
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