the r&mpersand experience

 

rampersand is an early-stage venture capital firm. We invest in the best Australian technology founders, teams and companies and are committed to helping them become major national, regional and global leaders.

The rampersand team has worked with successful startups and technology firms in Australia, Silicon Valley, Israel, Europe and Asia. Our partners have seen numerous companies from the early stages through to successful exits including BEA Systems (acquired by Oracle for US$7.2bn), 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).

As you can see, we have done it before and know that companies need more than just capital to succeed.

We are interested in meeting founders and teams operating in any industry and at all stages (though our sweet spot is Post-seed through to Series A rounds).

 

our portfolio family

 
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

Indice is a fabless semiconductor company whose innovative power control technology drives leading energy efficient solutions

Indice is a fabless semiconductor company whose innovative power control technology drives leading energy efficient solutions

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

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

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


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

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

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

TigerPistol is a unique social marketing platform for small and medium businesses

TigerPistol is a unique social marketing platform for small and medium businesses


Tzukuri makes beautiful wearable sunglasses

Tzukuri makes beautiful wearable sunglasses

 
 
 

our team

Cities worked in: Glasgow, Preston, Detroit, Frankfurt, Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris, Melbourne (all places I have lived in as well) Most exciting part of VC: Meeting people everyday who fly in the face of others who think “You shall not!” Biggest business challenge faced: Budget cuts, office closures, staff layoffs, pushback against change and improvement etc etc – all of these seemed like showstoppers until you work out how to come out the other end Amazed by: Mountains, it’s the experience of climbing or riding up them and finally making it to the top that blows me away. Seems like the start up’s journey that they all want to aim for Advice for founders: Spend more time listening than talking and remember getting your product into market is just the start of your journey

Cities worked in: Glasgow, Preston, Detroit, Frankfurt, Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris, Melbourne (all places I have lived in as well)

Most exciting part of VC: Meeting people everyday who fly in the face of others who think “You shall not!”

Biggest business challenge faced: Budget cuts, office closures, staff layoffs, pushback against change and improvement etc etc – all of these seemed like showstoppers until you work out how to come out the other end

Amazed by: Mountains, it’s the experience of climbing or riding up them and finally making it to the top that blows me away. Seems like the start up’s journey that they all want to aim for

Advice for founders: Spend more time listening than talking and remember getting your product into market is just the start of your journey

Jim — Managing Partner

Achievement most proud of: Overcoming the GFC to achieve an outstanding exit for Jajah in Jan 2010. Also starting an early stage Venture Capital fund in Australia when VC was still a dirty word Career highlight: So far...realising the sheer depth of incredible talent and vision in this country Biggest business challenge faced: Telling my wife (and 6 month old baby) that instead of moving from London to Australia we were moving to California. In two weeks. And we didn't have a place to live Started life as: An account executive at a global advertising agency...didn't take me long to realise it was a glorified paper shuffling role Advice for founders: Dream big, listen to advice, choose carefully which advice to follow

Achievement most proud of: Overcoming the GFC to achieve an outstanding exit for Jajah in Jan 2010. Also starting an early stage Venture Capital fund in Australia when VC was still a dirty word

Career highlight: So far...realising the sheer depth of incredible talent and vision in this country

Biggest business challenge faced: Telling my wife (and 6 month old baby) that instead of moving from London to Australia we were moving to California. In two weeks. And we didn't have a place to live

Started life as: An account executive at a global advertising agency...didn't take me long to realise it was a glorified paper shuffling role

Advice for founders: Dream big, listen to advice, choose carefully which advice to follow

Paul — Managing Partner

Cities worked in: Melbourne, Jakarta, Sydney Biggest business challenge faced: Starting at a not-for-profit as CFO when it was going to run out of money in a month and then turning the business around to be self-sustaining and able to help tens of thousands of young people each year Career highlight: Switching from the corporate world to the more exciting world of Australian VC and being able to be a part of an ecosystem which is really starting to take off Started life as: An investment banker at Goldman Sachs Most exciting part of VC: Meeting people who are able to solve problems in a completely unique way and who are not afraid to question the status quo

Cities worked in: Melbourne, Jakarta, Sydney

Biggest business challenge faced: Starting at a not-for-profit as CFO when it was going to run out of money in a month and then turning the business around to be self-sustaining and able to help tens of thousands of young people each year

Career highlight: Switching from the corporate world to the more exciting world of Australian VC and being able to be a part of an ecosystem which is really starting to take off

Started life as: An investment banker at Goldman Sachs

Most exciting part of VC: Meeting people who are able to solve problems in a completely unique way and who are not afraid to question the status quo

Eloise — Analyst

Biggest business challenge faced: The stock market crash of 1987 and the high teens interest rates that put so many of the companies that I was associated with at risk. All survived! Achievement most proud of: Being intimately involved in the spectacular growth and success of the Pratt Group over 30 years Career highlight: Co-founding Hindal Corporate with David Beatty, growing it with him then selling it successfully to Credit Suisse Started life as: Corporate adviser at Hill Samuel, the predecessor of Macquarie Bank Advice for founders: Be flexible; be persistent; seek advice from every possible credible source

Biggest business challenge faced: The stock market crash of 1987 and the high teens interest rates that put so many of the companies that I was associated with at risk. All survived!

Achievement most proud of: Being intimately involved in the spectacular growth and success of the Pratt Group over 30 years

Career highlight: Co-founding Hindal Corporate with David Beatty, growing it with him then selling it successfully to Credit Suisse

Started life as: Corporate adviser at Hill Samuel, the predecessor of Macquarie Bank

Advice for founders: Be flexible; be persistent; seek advice from every possible credible source

Michael — Partner

Martin_Naphtali

Martin — Partner

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David — Partner


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contact us

Our digital door is always open.
Please get in touch in any way you like:

 

Eloise Watson, Analyst

Mobile (+61) 449 175 513
Email eloise@rampersand.com

Jim Cassidy, Managing Partner

Mobile  (+61) 418 458 668
Email jim@rampersand.com

Paul Naphtali, Managing Partner

Mobile (+61) 418 864 550
Email paul@rampersand.com