Hemisphere Capital
 

WHAT WE DO

Hemisphere focuses on companies that recognize the technology sector operates on a global basis, and need help developing international aspects of their business.

We are an investment and advisory firm that works with companies in the digital media, communications and information technology sectors.

We look for platforms that create long-term value for partners and end-users. These scale, cross borders and are at the center of eco-systems.

Special areas of interest include:

digital media

DIGITAL
MEDIA

interactive games

INTERACTIVE
GAMES

mobile software and applications

MOBILE
SOFTWARE &
APPLICATIONS

enterprise applications

ENTERPRISE
APPLICATION

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HOW WE DO IT

Advisory

Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Raising, Strategic


Hemisphere Capital helps equity owners achieve attractive exits for their businesses. In many cases the acquirer will not be in your home country; cross-border mergers and acquisitions continue to increase, particularly in technology related sectors.

We bring the benefit of years of international operational business experience to bear on sale or acquisitions, to give advice normally you’d only expect from a global investment bank.

If your business needs further funding for its next growth phase, Hemisphere maintains relationships with a broad range of capital providers, including venture and private equity funds and structured lenders.


Investing

Venture Transactions


Hemisphere Capital invests in growth stage companies in our sector focus primarily in Europe. Hemisphere maintains relationships with a number of institutional investors who actively seek our strategic participation.

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quoteation Hemisphere has been vital in identifying partners, market opportunities and developing key strategies which have allowed us to grow quickly. quoteation Sumner Murphy, founder/CEO of Mobento.
 
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TEAM

The Hemisphere team collectively represents more than 40 years of successful cross-border investing, operations and management experience.

Matt Rothman

Matt Rothman

Managing Partner

He is on the board of directors of Monterosa Productions and Op3nvoice Limited. He was CEO of Softbank Emerging Markets, a $200 million venture fund, part of the Softbank Capital International family of funds, from 2000 to 2002. From a San Francisco headquarters, he launched and operated four regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Warsaw and Johannesburg focused on growth opportunity investments. Prior to Softbank, Matt was a strategic advisor to a number of Silicon Valley start-ups aimed at capital formation, business development and alliances. Until 1999, Matt was General Manager of Sony Online Ventures, and Senior Vice President of Sony New Technologies, the strategic development arm of Sony Corporation of America. He started Sony.com by registering the URL in 1994, subsequently building and managing all the US-based operating companies websites, including shopping and film, music and TV promotions. While at Sony, he commissioned ‘Everquest’, the massive multi-player online game played by five million subscribers.

matt@hemispherecapital.com

Heather Killen

Heather Killen

Managing Partner

She is chairman of H&C TV Limited. She is on the international advisory board of the National ICT Australia (NICTA) research and development organization. She was previously on the board of directors of ITV Plc. Prior to founding Hemisphere, Heather served as Senior Vice President, International Operations, of Yahoo! Inc., initially a Softbank portfolio company, and subsequently NASDAQ-listed, from 1998 to 2001. Earlier, she was the company’s Managing Director, European Operations, from 1996 to 1997. In the course of five years, Heather spearheaded the establishment of owned and operated companies for Yahoo! in more than 20 countries, managing what is widely regarded as the most successful international expansion of any Internet business during that time. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Heather was Director, European Online Services, for Ziff-Davis, a technology publishing company also in the Softbank portfolio, from 1994 to 1996, and Director of Business Development from 1992 to 1994.

heather@hemispherecapital.com

 
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PORTFOLIO

Monterosa Productions provides TV broadcasters and producers with a platform to create, curate and manage second screen content to multiple devices, and on-screen TV. Licensees include NBC Universal, BBC, BSkyB, and Channel 4 in the UK. monterosa.co.uk

IPTVbeat captures, measures and displays TV viewer interactions -- in real-time --with set-top-boxes, tablets, PCs and mobiles. It is currently handling more than 10 million interactions a day from 150,000 STBs in two IPTV platforms. It is scaling to more than one million devices in three territories. Platforms (cable, satellite and broadband) can analyze channel performance by day-part and program, and linear versus non-linear (VOD) content consumption. Channels can optimize scheduling, promotions and ad sales by identifying viewer trends minute-by-minute. iptvbeat.com

Op3nvoice Limited provides enterprises with a cloud-based universal communications platform for audio (mobile, Skype, PBX), video and text. The result is a highly scalable, regulatory compliant platform-as-a-service that provides users with analytics and searchable tools. It is focused on financial services, insurance and call centers around the world. Its Calltrunk services is aimed at SMEs and consumers. op3nvoice.com

Dianomi gives content marketing tools to over 200 financial services firms, from Fidelity to Aberdeen Asset Management, through its network of over 85 worldwide online publications, including Bloomberg, Morningstar and Reuters. Its platform matches marketing messages with the right content to give online readers a valuable service. With offices in London, New York and Sydney, it provides lead generation, cost-per-click, redirects and response in a targeted way. dianomi.com

H&C TV is the world’s most watched digital broadcast channel focused on equestrian sports and lifestyle. Launched in 2007, the channel has grown on-air and online with commissioned programs, exclusive event coverage and a passionate audience. It is available in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Malta. horseandcountry.tv

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quoteation As a member of Monterosa’s board, Matt has taken a leading role in re-positioning the company for international, scalable growth. His experience in strategy, business development and management has been invaluable and his approach is calm, patient and tactical. quoteation Tom McDonnell, Co-founder & Commercial Director, Monterosa
 
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ADVISORY

Hemisphere Capital provides a range of advisory services, including M&A, capital raising and business development, on an advisory basis to development stage companies.

This ranges from specific projects or transactions, to facilitating introductions to a broad spectrum of potential customers and channel partners across the globe.


Client assignments include:

A video management platform for the education sector. Provides schools and courseware developers the ability to manage video lectures for their students across multiple devices. Users can also search by keyword to locate the specific reference within a video. Licensees in the US and UK.

Perfect Channel is all about auction theory, building highly optimized enterprise platforms for some of the largest global players. Clients include Christie’s auctions (40% of its custmers now bid online), Lloyd’s of London (£1 billion of transactions), and Leaseplan (annually selling 245,000 cars across 31 countries). Its off-the-shelf, cloud-based Platform as a Service is used in travel, and loyalty schemes, such as Manchester City Football Club. Opening a US office in 2013.

Jagex is one of the largest game developers in the world, based in Cambridge, UK. It has a number of massive multiplayer online games, including ‘Runescape’. It is a pioneer in java-based in-browser play.

 
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CONTACT

address

84 Brook Street
London W1K 5EH
United Kingdom

telephone

+44 (0)20 7866 6028

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