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We are kicking off another search for an associate to join our Copenhagen office. Sunstone is one of Europe’s leading venture firms, with over $1BN in committed capital. We are based in Copenhagen and in Berlin and invest in technology startups all across Europe. We were privileged to be early investors in European successes such as Prezi, Neo Technology, GetYourGuide, Boozt.com, Seriously, Dubsmash and many more.

As an associate, you’ll be an integral part of our investment team. You’ll learn what the venture capital business is all about and gain insight into many fascinating technology startups. Our past associates have later joined a venture backed startup as CEO, or stayed on to become a principal within our team.

Mission: help us identify and invest in transformative European startups

Outcomes:

– You will identify entrepreneurs we should get to know and new companies we should reach out to, mostly from your desk
– You will help us qualify the large dealflow we receive and allocate our time to the right opportunities – we expect you to own our dealflow management processes
– You will perform market research, competitor analysis, and due diligence on potential investments
– You will support us in the execution of deals
– You will be free to execute projects of your own design that help us and/or our portfolio companies

Skills:

– Deep understanding of the ecosystem of internet and mobile services – we expect personal familiarity with a wide range of services.
– A structured mind and strong analytical skills – we expect you to be able to switch effortlessly between analysing granular data and juggling with abstract concepts.
– Strong interpersonal skills – you’ll often be talking to entrepreneurs on behalf of Sunstone.
– Curiosity – you’ll be looking at companies looking to transform areas ranging from agriculture to software, having a curious mind is absolutely key.
– Determination, strong drive and the ability to self-direct – your work and time is inherently open-ended. You must be able to identify and execute on opportunities to contribute to the team with little guidance.
– Strong written and oral communication skills in English – we value and want to hear your opinion. It’s important that you’re able to argue it convincingly.
– Comfortable working with data in Excel/Google Sheets.

We’re open to all types of professional and educational backgrounds (engineering, business, finance, etc), but have high standards. We are looking for candidates with one or two years of professional experience. You need to have already learned how to work efficiently.

Our process has three stages:

– First, we’d like to review your CV. If you feel that some other links might help us to understand you better, you are welcome to add them. We’re asking you fill out this private webform to submit your application.
– Second, we’d like to hear from you directly, so we’ll ask selected applicant to record two short videos answering two questions. “Which of our portfolio companies do you find most interesting and why?” (up to a 90-second response) and a surprise second question. The video responses will be collected securely and privately.
– Third, we’ll invite selected applicants to spend time with us in our office in Copenhagen.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Sunstone team.

Sunstone Technology Ventures portfolio company Seriously raises $18 million to build out its mobile-first entertainment strategy.

Venice, California and Helsinki, Finland – August 4, 2015 – Seriously, a mobile entertainment start-up, today announced they have raised $18 million in a Series A round. Northzone, early backers of companies such as Spotify, Trustpilot, and Avito, led the round. Korea Investment Partners, investors in companies including Daum Kakao Corp. and Naver, also participated, along with previous investors Upfront Ventures, Sunstone Capital and Daher Capital. This brings Seriously’s total funding to date to $28 million.

With Seriously launching a trilogy of Best Fiends games, the new funds will be used to build out their production teams and invest in further industry-first marketing programs. Seriously is expanding the Best Fiends brand beyond the mobile game and into a global entertainment franchise.

“Seriously is reverse engineering the typical Hollywood approach to create an entertainment franchise with Nordic gaming at the heart of it,” said Bjorn Stray, Partner at Northzone. “We have been impressed by Seriously’s growth and team they have built in Los Angeles and Helsinki, and see extraordinary potential for disruption in the market.”

Seriously launched their first mobile game, Best Fiends, in October 2014, and since then, the game has been downloaded over 15 million times with up to 1.35 million daily active players. The company plans to release the second game in the trilogy later this year.

“We think about the Best Fiends app as a platform for our intellectual property, and since launching less than 10 months ago with a small but experienced team, we have focused on continually enhancing the experience with frequent updates featuring new characters, events and addictive gameplay,” said Andrew Stalbow, Co-Founder and CEO at Seriously. “We are thrilled to now work with the talented teams at Northzone and Korea Investment Partners as we add more consumer and Asia expertise to support the next phase of growth.”

Seriously recently partnered with Kidrobot, the premier creator and dealer of limited edition art toys, to launch collectible Best Fiends X Kidrobot vinyl toy figures. The company also launched on Apple Watch on day one of the Watch’s release and announced a soon to be released localized version of Best Fiends for the Korean market through a partnership with Incross.

“At Upfront Ventures, we look to invest in companies that have the potential to become next-generation market leaders,” said Steven Dietz, Partner at Upfront Ventures. “As Seriously has proven so far, their mobile-first approach to building a brand is at the forefront of challenging the traditional Hollywood formula.”

Best Fiends features some of the most fun and challenging match and battle levels in an addictive mobile puzzle adventure. Download Best Fiends for iOS, Android and Amazon devices at http://download.bestfiends.com.

About Seriously
Seriously is a mobile-first entertainment start-up focused on building mobile games that are designed to be developed into global entertainment properties. The company’s world-class creative team is passionate about great storytelling, unique characters, dramatic conflict, unlikely heroes and building brands that can make a difference.

The company is backed by Upfront Ventures, Northzone, Korea Investment Partners, Sunstone Capital, and Daher Capital. Seriously has offices in Venice, California, where business development and marketing are based, and in Helsinki, Finland, where the studio is located.

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Sampension, Friheden Invest and a group of current shareholders invest DKK 200 million (€26.8 million) in Sunstone Technology Venture’s portfolio company BZT Fashion. BZT Fashion owns and operates Boozt.com, the leading fashion e-commerce site in the Nordics. The capital injection strengthens the company’s growth opportunities in the attractive e-commerce market for adult and children’s clothes in the mid and premium segments. Sunstone has been a shareholder since 2009.

More details in the attached press release.

Sunstone Technology Ventures has announced it invested in Everywear Games, a Helsinki based gaming studio founded by Aki Järvilehto, Mika Tammenkoski, and Markus Tuppurainen ; a team of veteran executives whose track records include work for prominent industry figures like Remedy, Digital Chocolate and Rovio.

Everywear Games will focus entirely on developing for the leading wearable smartwatch devices. It is the first significant player to enter the wearable games market, aiming to create fresh gaming experiences optimized for smartwatches and tailored to fit naturally with everyday life.

Sunstone co-led the Seed round into the company alongside Lifeline Ventures. Nikolaj Nyholm is joining the board of directors of Everywear Games as part of the investment.

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