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OpenOcean - Early-Stage Venture Capital

Founded in 2008, by key persons behind MySQL AB (sold to Sun Microsystems, Inc) and its successor, MariaDB (NYSE: MRDB), OpenOcean is a uniquely qualified pan-European early-stage venture capital investor.

The OpenOcean General Partnership jointly has over 45 years of software investment experience across multiple geographies, investment stages, and investment lifecycles.

Our experience has helped us clearly define our thematic investment approach which focuses on early stage technical companies that drive the surging data-economy.

Our deep knowledge of the underlying software and technology stacks of companies, coupled with our operational and scaling experience, provide us with unique insights and deep expertise for scaling technical start-ups from Europe to global category leadership.

To date, we have launched three flagship early-stage funds, and one opportunity fund.

Our Investment Philosophy

Our investments target early stage companies (typically at the A-round) that harness this data to create products that optimise processes, personalise offerings, and deliver exceptional customer experiences across multiple industries.

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From AI Surge to Unicorns: The State of Enterprise Automation in 2023

From AI Surge to Unicorns: The State of Enterprise Automation in 2023

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OpenOcean x Oxford's Saïd Business School: Why We Created O³, Startup Insights Platform

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Where to find alpha in the post-covid era? Macro and market update Q4 2022

Where to find alpha in the post-covid era? Macro and market update Q4 2022

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IPO: MariaDB lands on the New York Stock Exchange

IPO: MariaDB lands on the New York Stock Exchange

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Launching: State of Quantum 2022 Report

Launching: State of Quantum 2022 Report

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How MariaDB became the world-leading open-source database company

How MariaDB became the world-leading open-source database company

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Announcing LoopMe exit: celebrating the next chapter of a real Ad-Venture

Announcing LoopMe exit: celebrating the next chapter of a real Ad-Venture

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PassFort acquired by Moody’s Corporation

PassFort acquired by Moody’s Corporation

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The Truecaller IPO: nine years of “instant” success

The Truecaller IPO: nine years of “instant” success

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May 14, 2024
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Our investment into Purple Dot

We are excited to back Purple Dot, a London-based pre-ordering and waiting list platform.
January 9, 2024
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Macro and Market update 2023 – “Is this hangover finally over?”

In this update we will provide you with our assessment and view on the current macro and market environment, highlighting key changes, and how this has been impacting public and private investments.
January 9, 2024
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OpenOcean Forecast: Trends & Predictions to Watch in 2024

Every year, the OpenOcean team compiles its investment insights for the upcoming year by closely analysing the evolving global economic landscape and the technology developments of the previous year. Reflecting on 2023, it’s impossible not to mention the transformative and groundbreaking impact of Generative AI on the technology industry, affecting not just end-users but also many larger companies that have successfully integrated Large Language Models (LLMs) into their existing products and processes, thereby speeding up the digitalisation and automation of societies at large. 

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