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Fast. Frank. Experienced. But don't take our word for it...

Simon has been associated with Shazam from its first year and remains an observer on the board as we continue to find his advice invaluable. He has provided tremendous insight and perspective to both the Executive Management team and Board given his depth of experience as an Entrepreneur, Corporate Executive and Investor.

Andrew Fisher, Executive Chairman

Positive. Encouraging. Thoughtful. Episode1 have been a wonderful partner for Triptease. They are constantly looking for ways to support and help us. We’ve been delighted with their involvement.

Charlie Osmond, Triptease CEO

The Episode 1 team has been invaluable as we have scaled from a three person start up to a business that currently employs 15 people.  Their advice and clear thinking helped us enormously as we set our strategic goals after raising our seed round and contributed to a successful fund raising early in 2014.

James Hind, Founder & CEO

Having worked with both Simon and Damien before I was keen to work with Episode 1 because I knew the value they would bring to UserReplay. As an investor and board member at my last start-up Simon made a great contribution to our strategy and to our successful exit, so I had no hesitation in choosing Episode 1 for UserReplay. I knew I would be working with trustworthy people with deep expertise.

John Thompson, User Replay CEO

Episode 1 genuinely get behind their companies from day 1, with a positivity all entrepreneurs can relate to. Within 6 weeks of raising investment every single member of their team had gone out of their way to help SimplyCook out. When people talk about ‘value add’ when it comes to investors some of that comes from the afore-mentioned drive to help companies, and the rest comes from having the knowledge and experience to help. Episode 1 have both.

Oli Ashness, SimplyCook CEO

We believe the best investors are those who are passionate about our groundbreaking technology but who are also responsive and honest with us. It has been a real asset to have Damien and Ash from Episode 1 as Advisors; they are always committed, constructive and informed. They have become part of the team and give us exactly the kind of honest insight that we need to achieve our best!

Paul Coggins, Adludio CEO

Scurri is simplifying the management of delivery suppliers for on-line merchants, and we wanted to work with an investment firm who could provide us with insights and connections to help us grow. With their successful investment in Shutl, Episode has had very recent and relevant experience of the space that has proved valuable as we continue to grow.

Rory O’Connor, Founder & CEO

The road to gaining grown-up funding is fraught with obstacles and diversions. When I first met Simon Murdoch we’d already pitched to numerous VCs, High Net Worths and Private Equity sources. But it was evident immediately that Simon and his team were different. Constructive, helpful and above all founder friendly, the latter being a very rare commodity in an investor. Several months into the deal, Episode 1 continue to impress, support and open doors for us. No regrets. At all.

Russell Quirk, eMoov CEO

Simon helped us refine idea into something that resembled a business, came to our first client pitch, led our initial external investment. Simon is without a doubt the kind of investor every entrepreneur needs.  He doesn’t mince his words, is not afraid to ask the difficult questions, has seen pretty much everything and is always willing to get involved and make a difference.  I really cannot overstate his role in our development.

Tom Allason, Founder & CEO

What makes us different

 We put the entrepreneur at the centre of the investment process…

 

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… and once we have invested, we help you build your company and navigate the journey from Seed to Series A.

 

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THE EPISODE 1 TEAM

Simon Murdoch Partner

Simon is the Managing Partner and is an experienced entrepreneur, angel and VC. “We want to provide more than money. We love helping motivated entrepreneurs as well.”

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Adrian Lloyd Partner

Adrian is a Founder Partner of Episode 1. He has worked for startups and multi-nationals and founded his own businesses, but loves nothing more than finding and supporting the UK’s best entrepreneurs.

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Damien Lane Partner

Damien is a Founder Partner of Episode 1. He loves meeting and helping passionate entrepreneurs. A keen / obsessive runner and over-proud dad to 2 teenage daughters.

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Paul McNabb Partner

After a successful global career in high tech and as an entrepreneur, Paul is returning to his passion for early stage growth and loves to share his experience with entrepreneurs.

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Martin Afshari-Mehr Investment Manager

Martin brings broad skills, knowledge and experience from a career spanning finance, business and law. He likes working with passionate entrepreneurs and helping make businesses grow.

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Jessica Greenhalgh Marketing Executive

Although Jessica is the new kid on the block, she’s no stranger to the startup world.

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Advisory Board

Andrew MacKay Member of the Advisory Board

Andrew has taken on multiple roles as a non-executive director, angel investor and entrepreneur.

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Rikki Tahta Member of the Advisory Board

Rikki is a serial entrepreneur, and an experienced VC and angel investor.

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Episode 1 is an Enterprise Capital Fund, managed by the British Business Bank

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