Simon Murdoch

Managing Partner

Simon sold his first company BookPages to Amazon in 1998 after which he reported to Jeff Bezos as VP Europe of Amazon.com.
In early 2000, Simon founded and ran Chase Episode 1, an early stage European technology VC fund backed by JP Morgan Chase. Chase Episode 1 included investments in BetFair (IPO 2010) and ScanSafe (sold to Cisco 2009).
After the fund Simon became a full-time angel investor. His angel portfolio includes/included investments in Shazam, Zoopla (IPO 2014), LoveFilm (sold to Amazon 2011), Shutl (sold to eBay 2013), and Natural Motion (sold to Zynga 2014). In addition, from 2010 to 2012, Simon worked at Octopus Ventures in portfolio development.      Since 2012, Simon has been Managing Partner of Episode 1 Ventures a UK based VC investing in early stage software driven companies. The first fund has invested in 22 companies and Episode 1 will shortly be closing their second fund of £60m.
Simon has a BA in Physics from Cambridge and a PhD in Computer Science and Expert Systems.
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Obviously we were very pleased to announce last week that we closed our second fund. We were a bit oversubscribed but held firm at our hard cap of £60m...

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