Ophelia Brown—Venture Capitalist and Investor with Passion for Tech
Ophelia Brown is a London-based venture capitalist and investor with a passion for technology. She is the co-founder of Blossom Capital and is known in the tech investment world for her knowledge and skills in venture capital investments and startups. Brown is one of the leading female venture capitalists in Europe and has made several lucrative investments around the world. She was named as a rising star in the Forbes inaugural Europe 30 under 30.
About Ophelia Brown
Ophelia Brown grew up in the United Kingdom where she completed her basic education. After enrolling at the University of Oxford in 2004, Brown was involved with several activities and societies such as the Oxford Entrepreneurs club. She also participated in the New College Commemoration Ball. In 2008 Brown graduated from the university with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Literature. She later achieved an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore where she was a member of the INSEAD Entrepreneurs Club and a member of the INSEAD Ladies Football team.
Early in her career, Brown was a board observer and advisor for several startups in the United Kingdom and the United States. She invested in the medical tech company Big Health in 2013 where she continues to serve as a board observer. In 2016 Brown joined LocalGlobe as a general partner where she was part of the team that built the company’s first major fund and invested in a range of progressive companies. Brown also founded a mentoring network called Ambitious Ladies in Tech in 2016 with a goal to increase the number of females in senior roles in the tech industry. In 2018 she launched Blossom Capital in London.
While serving as a general partner at LocalGlobe, Ophelia Brown was part of the team that made a range of successful investments in tech companies such as Cuvva, Beamery, Debut, Zego, Echo and Tessian. During four years of working at Index Ventures, she worked alongside Peoplevox, Robinhood and Benchmark and led investments in MarvelApp, Call9, Big Health, Typeform and Osper. According to the venture capitalist, one of her most enjoyable investments made through Blossom is Fat Llama, a marketplace through which almost anything can be rented. It was started on the premise of combating excessive waste and offering an alternative to too much buying and owning. Blossom invested US$10 in Series A funding. Through Blossom, Brown has also invested in:
• Duffel, a travel platform – US$4.7 million seed funding
• Frontify, an enterprise branding platform – US$8.3 million Series A funding.
In April 2019 Techworld featured Ophelia Brown as a driving force behind changing the tech industry for the better in terms of diversity and inclusion. In March 2019 CNBC reported on the gender problem in venture capital and introduced Brown as an advocate of gender inclusivity. In February 2019 EU Startups reported on Ophelia Brown’s Blossom Capital raising EUR€75 million for Series A round funding. It is expected that investments will be in the US$5 million to US$10 million range and cater to early-stage European startups.