Technology is in our DNA. Born out of successful careers in corporate venturing, few others have been exposed to the scale and diversity of companies and technologies than the Bloc team. The team has an inimitable mix of technical, commercial and financial expertise but with a common background of engineering education. David and Bruce come out of two of the leading global technology companies’ that have shaped the future of technology, Vodafone and ARM, and Andrew from global investment bank Merrill Lynch.
Bloc’s influential global network, many of whom have become shareholders, has been carefully curated over the years and Bloc draws on these key players as appropriate. Bloc's Board and foundation investors are highly respected industry influencers who bring knowledge and access to further industry connections in all sectors.
Bloc’s technical knowledge and high-level of industry fluency helps to develop an immediate, empathetic and valuable connection with founders and removes their need to ‘dumb down’ pitches. Founders are drawn to Bloc because they know from the first meeting that Bloc understand their technology and can help through the application of 'smart' money.
"Bloc Ventures provides its investors with access to exciting technology investment opportunities that they might otherwise not be aware of."
"Bruce and David with their science and engineering backgrounds combined with a deep grounding in technology at ARM and Vodafone have expert knowledge of the sector. Andrew Griffin, an experienced and highly rated Technology Analyst, formerly at Merrill Lynch, complements an outstanding team."
"The main appeal of investing with Bloc is its highly professional team, who have the ability to offer targeted early-stage investments across multiple technology sectors. To date, we have participated in three separate capital raises and are now one of Bloc’s significant shareholders."
"The dynamics at play in their core target markets are numerous and their focused approach and deep understanding of tech gives them an edge over their rivals."
"There are a number of reasons why Bloc’s permanent capital structure is attractive as an investor. It allows portfolio companies to grow and mature on a timeline that works best for them, rather than being dictated to by a typical fund timeline of 10 years."