Simon Murdoch is Managing Partner of Episode 1 Ventures which runs a £37.5m Enterprise Capital Fund investing in early stage software-driven businesses in the UK. Episode 1’s initial investments include Carwow, Emoov, SimplyCook, ClusterHQ and TVbeat.
Simon is a highly experienced technology investor and has been an entrepreneur as well as a very active angel and venture capitalist.
Previously, Simon was VP Europe of Amazon.com. He managed huge growth from start up in late 1996 through to multimillion turnover and hundreds of staff, ie from founding his own Internet bookselling company Bookpages in late 1996, to acquisition by Amazon.com and launch of Amazon.co.uk in 1998, and its subsequent ultra-high growth.
In 2000, he was founder and managing partner of Chase Episode 1, a $100m fund raised to invest at start up or early stage in Internet and technology businesses in Europe such as Betfair, ScanSafe and First Tuesday. Unusually for a year 2000 vintage fund, Chase Episode 1 returned over 3x the amount invested to its investors.
He also spent two years at Octopus Ventures as Portfolio Director covering over 30 investee businesses including Evi Technologies, SwiftKey and Graze.
Over the last 15 years, Simon has invested directly as a business angel and advised as non-executive chairman or director a number of successful Internet and mobile technology businesses based in the UK including LoveFilm (DVD rental sold to Amazon), Zoopla (property information), Shazam Entertainment (music recognition), Natural Motion (games developer sold to Zynga), Shutl (same day delivery service sold to eBay), VisionDirect (contact lenses etailer) and Profitero (price intelligence service).