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04 THE VIEW FROM
06 CHAPTER 1
Europe’s Billion-Dollar Companies
16 EXPERT VIEW
Rephael Sweary, WalkMe
22 EXPERT VIEW
Jacob de Geer, iZettle
26 CHAPTER 2
Mega Rounds The Final Puzzle Piece
32 EXPERT VIEW
Philippe Vimard, Doctolib
34 CHAPTER 3
The March Towards Europe’s First Titan
39 EXPERT VIEW
Tom Stafford, DST Global
40 EXPERT VIEW
José Neves, Farfetch
42 CHAPTER 4
Titans Of Tomorrow
Europe’s tech scene is growing at an unprecedented rate.
A combination of experienced talent, funding and belief
has unlocked significant potential across the continent.
Titans of Tech, which we published for the first time five
years ago, is about raising ambition levels. By assessing
the factors required to create global leaders and learning
from some of Europe’s most successful entrepreneurs
and investors, we seek to inspire European entrepreneurs
to continue to define new boundaries.
In 2014, there were 30 billion-dollar companies across
Europe created since 2000. Over the past five years, that
number has almost tripled to 84, and the total valuation of
these has increased at a faster rate. The total equity raised
by this cohort of companies meanwhile has increased
nine-fold to $28 billion.
The velocity at which our entrepreneursare creating new
category leaders is increasing in a dramatic fashion. During
the past 12 months alone, 21 companies have reached the
billion- dollar mark compared with 13 the previous year.
Again there are some remarkable new entrant stories such
as UI Path, the robotic process automation company.
Originally founded in Romania the company has expanded
globally to become one of