The genesis of Arowana was our founder’s investment and subsequent transformation of a struggling Australian software company, which was rescued and then hyper-scaled to became a global leader in its field in the space of just four years. The success led to the acquisition of the business by Oracle Corporation in November 2008. Ever since, we have maintained a keen focus on technology trends and companies globally. Over the past decade, there has been a marked increase in companies staying private rather than seeking to go public via stock markets. As a result, investment returns have increasingly accrued to private market investors rather than public market investors. However, record inflows into venture capital funds has manifested in fierce competition that has driven private market valuations higher but mandate constraints mean that the majority of venture capital funds can only invest in primary capital.
Out of our London office, we now operate a venture capital arm whose principal strategy is focussed on investing in secondaries of technology enabled companies globally, in partnership with selected family office co-investors.
In addition, we have our own corporate ventures arm, where we start, build and scale companies, often in conjunction with members of our advisory board.