Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Standout News is a monthly(ish) newsletter from Standout Capital with news about growing companies, entrepreneurship, the capital ecosystem, tech deals, trends and the latest from our blog. New readers can subscribe here.

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The Nordic region is known for its vibrant tech ecosystem. But it's not only about startups. Research from Standout now shows that there's an untapped opportunity in "Over 4,000 Tech-enabled Growth Companies in the Nordics".
Fredrik Arnander writes about one of the most common challenges for a growing company in “Five Points to Consider Before Changing Your Strategy”.

Notable deals in the Nordics

Gothenburg's Saltside Technologies raises $40 million from Chinese private equity investor Hillhouse Capital, with Swedish fund Brummer & Partners and Kinnevik.

Swedish Growth Equity fund Scope invests in Happy Socks, the fast growing company with SEK 600 million retail sales worldwide in 2014.

Swedish pension fund AP6 has taken a 3% stake in Bureau van Dijk, an EQT-owned business information company, through a direct investment.

Northzone has led a $2.8 million financing in Fuse, which is developing a mobile app development platform.

Industrifonden has invested SEK10 million in Starcounter, a Swedish enterprise database technology developer.

Neo Technology, the creator of the graph database Neo4j, closed $20m in Series C funding from Creandum, Dawn Capital and others.

Verdane Capital has sold Finnish CRF Health to Vitruvian Partners, just two years after picking up the business.

Technology trends

Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz identifies a set of important technology trends you should know about in “16 Things

What we have seen in consumer web & mobile software is now happening in enterprise, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures writes in "A Lens Into the Future of Enterprise Software"

Patricia Nakache and Phil Carter of Trinity Ventures take a closer look at mobile-enabled services and outlines the landscape in "Mobile Commerce in 2015"

Standout Capital is a technology investor providing growth capital for outstanding businesses. The founding partner team is Fredrik Arnander, Klas Hillström and Erik Wästlund. We'd love to get in touch with great companies, and share news and information we think is useful. Hope you enjoyed our newsletter!

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