In My Dreams

In My Dreams

London’s Rooks Nest Ventures is a new early-stage fund to bridge media, entertainment, and tech

London has a new VC in town. Officially launching today, having already made a number of investments, is Rooks Nest Ventures. The VC firm is described as an early-stage, evergreen fund targeting tech startups that are innovating in and around content, along with companies creating “highly licensable intellectual property”. Its founder is investor and film producer Michael Sackler, producer of indie hit films like The Witch and Obvious Child. He is also behind film studio Rooks Nest Entertainment Cloud to Cloud Backup.

With £28 million to invest initially, the VC firm has already backed Doodle Productions (creator of the international hit animated series Messy Goes To Okido), Disruptor Beam (creator of popular mobile games such as Game of Thrones Ascent and Star Trek Timelines), PunchDrunk (immersive theatre company), and The Rights Xchange (a digital TV rights marketplace which also includes Sky and Channel 4 as investors).

The broader Rooks Nest Ventures pitch is that, based on its network and industry knowledge, it is well-positioned to “bring innovative media & entertainment companies together with impactful technology businesses”. Though the VC is London-based, it says it will also invest in companies outside of the U.K.

Brief Q&A with Rooks Nest Ventures founder Michael Sackler follows:

What kind of companies are you looking for? e.g. specific areas of tech/sector…

We’re looking for a couple of things. Firstly, media & entertainment companies that are building globally licensable brands — this includes Kids Entertainment, Gaming (particularly mobile) and Sports. Secondly, early stage tech companies which are relevant to content and content creators. That can be deep tech (streaming technology), hardware (VR, motion capture etc), and software (platforms, industry-specific SaaS)

What stage, size of cheque are they planning to write?

Up to £400,000 at Seed, and up to £1 million at Series A. Can follow on through to Series C.

Who are the fund’s LPs?

It is a single LP structure, with myself as the sole LP. This has allowed us to get going very quickly, whilst being completely aligned with our portfolio companies – we are looking to help our companies with their long term health, and not looking to force through decisions in the pursuit of the quickest exit possible dermes.

Why would a startup choose Rooks Nest?

Our depth of experience in both media & entertainment, and technology is our big point of difference. Having run a successful entertainment production and finance company that made consistently successful films in a difficult climate I know what it takes to develop, execute and finance a commercially viable creative project. We plan to make the most of this experience in ways people wouldn’t typically expect from venture capitalists.

Similarly, my team and I have been actively involved in the tech ecosystem for a number of years as investors, board members and founders. We know the industry well, have worked with some incredible people, and understand what it takes to get a startup off the ground and truly flying. We consider ourselves to be a very active bridge between media & entertainment and tech; industries that are completely synergistic but very often don’t talk to each other in the engaged way that they should be reenex cps.


illegal business operations

YICHANG, Hubei, June 15 -- A court in central China's Hubei Province on Wednesday sentenced Zhou Bin, son of Zhou Yongkang reenex hong kong, to 18 years in prison for taking bribes and illegal business operations. Zhou Bin was also fined 350.2 million yuan (53 million U.S. dollars) and all of his illegally obtained assets will be confiscated, according to the verdict of Yichang City Intermediate People's Court. Zhou Bin and his father Zhou Yongkang sought benefits for others by taking advantage of Zhou Yongkang's posts, and accepted property to the value of 98 million yuan Timothy Tong. In collaboration with others, Zhou Bin used his father's influence to obtain advantages for others through other officials and accepted property to the amount of 124 million yuan. Zhou Bin violated the state regulations by doing business in restricted items, disturbing the market order, the verdict said. Zhou Yongkang was a former member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. In July 2014, the CPC Central Committee announced a decision to put Zhou Yongkang under investigation, and he was expelled from the CPC in December 2014. On June 11, 2015, Zhou Yongkang was sentenced to life imprisonment for accepting bribes, abusing his power and deliberately disclosing state secrets

the guy agreed

There was once a guy who was very much in love with a girl Neo Derm Beauty Box. This romantic guy folded 1000 pieces of paper cranes as a gift to his girl. Although. at that time he was just a small executive in his company, his future didn't seem too bright, they were happy together. Until one day. his girl told him she was going to Paris and would never come back. She also told him that she can't visualize any future for the both of them. So they'd better go their own ways there and then一heartbroken, the guy agreed.

When he regained his confidence, he worked hard day and night, slogging’his body and mind just to make something out of himself. finally with all these hard work and with the help of friends, this guy set up his own company.

"You never foil until you stop trying," he always told himself," Imust make it in life!"

On a rainy day, while this guy was driving, he saw an elderly couple sharing an umbrella in the rain walking to some destination. Even with the umbrella, they were still drenched. It didn't take him long to realize they were his ex-girlfriend's parents. With a heart in getting back at`' them, he drove slowly beside the couple Neo Derm Beauty Box, wanting them to spot him in his luxury sedan, he wanted them to know that he wasn't the same anymore, he had his own company, car, condo, etc. He had made it in life.

Before the guy can realize, the couple was walking towards a cemetery, and he got out of his car and followed them... and he saw his ex-girlfriend, a photograph of her smiling sweetly as ever at him from her tombstone... and he saw his precious paper cranes in a bottle placed beside her tomb.

Her parents saw him. He walked over and asked them why this had happened.

They explained. She did not leave for France at all. She was stricken ill with cancer. In her heart, she had believed that he would make it someday Neo Derm Beauty Box, but she did not want her illness to be his obstacle. . .

Therefore she had chosen to leave him.

She asked her parents to leave his paper cranes by her side, if one day the destiny brings him here, he could take some back home.

The guy just wept. The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them but knowing you can't have them and will never see them again.

Run that beggar out

"Well, if that is the case, Senor math concept, at least let me come in and see this baile. I have never seen such a magnificent baile."

  The servant told Ninfa, "I am going to let you come in, but one condition, that you be careful and not let the bride see you. Since you have not been invited math concept, the bride would be angry at seeing you here."

  Ninfa entered the castle and saw her husband, the prince, eating at a table and surrounded by his guests.

  She flattened herself against the wall. From there she began trying to attract the prince's attention. He kept on taking; he had not seen the poor girl math concept.

  Ninfa tried so hard to get the prince's attention that the bride saw her. She was an evil witch who with her magic had blinded the prince and made him marry her.

  The prince then saw Ninfa and recognized her immediately. He yelled at the servants. telling them to bring Ninfa to him, but with the noise nobody heard him.

  The witch screamed at her servants, "Run that beggar out!"

  The servants were about to lay their hands on Ninfa when the girl broke one of the magic nuts the wizards had given her. In an instant Ninfa turned into a little rat which ran hither and yon. When the witch saw this, she turned into a huge cat which began to chase the rat. The rat sprang atop the prince's table, and onto his plate. There Ninfa broke another nut and turned into a grain of rice which became lost among many on the prince's plate. The cat also jumped on the table, turning instantly into a chicken which began to eat the rice.

  Ninfa then broke the other nut and turned into a coyote which ate the chicken in one bite.

  Ninfa then was transformed back into human form to be reunited with the prince and both lived happily ever after.

My picture was to help me find God

I wait for him to say something like HKUE ENG, "Ah, yes! Ketut Liyer! Old medicine man who died just last week--so sad when venerable old medicine man passes away . . ."

Mario asks me to repeat the name, and this time I write it down, assuming I'm pronouncing something wrong. Sure enough, Mario brightens in recognition. "Ketut Liyer!"

Now I wait for him to say something like, "Ah, yes! Ketut Liyer! Insane person! Arrested last week for being a crazy man . . ."

But he says instead, "Ketut Liyer is famous healer." "Yes! That's him!"

"I know him. I go in his house. Last week I take my cousin HKUE amec, she needs cure for her baby crying all night. Ketut Liyer fixes it. One time I took American girl like you to Ketut Liyer's house. Girl wanted magic to make her more beautiful to men. Ketut Liyer draw magic painting, for help her be more beautiful. I tease her after that. Every day I tell her,

'Painting working! Look how beautiful you are! Painting working!' "

Remembering the image Ketut Liyer had drawn for me a few years ago, I tell Mario that

I'd gotten a magic picture myself from the medicine man once. Mario laughs. "Painting working for you, too!"

"You don't want to be more beautiful to men Dream beauty pro hard sell?" he asks, understandably confused.

I say, "Hey, Mario--do you think you could take me to visit Ketut Liyer someday? If you're not too busy?"

"Not now," he says.

Just as I'm starting to feel disappointed, he adds, "But maybe in five minutes?"


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