Hambro Perks lead £4m investment round in The Dots
The Dots, an online community of creative professionals, designed to connect creatives with collaborators, companies and commercial opportunities, has raised £4m from its latest investment round, led by Hambro Perks.
Launched in 2014 by Pip Jamieson, The Dots is a British business designed around the networking needs of ‘No Collar’ professionals – creators, creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs and millennials.
The Dots has a quarter of a million members already, including Google, Burberry, Sony Pictures, Viacom, M&C Saatchi, Warner Music and Tate amongst others.
This latest investment will be used to consolidate The Dots’ position as a British challenger to LinkedIn.
“Everyone thinks LinkedIn is insurmountable, but that’s exactly why I believe it’s ripe for disruption,” said Pip Jamieson, founder of The Dots. “LinkedIn was built around the networking needs of a traditional workforce of ‘White Collar’ professionals.
“However, there is a new professional class emerging, called ‘No Collar’ professionals who have different networking preferences and need an alternative solution that reflects their behavioural and career preferences.”
“Whole waves of traditional industries will disappear or radically change due to automation” added Sir John Hegarty. “But there is no algorithm for creativity – creators are our future workforce.
“So, if we want our economies to thrive, we need to support the people and teams that bring ideas to life. That is what The Dots is all about; connecting, supporting and championing the people, teams and brands that make ideas happen.”