Ox Ventures: scaling companies globally

Ox Ventures was launched in 2020 and aims to found, invest and scale transformational professional services organisations that deliver real business value. Ox Ventures does this by developing great ideas into market-defining and market-leading companies.

The focus is on B2B services companies that can both reinvent and positively disrupt traditional professional services models. Ox Ventures seeks to understand and support entrepreneurs as individuals by appreciating their originality and by playing to their strengths.

We Found 

We found technology focused professional services organisations that positively disrupt markets and deliver measurable transformations for enterprise clients 

We Invest 

We provide growth capital for professional services organisations with talented leaders, that are both culture and customer obsessed, and have ambitious growth plans.

We Scale 

We scale our portfolio companies globally by providing proven hands on strategy and execution capability across Sales, Marketing, Talent, Finance, M&A, Operations & Legal.

Our Team 

As a team we share similar values but our skill sets and backgrounds are diverse, covering Sales, Marketing, Talent, Finance, M&A, Operations & Legal. Ox’s role is to found or invest into existing B2B services organisations, provide capital, mentorship and execution support for our entrepreneurs in order to build best in class organisations and unlock transformative value for their customers.

Contino: scaling a global devops consultancy

Contino is one of the world’s leading enterprise DevOps, cloud and data transformation consultancies, having developed its own unique approach to driving genuine digital transformation in highly-regulated industries.

Matt Farmer co-founded Contino in 2014 and led the business as CEO until the acquisition by Cognizant in October 2019. During that time, Contino’s consulting and engineering teams completed 300+ engagements with over 100 of the world’s largest brands, including Adidas, Allianz, Barclays, Dow Jones, JPMC, Morgan Stanley, National Australia Bank and Vodafone amongst others.

Contino experienced tremendous success with over 100% year-on-year revenue and headcount growth for each of the past four years . The company rapidly established a global footprint across EMEA, AMERS and APAC as well as a reputation as an excellent place to work. LinkedIn featured Contino on their annual ‘Top 25 Startup’ award in both 2018 and 2019. Contino was backed by a $35M USD investment from Columbia Capital and Top Tier Capital Partners.

Contino’s success has been driven in large part by its innovative operating model and dynamic culture. The entire organisation is aligned into ‘squads’. Each squad contains representatives from across the business, including engineering, consulting, marketing, finance, people and talent management. Their goal is to collaboratively apply their diverse skill sets to an engagement in order to deliver a deep transformation program that results in more than just a technical outcome.

Contino was acquired by Cognizant in October 2019 for an undisclosed amount.