PORTFOLIO

Current Investments

The Scala Portfolio and Investment targets consists of companies that we hand select for their innovation, steep growth, proprietary technology, outstanding Management and success in new market areas. The selection process is long and complex, whereas the main focus lies on the operational skills and experience of the Management.

Due to the early stage investment at low valuations, the financial risk of a single investment is overseeable whilst the upside can be significant in a very short period.

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PRETTYSOCIAL MEDIA INTERNATIONAL

Prettysocial media is the European Social Media Service Provider and Network enabling clients and publishers to monetize their Social Media appearance.

By creating sophisticated Content Marketing concepts and formats and distributing those in all relevant social channels,  brands communicate, engage and interact with their audience. Combining cutting edge technology with excellent business intelligence the company delivers insight, strategy and results in all social and digital marketing channels.

Prettysocial’s Native Avenue Platform is providing a unique and innovative technology to book complex Content Marketing concepts into its Premium Publisher Network, connecting sophisticated Brand Advertising concepts with the reach and engagement of 100’s of leading local, national and international newspaper and magazine publishers.

ROBIN HEALTHCARE

Robin Healthcare Inc. wants doctors to devote more time to caring for patients and less to documenting their visits with them.

With Robin, doctors are free to focus on their patients rather than computer screens and get a note that's actually useful," said Noah Auerhahn, Co-Founder and CEO of Robin. "Using natural language processing, machine learning, and human-centered design, Robin is re-conceptualizing clinical documentation and making health information more effective. This new infusion of capital will help us forge a path toward eliminating administrative overhead for doctors and improving patient care. Furthermore, Robin's ongoing relationships with premier institutions accelerates product development cycles, allowing us to deliver more value to clinicians and health systems.

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ALPACA

Stock trading app Robinhood is valued at $7.6 billion, but it only operates in the U.S. Freshly funded fintech startup Alpaca does the dirty work so developers worldwide can launch their own competitors to that investing unicorn.


Like the Stripe of stocks, Alpaca’s API handles the banking, security and regulatory complexity, allowing other startups to quickly build brokerage apps on top for free. It has already crossed $1 billion in transactions within a year of launch.


In simple terms, using Alpaca…any company can build a Robinhood from the ground up. It is built For Makers In Open source & Community. Alpaca truly believes open source changes the financial systems and how we interact with them. Alpaca grows with their community and knowledge they build together.

RALLY RD.

Rally Rd. is a free app that allows members to invest in individual blue-chip collector automobiles with ease. The vehicles on Rally Rd. represent an asset class that has historically outperformed the stock market as well as other alternative asset classes (including gold, fine art, and real estate).*
Our mission is to democratize alternative investments like these, providing access, liquidity, and transparency to markets that have traditionally only been available to a select few. Each asset on Rally Rd. is vetted by a team of industry experts, acquired, insured, and professionally maintained & monitored 24/7. We create a story around each investment, including photos, videos, records & receipts, and provenance. Like what you see? Invest in that specific vehicle with one click. Shares start at around $50. It’s that simple!

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MPARTICLE

mParticle is the customer data platform for brands leading the CX revolution.

Unify data and simplify partner integrations with enterprise-class security and reliability.

Hundreds of customers—including some of the fastest-growing startups and enterprises—use mParticle to collect, manage, validate, and share their customer data across their entire stack.


Bad data leads to wasted time, increased costs, and weaker decision-making across your entire organization. 


mParticle enforce regulatory standards and protect customer data against modern threats, maintain customer trust, and automate compliance with GDPR, CCPA, and whatever comes next.

MANSCAPED

Manscaped is the #1 brand in men’s below the waist grooming


For Paul Tran, co-founder and CEO of San Diego-based Manscaped, a company that focuses on what it calls “below-the-waist grooming” products for men, a little bit of humor goes a long way. Headquartered in Carmel Mountain and with a team of about 25, Tran said Manscaped has grown rapidly since launching in 2017.


Manscaped offers the lawnmower 2.0, an upgrade of the original lawnmower 1.0. It features a quiet stroke technology as well as a safeskin technology, to avoid nicking and also unnecessary loud buzzing sounds when trimming. Tran said Manscaped will next release the Lawnmower 3.0, which will have backward compatible blades and will feature replaceable blades, which customers can receive every three months through an optional membership program.

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1UPHEALTH

1upHealth provides data interoperability between healthcare systems at a very low cost, fractions of a cent per API call, utilizing the latest FHIR® standards, and patient-authorized access, to ensure the best insights at the lowest costs across healthcare providers for low-income, diverse, and vulnerable populations.

The organization is built entirely to support digital health companies. 1upHealth is building THE foundational API platform for healthcare application developers from health systems, health insurance payers, pharma, and digital health startups. Overall, we have more than 300 companies using our APIs which enable connectivity to over 10,000 health systems across the US.

Additionally, the company has been recognized by 10+ awards and grants from the US government for our services and products, including the $1M LEAP Grant with Boston Children's to build the reference implementation for FHIR® Bulk Data (i.e., FLAT FHIR). The company won the MassChallenge's 2019 HealthTech $100k Diamond award via the judges and $10k Startup award for 2019 based on the numerous organizations using our APIs to power their products.

SECFI

Secfi is a pre-wealth management platform that helps private company employees and shareholders with equity planning.

Secfi creates equity planning tools that are designed to help private company shareholders and their professional advisors make better financial decisions for their equity from offer to IPO. Secfi hopes that by simplifying their equity compensation, employees can spend more time on things they love doing most.

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Please get in touch to discuss how we can help you achieve results that matter.

 

Examples of previous Investments

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DELIVERY HERO (LIEFERHELD.DE)

Delivery Hero is a worldwide network of online food ordering sites, launched in 2010. On its mission to provide better takeaway food to the people globally, Delivery Hero operates in Sweden, Finland, Poland, Austria, Germany (www.lieferheld.de), UK (www.hungryhouse.co.uk), Russia, Australia, Switzerland (www.foodarena.ch), South Korea and Mexico.


Delivery Hero has more than 400 employees around the world – with 250 staff working from its Berlin headquarters. Delivery Hero investors include ru-Net, Tengelmann Ventures, Kite Ventures, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Point Nine Capital and Team Europe. 

DMARC BROADCASTING

A Story of Success

dMarc Broadcasting was founded in 2004 by Chad and Ryan Steelberg, two Internet innovators and successful digital entrepreneurs.


The company revolutionized the monetization and execution of radio advertising, by enabling the automated booking of nationwide radio spots through a webbased booking and reporting platform.


dMarc was sold in 2007 to Google for a purchase price of 400 Mio USD.


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FALK ESOLUTIONS

Turning a New Page

Falk eSolutions was the fastest growing European adserving company between 2002 and 2006. Founded in 2001 it was rolled out into 8 European countries and the US within 3 years and was sold in 2006 to Doubleclick for 40 Mio USD.

ADTECH

Adtech AG was co-founded by Ulrich Schmidt in 1998 and positioned as the first European Adserving company. It has deployed its technology services over 15 different countries and has been acquired by AOL in 2006 for a purchase price consideration above 100 Mio USD.

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AD PEPPER MEDIA

ad pepper is one of the leading online advertising networks in the European market, founded and built up by Ulrich Schmidt in 1998. The company went public in October 2000 on the German Stock Exchange and has steadily expanded since then its business portfolio and activities.


It is active in 8 European markets and the US with a staff of 300 employees, with a product portfolio reaching from Display over Lead generation to eMail and Affiliate Marketing.


It has developed over the last years world leading Targeting and Real Time Bidding technology. The company has achieved consolidated revenues of almost 60 Mio €.

Please get in touch to discuss how our talented team can help you achieve results that matter.

 

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