Claudine Emeott (Salesforce Ventures): We invest with the same core strategy as other Salesforce Ventures funds, meaning that we’re looking for enterprise software companies that can integrate their technologies with our platform
Claudine Emeott is Senior Director of impact investing at Salesforce Ventures. In 2011, she left a consulting job in Chicago to move to Kathmandu as a Kiva Fellow, which opened her eyes to the power of technology to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. After spending a year in Nepal, she moved back to the U.S. for a full-time role with Kiva. She joined Salesforce in 2017 to lead the company’s first Impact Fund. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? My career has always been in impact. I spent the first half of my career in economic development consulting, both in emerging markets and in the US. Later I pivoted into this intersection of tech, impact, and investing. I spent 5 years at Kiva, one of the earliest crowdfunding platforms, with their investment team. Kiva is unique for its credit […]
Greg Rice (Activate Media): We’re kind of unique since we run a startup studio, or incubator whenever you want to call it.
Greg Rice is Co-founding Partner at Activate Media. He spent the first 10 years of his working life in Silicon Valley, and then extend his carrier to dispense Silicon Valley ways in Europe. He has been involved in many start-ups in various capacities. He likes working with companies to develop solutions and help them realise their goals. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life. I’m not one of these people that just skipped University and went straight to business, creating the first one in a dorm room. Essentially I started early in the business, working all the way through my high school and university. Two and a half years after graduating from the university I’ve started my first business – I kind of had this type of blood flowing in my veins anyway. And after 40 […]
Nick Kingsbury (Amadeus Capital Partners): We are a DeepTech investor, so we do like things with solid IP and outstanding technical teams behind the product.
Nick Kingsbury is Partner at Amadeus Capital Partners since 2018. His current investment focus is on cyber security, artificial intelligence and B2B software businesses. Nick started his career with a UK software house before setting up his own software and consultancy company sold to Staffware in 1996. From 1999 to 2007 he moved to the investor side of the table as Global Sector Head for Software for 3i plc. Since 2007 he has advised and invested in several technology companies including two public companies, Accumuli and Objective Corporation where he remains a director. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I spent most of my career actually on the other side of fence: I was a software engineer when I left University. Then I set up my own company and I run it for about 12 years. It was a software and consulting […]
Kjetil Holmefjord (StartupLab Oslo): There are rules, but there are too many exceptions because working with startups is more about finding exceptions than following rules.
Kjetil Holmefjord is Partner at StartupLab Oslo. He was one of three founders of StayAtMy in Bergen, then Incubator Manager at StartupLab Oslo. Now he isa partner and a part of the investment team in FoundersFund 2 at StartupLab, one of the leading tech incubators in the Nordics to support top Norwegian early-stage tech entrepreneurs. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? It was somewhat random. I was going to start my own venture, but before I’ve even got to that point, during my studies, I met the founder of StartupLab, and he invited me to join. It seemed to be a very good platform to start a company from because I would be exposed to the front networking in Norway. I was living in Denmark, so it was a nice way to get home and get access to the network and resources […]
Andreas Goeldi (btov Partners): We believe that being a great salesperson is a great skill to have for the founder, but it’s not the only qualification we’re looking for.
Andreas Goeldi is Partner at btov Partners. He is an Internet technologist, entrepreneur, and investor with 23+ years of experience from St.Gallen, Switzerland. He has been involved in 6 startups in software, AI, digital media, digital services. He was a CTO at multiple SaaS and Internet companies in both Europe and the United States. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I entered the VC world relatively recently, about 2 years ago. Before that, I was an entrepreneur myself for over 20 years. I’d started and built 5 startups in both Europe and the United States. Also relatively early I’ve started doing Angel investments, in various software and internet-related businesses. That brought me to venture capital because when I left my last startup in 2018 and was considering what to do next, I’ve got approached by an old friend, a co-founder of btov […]
Hanns-Peter Wiese (former GP at GLSV and owner of VIRETUM CONSULT): Now I advise Hi-Tech grown-ups and help them in refining their business plans, investor decks and fund raising.
Hanns-Peter Wiese is a former General Partner at Global Life Science Ventures and Owner of VIRETUM CONSULT, a M&A, corporate finance- and investment advisory firm. He has a rare experience in both private equity and in venture capital, which he gained investing in Europe and the United States. His exposure to early stage investing reaches back to 1996 when he advised HypoVereinsbank as co-sponsor of GLSV, a venture capital fund focusing on the life sciences, appointing him Managing Director upon its inception. He entered into private equity in the late 80s, having been an Investment Controller and Manager with 3i Investors in Industry plc. in their Frankfurt office as well as Director and acting member of the executive team in the restructuring of Euro Synergies in Paris, a private equity fund then focusing on pan-European transactions, cross-border investments and Management Buy-outs. How it all started? How did you decide to […]
Daniel Saunders (L Marks): Programs that we run are very much about identifying challenges and themes within organizations that are open to disruption
Daniel Saunders is an Early-Stage Investor and Chief Executive at L Marks. He is a technologist-turned-investor and an experienced advisor in applied innovation. He has worked with dozens of global industry leaders, identifying and implementing pioneering technologies. As a software engineer with an MSc in Computer Science, he was previously at Symbian OS, acquired by Nokia, and Global Research and Consulting, acquired by ICAP plc. For almost 20 years, he has designed, discovered, or integrated the latest technological advances into large complex organizations. Immediately prior to L Marks, Daniel served as Chief of Staff for Economic Development at the Israeli Embassy. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? My background is in technology, I’m a software developer by training. I spent a few years in finance, then I worked for the government, before L Marks. So, it was a mix of finance, technology, […]
Nicole Glaros (Techstars): There are about 26,000 applicants for Techstars every single year, there were 518 transactions last year, and over $2.5B was invested.
Nicole Glaros is Chief Investment Strategy Officer at Techstars. She’s spent over 15 years working with and funding early-stage web software companies. She’s an expert in growing global organizations, building startup ecosystems, working with early stage startups, venture capital, and more. She sits on boards, has invested in over 90 companies. Entrepreneur Magazine called her “One of the 7 most powerful women to watch”. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I stumbled into it, to be honest. I started my first company when I was in college, and it ended up being a pretty good exit for me. But at the time I started the business through bootstrapping – I just didn’t know there was such thing as equity financing. I started the next two companies using the proceeds I’d generated after the sale of my first business. Neither one of those […]
William Goulding (Arbor Ventures): We’re a global fund, interested in SEA, Middle East and Israel, and the US.
William Goulding is FinTech VC Analyst at Arbor Ventures. Before joining Arbor, he founded Skipiit during his final year of college, a Fintech and AdTech platform that significantly boosted revenue at hospitality venues. He raised $400k from angels and scaled the platform from Washington DC to New York. Since then, he has helped source exciting US and UK startups for an Asian private equity firm. He brings a passion for technology and real startup operating experience. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I was at university studying International Affairs in Washington, DC, at an entrepreneurship course. To pitch a business as part of a competition, and I already had this idea for a mobile payments company. While I was doing an internship in a bank in London, I ended up pitching the manager of the bank, whose daughter had raised $10M from […]
Maciej Sadowski (StarFinder Capital Fund): Before you meet an investor make three evenings long sessions of understanding your market. It is simple and requires only Google. Sometimes it costs $15 but usually, it is $0
Maciej Sadowski is co-founder and CEO of the Startup Hub Poland Foundation (2012), which advocates innovative Central Eastern European high-tech talents in starting up a global venture in Poland. He is Activist of the high-tech startup industry supporting talents in finding investment and proliferating their solutions. Maciej is IP transfer specialist and R&D commercialization panel expert. In SHP Maciej searches for best early-stagers from all hard-tech and IP-based sectors. For best teams the Foundation prepared a soft landing program, non-equ grants to €50k and exclusive VC/industry bootcamps. In 2013 Maciej Sadowski worked as a due diligence analyst in a Israeli-Polish VC, Giza Polish Ventures and later as an investment manager and Managing Partner in two seed-VC ([email protected], StarFinder VC). Maciej worked on ~60 investment processes, invested in 14 hard tech startups. 13 out of 14 attracted next round of financing, from which 3 brought to Poland additional international investment capital […]