Arnaud van der Wyck (Concrete Venture Capital): You can have 10 companies addressing a similar problem in the same competitive landscape, but ultimately you’re making a bet on people.
Arnaud van der Wyck is General Partner at Concrete Venture Capital. He is a specialist in identifying, creating and developing cross border relationships, investment opportunities and go to market solutions for investors and entrepreneurs with a passion for Environment Social and Governance (ESG). He started his career as an investment banker in London at S.G. Warburg and later SBC Warburg and then UBS with a focus on M&A and capital markets within the Telecoms, Technology and Media sector team. He then spent 10 years as the managing Partner of Capital Alliance Partners advising institutional investors and family offices on real estate private equity funds. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I joined the VC world because my background has been in finance and real estate, and VC was something I’ve always wanted to do from the very start of my career. When […]
John Frankel (ff Venture Capital): I would tell anyone who is thinking of starting a company: Think about this from the customer side.
John Frankel is the Founding Partner of ff Venture Capital. He founded the firm in 2008 and has been a seed and early-stage investor since late 1999. Prior to founding ffVC, John worked at Goldman Sachs for 21 years in a variety of roles that involved technology development, reengineering, and capital markets. At Goldman Sachs, he worked closely with some of the world’s leading hedge fund managers and developed a keen understanding of emerging technologies and portfolio risk/return management. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? Venture capital is a peculiar business. It gets a lot of column inches and a lot of interest out there, but it’s really very small industry. I sort of stumbled into it because I started angel investing about 20 years ago, when I was still at Goldman Sachs, and by the time that I left Goldman I […]
David Lau-Kee (London Venture Partners): We want founders to be as well informed as they can about what matters to us and what matters to them in order to build a strong partnership.
David Lau-Kee is Co-Founder and General Partner at London Venture Partners. He was the Founder, President & CEO at Criterion Software Group, including RenderWare & Criterion Games. Before Criterion, he co-founded Canon Research Europe and headed multi-million dollar R&D in computer graphics, image processing & UX. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? By accident rather than by design. Many people in the VC world come from an investment banking background. My background is as an operator. I worked for many years as a founder of a startup, growing and developing my company. In around 2004/5 I sold the games’ company that I’ve been building to Electronic Arts – one of the biggest games publishers in the world at that time – and I worked for a few years to integrate the company in. After working as an operator and a founder I […]
Kate Batz (Longevity Capital): We are interested in 4 industries. The first 2 are Biology of Aging and Precision Medicine and Preventive Medicine. We are also interested in AgeTech and Longevity Related FinTech.
Kate Batz is Managing Partner at Longevity Capital. She is also a Director of Strategy and Business Development at Deep Knowledge Ventures, Aging Analytics Agency and Deep Knowledge Analytics. She is an experienced corporate attorney by background, licensed to practice law in California (2003), New York (2004) and Russia (2000). How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I’ve been with Deep Knowledge Group for over 2 years now. I have been fortunate to join this great team. My story is somewhat unique because my background is in Law. I managed to go through 3 different countries – Russia, the US, and the UK. I’ve been practicing mostly corporate law since 2003 in the US. Later on, I really got interested in the Longevity space, that’s how my roads lead to Deep Knowledge Group, where a co-founder is Dmitry Kaminski – one of the […]
Guillaume Kloof (CreateStartupsHere): I would always prefer B2B model, but I may consider B2C startups if they already have a product-market fit.
Guillaume Kloof is Founder of CreateStartupshere accelerator. He helps startups with their product/problem fit and with their product/market fit. Especially when it comes to launching or rolling out a new product/service, Guillaume can guide your startup through the lean methodology, to improve your chances of success. With experience as CTO, the emphasis is on product development and overall business development. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I actually started out on an entrepreneurial side, as a web developer. I’m mostly functioning as an accelerator, working and collaborating with entrepreneurs and helping them get funded. That journey started in 2018 when one of the companies where I was CPO needed funding and we went through all of the steps of arranging this finding. It was an incredible journey, I’ve learned a lot about the whole VC world. Fast forward to 2020, I set […]
Ulyana Shtybel (HighCastle Investments): We provide an all-in-one solution for private companies to raise capital, close a deal, and manage communication with shareholders.
Ulyana Shtybel is Co-Founder and CCO of HighCastle Investments. HighCastle provides growing companies and investors with a unique SaaS solution to manage investment workflow and securities lifecycle finally in one place. She’s served as Senior Executive at the investment services companies and organizations. She has over 15 years of experience in project management, capital markets and finance, financial market transformations and reforms, investors and government relations, multi-stakeholder collaboration and international relationships, research and analytics. She is also a founder and CEO at emerging company Impactsee, portfolio mapping and management software that enables institutional and private investors to track, discover, rebalance and gain a tax benefit from impact portfolios. Would you, please, describe the platform you’ve founded and are leading? I co-founded HighCastle which is an equity management and capital raising platform in 2016, and since that time we’re building this solution with a number of pivots, experimenting with different technologies […]
Rob Kniaz is Partner Hoxton Ventures. He spent most of his career in Silicon Valley, then came to London in 2008 to join the investments team at Fidelity Ventures, focusing on consumer internet and software-as-a-service sectors. Prior to Fidelity, he was on the new business development team at Google and was previously a lead product manager for AdSense’s front-end systems. He began his career in Intel’s highly selective technical sales program where he worked to grow their entrepreneurial reseller channel in the Federal Government vertical and later in Latin America from Bogota and Miami Beach. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I spent my career in Silicon Valley, before I came to Europe – a lot of time with pre-IPO Google, for example, with Intel, etc, and before that in Stanford. When I was at Google, as a product manager, we were […]
Stuart Chapman (Draper Esprit): As a venture capitalist you’re working with your entrepreneurs to help them to get into as many different positions to get lucky as you can.
Stuart Chapman is Director at Draper Esprit. Before that, he was a Partner of 3i Ventures. He was also a founding partner of 3i US. Stuart had 13 years of venture capital experience with 3i in Europe and the USA. While he was at 3i US he was responsible for 3i’s investments in Still Secure, CollegeNet, and Appshop. Following his return from the US in October 2003 he was responsible for 3i’s investments in The Cloud, Telecity, and Searchspace, the IPO of Pixology, and the sale of Magic 4 to Openwave. He is a member of the British Venture Capital Association Council. Prior to 3i, Stuart was involved in software and systems implementations in the Banking sector. How it all started? How did you decide to enter the venture investment business? I took that well-worn path of luck if I’m being brutally honest. I left the University and worked for […]
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 […]