TechCrunch Disrupt is returning to Berlin this December, and among the many founders and builders talking, we’re happy to have main enterprise capitalists on stage to speak about fundraising, entrepreneurship and the traits they’re trying to fund.
The present is jam-packed, and similar to each Disrupt, the main target is on startups and the bleeding fringe of expertise. Fifteen startups are launching in Startup Battlefield and a whole lot of younger firms are exhibiting in Startup Alley. And although spots are restricted, each Disrupt attendee can take part CrunchMatch, a free program that connects founders and buyers based mostly on their particular standards, objectives and pursuits.
Disrupt Berlin 2017 additionally options a formidable lineup of fireplace chats, panels and workshops with icons of the European and world tech scene.
Right here’s a sampling of the buyers talking on the occasion. View the total agenda right here. Tickets are nonetheless obtainable, too, and might be bought right here.
Associate, Index Ventures
Jan joined Index in 2010, and is a London-based companion, specializing in fintech and data/knowledge companies throughout all levels of development.
He’s one in every of Index Ventures’ main fintech buyers, working with the founders of Adyen, Credit score Benchmark, Robinhood and TransferWise. In all, Index has backed greater than two dozen fintech firms, with greater than $400 million. Jan has additionally led Index investments and is on the boards of Beamery, Collibra, SafetyCulture and Silverfin.
Associate, Elaia Companions
Samantha joined Elaia Companions in 2008. She started her profession as a advisor at Eurogroup, a consulting agency specialised in organisation and technique, throughout the Financial institution and Finance division. She then joined Clipperton Finance, a company finance agency devoted to high-tech development firms, earlier than shifting to Elaia Companions in 2008. She grew to become an Funding Supervisor in 2011 then a Associate in 2014.
Associate, Uncork Capital (fka SoftTech VC)
Andy is a Associate with Uncork Capital (fka SoftTech VC), one in every of Silicon Valley’s most lively seed-stage enterprise capital corporations the place he primarily invests in SaaS, vertical business options, and developer instruments.
Previous to becoming a member of Uncork Capital, Andy was co-founder of London-headquartered Huddle, an enterprise SaaS collaboration platform that was acquired in 2017. Andy’s angel funding portfolio consists of revolutionary B2B merchandise like Pipedrive, Intercom, Apiary (acquired by Oracle), Buffer and Bugsnag, in addition to client companies together with Postmates, Secret Escapes, HER, and Calm.
Associate, Index Ventures
Martin is predicated in London, the place he focuses on startups in massive markets like meals, transportation, finance, well being and SME, creating must-have merchandise that get exponentially higher with every new consumer.
He has labored with the founders of many such companies, together with BlaBlaCar and Deliveroo. He additionally serves on the board of Drivy, KRY, Rad, TheFamily and Trainline (following the acquisition of Captain Practice). He was additionally on the board at SwiftKey till its acquisition by Microsoft in 2016, and led the Seed spherical in hosted search API firm Algolia. Most of his preliminary investments are Seed and Sequence A.
Dr. Christian Nagel
Co-Founder, Associate of Earlybird
Dr. Christian Nagel is Co-Founder and Associate of Earlybird. Christian has greater than 20 years of entrepreneurial and funding expertise. Previous to founding Earlybird in 1997, Christian, along with a bunch of buyers, acquired numerous firms from the Treuhandanstalt (the previous East-German state holding) and gained operational expertise. He holds a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur diploma (Industrial Engineering, MSc equal) from the Technical College of Hamburg, specializing in course of engineering and a PhD diploma in administration from the College of St. Gallen.
Co-founder BlueYard Capital
Ciarán O’Leary is a co-founder of BlueYard Capital, a $120m early stage fund based mostly in Berlin that invests in founders decentralizing markets, empowering customers and liberating knowledge. Ciarán’s investments embrace Wunderlist, Carto, BigchainDB, Vectary, deepstream and others from Palo Alto to Bratislava. Previous to founding BlueYard, Ciarán set-up Earlybird Enterprise Capital’s Berlin workplace as a companion and earlier than that was at The Carlyle Group.
Founding companion, Index Ventures
Neil co-founded Index Ventures in Geneva in 1996.
His imaginative and prescient was to assist essentially the most formidable entrepreneurs, bringing Silicon Valley-style investing to Europe at a time when “enterprise capital” was nonetheless a brand new time period outdoors the US. As he recalled in a Monetary Instances interview: “We began each assembly with a slide that was actually ‘What’s VC?’”
20 years on, whereas staying true to its European roots, Index has change into one of many world’s main enterprise capital corporations, with principal workplaces in London and San Francisco. To this point, the agency has raised $5.6 billion and has greater than 160 firms in its portfolio.
Mounia began her profession within the VC business in 2008 with Ventech. She moved in 2011 to Morocco to co-found and handle Mydeal, one of many first group shopping for websites in Maghreb. Again to Paris, she joined Schibsted Progress, the company enterprise fund of the Schibsted Group (proprietor of the profitable classifieds web site LeBonCoin). She joined ISAI in june 2015 to handle the Seed Membership exercise. Mounia can also be a co-founder of StartHer, a company that goals at selling entrepreneurship by girls.