Nine VCs you can meet at SaaStock on Tour London6 min read
Meeting investors and scheduling back to back meetings with them in the same day is one of the priceless parts of SaaStock. We are bringing that same experience at each and every of the 12 SaaStock on Tour events we are organising the next 12 months.
Below are 9 of the ones joining us in London, divided by stage they focus on. What unites them is their love for European companies. Have a look, pick your favourites and start scheduling those meetings as March 21st is fast approaching. Grab a ticket before February 28th when the early bird sale ends.
Damien Tanner, Innovation Nest
Damien is a full-time Venture Partner in Innovation Nest, backing early stage B2B tech companies across the UK & Europe, investing between €250k and€1M.
Damien comes from a technical background, which started with coding Linux apps and quickly developed into a passion for web development. Founding several tech companies was inevitable. He co-founded MediaCore which was sold to Workday, as well as Pusher and New Bamboo.
When he is not investing, Damien aims to have a zero waste household, going to great lengths to recycle everything and buy second hand were possible. To relax after a busy day, Damien likes to listen to air traffic control videos or on a day when the weather is nice, fly first-person view drones.
Moritz Poewe, Paua Ventures
Moritz is a Partner at Paua Ventures, a fund based in Berlin focusing on early-stage and seed investments. The current portfolio consists of start-ups from SaaS, Enterprise Software, E-Commerce and mobile, both in B2B and B2C. Notable investments include Stripe, Pipedrive and Producteev, which was bought by Jive Software in 2012.
Moritz focuses on BI and IT structural topics as well as deal flow management. He is a constant sparring partner to CTOs of the portfolio companies providing guidance in IT processes. He supports companies in HR efforts by filling the pipeline and interview candidates.
In all this, he considers himslef incredibly lucky to be supporting what are the ideas of tomorrow.
Sitar Teli, Connect Ventures
Sitar is a Managing Partner of Connect Ventures, a seed-stage fund investing anywhere between £150k — £1.5m in European internet and mobile companies. Notable investments include Typeform, Citymapper and Boiler Room.
Sitar’s preference lays in product and design led companies with global ambitions. Sitar has been a venture capitalist for over ten years, focusing on early-stage investments in both consumer and B2B companies. Previously she was with Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, where she led their Series A round in SoundCloud, Sitar has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. Sitar currently sits on 8 boards and at SaaStock on Tour she will sit on a panel together with Philippe Botteri to reveal what the two funds’ portfolio companies are doing right when it comes to growth.
Alex Kayyal, Saleforce Ventures
Alex is the European Head of Salesforce Ventures. He joined Salesforce in 2015 to establish and run Salesforce Ventures in Europe, a $100M fund dedicated to backing European enterprise cloud startups. Representative portfolio companies include Automile, Bringg, Carto, NewVoiceMedia, Onfido, Privitar, Qubit and Unbabel.
Alex brings over a decade of experience across technology and finance, having been both an investor and entrepreneur. Prior to Salesforce, he helped establish Hermes Growth Partners, a venture growth firm investing in enterprise SaaS and fintech companies across the US and Europe.
As an entrepreneur, Alex was the founder/CEO of TableZest, a company in the data analytics and customer loyalty space looking to disrupt the restaurant industry.
Philippe Botteri, Accel
Philippe is Partner at Accel, an early stage and growth stage venture fund. Accel-backed companies include Atlassian, Braintree, Cloudera, DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, Lookout Security, MoPub, Qualtrics, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, Vox Media and others
Philippe joined Accel in 2011 after working in the technology industry for more than 15 years, including close to ten years in Silicon Valley. He focuses on SaaS, enterprise and marketplace businesses. Philippe led Accel’s investments in Docusign, Peopledoc, Qubit, Algolia, Blablacar and Doctolib.
Prior to joining Accel, Philippe was with Bessemer Venture Partners, where he worked with the firm’s SaaS and Ad Tech investments including Cornerstone OnDemand (public), Eloqua (public) and Criteo (public). Last year, Phillippe was a guest on the SaaS Revolution Show where he shared many insightful tips on Going International.
Lucile Cornet, 8 Roads Ventures
Lucile is Vice President at 8 Roads Ventures, which focuses on software and next generation financial services businesses. She is passionate about the European start-up community and believes it will be the birthplace of the next generation of global leaders. You can talk to her about patience as it has been a key thing to learn for her. In her own words “While it is good to have a sense of urgency and be eager to succeed, scaling up a company takes time. Similarly, developing a true relationship with an entrepreneur can take years.”
Patience is key for 8 Roads. Not beholden to fund lifecycles, fundraising, regulatory restrictions or strict investment mandates, they’ve invested in some of their portfolio companies for close to 25 years. Discipline accompanies these longer time frames, not only in properly assessing the merits of an investment theme and progress against ambitious milestones, but in knowing when they are wrong or when a business is better developed or owned by others.
This willingness to take a long term position when it’s required could invite someone to dismiss them as risk averse or slow-moving. They’re not.
Helena Prokhorenko, Highland Europe
Helena is an Associate at Highland Europe, a venture and growth-stage fund aiming to back sector-leading companies addressing large market opportunities on a pan-European basis or globally. The fund invests in technology companies in the internet, mobile and software space and has seen 6 exits to date. Notable investments include Brandwatch, WeTransfer and ContentSquare.
Prior to joining Highland, Helena spent two years in the Healthcare Investment Banking team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and interned at Goldman Sachs in Investment Banking. She dipped her toes in startup life through a summer internship in California-based NeuroVigil.
Muz Ashraf, Technology Crossover Ventures
Muz is Vice President at Technology Crossover Ventures, a $12.5 billion venture capital and private equity firm based in Palo Alto, New York and London. Some of their notable investments have included: Facebook, Netflix, Linkedin, Airbnb, Spotify, Electronic Arts, Expedia, Zillow, GoDaddy, Splunk, Ariba, ExactTarget, DollarShaveClub and Payoneer.
Muz joined TCV in 2015 and focuses on investment opportunities in the internet, software, fintech, and technology-enabled services sectors.
Prior to TCV, Muz was an investor with Vector Capital in San Francisco and started his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. He also worked at T. Rowe Price, where he researched investment opportunities in the European technology sector. Muz has a keen interest in cricket, which he continues to enjoy despite being surrounded by an office full of football fans.
Margaret Perchik, Prime Ventures
Margaret Perchik is an Associate at Prime Ventures, a venture capital and growth stage firm that invests in leading European technology companies. Prime leverages its capital, experience and network to actively guide their portfolio to become global category leaders. From their offices in the Netherlands and the UK, the independent partnership manages over €465m in committed capital.
Margaret Perchik joined Prime Ventures in 2017 as an Associate. Prior to joining Prime, she worked at MMC Ventures, a London-based venture capital fund, evaluating early stage technology investment opportunities across the UK. She was also part of the founding team at Public, a UK venture bringing together investment, technology and public sector insight to help startups solve public sector problems.
If you want to meet these 9 investors, alongside 300 fellow founders and executives in London on March 21st, grab an early-bird ticket now.
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