The value of investors can never be underestimated. They form the backbone of startups and could give that key nugget of advice to get your company off the ground. Who knows, maybe one of the 11 investors below are just waiting to help your business transform into a global market leader.
Klein is an early-stage investor with a proven track record and is always looking to add to his illustrious portfolio. Now with the Index Ventures team, Klein has enjoyed investment success with internet-based companies such as AlertMe, MyHeritage, and Songkick. Prior to branching out into venture capitalism, Klein was a key part of the executive team at Skype and also was a founding member and CEO of LoveFilm.com that was in turn acquired by Amazon. One of his latest projects is Kano, a startup he co-founded that sells ‘make it yourself’ single-board computers, which aims to make encourage children into coding.
When he was 27, Ellman set up RRE Ventures. Almost 20 years later, the venture capital firm has invested in over 200 companies, raised five funds, and manages over €1 billion. He has a keen interest in technology startups having been personally involved in funding over 40 tech based companies in his time as Managing Partner at RRE. Some company boards he currently advises include Business Insider, mobile payment platform Payfone, and the incentive based recycling company RecycleBank.
Bradley has been a member of the DN Capital team since 2009 when he joined the firm as Principal, and now operates as a Partner within their setup. He has a particular interest in the tech and media sectors where he has significant success as an investor. While at DFJ Esprit, Bradley invested in the online DVD rental service LoveFilm.com and visualisation software companies VirtualLogix and DisplayLink.
Horesh joined Greylock IL in 2013, the venture capital firm affiliated with Greylock Partners in Silicon Valley that was set up in 2006 to help entrepreneurs in Israel and Europe. His academic background is in computer science and management, for which he holds a BSc degree and his MBA from Wharton School affirms his business credentials. His experience is principally in telecom and consumer industries where he acted as an advisor to companies under the wing of the Boston Consulting Group.
Christian has over 16 years of operating experience in technology companies, developing and scaling products and businesses internationally. Prior to co-founding White Star Capital, Christian worked at Facebook and led the international expansion of the company’s Business Development, Platform and Gaming Partnerships groups. Christian holds a degree in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
As a veteran of Holtzbrinck Ventures, Jung has played a leading role in developing the firm. He has risen from his position as Senior Investment Manager when the company was founded in 2000 to General Partner in 2010 and been crucial in sealing investment deals for companies such as bol.com, the Netherlands’ market leader in e-commerce and the firm’s investment in trademan search engine, MyHammer.
Morgenstern is an Associate with Sequoia Capital Israel. He previously worked at Bink Financial Innovation and the Boston Consulting Group. Tal holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
With over 20 years experience investing in technology and a keen interest in financial related business, Eyal is an accomplished investor that currently sits on numerous boards of finance and tech companies. On these boards, Eyal acts as a mentor to these companies, but in his role with Entrée Capital he focuses on advising the firm in relation to early-stage investment in software and hardware development, mobile, and internet based startups.
Frederik is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on crowdsourcing and cross-over of TV and Internet/Mobile. In 2007, his passion for early-stage investments led to him setting up his own investment company called Richmond View Ventures. Over the last 10+ years he has built startups from the ground up and led them to successful exits, with his portfolio including Reputation.com, Swipegood, and Simfy.
Murdoch has an interesting and diverse history in investment, previously dealing with Shazam, Zoopla, and LoveFilm. His investment interests accordingly are mainly focused on internet startups and has been involved in this area since he sold his own startup, BookPages, to Amazon in 1998.
Seppälä started his role as an associate at Open Ocean Capital two years ago, joining the team that assists young entrepreneurs to transition their startup from a small idea to a globally scalable business. Previously he held positions at the Montreal travel engine startup Hopper, has experience setting up his own startups Canvious and NHybrid, and also was involved in the Montreal-based accelerator Bolidea.