How did you become a venture capitalist, and why?
My interest in investments started at a young age discussing stories from the Stock Markets with my dad. So, it was no big surprise that I began my professional journey in the investment banking sector, where I supported high-tech companies to structure and close M&A and fundraising deals. During that experience, I engaged with several venture capitalists, became impressed by the beauty of the job and decided to become one of them in the long term.
After co-building a startup accelerator and gaining some experience in the telco industry, I led the early-stage investments of a corporate VC in Northern Europe and the DACH region.
An extensive part of our job as venture capitalists is about researching and identifying the technologies that will reshape the near future. Besides that, having the chance to work closely with the brilliant minds pushing these new concepts forward, makes being a venture capitalist a real privilege to me.
How can you help founders and startup teams succeed?
I am happy to roll up my sleeves to support our portfolio companies as much as I can. The greatest value-add I can offer is to share the knowledge gathered during previous investments and exits that can help startups anticipate future scenarios and take better decisions. Ultimately, bringing a bit more light into the startup journey!
Which technologies and sectors are you mostly interested in?
As of today, I did 7 investments and managed 2 exits. All of them were in the B2B segment and many of them had a heavy AI tech component. I am also very interested in cloud tech, privacy preserving technologies and IoT.
What do you do in your free time?
I love travelling and you will find me during most of my free time driving with my camper van towards nature or practicing sports such as basketball, hiking, snowboarding and cycling. You can also call me a foodie, I really like cooking and especially tasting new flavors and recipes.