In the event you haven’t been to TechCrunch Disrupt, the Startup Battlefield is arguably essentially the most fascinating a part of the present. Earlier than everyone began doing a startup competitors, there was the Startup Battlefield. Firms like Dropbox, Fitbit, N26 and Yammer all launched on the TechCrunch stage.
Rob Moffat, Accomplice, Balderton Capital
Rob joined Balderton Capital in 2009 and was promoted to accomplice in 2015. He’s at the moment a board director or observer with 5 portfolio firms: Carwow, Wooga, Nutmeg, Prodigy Finance, and Sufferers Know Greatest.
Different investments he has labored with at Balderton embrace Qubit, Citymapper, Housetrip, Scoot and Archify. Rob’s focus sector is fintech, specifically insurance coverage and retail monetary companies. Advertising is a selected space of curiosity, and Rob is chargeable for finest apply sharing in advertising throughout the portfolio. Previous to becoming a member of Balderton, Rob labored for Google in London, as a Supervisor within the European Technique and Operations group.
He began his profession with 5 years in technique consulting with Bain, and holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Statistics from Cambridge.
Marie Ekland, Co-Founder, daphni
Marie Ekeland is co-founder of daphni, a enterprise capital agency which invests in European tech startups and is supported by an internet platform and a global group of specialists. She started her profession in 1997 at J.P. Morgan in New York as a pc scientist. Since 2000, Marie has been performing as a VC, first at CPR Personal Fairness, then, from 2005 to 2014 at Elaia Companions, main investments in Criteo, Edoki Academy, Pandacraft, Teads, Wyplay, and Ykone. In 2012 she co-founded France Digitale, bringing collectively French VCs & entrepreneurs to make the French digital ecosystem thrive. She serves as a board member for Parrot, Showroomprive. Marie holds an engineering diploma in arithmetic and pc science from Paris Dauphine College in addition to a grasp’s diploma in Economics from the Paris College of Economics.
Antoine Nussbaum, Accomplice, Felix Capital
Antoine is a Accomplice and member of the founding group of Felix Capital. He at the moment sits on the boards of Heetch, Frichti, Papier, TravelPerk and City Therapeutic massage. He beforehand was a Accomplice at Atlas International, a personal fairness fund initially a part of GLG Companions. Previous to Felix Capital he has labored carefully with numerous early-stage digital startups together with Mirakl, Reedsy, 31Dover and actively helped them launch their companies. He has additionally been concerned since inception with Huckletree, a quick rising coworking operator devoted to the European digital group which was began by his spouse. Antoine moved to London in 2006 when he joined ABN AMRO as an M&A funding banker. Previous to this he was primarily based in Paris and was a part of the founding group of NT Valley, a software program enterprise dedícated to retail and hospitality industries. A graduate of ESCP European Enterprise College and College Paris Dauphine, Antoine is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Eileen Burbidge, Accomplice, Ardour Capital
Eileen Burbidge is a Accomplice at Ardour Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage VC fund primarily based in London. She brings in depth operational expertise to her funding actions gleaned from enterprise and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere.
Along with Ardour Capital, Eileen can be the Chair of TechCity UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting digital enterprise throughout the UK. She can be HM Treasury’s Particular Envoy for FinTech appointed by then Chancellor George Osborne; Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s workplace and served on former Prime Minister David Cameron’s Enterprise Advisory Group.
Eileen was made an MBE for companies to Enterprise in June 2015 and holds a BSc Engineering diploma in Pc Science from the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Liron Azrielant, Common Accomplice, Meron Capital
Liron is a Common Accomplice at Meron Capital and has over 10 years of expertise within the funding and tech industries. Liron additionally manages the Younger Enterprise Capital Discussion board in Israel – an expert group connecting over 150 younger companions, principals and associates from all VC companies in Israel.
Previous to becoming a member of Meron Capital, Liron was a Principal at Blumberg Capital and led Cyber, SaaS, Advertising-tech and Infrastructure IT offers. Previous to that, she was a Technique and M&A advisor at Bain Capital and PwC’s PE group in New York, the place she lead business and operational due-diligence initiatives for the biggest personal fairness companies within the US. Earlier than shifting to the US, Liron was a technical Functions Engineer at Agilent Applied sciences, the place she labored with blue-chip purchasers in Europe, Asia and the US.
Liron has an MBA from MIT-Sloan, an M.Sc. in Pc Science from MIT and a B.Sc. in Math and Physics from the Hebrew College of Jerusalem. At 25, she was the youngest scholar ever to graduate MIT’s twin MBA / M.Sc. diploma program. She began her bachelor’s diploma at Talpiot, the elite Israeli Protection Forces program, and accomplished it whereas serving full-time as a know-how analyst and researcher on the Israeli intelligence unit 8200.