L'équipe

Anne-Sophie Nedellec - Newfund
Anne-Sophie
Nedellec
Investor

Engineer by training, Anne-Sophie started her career as innovation analyst within Solvay before joining Iabeca, an agro-ecology Research Institute.

Then she joined Bpifrance where she financed through loans and guarantees numerous start-ups in the Paris region.

Anne-Sophie is based in Paris.

 

Favorite quote :
"In life, nothing is to be feared, everything is to be understood." Marie Curie

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:
Simone Veil, Marie Curie, Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel, Rosalind Franklin , Frida Kahlo.

 

Vision :
The workers will become complementary to the AI. The professions will change and not disappear. We are entering a knowledge and AI economy, with a need for prospective national education. People's lives will be of better quality.

 

Anne-Sophie is based in Paris.

Augustin Sayer - Newfund
Augustin
Sayer
Investor

Augustin started his career in finance in NYC: first as an M&A analyst at Lazard Frères, then as a Private Equity associate at Colony Capital.

Most recently, he started Rescata, a mobile refurbushing company in Mexico, opening 30+ stores in 12 months.

Augustin got his BA at New York University and MBA at London Business School (exchange: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth). 

 

Favorite quotes:

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." A. Einstein

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Ray Kurzweill.

 

Vision:

A world where consumers are placed ahead of shareholders will always benefit shareholders in the long run.

 

Augustin is based in Paris.

François
Véron
Co-founder & Managing Partner

François's early career included working at the French Ministry of Finance and in corporate functions at Casino, a French food retailer. 

He joined the VC world in 1999 and invested in CDiscount, Allociné, Direct Energie and Xilam Animation, among others. He launched Newfund in 2008 with Patrick Malka.

 

Favorite quote:

“Honesty is a very expensive gift, don't expect it from cheap people.” Warren Buffett

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

André Citroën, Leo Perutz, Dagny Taggart, Nelson Mandela, Christopher Nolan, Charles de Gaulle, Bertolt Brecht, John Kennedy Toole, Katsushika Hokusai.

 

Vision:

The Age of Entrepreneurship started 20 years ago, and now is only the beginning. We are entering a world where each individual can be a business hero - but not everybody will. Understanding this new era, and making it work, are among the greatest challenges of this generation.

 

François is based in Paris and visits the USA regularly.

 

Frédéric Krebs - Newfund
Frédéric
Krebs
Operating Partner, Sales & Marketing
From 2000 until 2013, Frederic was involved as COO in AlloCiné’s success, a leading Internet brand acquired in 2007 by Tiger Global, followed by Webedia in 2013.
 
He became Chief Marketing Officer at Cinemas Gaumont Pathé in 2013 and eventually joined 20th Century Fox, in charge of the marketing of such successes as The Revenant, Deadpool or Trolls.
 
In 2018, he was named at the board of Singularity University - Paris Chapter. 
 
 
Favorite quote:

"Those moments when we dare to aim higher, break barriers, reach for the stars, make the unknown known."  Cooper in Interstellar

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Emmanuel Macron, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight), Mike Horn, Laird Hamilton, Cyrano de Bergerac, Malcom Gladwell (The Tipping Point), Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code), Marguerite Yourcenar (Mémoires d'Hadrien

 

Frédéric is based in Paris.

Garin Pitzini - Newfund Chief Financial Officer
Garin
Pitzini
Chief Financial Officer

Garin started his career in Finance at BNPP Wealth Management. Then, he joined PwC where he worked for eight years. Specialized in financial services, he led the audit of large listed groups and participated in various structural transactions, valuation assignments and regulatory consultations. He left PwC to join Newfund's entrepreneurial journey in January 2020 as Chief Financial Officer.

Garin is based in Paris.

 

Favorite quote :

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  Martin Luther King

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters :
Nelson Mandela, Xavier Niel, Elon Musk, Neill Blomkamp, Mike Horn, Zinedine Zidane

Henri Deshays - Newfund
Henri
Deshays
Partner, North America

Henri started his career in investment banking at Natixis. He then moved to the US to pursue a MBA at Stanford, where he founded ModeWalk, acquired in 2014 by Moda Operandi.

Prior to joining NewFund, Henri was an angel investor and VP Strategy at StartX, Stanford’s accelerator, which he co-founded when studying at Stanford.

 

Favorite quote:

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk, Thom Yorke, Antoine de Saint Exupery, FDR, Naval Ravikant.

 

Vision for the Future:

"In our hands, with an individual capacity to bring a net positive to it."

 

Henri lives in Palo Alto and spends half of his time outside of Silicon Valley.

Ivan Michal - Newfund
Ivan
Michal
Partner

Ivan started his career as an investment banker for Rothschild & Cie and Close Brothers.

In 2010 he co-founded Zegreenweb, an Internet startup dedicated to environment and sustainable development.

 

Favorite quote:

"I'm a man of simple tastes. I'm always satisfied with the best." Oscar Wilde

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Ernest Hemingway, Charles de Gaulle, Warren Buffett, Salvador Dali.

 

Ivan is based in Paris and visits China once a year.

Patrick Malka - Newfund
Patrick
Malka
Co-founder & Partner

Patrick started his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young for five years.

He then worked for 15 years as CFO/COO in the entertainment sector, successively at Gaumont, Cryo, and then Xilam Animation.

 

Favorite quote:

"If you want a nice house, dream about a castle." Stomy Bugsy

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Prince, Primo Levi,  Barack Obama, Karl Marx.

 

Vision:

Vision is important. Execution is essential. It’s so hard to cross the Channel with a small boat. Even harder to cross the Atlantic Ocean with a bigger one. Skills of the captain and his team are the main key factor of success.

 

Patrick is based in Paris.

Zoé Mohl - Newfund
Zoé
Mohl
Strategy Associate

Zoe joined Newfund in January 2019. Her role consists in assisting developed portfolio companies in the context of M&A operations, fundraising, or growth strategy projects.

Previously she worked at Altman Vilandrie & Co, a US Tech Media & Telecom focused strategy consultancy. Based out of their New York office, she worked on due diligence projects for large Private Equity investors and on corporate strategy projects for large Telecom and Tech clients.

She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan in their Technology coverage group in San Francisco. 

Zoe holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.    

 

Favorite quote:

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement" Helen Keller

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Bill Gates, Helen Keller, Simone Veil, Oprah Winfrey, Xavier Niel, Sheryl Sandberg

 

Vision:

Innovation, through curiosity, questioning of the status quo, nimbleness and perseverance, has the potential to solve some of today's most daunting problems. 

The information and technology age brings major disruptions that ought to be understood and embraced.

 

Zoe is based in Paris.