Team

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Francois Veron General Partner

François

Véron

General Partner

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Patrick Malka General Partner

Patrick

Malka

General Partner

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Henri Deshays General Partner

Henri

Deshays

General Partner

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Anne Sophie Nedellec Partner

Anne-Sophie

Saint-Martin

Partner

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Augustin Sayer Partner

Augustin

Sayer

Partner

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Salim Hassad Strategy Associate

Salim

Hassad

Principal

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Christy Wang Investment Associate

Christy

Wang

Investor

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Frédéric

Krebs

Operating Partner

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Pierre-Jean

Cobut

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Agathe Descamps Regional Development

Agathe

Descamps

Regional Development

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Julie

Roblot

Investor

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Garin Pitzini CFO

Garin

Pitzini

Chief Financial Officer

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Adama Wade

Adama

Wade

Financial Controller

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Timothé

Pearce

Chief Technical Officer

François

Véron

General Partner
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Francois Veron General 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 Buffet

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

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

 

Sectors of particular interest: 

Fintech, Health, Foodtech, Energy Transition

Investments
Aircall

Comprehensive cloud-based phone system for businesses

Alchemy

Nanocoatings for challenging environments

Apitic

POS and multi-channel solutions for food businesses

Arenametrix

Customer Data Platform for entertainment organizations

Braineet

Brainstorming at scale

Camping Car Park

Full service RV parks in Europe

Climb

Student loans for high quality programs

Cocoon Space

On-demand meeting rooms. With a touch of style.

DataGalaxy

The best way towards data governance

Edicia

All in one cloud platform for small and medium sized police organisations

Finaho

Small ticket financial rental

Frequentiel

Solutions for items tracking

In2Bones

Instruments and prosthetics for extremity surgery

Invoxia

Connected and IoT smart devices

Jooxter

Smart office solution

Kiute

Saas-enabled marketplace for beauty professionals

Optionizr

Integrated system for options dedicated to online merchants

Paymium

The first European cryptocurrency exchange

Pharmasimple

Marketplace for parapharmacy products

Tageos

Eco-friendly cost-effective RFID labels

Tiwal

Inflatable and transportable sailboat

Visiblee

Acquired by Altares

Patrick

Malka

General Partner
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Patrick Malka General 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

 

Sectors of particular interest: 

Entertainment, Real Estate, Pets

Investments
Akoustic Arts

Ultra-directional sound speaker

Atelier Brâam

Healthy and consciously-sourced products for the office

Brazeco

Compressed and reconstituted firewood. 100% renewable energy

Couriier

Last mile delivery. Reinvented.

Shotgun

Digital ticketing service for electronic music events

Elues Locales

Community platform for women in politics

Greenkub

Sustainable garden studios construction company

Groupe Pratique

Automated content services for publishers

Happy Meal

Delivery service solution

Impala

Guidance education platform in high schools and colleges

Moodwork

Quality of life at work platform with a science-based methodology

OCR

Pre-clinic drug testing

RedLuxury

Fashion watches and jewelry reinvented

Henri

Deshays

General Partner
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Henri Deshays General Partner

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

 

Sectors of particular interest: 

SaaS, Marketplace, Health 

Investments
Agathos

Health data platform for physicians

Apptopia

Mobile activity intelligence platform

BillTrim

Automated negotiation service for utility bills

Bornio

Privacy for AI & big data

Brightflow AI

Cash flow forecasting software

Cents

SaaS platform for laundromats

CoFi

Automating the construction loan process for lenders, borrowers, and builders.

Curv Health

The digital health platform for physical health & wellness

Otto

3rd party javaScript security

Dexter

The school of the future

Eano

Personal project manager for home renovation

Fairmarkit

Tail-spend automation for enterprise-wide savings

Pliant

Robotic Process Automation for complex business and IT workflows

Nfinite

SaaS-based visual e-merchandising platform for retailers

QRA Corp

Strengthen your requirements specification with AI

Quasar

High performance distributed time-series database

Relevize

Scaling digital partner marketing 

Relimetrics

Computer vision to digitize visual inspections along production line

Riva

Machine learning powered automated job offer negotiator

ShapeMeasure

Precision measuring and cutting tools for construction

ShelterLuv

Software platform that helps rescues and shelters do more adoptions

Tag.bio

On-demand data science for healthcare problems

TeachFX

Feedback on student engagement

Visage

Automate candidate pipeline & outreach

Civ Robotics

Fast, smart & reliable marking solutions

Sonet.io

Securing access for the distributed workforce

Zing

The perfect coffee-shop experience

Zinier

Intelligent field service automation platform

Savvy

Helping online vendors create interactive online experiences - with 0 code

Rendition

The future of software development - automated

Rwazi

Decide with data

Anne-Sophie

Saint-Martin

Partner
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Anne Sophie Nedellec Partner

Trained as an engineer, Anne-Sophie started her career as a scientist in a biotech company, Cyclene Pharmaceutical, before joining Solvay’s polyamide team as an innovation analyst working with the marketing team.

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

 

Favorite quote:

In life, nothing is to be feared, everything is to be understood.

Marie Curie

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters: 

Simone Veil, Marie Curie, Coco Chanel, Rosalind Franklin, Frida Kahlo

 

Sectors of particular interest: 

Foodtech, Health, Deeptech, SaaS

Investments
Astrachain

The first decentralized blockchain omnicloud for secure data storage

AdVitam

Funerals organization goes online.

Arkhn

Health data infrastructure for hospitals & clinics

Aveine

Smart wine aerator

Blue Industry&Science

Continuous gas measurement

CetteFamille

In-home senior placement platform

Eqinov

Major energy performance enhancement provider

Kara

Virtual assistant for sales teams

Les Nouveaux Affineurs

The future of cheese

Livejourney

Process management software

Omnidoc

The tele-expertise platform for enhanced medical collaboration

Siga

The new food classification for better health

Volum

Platform for office rental with flexible contracts

Wizville

End-to-end customer feedback management platform

Augustin

Sayer

Partner
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Augustin Sayer Partner

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 quote:

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

Albert Einstein

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Ray Kurzweill

 

Sectors of particular interest:

Fintech, Insurtech, Saas, Deeptech

Investments
Dipli

Wholesale electronics trading platform

Avanseo

Instant lending for small businesses

Bolero

Fan Tokens & NFTs for music

Coverd

100% digital smartphone insurance

Cuure

360° personalized health experience

FairMoney

Credit-led neobank

HD Rain

High resolution weather intelligence platform

Homeland

Digitized and augmented property manager

Jinka

The virtual broker for rental apartments

JobyPepper

Matchmaker platform for shift work

Joovence

Quality orthodontic care for all

Meta API

The easy API integration platform

Oko

Microinsurance for farmers in Africa

Umiami

The plant-based meat revolution

Salim

Hassad

Principal
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Salim Hassad Strategy Associate

Salim joined Newfund in February 2021. Prior to focus on investments, he helped portfolio companies raise $100m+ in Series A and supported M&A operations as an operating partner.

Before joining Newfund, Salim started his career in 2015 at JPMorgan in New York before moving back to Paris in 2018 to work for Roland Berger, primarily focused on tech due diligence deals for PE firms and Series A fundraising for startups.

Salim holds a Master of Science from CentraleSupélec and Columbia University

 

 

Favorite quote:

If you can't measure it, you can't improve it.

Peter Drucker

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters: 

Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Gandhi, Christopher Nolan, Roger Federer

Christy

Wang

Investor
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Christy Wang Investment Associate

Before joining Newfund, Christy was a business associate at Techstars LA where she worked closely with early-stage founders on business and fundraising. Previously, she has spent three years in tech startups in both operational and strategic roles.

Christy received her MBA from the University of Southern California. During her MBA, she focused on finance and entrepreneurship, investing for the Marshall Venture Fund as a student analyst.

She also holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree from Wuhan University, where she majored in Journalism and interned at CNN International and Reuters Beijing office.

 

Favorite quote:

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Louis Pasteur

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters: 

Wang Yangmiing, Marie Curie, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffet

 

Sectors of particular interest: 

B2C, SaaS

Investments
WFHomie

The employee engagement and culture-building platform

Storey

The fashion social commerce app

Lead

The bot for meaningful connections between employees

Frédéric

Krebs

Operating Partner
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Frédéric helps actively entrepreneurs on marketing, sales and strategy issues.
Including finding product-market fit, defining plans & roadmaps, structuring the company, hiring key talents, scaling operations for growth, stress-testing business models, leveraging networks...
 
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

 

Pierre-Jean

Cobut

Entrepreneur in Residence
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Pierre-Jean started his career at P&G before getting his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He was CEO and co-founder of Spry Health, a digital health start-up focused on chronic care management that was acquired in 2021. At Spry, he led enterprise sales and product and raised $13M prior to exit.

He’s an active member and mentor at StartX, the Stanford-affiliated incubator, and is based in Silicon Valley.

 

Favorite quote:

Inspiration is found everywhere if you look hard enough.

RZA

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Miyoko Schinner, Steve McQueen, Greta Thunberg, Captain Paul Watson, Bruce Friedrich 

 

Agathe

Descamps

Regional Development
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Agathe Descamps Regional Development

Agathe manages the development of Newfund NAEH, Newfund's fund dedicated to regional investment in “Nouvelle Aquitaine”.

Prior to this, Agathe managed the establishment of the group structure, legal and regulatory documentation / framework for Inverewe Capital (AIFM) businesses operations based in England and Ireland as General Counsel.

Previously she worked consulting to several law firms, as a lecturing university professor, in private practice specializing in corporate law and as a Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer.
 

Favorite quote:

Successful investing takes time, discipline and patience. No matter how great the talent or effort, some things just take time: You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.

Warren Buffet

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Simone Veil, Warren buffet, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Elon Musk

Investments
Adaxis

Turn any robot into a flexible 3D printer

Fleeti

Smart fleet management software in Africa

Comeen

The Workplace experience platform.

Le Grand Dressing

Clothing rental for men through personalized boxes

Optim'Care

E-health for transplant patients 

Touch Sensity

The innovative technology of sensitive and connected materials

Urbanease

The first cartographic prospecting tool for real estate professionals

Julie

Roblot

Investor
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Julie started her career in private banking and then moved to London to pursue an EMBA at ESCP Business School.

 

She then worked for 9 years at Arkadin, a French Telecom company acquired in 2017 by NTT. She was involved in rapid growth: first in the US managing the customer operations department and integrating 3 acquisitions, then in London in charge of M&A, internal audit and procurement.

 

 

Favorite quote:

The real journey is not to seek new landscapes, but to have new eyes.

Marcel Proust

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters:

Richard Branson, Joséphine Baker, Jean d’Ormesson, Steven Spielberg

 

Sectors of particular interest: 

Fintech, Deeptech, B2B Software

Garin

Pitzini

Chief Financial Officer
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Garin Pitzini CFO

Garin is responsible for implementing newfund's ESG policy and CFO.

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.

 

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

Adama

Wade

Financial Controller
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Adama Wade

Adama started her career in auditing in 2014. She initially specialized in projects funded by the United Nations and Unicef and joined Newfund in 2019.

Adama grew up in Senegal, then continued her studies throughout Morocco and France in accounting and finance.

 

Favorite quote:

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Anaïs Nin

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters: 

Nelson Mandela, Lionel Messi, Anaïs Nin, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Rafael Nadal

Timothé

Pearce

Chief Technical Officer
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Graduated from EFREI Paris, Timothé started his career at Evaneos as a full stack developer before co-founding a startup where he developed a SaaS chatbot solution and constituted the company's technical team.

Timothé joins us to further improve our own internal tools.

 

 

Favorite quote:

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo Da Vinci

 

Inspiring celebrities or characters: 

Johann Sebastian Bach, Steve Wozniak, Richard Stallman, David Heinemeier Hansson, Magnus Carlsen, Lewis Hamilton