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We are optimistic risk-takers who roll up their sleeves. Earlybird is an international venture capital firm that invests across multiple stages. Our companies have the potential to reshape markets and change the world around us.

How we invest:

People we've backed:

Maximilian Tayenthal & Valentin Stalf - Number26

Building the first European Bank - Mobile First

Bastian Knutzen & Chris Maslowski - Movinga

Built a global, vertically integrated platform for moving services out of their student dorms.

Fredrik Kekalainen - Enevo

Solves one of the world’s biggest issues through predictive analytics and smart sensors: waste.

Karim Barkawi - B2X

Built a small advisory firm into a global technology company with hundreds of millions in revenues. In 4 years.

Florian Meissner - EyeEm

Lost his camera in New York and started taking pictures with his phone. Built the world's largest mobile photographers' community.

Calin Stefanescu - Tjobs Recruit

From leading a start-up to creating an innovating platform which combines in one place employers, candidates and HR agents.

Sidar Sahin and Rina Onur - Peak Games

Wanted to bring Turkish and Middle Eastern gaming culture online. Now used by 10 million people in the region every day.

Jan Rezab - SocialBakers

Built a leading global social media analytics SaaS company. From Prague.

Cristian Dinca - dcs plus

Passionate about software and algorithms, since childhood. Now hundreds of travel companies run billions of Euros through platforms built by his company.

Lucas von Cranach - Onefootball

Hardcore football fan. Built the world’s largest mobile football community.

Alexander Zacke - Auctionata

Was the largest power seller of arts and antiques on ebay.
Now selling Van Gogh & co on his own platform.

Ulf Pommerening - EBS

Helping stroke patients recover faster and better.

Founder Facts:

American, Austrian, Azeri, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Egyptian, English, French, German, Iranian, Japanese, Lebanese, Swedish, Turkish ...

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Earlybird Team Facts:

Our Team:

Technology Fund

Hendrik BrandisPartner

Engineer by heart and training. Co-founder of Earlybird. Previously at McKinsey and before that helped design the Eurofighter. 8 kids and 2 dogs. World champion sailor.

Technology

Milda JasaiteAnalyst

Educated in Economics and Management in Milan, Tokyo, Berkeley and Utrecht. Astronomy and philosophy fan.

Technology

Christian NagelPartner

Engineer. Co-founder of Earlybird. Previously at McKinsey and then invested in former communist companies helping them become modern. Kite surfer and world champion sailor.

Technology

Christoph OrtleppAnalyst

Graduated from WHU. Worked in telecommunications with Oliver Wyman and helped to launch SumUp. Triathlete and ski instructor.

Technology

Digital East Fund

Dan LupuPartner

Expert on Eastern European markets. Former research analyst, investment director at Intel Capital, investment executive at SigmaBleyzer. Calls Bucharest his home.

Digital East

Roland MangerPartner

Entrepreneur and co-founder of Earlybird. Previously co-founder and marketing director of Cybernet; director of business development of Ditec. Focuses on emerging markets.

Digital East

Cem SertogluPartner

Software entrepreneur-turned-investor. Former business angel, Partner at iLab Ventures and Founder & CEO at Selectminds, Strategy Consultant at Farmer & Co. Loves emerging markets and skiing.

Digital East

Evren UcokPartner

Finance geek with entrepreneur's heart, investor/cofounder of many leading internet companies in Turkey/MENA including Peak Games and Trendyol, previously Partner at Oliver Wyman.

Digital East

Mehmed Selcuk AticiInvestment Associate

BSc in Computer Science, High Honor, Bogazici (Bosphorus) University. Experience at Vodafone, Nokia Siemens. Organizator/Volunteer at Confucius Institute. Oil Painter.

Digital East

Onur YukselInvestment Associate

BSc on Industrial Engineering, Sabanci University. Product expert and experienced in Marketing & Business Development. Interested in technology and innovation.

Digital East

Health Technology Fund

Rainer ChristinePartner

Trained in molecular and cellular biology and immunology, founder and CEO of amaxa, an Earlybird investment, private investor/board member in medtech and life-science tools companies.

Health Technology

Rolf MathiesPartner

Entrepreneur and co-founder of Earlybird. Previously co-founder of ConAction and consultant at Bain. Advisor to Earlybird medical technology fund and active angel investor.

Health Technology

Alexander MüllerPartner

Economist by training, Deutsche Bank, CFO of amaxa AG/Lonza Cologne AG, consultant for start-up/high-tech companies and VC.

Health Technology

Thom RaschePartner

Operator. Previously Managing Director of Ethicon and Vice President (Europe) of Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Critikon.

Health Technology

John YianniPartner

Entrepreneur. Co-founder of Topsfield, Thermocore and Reverse Medical and CryoTherapeutics. Introduced the first drug eluting stent in Europe at Biocompatibles.

Health Technology

Lionel CarnotEarlybird Liaison Partner

Investment Partner at Bay City Capital. Formerly Principal at Oracle Partners, operational roles at Eli Lilly and Aventis. Former healthcare specialist at Booz Allen & Hamilton and Accenture.

Health Technology

Operations

Ertunc AliogluFinance Manager

Previously at State Street (Boston-USA), focusing on fund of funds, secondary investments & exchange funds; former member of TSKB corporate finance team. Brandeis University alumni, enjoys living in Istanbul.

Operations

Nilufer AyangilTeam Assistant

Works as assistant at the Istanbul office. Previously worked at Motorola and Hewlett Packard Turkey. Passionately open for tasting fine food/wine and exploring new places.

Operations

CooperChief Happiness Officer

Keeping spirits up. Relaxing, sleeping. Really, really bad guard dog.

Operations

Nicola DemtröderTeam Assistant

Foreign language correspondent. Previously Assistant to MD at Searchmetrics.

Operations

Claudia GolkeTeam Assistant

Formerly PA to MD at Hyundai Motor Deutschland and Secretary to Manager at Steinbeis Temming Papier. Secret New Yorker.

Operations

Christine GötzeMarketing & Communications

Studied media at Westminster University in London (BA) and communications at IJK in Hannover (MA). Travel enthusiast and scuba diver.

Operations

Markus HoffmannFinancial Controller

Has experience with auditing and real estate companies. Enthusiastic motorcyclist.

Operations

Sophie RödlTeam Assistant

Studied linguistics in Munich and Barcelona. Previously worked at a PR agency. Language addict. Current project: Norwegian

Operations

Daniela RömerReceptionist

After more than 10 years as a professional musical performer, Daniela is now the good soul of the Munich office.

Operations

Parisa RoghanyAccountant

Makes sure we pay our bills. Previously accountant at a film production company.

Operations

Annette SchieringSenior Financial Analyst

Previously at Swift Capital Partners (European Fund of Funds).

Operations

Catrin SchmidtTeam Assistant

Trained in hotel business. Previously worked for a congress & conference organiser. Passionate dragonboat paddler.

Operations

Heiko ThielHead of Finance

Studied Business administration at Linne University in Växjö, Sweden and business sciences at the University of Oldenburg. Table tennis player and football fan.

Operations

Earlybird Facts:

Total capital raised to date:

700m

Number of funds raised:

5

Latest fund raised:
 

2014

No. of investments made
since formation in 1997:

111

Blog:

Worker migration from East to West – Tjobs´ numbers are setting the record straight

Posted on 14. Mai 2014 by Roland Manger

Often enough perception is reality. This is well understood in the relatively short-term business of the media and its symbiotic partner politics, where “after the elections is before the elections”. 2014 is an excellent year to observe how political and media opinion leaders are shaping public perception with very few means. At midnight on January […]



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  • Berlin:
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  • Munich:
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  • Istanbul:
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    +902122576161

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