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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:

Meryl Job & Renaud Guillerm - Videdressing

Passionate about fashion. Bringing hundreds of thousands of fashion lovers together each day.

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.

Christian Reber - Wunderlist

Was thinking about how to improve productivity in his team. Built a productivity platform used by millions.

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.

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.

Markus Barnikel - Carpooling.com

A student side project. Now the largest rideshare platform in the world, transporting millions each month.

Ulf Pommerening - EBS

Helping stroke patients recover faster and better.

Christof Wittig - LiquidM

Bringing software discipline to his industry with the world's first white-labeled mobile advertising management platform.

Ramin Far - Versus

Helping millions make choices every month.

Calin Stefanescu - Tjobs Recruit

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

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

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

Ciarán O’LearyPartner

Irish heart, German mind. Previously at Carlyle, Lazard and tried himself out as an entrepreneur before Earlybird. Blogs at berlinvc.com. Aviation and astronomy geek, <3 FC Bayern.

Technology

Jason WhitmirePartner

Entrepreneur and operator. Previously built, ran and exited two global technology businesses, before that tried to solve world's problems under Clinton administration. Astronomy buff.

Technology

Konstantin GuerickePartner

Scaled both LinkedIn and jaxtr to millions of members, but LinkedIn monetized better ;) Based in Palo Alto, California. Social architect. Mentors Stanford engineers. Loves tennis and hiking.

Technology

Maximilian ClaussenPrincipal

Canadian-German. Believer in empathy-driven organizations. Previously at LEK, Goldman and MediaLab before joining Earlybird. Passionate backcountry skier.

Technology

David RosskampAssociate

Academic enthusiast with degrees in law, business, international relations and economics. Previously built Saatchi Art, developed technology companies for Project A and consulted at Bain.

Technology

Simon SchminckeAssociate

Previously founded Foodpanda in Asia, HelloFresh in the US and built Paymill for Rocket Internet. Developer & fly fisher.

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 AticiAnalyst

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

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

CooperChief Happiness Officer

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

Operations

Nicola DemtröderTeam Assistant

Foreign language correspondent. Previously at Searchmetrics. Flat-sharing with Cooper.

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

Sophie RödlTeam Assistant

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

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

Christiane TaubeTeam Assistant

Born in Tegernsee, chosen Munich as adopted hometown. Formerly worked in tourism. Loves Bavarian traditions

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:

107

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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