Speakers

INPHO Venture Summit 2018 panel of experts

George Ugras

MANAGING DIRECTOR – IBM VENTURE

 

George Ugras previously worked at ACM, an early stage venture fund, where he was general partner and managed investments across big data infrastructure, cloud computing, and analytics.

He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, and Stanford and advised faculty on technology spin-offs at various universities. He also provides oversight to the Space Electronics Group at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was a research fellow.

Jean-marc Bally

MANAGING PARTNER – ASTER CAPITAL

 

Jean-Marc serves as the General Partner & Managing Director of Aster Capital (located in San Francisco, Paris and Beijing) since March 2006.

Throughout extensive experience in supporting high growth companies, Jean-Marc leverages his networks and opens partnership opportunities with its corporate sponsors for the companies he supports.

He has been active in the financing of more than 40 innovative companies, including Solairedirect (France, acquired by Engie in 2015), Connectblue (Sweden, acquired by u-blox in 2014), and CPower (US, acquired by Constellation Energy in 2010).

Jean-Marc holds a Master’s degree in Business Management (Grenoble Graduate School of Business), an executive education (INSEAD) and an additional Master’s degree in Mathematics. He has a keen interest in international matters, due to his frequent travels. He likes to adapt each strategy to each culture as he strongly believes that adaption is the key to success. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna with sub auspiciis praesidentis distinction. He conducted research at CERN and had exposure to a number of corporate R&D labs. In his spare time he tries to keep up to speed in cognitive robotics, quantum gravity and data science.

François cavalié

MANAGING PARTNER – Nouvelle-aquitaine fund

 

François Cavalié served as the Chief Executive Officer, and Member of the Executive Board at Xange Private Equity, S.A. Previously, he served as a Managing Director and Président du Directoire at the firm. He served as Investment Director at IRDI Midi-Pyrénées. He served as Finance Director at Compagnie de Suez S.A. Mr. Cavalié joined XAnge in 2003 and served there until april 2016. Mr. Cavalié was a part of XAnge’s growth and transmission team, technology, and innovation. He worked in private equity for 30 years. Mr. Cavalié is a seasoned private equity investor and has participated in numerous deals as the Chief Executive Officer at Socri for 16 years. He served as Chairman of the Management Board at SOCRI, SCR. He joined Institut Régional de Développement Industriel for the Midi-Pyrénées region, and served there from 1988 to 2003, where he was the Regional Delegate for the Aquitaine region beginning in 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Cavalié joined Compagnie Financière de Suez as the Finance Director and served there from 1983 to 1988 .He serves as a Director of A2iA S.A., Clinique Development Groupe SA, Marty International, Acces Industrie, INS Telecom Design, Maison Briau, Fimasys S.A., SEFAS Innovation SA, IGE+XAO and Sidetrade.  Mr. Cavalié served as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Cavalié teaches a course in Innovation Finance and Management at the University of Toulouse. He graduated from ESSEC Business School and Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and Toulouse and In a Master of Law. 

dieter kraft

General Manager – Trumpf Venture capital gMBH

 

Dieter Kraft is General Managing Director at Trumpf Venture Capital GmbH since January 2018.
Before joining Trumpf Venture Capital, he was Investment Partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), responsible for the European Venture Business of RBVC. Being more than 20 Years with Bosch Dieter holds contacts to the Bosch Management organization and is broad based in technology. Before he joined RBVC in June 2009 he was heading the Systems engineering Division of Hybrid Electric – and Electric Vehicles within Bosch worldwide. Dieter’s professional background is operational business within Hardware / Software of automotive electronics and Software for telecommunication networks. Heading a Corporate Research Division he was in charge of communication and energy networks, Software methods and architectures, electric drives, human machine interaction and new business areas for Bosch. Dieter got his PhD at University of Frankfurt in nuclear and atomic physics and got some insights to mathematics, pharmacology and nuclear medicine during his studies

nvestment Partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (
RBVC
), is responsible for
the European Venture Business of RBVC. Being
more than 20 Years with Bosch Dieter holds contacts
to the Bosch management
organization and is broad based in technology. Before he joined RBVC in
June 2009 he was heading the Systems engineering Division of Hybrid Electric
– and Electric Vehicles
within Bosch worldwide. Dieter’s professional background is operational business within Hardware /
Software of automotive electronics and Software for telecommunication
networks. Heading a
Corporate Research Division he was in charge of communication and energy networks, Software
methods and architectures, electric drives, human machine interaction and new business areas for
Bosch. Dieter got his PhD at University of Frankfurt in nuclear and atomic physics and got some
insights to mathematics, pharmacology and nuclear medicine during his studies.

Christian reitberger

PARTNER – WELLINGTON PARTNERS

 

Christian is an active business angel and since 2009 serves as a Partner with Wellington Partners, the pan European technology investment firm. Christian is a savvy technologist with a passion for transforming breakthrough innovations into real businesses that have the potential to improve the state of our world.

He has led venture, growth and buyout investments in the Electronics, Resource Efficiency, Software and Internet Infrastructure area and has served on some 20 boards including NXP Semiconductors, Q-Cells, Heliatek, Orcan Energy and Romo Wind. Christian spent nine years with Apax Partners where he was a Partner in the Tech & Telecom team and five years with McKinsey where he worked with clients in the electronics, digitial media, telecom and medtech industries. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna with sub auspiciis praesidentis distinction.

He conducted research at CERN and had exposure to a number of corporate R&D labs. In his spare time he tries to keep up to speed in cognitive robotics, quantum gravity and data science.

Aymerik renard

General Partner at Hardware Club

 

Aymerik joined the Hardware Club team in October 2017, bringing over two decades of experience in international venture capital spanning hardware, software, and services.

Most recently responsible for Western Digital Capital’s strategic investments across North America, Europe, and Asia, Aymerik came to Western Digital via its acquisition of SanDisk, where he led their US venture activity as well as their communications and venture ecosystem outreach since 2014, taking them into frontier tech and IoT investments.

Prior to SanDisk, Aymerik joined PCH International in 2011 where he was the Vice President responsible for startup business development, aiding consumer electronics, medtech and IoT companies with funding, design, manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution aspects. Capitalizing on his on-the-ground experience of the Hong Kong and Shenzhen manufacturing ecosystems, he later co-founded the Highway1 accelerator for hardware startups. Since then, he has remained active as a mentor in accelerators such as Qualcomm Robotics, R/GA Connected Devices, Impact USA, Alchemist Accelerator, and Startup Bootcamp IoT, among others.

Earlier in his career, he headed North American investments for Orange for twelve years. Under his watch, several of his hardware, software and services portfolio companies IPO’ed on the Nasdaq and New York stock exchange with others being acquired by Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, SAP, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, Cox Automotive, Keynote, Ericsson, Oracle, and Cable & Wireless.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Information & Decision Systems, Aymerik has been involved in the computing industry since his student days, when he taught a third-year lab course in software engineering methodology and also worked as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer.

PAUL THURK

MANAGING DIRECTOR – ARCH VENTURE PARTNERS

 

Paul Thurk is a Managing Director with ARCH Venture Partners, joining in 2000 via a Kauffman Fellowship. In 2011, he established ARCH’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Thurk was co-founder and initial CEO of Innovalight (acquired by DuPont), CoolEdge Lighting, and Pinon Technologies (acquired by a large German chemical company). More recently he was co-founder of Carrick Therapeutics and Genomics Medicine Ireland. Mr. Thurk formerly held various operating roles at NABS (acq by ILS) – a supplier of electronics components to the computer industry – ending his tenure there as Director of Operations Asia Pacific. Mr. Thurk holds a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

ARCH is a global venture capital firm of 30 years and over $2 billion under management, focused on disruptive innovations in the physical and life sciences. ARCH invests at the earliest stages, often co-founding start-ups directly out of university labs, and continues to invest to exit.

He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, and Stanford and advised faculty on technology spin-offs at various universities. He also provides oversight to the Space Electronics Group at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was a research fellow.