A venture capital firm based in San Francisco, Paris and Berlin. Started in 1982, we are a partnership with $650 million under active management. Our mission is to help outstanding entrepreneurs to succeed in a global economy. We look for companies with a substantial technology or innovation leverage, both in consumer internet and information technology. We manage seed and venture funds, allowing ourselves to invest from $250,000 to $10 million in the early institutional rounds of high growth companies
The unique transatlantic model of our firm. For us, long term success is based on being extremely open, proactive and supportive to entrepreneurs. We like companies that have the potential and ambition to disrupt the structure of the market they address. Although a great idea is a prerequisite: we also expect from the teams we back, the highest levels of passion, resilience and integrity. Come and talk to us, even before you launch, and find out what working together is like and how we can add value.
As many of our 100+ portfolio exits (IPO and M&A) are global companies and transatlantic success stories inclusing: Alvarion (ALVR), Akimbi (VMW), Ascend Communications (ASND), Brands4Friends (EBAY), Buongiorno (BGN.MI), Business Objects (BOBJ), Cartesis (SAP), Dailymotion (FTE), Digital Island (ISLD), Digitick (VIV), Informatica (INFA), Inquira (ORCL), Invensense (INVN), ISDnet (CW), Meiosys (IBM), Q-layer (JAVA), Quinstreet (QNST), Qype (YELP), Teknovus (BRCM), Verifone (PAY), Vignette (VIGN) and many others.
Partech International investment professionals leverage their highly diversified industry backgrounds, various geographical origins and seasoned investment experience to select the best innovative companies.
The partners collaborate throughout the investment cycle to achieve superior results for our portfolio companies.
Philippe Collombel is a co-managing partner of Partech International with Jean-Marc Patouillaud, which he joined in 2001.
Over the last few years, Philippe has built a strong portfolio of emerging leaders in
-Digital Media companies such as Dailymotion (Video sharing), Qype (Local search), and TVtrip (Search engine for hotels)
-Internet with companies such as Scoop.it (topic-centric curation), Menlook (e-commerce and media group focused on Men) and Brands4Friends Japan (private sales).
-Software companies such as Total Immersion (augmented reality).
He has also built a track record of successful exits with companies such as Brand4Friends (sold to eBay), Cartesis (sold to Business Objects), Meiosys (sold to IBM) and Travelprice (sold to Lastminute).
Prior to joining Partech, Philippe was a partner at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), which he left to manage strategic Internet and technology initiatives for Carrefour as the GM of its e-Carrefour subsidiary. Philippe is a graduate of the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques” of Paris and of the Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
Philippe has three children. He continues to ski on a regular basis and participates in many other outdoor sporting activities including mountain climbing and sailing.
Jean-Marc Patouillaud is a co-managing partner of Partech International with Philippe Collombel, which he joined in 1996.
Jean-Marc has a long track record of successful exits including IPOs with Lannet (GIAN), RadVision (RVSN), ALLOT (ALLT), Buongiorno (BGN.MI), and Alvarion (ALVR) and trade sales with Fluxus (acq. by British Telecom), Digitick (acq. by Vivendi), ISDNet (acq. by Cable and Wireless), Jungo (acq. by NTS), Jobpartners (acq. by ORCL) and Apogee (acq. by Colt). His current portfolio includes Alltricks, LaFourchette, Novaspark, Sensee, Sigfox and Vente à la Propriété.
Prior to joining Partech, Jean-Marc was a partner at Finovelec, a Paris based venture capital firm and managed Genèse Investissements, the first French seed capital fund. He started his career as an engineer with Cegelec and worked in the Nuclear Power Plant division.
Jean-Marc earned an MBA from HEC and an MS in Engineering from SUPELEC both in Paris.
Married, with three children, Jean-Marc lives in Versailles. He has sailed on most of the oceans and has climbed numerous peaks in the Andes, the Cascade Mountains, the Tetons, and the Alps. He is also a avid cave explorer and rows every week on the Versailles Palace Grand Canal.
Romain joined Partech International in 2013 and focuses on seed and early stage opportunities in Data, Mobility, Internet and next-generation online services in Europe, with a particular focus on the French market.
Prior to joining Partech, Romain most recently served as a Vice President, Strategy and M&A at Dassault Systèmes, the 2nd largest software company in Europe. Romain sold and merged to Dassault Systèmes his prior company Intercim early 2011, specialized in web-based applications for advanced and distributed Manufacturing, for which he served as VP Sales Worldwide and VP Strategy. Prior to Intercim, Romain lived a unique entrepreneurial adventure with the predictive analytics startup Pertinence between France and the US, where he relocated in 2005. At Pertinence, Romain served as VP Sales and Chief Operating Officer between 2001 and 2007, until Pertinence merged with Intercim.
Romain started his career at Aeronautics & Defense group EADS. He then joined Starsem, a French-Russian satellite launch operator startup funded by EADS, Arianespace and the Russian Space Agency. At Starsem, Romain started as a Project Manager and became head sales for the North American market.
Romain holds a MS in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and a MS in Aerospace Engineering from SupAero (Toulouse).
Nicolas joined Partech International in 2000 and focuses on early stage opportunities in Software and Internet.
Prior to Partech, Nicolas spent 15 years as an entrepreneur and was a co-founder of several venture-funded companies: Softway International (acq. by ITway), Softway Systems (acq. by Microsoft), and ISDnet (acq. by Cable & Wireless). Nicolas also lead the Softway Venture Development activity which resulted in the incubation of several successful start-ups in the U.S. and Europe including: RightPoint (acq. by E.piphany), MultiMania (IPO - acq. by Lycos Europe), and LibertySurf (IPO - acq. by Tiscali). Nicolas also served on the boards of Meiosys (IBM), Akimbi Systems (VMware), Pantero (Progress Software), ClearApp (Oracle), and Q-Layer (Sun Microsystems).
Nicolas received an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, and an International Management Program degree from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Universität zu Köln, Germany.
Nicolas enjoys traveling to new places, and attempts to fight off the effects of aging by playing tennis with his children, and by practicing and teaching Yong Do Won Taekwondo. He is also a co-founder of DBF, the leading French tech entrepreneur network in the US.
Jai joined Partech International in 2006 and focuses on early stage opportunities in Internet, Software and Mobile.
He has spent most of his career as a serial entrepreneur and early stage investor. Jai is currently a founder of Tekton Ventures, a seed stage venture fund focused on helping founders build and grow their early stage companies. Jai has invested in a number of companies at the seed stage including UserVoice, Coupang, TasteMakerX, EatClub, DoodleDeals(Plum District), Schoolfeed, etc. Jai was also a founder of PeerPong, a cloud-based semantic search company acquired by FormSpring.me in early 2011.
Prior to Partech, Jai was a partner with IGNITE Ventures, a $250M venture fund and advisory group with strategic limited partners from major Asia-based technology conglomerates. Jai has extensive experience advising and working with major Asia-based technology companies on new growth platforms, new business formation, joint venture, and M&A.
Jai was an early employee at OnePage Software, a content personalization platform acquired by Sybase in 2001. Jai previously co-founded On-Air Networks in 1997, an online radio company to deliver copyright licensed music over the Internet. On-Air was acquired in late 1999 by Loudeye (Nokia).
Jai started his career in management consulting at PA Consulting Group, focused on market-related and operational issues for major telecom and energy companies. Jai received a Bachelor Science from University of Southern California.
In his spare time, Jai enjoy spending time with his family and two young children. Jai is also an amateur cook with aspirations of appearing on the next Top Chef. Jai is an advisor to a number of start-ups and a mentor to Mucker Labs, a Los Angeles based accelerator.
Vincent co-founded Partech International in 1982. He has accumulated over 25 years of successful investment experience in several generations of innovative information technologies, predominantly focusing on software and Internet investments. Vincent has served as Director of several major enterprise software companies, including Business Objects (NASD: BOBJ), Informatica (NASD: INFA), and Inquira (NASD: ORCL).
Vincent is an avid modern art collector and is active in various philanthropic projects and foundations.
He holds an MS degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MS degree in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique.
Andreas has been working with Partech since 2003.His focus is on investments in Internet services, digital media and E-Commerce in Europe with a particular emphasis on the German market. Andreas advises Partech with respect to Avandeo, Qype, sMeet and TVtrip. He was a boardmember of Brands4Friends (acq. EBAY).
Previously, Andreas was director of business development for E-Mail Vision, a French email marketing solutions start-up, which went public in France in 2006.
Before E-Mail Vision, Andreas was acting managing director for AllAdvantage.com, a global internet start-up with headquarters in Silicon Valley, where he was responsible for establishing and running the German operations. Andreas was also a consultant for Bain & Company, in San Francisco, where he worked on projects with high tech and telecom clients.
Andreas serves on various European start-up selection committees including the German and Web Tech Tours, Seedcamp and Le Web. Andreas is regularly speaker or participant at German Internet and Entrepreneurship conferences such as the Next, WHU Idealab and EBSpreneurship Forum.
Andreas received his undergraduate degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and he holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Gabriel started working with Partech in 2012 and is based in Berlin. His focus is on consumer web, mobile and SaaS in Europe.
Prior to working with Partech, he was co-founder and CEO of TripHunter, which was acquired by brands4friends in 2010. Before TripHunter, Gabriel worked as a consultant in IBM’s European media and telecommunications practice.
Gabriel holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, a degree in Technology Management from CDTM (Technical University of Munich) and was a visiting student in the MBA program of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
Gabriel is the founder and co-organizer of the bimonthly Berlin Tech Meetup, a long-time mentor at Seedcamp and Startupbootcamp, and a frequent speaker at technology conferences. He likes to spend his free time hiking or snowboarding in the Alps or exploring contemporary art with the Freunde der Nationalgalerie Berlin, of which he is a member.
Delphine Villuendas is the General Counsel at Partech since 2010. Delphine Villuendas is in charge of all the legal aspects of the Management Company’s operations. She assists the management team on its financing, refinancing and exit operations and is responsible for the fundraising’s legal aspects.
She also serves as compliance officer and Tracfin responsible.
She began her career as a lawyer in 2004, and practiced with several international law firms, first with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP and as of 2006 with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
Delphine Villuendas was admitted to the Paris bar in 2004. She graduated from N.Y.U. in 2002 with a LL.M. in taxation and received a post-graduate degree in corporate taxation from Paris Dauphine University as well as a post-graduate degree in business law from Nanterre University in 2000.
Scott joined Partech International in 1994.
Prior to joining Partech, Scott was a Principal at Arthur Young & Company and Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, where Scott specialized in audits of information technology companies with a focus on public offerings. While at Ernst & Young, Scott was a consultant in the West Region Office in Los Angeles responsible for the technical review of SEC filings and consulting with partners in the Western United States on complex accounting and auditing matters. Scott returned to San Francisco as a Bay Area technical reviewer. Scott also headed Ernst & Young’s Southern California recruiting effort, and was a national education instructor and alumni committee member.
At Partech Scott operates as in-house counsel, as well as being responsible for Partech International LLC firm-related finance and tax matters.
Scott received his BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, and is a CPA (non-active) in California.
Christelle Pariat joined Partech International Partners as CFO in January 2013. She is in charge of firm-related finance and tax matters.
Prior to joining Partech, she spent 11 years at Arthur Andersen (1999-2004) then at Ernst and Young (2007-2012) in Paris as an auditor and a consultant in the Asset Management Department. She also worked at Ofi Asset Management, a French Asset Manager over two years (2004-2006) where she was in charge of audits, compliance and internal controls (organization, legal and accounting issues, investment process) for the 3 subsidiaries (multi-management, wealth management, venture).
She holds a Master in Finance (IAE Lyon III & University Lumière Lyon II) and she is the French equivalent of a Certified Public Accountant.
We follow and contribute to the development of our portfolio companies by offering valuable resources and services to the entrepreneurs.
Partech has signed the Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI) of the United Nations in 2010 and the Charter of Private Equity Investors issued by the AFIC in 2008.
Because we consider that these principles can improve the performance of our portfolio, we take into account environmental, social and corporate governance criteria in our investment policy and have included them in our due diligence process. These criteria are reviewed besides the financial potential that remains our principal objectives.
As part of the monitoring of our portfolio, we have included ESG elements in the reporting highlighting the initiatives implemented by the portfolio companies.
Cardif is an international insurance company with a presence in the Netherlands. The company is part of the BNP Paribas Group.
Groupe Casino is a large French multinational corporation, whose main business is with retail and distribution in hyper and supermarkets.
CDC Entreprises is a portfolio management company authorized by the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF), and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts. CDC Entreprises manages the group’s public interest activities, including the FSI (the French Strategic Fund), in the field of private equity for SMEs and other public and private institutions investing in small and medium-size French businesses. Its mission is to encourage the emergence of companies experiencing strong and sustainable growth by strengthening their equity capital. Financed by the FSI and jointly managed by CDC Entreprises and its subsidiary FSI Régions, OC + is a special financing vehicle offering strong growth potential. Consisting of convertible bonds and equity warrant, OC+ adjusts to the evolution of the companies, stimulating their growth and consolidation.
CNP Assurances S.A. is a major French insurance corporation. CNP stands for Caisse Nationale de 'Prévoyance. It is listed on the Fortune Global 500.
Edenred, which invented the Ticket Restaurant® meal voucher and is the world leader in prepaid corporate services, designs and delivers solutions that make employees’ lives easier and improve the efficiency of organizations. To promote innovation, Edenred invest in Partech VI and brings its professional expertise.
EIF's central mission is to support European SMEs by helping them to access finance. EIF primarily designs and develops venture capital and guarantees instruments which specifically target this market segment. In this role, EIF fosters EU objectives in support of innovation, research and development, entrepreneurship, growth, and employment. The EIF total net commitments to venture capital and private equity funds amounted to over EUR 5.4bn at end 2010. With investments in over 300 funds, the EIF is the leading player in European venture capital due to the scale and the scope of its investments, especially in the high-tech and early-stage segments. The EIF commitment in guarantees totalled over EUR 14.7bn in close to 160 operations at end 2010, positioning it as a major European SME loan guarantees actor and a leading micro-finance guarantor.
With more than €3 billion under management, Idinvest Partners is a leading Pan-European private equity manager focused on the low and middle market segments. The company has developed several complementary areas of expertise including investments in young innovative European companies, primary, secondary and mezzanine investments in European non-listed companies, and private equity consulting. Formerly part of the Allianz Group, the firm was founded in 1997 and gained its independence in May 2010, with a back-up of the IDI Group.
Masseran Gestion is based in France. Through its Fund of funds activity, Masseran invests in a diversified range of private equity funds investing in small- to mid-cap enterprises. It seeks diversification by fund type, industry, vintage year, strategy and geography. It primarily invests in France, but also reserves a portion of its capital for investments in the rest of the world, mainly Europe and North America. The fund also makes opportunistic secondary market fund purchases.
123Venture is an independent asset management company specialized in private equity and real estate. It manages more than 700 million euros on behalf of private and institutional clients.
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