Marie Ekeland, Partner, Elaïa Partners

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Marie Ekeland, a partner at Elaia Partners, is currently a member of the board of directors of Criteo, Scoop.it, Seven Academy, Teads, Wyplay and Ykone.

She began her career in 1997 at the New York investment bank JP Morgan, where she participated in the development of a front-office worldwide application. She then moved to Paris, and managed a team to support that global application.

In 2000, Marie joined CPR Private Equity and has been acting as a Venture Capitalist since, first within the Credit Agricole Group, and since 2005 at Elaia Partners.

It is all about Marie !

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Stephan Dietrich, VP Adobe Campaign, ex-Neolane

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Stephan Dietrich is a serial entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in the high tech industry and an exceptional track record growing start-ups from the ground up, all the way to successful exits.

Founder of Neolane in 2001, President North America, Stephan was responsible for driving Neolane’s corporate vision, international business development and its high growth in North America.

In 2013, with revenues in excess of $60M and 400 employees, Neolane was acquired by Adobe Systems for $600M. Prior to Neolane, Stephan was Founder and CEO of CubicSoft and also co-founder and VP of AGDS, acquired by Peregrine Systems, now HP.

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Fabrice Grinda, Co-founder OLX

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As an Internet entrepreneur and investor, Fabrice has successfully operated and invested in businesses in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. In March 2006, Fabrice co-founded OLX, Inc. with business partner Alec Oxenford, in the hopes of building the largest free local classified site in the world. Until December 2012, as co-CEO, Fabrice drove the company’s business development, investor relations, M&A and product development efforts. OLX now has over 300 employees and is present in over 90 countries and 50 languages with over 150 million unique visitors per month.

Fabrice is also a prolific angel investor with over 100 active investments in various companies including Viajanet, Peopleperhour, Brightroll, and many others.

The golden boy of the Web ?

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Jérôme Lecat, Founder Scality

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Jérôme Lecat is a serial entrepreneur and business angel with 20 years of internet start-up experience. In 2009 he founded Scality, a leader in Software-Defined Storage with Giorgio Regni.

From 2003 to 2010, Jérôme led Bizanga, the leading email MTA software infrastructure for service providers, which he founded with Olivier Lemarié, Marc Sheldon and Giorgio Regni. Bizanga achieved major market penetration worldwide with customers such as Comcast, Cox Communications, Telefonica and United Internet (1&1). Bizanga was successfully sold to Cloudmark in February 2010.

Here on Frenchy for us Jérôme is :

The Mr President Whisperer…

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Bertin Nahum, Founder & CEO, MedTech Surgical

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Of Beninese origin, Bertin Nahum was born in 1969 in Senegal and grew up in France.

It is during his studies at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA Lyon, France) that he affirms his vocation:

At the end of my studies, I was involved in the development of a software that could automatically read head injuries from scanners. This feeling of purpose inspired me to devote my career to patients, but on the technicians’ side, through the development of robots that would support surgeons during their procedures.

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