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We are a small, international team. We have different backgrounds, but a common passion: Startups.

Meet the team

Investment Team

  • Pawel Chudzinski

    Partner

    Bio

    Having led our investments in companies such as Bitbond, Brainly, Chainalysis, DocPlanner, Kreditech and Mambu, Pawel is currently spending most of his time pursuing marketplace and crypto opportunities. Before co-founding Point Nine Capital in 2011, Pawel was a co-founder and partner at Team Europe where he invested in and helped launch such companies like Delivery Hero, Fyber or Madvertise. Prior to that, Pawel used to be an investment banker (shame on him!) with the US M&A firm Greenhill & Co., but made the jump to the tech scene quickly (thank goodness!).

  • Louis Coppey

    Associate

    Bio

    As the 2nd trained engineer at Point Nine, Louis loves companies that want to reshape industries by using data and machine learning. He was also an early Bitcoin HODLer and shares Pawel’s passion for the coming blockchain revolution.

    Louis discovered the VC world at Alven Capital in Paris, and Berlin start-ups as an EiR at OptioPay, making him a big supporter of Franco-German alliances. Finally, he holds 3 Masters from MIT, HEC Paris and Telecom Paristech.

  • Robin Dechant

    Associate

    Bio

    Robin joined Point Nine as an Associate in September 2016. One of the areas he’s passionate about are enterprise SaaS startups that bring the world of Cloud Computing to manufacturing companies (AKA Industry 4.0).

    Robin studied Industrial Engineering and Management at KIT and previously worked in consulting, M&A and for a bunch of startups. His biggest passion besides technology is cross country running. The more mud, ice and obstacles involved, the better.

  • Christoph Janz

    Partner

    Bio

    If we were an old-school VC firm we’d write something like “Christoph leads our SaaS practice”, but that would sound, well, terribly old-school. So let’s put it this way: Christoph has invested in more than 20 SaaS startups and lives and breathes SaaS, everything from “A as in AI-enhanced B2B software” to “Z as in Zendesk”.

    Christoph co-founded Point Nine Capital in 2011. Before that, he co-founded two Internet startups (DealPilot.com in 1997 and Pageflakes in 2005). In 2008 he became an angel investor and discovered Zendesk, Clio, FreeAgent – and his love for SaaS.

  • Rodrigo Martinez

    Partner

    Bio

    As the first trained engineer at Point Nine (shame on us!), Rodrigo spends a lot of time with all kinds of geeky stuff - including our infrastructure and hardware related investments. Basically, he looks at the stuff that’s hard to understand for the mere mortals among us.

    Rodrigo joined the team after finishing his MBA at London Business School in 2013. Before that, he was a Summer Associate at Index Ventures in London and worked as a Senior Strategy Consultant at PwC in Madrid.

  • Julia Morrongiello

    Associate

    Bio

    Julia joined Point Nine in April 2018. She is obsessed with all things crypto and blockchain and can’t wait for the day when mainstream applications move beyond breeding cryptokitties.

    Previously she worked at Global Founders Capital, the venture arm of Rocket Internet and helped set up a leading fintech accelerator in the UK. Her first job ever was as a ski instructor.

Operations and Support

  • Lara Baltes

    Team Assistant / Office Manager

    Bio

    Lara joined our team in 2018, coming all the way from Australia. She supports the team by helping to keep their work lives organised and the office in good order. Before joining Point Nine, Lara supported the legal team of a top tier Australian law firm before moving to Berlin where she managed the offie of digital agency 300Plus. When not in the office, you will find Lara working on various knitting projects.

  • Jenny Buch

    Head of Talent

    Bio

    As our Head of Talent, Jenny helps our portfolio companies find and hire awesome people. She also advises our portfolio companies (and us!) on anything related to recruiting, culture, employee engagement and HR strategy. In her previous roles at SumUp and Vend, Jenny has recruited dozens if not hundreds of people for fast-growing tech startups. Her second biggest passion (apart from HR) are penguins.

  • Ricarda Friedrich

    Team Assistant / Office Manager

    Bio

    Ricarda not only helps the team staying organized, she also makes sure the office stays well equipped. She joined the team as our Team Assistant in 2017. Before joining Point Nine Ricarda helped conichi changing the hospitality industry. Coming from a hospitality background she will make sure that everybody feels welcome and comfortable in our office. When not in the office, she is probably working on her drumming skills.

  • Tilman Langer

    General Counsel

    Bio

    Tilman is a lawyer-turned-banker-turned-lawyer. Having studied law he worked for 11 years in the world of spreadsheets before setting up his own law firm. This was also when Pawel started looking for a lawyer who understands both liquidation preferences and fully-diluted capital. After several years as our external counsel Tilman joined Point Nine in March 2018. Besides trimming contracts for early-stage venture capital, Tilman is passionate about family (his four children nearly doubled the PNC offspring) and cycling (as banker at Greenhill Tilman shared a bullpen and quite a few cycling turns with Pawel).

  • Paula Pastor-Castaño

    Junior Legal Manager

    Bio

    Paula comes from Spain and studied Law in Spain and Germany, where she also started her professional practice. After finishing her LL.M studies, Paula was granted with a scholarship from the Spanish Competition and Markets Authority (CNMC), which was developed in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Audiovisual Sector in Barcelona. As part of the operations team, she will follow the legal life of the portfolio companies and its maintenance.

  • Patrick

    Chief Unicorn Officer

    Bio

    I breed unicorns.

  • Clement Vouillon

    Senior Research Analyst

    Bio

    Clément wears two hats at Point Nine where he supports our portfolio companies with everything marketing and is also exploring trends and finding cool startups as a research analyst.

    Clément was previously Marketer-in-Residence at Paris-based startup studio eFounders and co-founder of two SaaS startups: Edoboard.com & welovesaas.

  • Aleksandra Zorylo

    Operating Partner

    Bio

    As our Operating Partner, Aleksandra heads the Operations team and helps making sure that everything runs smoothly at Point Nine. In her previous roles at EY, Universal Music and ZANOX, she gained lots of hands-on international experience in various areas of finance/ operations. When not in the office (or taking a bath), she pursues various outdoor activities (anything involving mountains and/or a crazy challenge).

Advisors

  • Nathan Benaich

    Venture Partner

    Bio

    Nathan is an investor focussed on intelligent systems and data-driven companies. He runs the Research and Applied AI Summit and London.AI, which accelerate the science and applications of AI. Nathan is also an Advisor at TwentyBN, a video understanding company. He earned a PhD at the intersection of computational and experimental cancer biology from the University of Cambridge.

  • Kolja Hebenstreit

    Venture Partner

    Bio

    As a co-founder of Delivery Hero, which did a 1 billion Euro IPO in 2017, Kolja is one of the most experienced Internet entrepreneurs in Europe. He started his first company at the age of 18 and since then has been involved in a variety of companies like Spreadshirt, studiVZ, brands4friends, Gründerszene, mymuesli, and Fyber.

    Kolja co-founded Point Nine in 2011 with Pawel, Christoph and Lukasz, and is supporting us and our portfolio companies as a Venture Partner.

  • Piotr Kulesza

    Advisor

    Bio

    Piotr is a co-investor and close advisor of our portfolio companies Typeform, inFakt and DocPlanner.

    Besides helping us or one of our portfolio companies, Piotr runs RTAventures, a micro venture capital fund focused on healthcare related online businesses. Prior to launching RTAventures, Piotr worked with Enterprise Investors, a leading private equity player in Eastern Europe.

  • Michael Wolfe

    Advisor

    Bio

    Michael advises our portfolio companies on their US expansion and a variety of other topics. There’s not enough space here to describe all his accomplishments in detail, so let’s keep it brief:

    • Co-founded five B2B startups, including Vontu (acquired by Symantec) and Kana (IPO’ed).
    • Served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital (2x)
    • Studied at Stanford, guest lectured at Stanford and Harvard
    • Wrote 1,881 Quora answers (as of Q3/15)
  • Janis Zech

    Venture Partner

    Bio

    Janis is a Berlin-based entrepreneur, angel investor & advisor passionate about product, people & partnerships. As the co-founder of Fyber, he is responsible for Fyber & Fyber RTB.

    Janis is an active angel investor and advisor who loves helping fellow entrepreneurs to succeed.

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