Martin GibsonAccel Partners
Martin has been active in international technology start-ups and venture capital since 1991. He sits on the boards of Cambridge Broadband Networks, CarrierIQ, Discretix, Mippin, MyThings, Pontis, Telepo, Ubiquisys, and wataGame. He was also a board member at Accel portfolio company The Cloud (acquired by BSkyB). Prior to joining Accel, Martin was a Partner at Atlas Venture in London. During his 9 years at Atlas Venture, he sat on the boards of DisplayLink, Phyworks (acquired by Maxim), Azea Networks (acquired by Xtera), and Zinwave. Martin also supported numerous investments including Orthogon Systems (acquired by Motorola) and Icera Semiconductor (acquired by nVidia). Martin has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, a BA in Electrical & Information Science from Cambridge University and qualified as a Chartered Engineer.
Thomas VogelT-Venture Holding gmbh
Thomas Vogel is an experienced executive who has been active in the advisory and management of European technology and media companies for more than 12 years. He started his career in investment banking with Credit Suisse First Boston and worked on various technology M&A transactions, followed by an assignment as Investment Manager for a listed German Internet Holding Company, advising and restructuring its portfolio of affiliates. After a job with T-Online in its M&A and Corporate Development department he joined Scout24, the largest online classifieds group in Europe, steering and controlling its business segments. Thomas co-founded and led a new market place local24 for the Group and built up this new business entity. He also worked as Interim-CFO for start-up companies streamlining financial processes and preparing the annual audit and a financing round. At T-Venture, the corporate venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom, Thomas Vogel is responsible for investments in start-ups in the Internet and media environment, ranging from online advertising, enabling technologies and IPTV to consumer internet and mobile applications.
Pierre de FouquetIris Capital
Pierre holds board positions at Neocase, Flach Films and myThings. In 1986, he took part in launching the venture and growth capital arm of the French Caisse des Dépôts in the TMT sector, which then became Iris Capital. There, he was in charge of investments in cinema and television businesses, and then more widely in the media sector. He chaired Com-Dev Images, a holding company dedicated to investments in French thematic channel pioneers (Canal J, MCM, Planète, CinéCinéma…) and oversaw numerous other investments. He is a graduate of Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). Pierre has also chaired the AFIC (the French VC and private equity association) and headed its Venture Commission. He is currently a member of its Compliance Commission. He was member of the Public Affairs Executive, the representative body of the VC and private equity profession vis-à-vis European institutions, notably in the context of the AIFM Directive. He was member of the Oséo Advisory Committee.
Sami TotahViola Private Equity
Sami is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of international management leadership in the IT industry. He has extensive knowledge and execution experience in overseeing very large IT projects. Sami is a former Senior Vice President of Operation (COO) at Amdocs (NYSE:DOX), Israel’s largest software company and the 10th largest in the world. As a member of senior management, Sami helped define the company's strategy and direction. While at Amdocs, he served as the President of Amdocs' Customer Care and Billing Division for four years, during which time the division grew from $150 million to $430 million in revenues and expanded to more than 1,700 employees. Sami has extensive global experience in leading and serving tier-one telecom giants such as Vodafone (Germany), T-Mobile US, Tele Denmark (TDC) and KT FreeTel (Korea). He has served as an active Chairman in several leading startup companies in the telecommunication arena, such as Sheer Networks, which was sold to Cisco for $123 million, and Flash Networks and as a board member in ECtel (NASDAQ: ECTX) and Pilat Media (AIM: PGB). Sami has built an extensive global network with customers, partners, investors and executives.
Rina ShainskiCarmel Ventures
Rina Shainski is a seasoned executive with over twenty years experience leading business development and R&D in several high-growth companies. She is a recognized thought leader in the mobile software space. Prior to joining Carmel in 2000, Rina served as VP Business Development, responsible for IT investments, at Clal Industries and Investments, one of Israel’s largest investment and holding companies. She also held several management positions in Tecnomatix (1989-1996), including VP Business Development and Director of R&D, and made key contributions to several acquisitions on behalf of the company. Rina holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Weizmann Institute, Israel, a B.Sc. in Physics from Tel Aviv University, Israel and an IEP from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Currently Rina serves on the Boards of Directors of C-nario, SnapMyLife, Skybox Security, Kontera, Nexperience, Picapp and mFormation.
The founder and former CEO of myThings, Benny Arbel is responsible as Executive Director for developing the company's business strategy and works closely with key clients and strategic partners. After establishing myThings in 2005, Benny was responsible for leading and growing the company into an award-winning industry leader with a global reputation for excellence and offices around the world. Prior to this, he served as Associate Vice President for multi-billion dollar NASDAQ-100 company Comverse, where he established and ran the Content Management Unit for the company’s entertainment and new media solutions. A seasoned executive with a wealth of business experience, he has previously set up and led several fast-growing international companies in the internet and telecommunications space, as well as founding EverAd and serving as its COO, and holding the position of VP of Business Development at Netline. Benny began his career as a senior IP and commercial solicitor in Israel.