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b-to-v Newsletter January 2015
Dear member, partner, or potential member of b-to-v

We had an amazing start in the new year: Our portfolio company received substantial funding from Highland Capital Partners Europe and with the foundation of Ringier Digital Ventures we are further joining forces with our dear friends from Ringier. Most importantly, the b-to-v family keeps growing: Mr. Carsten Kengeter has been appointed to the b-to-v board - we are thrilled to have such an experienced executive supporting us!
We hope you enjoy reading this edition!
Your b-to-v team
Deals Done
Check out the latest investments b-to-v has closed.
Image1 receives 2-digit million funding from Highland Capital Partners
We are happy to announce that b-to-v portfolio company received a 2-digit million funding from Highland Capital Partners Europe (HCPE). The capital injection will be used for further product development and marketing as well as several new hires in 2015.
Check out the latest news about b-to-v and its portfolio companies.


Designated CEO of Deutsche Börse AG will strengthen b-to-v’s strategic ties with major companies
Mr. Carsten Kengeter has been appointed as Non-Executive Member to the Board of Directors of b-to-v Partners AG. He has long standing experience in international financial services. Amongst other positions, he served as member of the Group Executive Board at UBS AG and Chairman and CEO of UBS Investment Bank. Previously he was Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Group where Mr. Kengeter served most recently as Co-Head of the Securities Division in Asia. Dr. Jochen Gutbrod, b-to-v’s Executive Chairman says: „We are delighted and honoured that Mr. Kengeter, after working with the board for over a year, joins b-to-v. This will substantially strengthen our international reach and deepen our expertise in financial services and technology. It also reflects the increasing momentum for innovation and start-ups in Europe." Carsten Kengeter commented: „I am looking forward to use my function at b-to-v to close the gap between young companies and established major companies. Both sides can learn and benefit a lot from each other.”


The start-up for start-ups
Ringier is intensifying its endeavours in venture capital investing and has established Ringier Digital Ventures AG, a strategic partnership with b-to-v Partners AG. The independent corporate venture capital firm has a total investment volume of CHF 30 million and is focusing on innovative, digital start-ups. "We look for companies and founder teams who aim to revolutionize their market", said David Hug, Managing Director of Ringier Digital Ventures AG. It is not the first time the media enterprise and b-to-v are joining forces: In April 2014 the two partners already invested jointly in the Swiss online start-up Recommerce AG. Thomas Kaiser, CEO Ringier Digital, mentioned the advantages of the partnership: "At Ringier Digital Ventures the start-ups not only benefit from extensive media coverage, but also from the expertise of successful business people from the Ringier and b-to-v network." Ringier Digital Ventures is intended to maintain its own, independent start-up character. A small team, well connected in the industry, looks at potential investments and accompanies the start-ups as they grow - to paraphrase: "a start-up for start-ups". On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, around 80 start-up founders, investors and business partners got together at g27 in Zurich to commemorate the foundation of Ringier Digital Ventures. For more information please contact David Hug.


b-to-v Portfolio Company Quanta Receives CE Mark
Quanta Fluid Solutions Ltd, a pioneering developer of advanced haemodialysis systems, announces it has received CE mark for SC+, its portable, cartridge-based haemodialysis system. This is an important milestone in the development of the Quanta’s product designed to offer ease-of-use and flexibility, facilitating self-care and supporting dialysis patients across the entire continuum of care. To read the full press release please click here.


Introduction of two new team members: Luise Gruner and Maximilian Kempken
During the last month Luise Gruner and Maximilian Kempken joined the b-to-v/ MYD team. Instead of publishing their CVs here, we have put together some short answers to share we think you might want to know about the two.
Luise Gruner, Managing Director MYD:
  • At b-to-v, I intend to… bring MYD to the next level.
  • If I founded a company myself it would be… a Mexican Restaurant in Berlin.
  • You get most out of the relationship with me when… you work with enthusiasm and are curious about new matters.
Maximilian Kempken, Investment Analyst:
  • At b-to-v, I intend to… learn about technology investing and to find the best companies out there.
  • If I founded a company myself it would be… (hopefully) high growth, high margin and operating in a huge market.
  • You get most out of the relationship with me when… are honest, reliable and fun.


b-to-v portfolio company Blacklane cooperates with Chinese Qunar
b-to-v portfolio company Blacklane will be integrated with the Baidu-backed Qunar – a Chinese travel site – in mid-January, allowing travelers to access the service in Mandarin. Blacklane has been in the Asia for over a year now, but like other foreign players it has struggled to enter the Chinese market without the support of a local platform like Qunar.
Check out the latest job opportunities that b-to-v and its network have to offer.
b-to-v is looking for an Office Manager (f/m) in Berlin/ Germany starting as soon as possible
b-to-v is looking for a part-time Office Manager to be based in our office in Berlin starting as soon as possible. There is the option to change the position into a full-time position in the long-run. For more information, please see the PDF attached and contact Andrea Rogg with your application.
b-to-v is looking for an Investor Relations Manager (f/m) in St. Gallen/ Switzerland starting as soon as possible
b-to-v is looking for a full-time Investor Relations Manager to be based in our office in St. Gallen starting as soon as possible. The position is an exciting opportunity for a person with a combination of analytical and interpersonal skills. Please find the complete job description here. If you are interested, please send your application to Nadja Bulgheroni.
b-to-v is looking for two Investment Analysts (f/m) in Berlin or St. Gallen starting as soon as possible
b-to-v is looking for two investment analysts to be based in our offices in Berlin and St. Gallen. These positions will allow candidates to get extensive insights in all major fields of venture capital. The successful candidates will not only earn a qualification for various activities in the venture capital and private equity ecosystem, but also for other management roles within b-to-v.
Job profiles
The candidates will act as interface managers between b-to-v’s investment teams and the members of b-to-v’s private investor network. The candidates will be directly involved in the screening, due diligence, and structuring of new investments, and in the ongoing management of b-to-v’s existing portfolio. Moreover, the candidates will have regular direct interactions with individual members of the b-to-v private investor network to discuss potential investments and members’ investment strategies.
Candidates’ profiles
b-to-v is looking for smart, emotionally intelligent, and creative people. An academic background (bachelor’s or master’s degree) in business administration, law or engineering is helpful, but not a must. Professional experience in the financial sector/venture capital/private equity is helpful, but, again, not a must. Candidates with 2-3 years of professional experience will be preferred. Candidates should have a passion for entrepreneurship, and a talent for communication. Moreover, candidates should have the ability to understand and analyse business concepts quickly, and summarize and communicate such concepts effectively. Candidates must be able to work independently and complete projects with limited supervision. Fluency in English and German is a must, knowledge of any additional language is welcome. Finally, the candidates should be proficient users of MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
We are looking to recruit candidates now, and start working together in Q1/2015. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your application (CV and application letter) to Nadja Bulgheroni.
Sales Professional for German IT Security Software Firm
One of the b-to-v portfolio companies, a leading German IT-Security Software Company, is looking for an experienced sales professional to extend the team. The candidate would strengthen the partner- and direct sales activities of the firm and could, given the appropriate profile of the candidate, involve substantial responsibility within the organization. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Benedikt Kronberger.
IT engineering, online Marketing and Business intelligence at Beekeeper / Spocal GmbH
b-to-v portfolio company Beekeeper – a SaaS start-up focusing on mobile internal communication – is hiring. The Zurich-based company is looking for further team members in the areas of IT engineering, online marketing and business intelligence. For more information, please visit their website here.
CMO for German FinTech start-up
b-to-v is looking for a Chief Marketing Office for a FinTech start-up based in Western Germany. The company that was founded in 2013 aims to extend the management team by an expert with at least 3 years of relevant experience in brand building and online marketing. For more information please contact Luca Martinelli.
Management Buy In (MBI) opportunity - Industrial precision machining
In the wake of a company succession a market leader in a niche market for industrial precision machining can be acquired. The family owned business generates about EUR 2m in revenue, has strong revenue potential and very close relationships to blue-chip customers. It is debt free and already highly profitable today (20% EBITDA margin). The company, founded more than 50 years ago, is led by the owner willing to sell the business and retire. He is happy to assist the buyer as an advisor for another 2 years. b-to-v knows the seller since more than ten years and fully trusts him. We very much think that this company is a very attractive target for a mechanical engineer willing to become an entrepreneur running his own business or for an executive chairman with a business background in combination with an employed engineer. The company has very strong customer relationships, significant potential for future technical developments and related to commercial activities a plausible plan to reach EUR >5m in revenue in 2017. For more information, please contact Christian Schütz.
Check out the next b-to-v events and events in b-to-v's network.
b-to-v events are exclusively reserved for b-to-v Investors.
Interested in a b-to-v membership? Please contact Juliane Fritz.


GSF Evolution 2015 in Mumbai on February 26-27, 2015
Are you interested in understanding and connecting with India‘s start-up ecosystem, spur meaningful conversations and enable formation of new networks in a relaxed environment? Then we highly recommend to attend the GSF #Evolution 2015 conference, which will take place in Mumbai on February 26-27, 2015. The conference is the continuation of the Global Superangels Forum series initiated by Rajesh Sawhney in 2011. This year’s edition will focus on Art, Fashion and Tech. The conference will gather an audience of 400 curated attendees from across the globe. For more information please contact Rajesh Sawhney.


b-to-v Investors' Meeting in Munich on February 26, 2015
b-to-v is organizing the b-to-v Investor's Meeting in Munich, hosted in collaboration with Baker Tilly Roelfs. The event will take place on February 26 and begin at 5pm. During the meeting, 3-4 investment opportunities will be presented and discussed between investors and entrepreneurs. Members of the b-to-v Circle of Investors, b-to-v Investors and selected guests will attend this event. Afterwards, we will have an informal dinner with ample time for networking and exchanges of thoughts, questions, and answers amongst participants. The meeting purpose is to enable b-to-v Members to meet new investment opportunities live, and give investors who are not yet familiar with b-to-v the chance to get to know our organization and our Members a little better. If you are interested in joining the event, please contact Nadja Bulgheroni.
Investor of the Month
Check out what investors of b-to-v's network are looking for.
Innovation Manager / VC looking for new challenge in CH
Senior manager with 15+ years of experience in corporate venturing, management consulting, strategy development, and deal shaping. Proven track record of driving business innovations in tech-dominated environments, including cloud computing and IT services transformation. In-depth knowledge of the telecommunications, Internet industries and hardware companies. Proven track record in identifying opportunities and delivering results in mobile Internet services, cloud computing, enterprise applications, and business innovation. Possesses a deep understanding of how technology can add value to business, and how to ‘bridge the business-technology gap’. Acknowledged as can-do person with trouble-shooter attitude, strong leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset; proficient in working on board level and in an international environment; holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology and an MBA in business engineering. Diverse extracurricular activities such as jury member for venture competitions, business angel, organization of a hackathon and trend scouting trips to Silicon Valley. Should you be interested in contacting the candidate for an appropriate position, please contact Alexander Stoeckel.
Entrepreneur looking for company succession / MBI
Entrepreneur, Dipl.-Kfm., in her/ his mid-thirties is looking for an SME in need of a successor. Strengths of the candidate include business development & strategy, marketing & sales, and finance. Personally the entrepreneur is characterized by respectability, loyalty and ambition. The company she/ he is looking for should be profitable with an expandable revenue of 1 - 6m Euro and should be headquartered in the German speaking area. If you are interested, please contact Nadja Bulgheroni.
Dedicated and goal-oriented leader is looking for a product manager / growth position in the tech sector in Europe

After completing her studies at Harvard Business School and Dartmouth College, she/ he gained extensive experience in Silicon Valley, honing many of the skills necessary for these roles, including cross-functional team leadership, project ownership, analytical rigor, and above all, customer understanding. In her current role, she/ he works on international expansion for an e-commerce company and leads projects end-to-end with a goal of acquiring new buyers across emerging markets, managing workstreams ranging from product to localization to payments to customer insights. Recently, she/he has been focused on China, launching a mobile e-commerce store on WeChat (a social/messenger mobile application with 500M active user reach in China) and has achieved 90% week-on-week buyer growth since launch. She/ he has deep knowledge of e-commerce, consumer technology, and marketplaces and is passionate about making an impact for customers around the world. If you are interested in getting in touch with her/ him and might have a suitable job position, please contact Juliane Fritz.
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