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Team

Team

The Redstone team is an international and diverse group of serial entrepreneurs, investors, investment professionals, tech analysts and data scientists. Our partners have founded and sold companies to Google, eBay and Axel Springer, and possess first-hand understanding of what it takes to start, build and exit companies. Collectively, we have invested in over 300 companies.

Team

Lukas André

Lukas André

Managing Partner Schweiz

Lukas André is Managing Partner at Redstone Schweiz, and is responsible for all our activities in Switzerland. Before joining the team, Lukas was a Managing Partner at Affentranger Associates, an investment and M&A advisory company focused on the technology sector. Lukas has been a founder multiple times himself and therefore adds deep entrepreneurial experience to his investment and M&A deal track record. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Bern, where he was honored as the top-finish candidate of his year.

Jonathan Arzel

Jonathan Arzel

Venture Partner France

Jonathan is Venture Partner at Redstone France and is responsible for our activities there. He is also a business mentor and entrepreneurship coach for Arts et Metiers Acceleration, a hard tech focused acceleration program at Station F in Paris. Prior to joining Redstone, Jonathan was independently advising startups in securing their fundraising and defining their strategy. Jonathan started his career in Investment Banking, first in Morgan Stanley covering French Financials and most recently in Zaoui & Co, advising for example Alcatel-Lucent in its merger with Nokia.

Thomas Baum

Thomas Baum

CFO, Partner

Thomas Baum is Co-Founding Partner at Redstone and group CFO. He oversees Redstone’s finances, legal and fund administration. Prior to Redstone, he served in C-level roles at Rebate Networks, where he was involved – among others – in building up several startups in South East Asia and as CFO at studiVZ, Europe’s largest social network at that time.

With more than 20 years of experience as (co-)founder, business angel and investor in the digital tech startup industry, Thomas is excited to share his experience with startup founders and Redstone colleagues.

When not orchestrating financial models, analysing cash-flows and negotiating contracts, Thomas enjoys running marathons all over the world. He studied Business Administration at the University of Cologne and HEC Paris and holds a CEMS Master degree.

Konstantin Bender

Konstantin Bender

Investment Team

Konstantin Bender is part of the investment team at Redstone. He holds a B.Sc. in International Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business and a M.Sc. in Strategic Management from Rotterdam School of Management. Prior to joining Redstone, he gained experience in the VC industry, as well as in the automotive and public sector. He is passionate about RetailTech, HealthTech and PropTech.

Mickael Bellaiche

Mickael Bellaiche

Partner

Mickael Bellaiche is Partner at Redstone, FinTech expert and responsible for the VR Ventures fund. Furthermore, Mickael has a leading role in the setup of Redstone’s various sector-funds. His Venture Capital-competence is based on the experiences he gathered in Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, as well as in Startup- and SME-operations. Mickael studied at the University of Mannheim and ESCP Europe. 

Michael Brehm

Michael Brehm

Founding Partner

Michael Brehm is co-founder and Partner of Redstone, a serial tech entrepreneur and founder of Rebate Networks. Michael is alongside of Samuli Sirén driving the global strategy of the group and operationally active in our international Business Development activities. In addition to being a Partner at Redstone Michael is an active angel investor and founder of multiple companies like i2x.

Giovanni Calabrese

Giovanni Calabrese

Investment Team

Giovanni Calabrese is part of both the Tech and Investment Team at Redstone, facing the challenge of bridging the two. Giovanni’s tasks spread across Redstone’s sector funds and corporate clients. He holds a BSc in Management from Bocconi University and is currently completing a MSc Double Degree program in Economics & Management of Innovation and Technology, from Bocconi and CBS. Giovanni also serves as President of the Bocconi Venture Club association. Prior to joining Redstone, Giovanni gained experience in startups and consulting. He is a passionate traveller and a sport addicted with a special interest in football and skiing.

Jacopo Destro

Jacopo Destro

Investment Team

Jacopo Destro is part of the investment team at Redstone and is passionate about B2B SaaS, Circular Economy and EnterpriseTech. He is actively investing for our Future Industry Ventures fund as well as being responsible for a number of Redstone’s international corporate accounts. Prior to joining the investment team, Jacopo gained M&A and finance experience by advising on multiple corporate transactions across several industry sectors. Jacopo has a legal background and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Milan Catholic University and a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley. Recent investment-highlights include Penta, Flyability and Palturai.

Mohamed Foulser

Mohamed Foulser

Investment Team

Mohamed Foulser is Redstone’s DeepTech expert where he focuses on Internet of Things (IoT), Sustainability, Cybersecurity, and Decentralisation. He is also responsible for the Future Industry Ventures Fund as well as several of Redstone’s corporate accounts. 

Mohamed has an interest in all things Japanese and in his spare time you’ll find him participating in ‘diversity in the workforce’ events as well as being outdoors.  

Prior to joining Redstone, Mohamed started his Venture Capital career at MMC Ventures with a focus on topics of AI and Blockchain. He also has a background as a founder and as an aeronautical engineer, having worked as a consultant to companies like Airbus.

Mohamed holds a MPhil in technology policy from the University of Cambridge and a degree in aerospace engineering. Recent investment highlights include Flyability, Palturai, Varjo and Resmonics.

Jessica Frydling

Jessica Frydling

Investment Team

Jessica Frydling is part of Redstone’s Investment Team and works on deal sourcing, screening and due diligence across our several sector funds. What excites Jessica most are disruptive business models that can transform entire industries and have a positive impact on the planet and society. Prior to joining Redstone, Jessica gained experience in Asset Management at Goldman Sachs and in Business Development at a Blockchain Startup. In her free time, you can find her at art exhibitions or traveling.

Irene Gentili

Irene Gentili

Investment Team

Irene Gentili is part of the Investment Team at Redstone. She focuses on topics related to Sustainability, FoodTech, EnergyTech and DeepTech and is responsible for several of Redstone’s international corporate accounts in Central Europe, Italy and the Nordics.

Prior to joining Redstone, Irene gained experience in Consulting, focusing on Financial Services and Capital Markets-related projects, as well as in International Organizations and International Relations. She holds a B.Sc. in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University and a M.Sc. in International Management from ESADE Business School.

In her free time, Irene is a passionate traveller and enthusiast about sports and yoga, as well as keen on learning and teaching languages.

Moritz Gillmair

Moritz Gillmair

Investment Team

Moritz Gillmair is part of the Redstone Investment Team and is responsible for deal sourcing, screening and due diligence across our sector funds. Moritz is curious how innovative ideas can develop into scalable business models and improve people’s lives. Before joining Redstone, Moritz has gained experience in Management Consulting, a seed-stage Software-as-a-Service startup and at the urban air mobility scale-up Volocopter. In his free time, you can find Moritz reading in cafés and exploring new cities and countries. 

Anastasia Gonotskaya

Anastasia Gonotskaya

Head of Data Product

Anastasia Gonotskaya is a co-author of Redstone’s data intelligence platform Sofia that enables automated sourcing, evaluation of investment opportunities and more. She is working on constant improvements of the proprietary technology and fine-tuning it for daily investment needs. Anastasia believes that symbiosis of venture capital and data science is a powerful combination and she is excited about taking part in shaping the future of data-driven Venture Capital.

Anastasia holds a MSc degree in Operations Research from Columbia University. She is a passionate traveler and a sports enthusiast with a special interest in triathlon and running.

Stefano Gurciullo, PhD

Stefano Gurciullo, PhD

Partner

Stefano Gurciullo is a Partner at Redstone, where he focuses on deep tech, AI (artificial intelligence), IoT (internet of things) and mobility. He is in the leadership team of Future Industry Ventures, and spearheaded our data-driven efforts with a strong vision towards evidence-based venture capital.

“Entrepreneurship is the electricity powering the future for humanity. I strive to work with teams with a fierce commitment towards making our economic systems juster, sustainable, secure through science and engineering.”

Prior to joining our team, Stefano held various positions as data scientist and investor in sustainable finance. He also consulted public institutions on matters related to data, science and sustainability. Stefano holds a PhD in Financial Computing from University College London, is deeply passionate about complex systems and new investing models for science.

Kaj Hagros

Kaj Hagros

Managing Partner Nordics

Kaj Hagros is the Managing Partner of Redstone Nordics based in Helsinki, covering Nordics, Baltic countries and Russia. Kaj manages Corporate Venture Capital mandates and two Venture Capital funds in Finland, North Karelia Growth Fund and South Savo Startup Fund. Kaj has a broad history as entrepreneur, investor and C-level executive, with experience in 50+ startup deals and 20+ boards, mainly in telecom, IT, media, fintech and health care sectors. Earlier, Kaj was the CEO of Nasdaq Helsinki traded Tecnotree Corporation, COO of FOX Mobile of NewsCorp, VP Operations of First Hop, and Head of Strategy & Business Development at Nokia Networks. Chair of Aalto University alumni network.

Lars Haerle

Lars Haerle

COO, Partner

Lars Härle is a Partner and COO at Redstone and is leading the operational excellence in all aspects. He focuses on the scaleability of our organization in order to serve our multiple corporate clients and sector funds with the best teams and dealflow. He has been an M&A investment banker since more than 20 years with a strong focus on innovation, digitialization of the industry/IoT, mobility and software. Lars Härle holds a diploma in business administration and economics of University Hohenheim. Lars is a passionate player of jazz piano.

Linnéa Kusch

Linnéa Kusch

Digital Marketing Specialist

Linnéa Kusch is the Digital Marketing Specialist at Redstone, and accountable for digital communications at Restone. As a communications expert, Linnéa plans Redstone’s Marketing strategy and furthermore is operationally responsible for all Marketing activities.

Before entering Redstone, Linnéa won expertise in Online Marketing as well as in Media and Marketing Management at Accenture, Tchibo and bonprix, among others. 

Modern art, traveling to foreign countries as well as good coffee remain Linnéa’s greatest passions.

Linnéa holds a degree in Media and Information from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg and studied at the EFAP Paris.

Oskari Lehtonen, PhD

Oskari Lehtonen, PhD

Partner Nordics

Oskari Lehtonen is Partner at Redstone Nordics based in Helsinki and covers Redstone’s CVC activities in the Nordics, Baltic countries and Russia. Oskari also manages two local VC funds in Finland. In the past, he was Partner at seed fund and venture accelerator Pivot5 and behind such ventures as RTS Networks (IPO), Reippailupuisto Huimala (exit HopLop), Offerium (exit Sanoma), KoppiCatch, and Tabletkoulu. Oskari has a Ph.D. in Venture Capital with studies in Stanford and the National University of Singapore.

Marko Mandic

Marko Mandic

Investment Team

Marko Mandic is Redstone’s expert for HealthTech and PropTech. He is responsible for the SwissHealth Ventures fund and thrives on the vision of revolutionizing Europe’s healthcare system with technological innovation. His deep expertise in digital business models is based on his previous work as a Venture Capital early-stage investor at Picus Capital, where he supported startups in Europe, the US, and Asia. Additionally, he gained experience in M&A, ECM, and Private Equity. He holds a B.Sc. in International Business Administration from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and spent two semesters at Bocconi University and the University of California. 

Marko is a music fanatic, guitarist, DJ and a passionate racing cyclist.

Madeline Marques

Madeline Marques

Team Assistant

Madeline Marques is a team assistant at Redstone and responsible for administration, accounting and the wellbeing of the team, including new and long-term employees. She studied Tourism & Transport and has extensive experience in the event sector, including sports events by Nike and famous women’s running events. Madeline has worked in various service areas and attaches great importance to excellent communication and structured work. Organization and administration are her specialty.

Sarah Neuenschwander

Sarah Neuenschwander

Executive Assistant

Sarah Neuenschwander is the Executive Assistant to the Partners at Redstone. Sarah is our Swiss army knife. She trained as a travel agent before the internet was introduced to the masses, has worked as HR Generalist as well as Office Manager, and has been an Executive Assistant to top executives in different industries for over 20 years.

In the last 15 years, Sarah has lived and worked in different countries around the world. She currently resides in Berlin and Copenhagen. In her free time, Sarah runs her own professional organizing side-business, ‘Organize Me!‘, where she supports people with decluttering and (re)organizing their homes, offices and lives.

Luba Oleksiienko

Luba Oleksiienko

Team Assistant

Luba Oleksiienko is a Team Assistant at Redstone, where she controls the office management, location and events coordination. Lately, she has fully project-managed our office move, which included providing guidance to the team and hands-on assistance to partners and shareholders.

Luba joined Redstone after gaining experience managing events and locations in the museums, arts and culture space as well as customer care and communications. Luba is an avid reader and writer, and studied Linguistics and Comparative Literature in Kyiv and Munich.

Lucas Paul

Lucas Paul

Investment Team

Lucas is part of the Investment Team at Redstone and has several years of experience on both sides of the table. After three years in Venture Capital, he co-founded a Proptech startup and successfully managed their go-to-market as COO. The main reason that led Lucas to return to Redstone is our unique position in the European Venture Capital landscape, having found a scalable model to manage Venture Capital funds. Lucas holds a Bachelor’s degree from Maastricht University and a CEMS Master’s degree. He is a former semi-professional triathlete, true Berliner and passionate about electronic music.

Charlie Robbens

Charlie Robbens

Fund Controller

Charlie Robbens is part of the Fund Controlling team at Redstone. Charlie joined Redstone after gaining experience in Audit in several companies in London such as Grant Thornton UK LLP

Working with a wide range of businesses he found his passion in the Technology sector. He enjoys travelling, and playing and watching football. Charlie is a chartered accountant after completing his ACA qualification.

Ben Scheidt

Ben Scheidt

Investment Team

Ben Scheidt is part of the investment team at Redstone, and is responsible for the MA.Ventures and BTG funds. Recent highlights of investments include Lykon with MA.Ventures and Surve Mobility with BTG. With a passion for healthcare, he has an active role in the development of the HealthTech practice within Redstone. Ben joined Redstone after gaining experience in strategy consulting and the pharmaceutical industry. He enjoys Japanese cuisine, Golf and Chess, holds a Masters degree from ESCP Europe and completed an executive program at Stanford University.

Martin Scherrer

Martin Scherrer

Partner Schweiz

Martin Scherrer is Partner at Redstone and based in Zurich. He held positions in the European VC industry focusing on insurtech and fintech investments (Swiss Re & Blackfin Capital Partners). For many years Martin has been active as founder and manager of various startups. This includes comparis.ch, one of Switzerland’s most prominent online success stories, where he held the role of CFO and COO. Martin is a founding member of SICTIC (Swiss ICT Investor Club), accredited startup coach at Swiss innovation agency Innosuisse and passionate about sailing.

Marcus Schroeder

Marcus Schroeder

CSO, Partner

Marcus Schroeder is Partner and CSO at Redstone and in charge of all investor and client related activities. His long term goal is to continuously increase assets under management for our existing funds and develop new concepts for future funds.   

His daily activities include origination and coverage of Redstone’s  international investor and client portfolio. Marcus has 20+ years of M&A and capital market experience and has held leading positions in global investment banks and DAX30 company i.a. as global sector head M&A for industrial technologies and automotive. Marcus enjoys playing golf and and is a certified yoga instructor.

Xin Shao

Xin Shao

Fund Controller

Xin is a fund controller at Redstone, overseeing fund reporting, finance and administration functions. Prior to Redstone she worked for a Berlin-based venture fund and as an auditor in China. She gained her undergraduate degree and an MBA in finance in the UK. She enjoys hiking and camping in the mountains.

Samuli Sirén

Samuli Sirén

CEO, Managing Partner

Samuli Sirén is the CEO and Founder of Redstone. He is a long term entrepreneur and investor, who has founded several companies including Redstone. Samuli is strategic leader of the Redstone group and coordinates all our fund operations.  He moved to Berlin over twenty-five years ago from Finland and is a passionate diver and golfer.

Marco Stutz

Marco Stutz

Investment Director Redstone Switzerland

Marco Stutz is Investment Director at Redstone Switzerland. Before joining the team, Marco Stutz invested in more than 50 digital & tech businesses at Mountain Partners, a global venture building, investment and asset management company, and was responsible for the international expansion of its investment portfolio as well as the transfer of business models to innovative ecosystems like Asia. Having been active in various positions including board and supervisory board mandates, investment committee memberships as well as executive investment positions, Marco Stutz contributes his significant international entrepreneurial and corporate experience to the team in Switzerland.

Lena Stocker

Lena Stocker

Investment Team

Lena Stocker is inspired by forward-thinking entrepreneurs who build now what will be relevant tomorrow. As part of the investment team at Redstone, she is responsible for deal sourcing, screening and due diligences across Redstone’s sector funds. She holds a B.Sc. in Business and Economics from WU Vienna and Double Master’s Degree in International Management (CEMS MiM) and M.Sc. in Innovation and Business Development from Copenhagen Business School and HEC Paris. Prior to joining Redstone, Lena gained experience in Consulting, Private Equity, Enterprise Software, Design Thinking and Innovation related topics. When she is not working on the next deal, you can find her skiing or paragliding in the Alps.

Philipp Werner

Philipp Werner

Investment Team

Philipp is passionate about FinTech, LegalTech & B2B SaaS solutions. He is actively investing for VR Ventures and for two of Redstone’s sector-agnostic ‘VC-as-a-Service’ clients. After organising the IdeaLab, a major startup conference at his university WHU, and being operational in a startup, he decided to join Redstone to support ventures to grow to the next level. Recent investment-highlights include Penta and asgoodasnew.

Richard Würl

Richard Würl

Investment Team

Richard Würl is part of the Redstone Investment Team and responsible for deal sourcing, screening and due diligences across our sector funds. He is deeply curious about what emerging technologies might become game changers, and what makes a team build a great company. Before joining Redstone, Richard gained experience in growth roles at early stage SaaS startups and as a Venture Capital early-stage investor. He built up the Q-summit, a startup conference, during his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Mannheim, where he also served as Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Club. When he is not working on the next deal, you can find him dancing Salsa or Tango on the banks of the Spree. 

Axel Wünsch

Axel Wünsch

Head of Operations

Axel Wünsch is Redstone’s Head of Operations and responsible for the organization of resources, tools and personnel. In addition, he manages the contractual aspects of our sector funds. Axel has extensive experience of project management and as a knowledge manager. Prior to Redstone, Axel was active in interim management positions in high growth tech companies and a partner in a big-five consulting company.

Shinan Yin

Shinan Yin

Fund Controller

Shinan Yin is part of the Fund Controlling team at Redstone. Before joining Redstone, Shinan has acquired different work experience as a Compliance Officer and as a Senior Data Analyst at Deutsche Bank. After she became a chartered accountant (ACCA), she decided to gain more experience as an external auditor at Ernst & Young. She believes that the data-driven approach plays a significant role in decision making, therefore she participated in a data bootcamp to improve programming and modeling skills.

Paul von Hinueber

Paul von Hinueber

Investment Team

Paul von Hinueber is part of the Investment Team and responsible for deal sourcing, screening and due diligences across Redstone’s sector funds. He is particularly passionate about digital business models in the areas of HealthTech, FinTech and RetailTech as well as Venture Debt. Further, he advises corporate clients on their investment strategies. Prior to Redstone, Paul gained international experience in Strategy Consulting, Sales & Marketing, Operations and the Public Sector. He holds a CEMS Master’s in International Management (M.Sc.) from Nova SBE and the London School of Economics.

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