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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 is Partner at Redstone and group CFO. He oversees Redstone’s finances, legal and fund administration. Over the last years he has been involved in building up several e-commerce companies in South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Prior to Redstone, he was in C-level roles at Rebate Networks and studiVZ, Europe’s largest social network at that time. Thomas is currently also involved in several startups in Europe, the US and Asia as business angel and advisor.

Konstantin Bender

Konstantin Bender

Investment Team

Mickael Bellaiche

Mickael Bellaiche

Partner

Mickael is Partner, FinTech expert and responsible for the VR Ventures fund. Furthermore, Mickael has an active role in the setup of Redstone’s various sector-funds. His VC-competence is based on the experiences he gathered in M&A, Private Equity, Investment Management, as well as in Startup- and SME-operations. Recent investment-highlights include Penta, Rightnow and Tradeplus24.

Michael Brehm

Michael Brehm

Founding Partner

Michael is co-founder and Partner of Redstone, a serial tech entrepreneur and founder of Rebate Networks. Michael is alongside of Samuli 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 is a VC Data & Investment Support Intern at Redstone, bridging the Tech and Investment Team. He holds a BSc in Business Administration and is currently completing a MSc Double Degree program in Economics & Management of Innovation and Technology, with a Major in Big Data and Business Analytics, from Bocconi University and Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining Redstone, Giovanni gained experience in two Italian startups and in a risk consulting firm. He is a passionate traveller and a sports addict with a special interest in football and skiing.

Jacopo Destro

Jacopo Destro

Investment Team

Jacopo is managing numerous transactions within the areas of FinTech, InsurTech and Logistics, 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.

Mohamed Foulser

Mohamed Foulser

Investment Team

Mohamed is Redstone’s DeepTech expert and responsible for deals that cover topics that include IoT, Cybersecurity, Robotics, Smart Manufacturing and Distributed Ledger Technology. Further on he is operationally active in our Future Industry Ventures fund. Corporate clients include Konecranes, Techem, Brembo, Autonics and Fortum. Background as an aeronautical engineer and founder with VC competence from the UK.

Yuriy Gabuev

Yuriy Gabuev

Data Scientist

Yuriy is a data scientist at Redstone. He holds a Master’s degree in Data Science from Skoltech (Moscow, Russia) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from NES and HSE (Moscow, Russia). Before joining Redstone, he worked as a quantitative developer at the algorithmic trading company Terreus Capital and also interned in Huawei performing research in Natural Language Processing. He has a long-lasting interest in music and loves cooking.

Irene Gentili

Irene Gentili

Investment Team

Irene is part of the investment team at Redstone. She holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Management from Bocconi University and a M.Sc. in International Management from ESADE Business School. Prior to joining Redstone, Irene gained experience in Consulting and International Organizations. She is passionate about HealthTech and ClimateTech and also focuses on agnostic tasks advising corporate clients on investment strategies.

Anastasia Gonotskaya

Anastasia Gonotskaya

Head of Data Product

Anastasia is a Head of Data Product at Redstone. She holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University (New York, USA) and in Economics from the New Economic School (Moscow, Russia). Prior to joining Redstone, Anastasia worked as a research assistant in the joined lab of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology & Sberbank, as well as a business development intern at a Berlin-based HR startup MoBerries. She is a passionate traveler and a sports enthusiast with a special interest in running and surfing.

Stefano Gurciullo, PhD

Stefano Gurciullo, PhD

Partner

Stefano is Partner at Redstone, leading the firm’s cutting-edge investment cases and in-house technological development. He holds a PhD in financial computing from University College London, and degrees in economics and security. He has worked as a data scientist at Arabesque, a sustainable finance startup, and spent time with Silicon Valley companies as an Insight Fellow. Stefano consulted the Italian Government and the European Commission on matters related to data, finance and security. He is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, a Kairos Society Executive, passionate cook and martial arts practitioner.

Lars Haerle

Lars Haerle

COO, Partner

Lars is a Partner and COO at Redstone and is leading the operational excellence in all aspects. He focuses on the scalbility of the organization in order to serve the multipe corporate clients and sector funds with 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.

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 CVC mandates and two VC funds in Finland, namely 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. Prior to Redstone, Kaj was the co-founder and CEO of seed investor and venture accelerator Pivot5, 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.

Linnéa Kusch

Linnéa Kusch

Digital Marketing Specialist

Linnéa 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.

Madeline Marques

Madeline Marques

Team Assistant

Madeline is a team assistant at Redstone and responsible for administration, accounting and all team related well-beings for new and existing employees. She studied tourism & transport and has long lasting experience in the event sector in particular Nike sport events or famous women’s run events. She has worked in various service areas and attaches great importance to structured work and excellent communication. Organization and administration are her specialty.

Marko Mandic

Marko Mandic

Investment Team

Marko is our expert for HealthTech and passionate about PropTech, HRTech & B2B SaaS. His deep expertise in digital business models is based on his previous work as a VC early-stage investor 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 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and spent two semesters at Bocconi University and the University of California.

Sarah Neuenschwander

Sarah Neuenschwander

Executive Assistant

Luba Oleksiienko

Luba Oleksiienko

Team Assistant

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 as a VC, he co-founded a Proptech startup and successfully managed their go-to-market as COO. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Maastricht University and a CEMS Master’s degree. Lucas is a former semi-professional triathlete and true Berliner.

Marcus Schroeder

Marcus Schroeder

CSO, Partner

Marcus Schroeder is Partner and CSO at Redstone and in charge of all corporate client and corporate investor related activities. His daily activities include the origination and execution of Redstone’s corporate venturing mandates as well as the coordination of all fund raising activities of Redstone’s various sector funds. 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.

Ben Scheidt

Ben Scheidt

Investment Team

Ben is our expert for HealthTech and RetailTech. He also focuses on sector agnostic tasks of Redstone’s corporate clients and advises them on innovation and investment strategies. Additionally, Ben is an expert for Venture Debt. He holds a Master of Science from ESCP Europe and completed a management 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.

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 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.

Francesca Spiegel, PhD

Francesca Spiegel, PhD

Communications & PR Manager

Francesca Spiegel is PR and Communications Manager at Redstone. She develops the narrative, storytelling and communications strategy. She designs workflows, templates and team workshops that allow big ideas to pass into many different channels and formats.

Ask her about any Greek myth or logic according to Plato, and what the ancient Greeks thought about building a good business.

She previously managed international research projects and taught at Humboldt University, and holds an MA from Yale.

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 is part of the Investment Team and responsible for deal sourcing, screening and due diligences across Redstone’s 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 VC 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 as Head of Operations is responsible for the organization of resources, tools and personnel. In addition to this he manages the contractual aspects of our sector funds. Axel has a broad history as project manager and 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.

Paul von Hinueber

Paul von Hinueber

Investment Team

Paul is part of the Investment Team and responsible for deal sourcing, screening and due diligences across Redstone’s sector funds. He is particulary passionated 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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