Pascal Cagni
Founding Partner
Olivier Huez
Partner
Christophe Walewski
Principal
Didier Hoff
COO
André Auberton
Hardware
David Bailey
Marketing & Retail
Olivier Hascoat
Media
Yassir Khalid
Corporate Development
Christophe Parcot
Media
Joel Tiphonnet
International go-to-market
Boris Bakech
Senior Associate
Inès Cheaib
Associate
Diane Cagni
Associate
Romain Kirchhoff
Analyst

About us

C4 Ventures is a leading European venture fund founded by Pascal Cagni (VP & GM Apple EMEIA 2000-2012).

Based in London and Paris, we typically invest in early stage (Seed or Series A) startups based in Europe and later stage startups seeking to expand into European markets.

Our goal is to create a different kind of venture firm, one that focuses on partnering with entrepreneurs to navigate the complex European landscape.

We are passionate and knowledgeable about three themes:

• Smart Hardware
• Future of Commerce
• Digital Media

Both people and products drive our investments. We look for founding teams who are not afraid of challenging the status quo and want to revolutionise industries and practices — hence our explosive name.

Our team has strong experience in product development, omni-channel/go-to-market strategy and scaling up businesses in Europe and globally.

For more information, subscribe to our newsletter, check our portfolio and have a look at the companies and teams we believe in.

Pascal Cagni

Founding Partner

Non-executive Director @ Kingfisher plc and Style.com

GM & VP @ Apple EMEIA 2000 – 2012

GM Europe @ Packard Bell

MA & MBA HEC Paris, EPGC Stanford University, MA Institut d’Etudes Politiques

In 2000, Steve Jobs appointed Pascal as General Manager and Vice President for Apple EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa).

Leading a region made of more than 120 countries, he launched groundbreaking products and services such as the iPod (2001), iTunes Store (2003), iPhone (2007), the App Store (2008) and iPad (2010).

He developed an innovative Go-To-Market strategy that included the successful rollout of the Apple Premium Reseller (APR) and Apple Shops while working with CEOs and Executive Teams of over 200 retailers and 170 telecom operators.

Under Pascal’s leadership, EMEIA was consistently Apple’s fastest growing region, with annual sales increasing from $1.2bn in 2001 to $40bn in 2012.

Since 2013 Pascal has been advising executive teams of large Private Equity and European groups on how to leverage at best the digital revolution and the opportunities it creates.

Across 2014, he conducted a strategic review of Net-A-Porter for Richemont SA, advising on a full business re-engineeering before the merger with Yoox.

Before Apple, Pascal led Packard Bell to become the leading European Home Computer Company. He started his career as strategy consultant at Booz, Allen and Hamilton.

Pascal joined the 63rd Promotion of IHEDN (Institute for Higher National Defence Studies) in 2011, providing deep view on geostrategic and foreign policy matters.

In addition to his role at C4 Ventures, Pascal is a non-executive director at Kingfisher plc and Style.com, the Condé Nast owned ecommerce website.

Olivier Huez

Partner

Former COO @ Weve

CFO @ Unanimis, M&A and various product roles @ Orange

Board member @ Cleeng and ISKN, Board observer @ Netatmo and Giroptic.

MS Ecole Polytechnique, MS Telecom ParisTech, Chartered Accountant.

Olivier is a partner at C4 Ventures with expertise in mobile commerce, hardware, big data, advertising, and mergers and acquisitions. He leads the investment team and defines investment strategy with Pascal.

Previously, Olivier was COO at Weve, a mobile commerce startup, where he was responsible for Strategy, Program Management, Finance, Legal, Procurement, HR & IT, bringing it from incorporation to c. 100 employees in less than 12 months time.

Before that, he was CFO at Unanimis, the UK’s premium online advertising network, where he was responsible for strategic planning, Finance HR and IT and served in various roles at Orange Group, including mergers and acquisitions in London, product management in the USA, and mobile product development in France.

Olivier is board member at Cleeng and ISKN, board observer at Netatmo and Giroptic.

Christophe Walewski

Principal

Former Investment Manager @ family office

M&A @ BDA Partners

MSc Management ESCP Europe, LLB Université de Paris-II Panthéon-Assas

Christophe is a principal at C4 Ventures with expertise in financial planning, legal structuring, and mergers and acquisitions. He focuses on the future of commerce and is in charge of administrative and logistical aspects of C4 Ventures’ operations.

Prior to C4 Ventures, Christophe was Investment Manager at a Family Office. Prior to that, he was responsible for the origination and execution of cross-border transactions between Europe and Asia at BDA Partners, in the consumer, retail, healthcare and technology sectors. He successfully managed the marketing of sell-side mandates for over 60 deals, ranging from $2m to $300m. With Pfizer, he also successfully originated the first forced divestment of a business as a result of a Chinese antitrust ruling.

Christophe started his career at the Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court of Justice), then worked for ABN Amro and EY.

Didier Hoff

COO

Former Partner @ EY

Tax Partner @ FIDAL

MBA HEC, MSc Boston College, Attorney at Law.

Didier is the COO of Cagni Ventures. His areas of expertise included Tax, Legal,  Finance, HR strategy and Compensation.

Didier was previously a Partner at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) dealing with compensation issues for entrepreneurs. He also specialised on HR processes related to the digital revolution.

Prior to joining EY, he worked for FIDAL as a Tax Partner for 10 years where he advised entrepreneurs and HR departments of French blue-chip companies on compensation and benefits issues. Didier held several management positions in the US, UK and France in leading consulting companies including Arthur Andersen and PwC.

André Auberton

Hardware

Founder @ 4A-CE

Founder @ Soitec

Program Manager @ CEA-LETI

MS Centrale Lyon

André is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures. He focuses on hardware companies.

Most recently, André founded the consulting group 4A Consulting & Engineering to bring his expertise to Companies in Renewable Energy and Digital Innovation.

In 1992, André co-founded Soitec, a leader of the Industry 4.0. The company developed and commercialised the revolutionary Smart CutTM “atomic scalpel” technology for semiconductor fabrication. The advanced material produced by Soitec are used in almost all smartphone platforms and computing activities.

For 23 years as President and CEO, he was responsible for overseeing the strategic, operational and financial activities of the company. He built an international high tech firm in 10 countries, including 5 manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and the US. He IPO’ed his Soitec in 1999 and managed financials operations for a sum close to $1bn.

André has been nominated “Chevalier de la légion d’Honneur” and “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite”.

David Bailey

Marketing & Retail

VP Marketing @ Smarthings

Director of Worldwide Retail Development @ Apple

Head of International Sales Programs @ Gap Inc

MBA INSEAD Business School, Chartered Management Accountant

David is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures. He advises portfolio companies on Marketing and Merchandising with his expertise in go-to-market strategy, retail development and product marketing.

Most recently, David joined SmartThings as VP Marketing. This Silicon Valley start-up, which was acquired by Samsung in 2014, is using sensors to turn your home into a smart home.

David is also an entrepreneur: he founded and managed Crux and was also the founding CEO and Head of Product Design at video-messaging startup Wordeo. He is a non-executive director of shopper intelligence startup Vizualize.

David was Director of Worldwide Retail Development at Apple from 2003 to 2011 where he was responsible for retail partner programs. Based in London, Beijing and Cupertino, he led the creation and development of the highly successful Apple Premium Reseller and Apple Shop-in-Shop programs, opening more than 2,700 premium partner stores across 60 countries to deliver more than 20% of Apple’s worldwide Mac business.

Previously, David was Head of International Sales Programs at Gap Inc where he was responsible for distribution of the Gap, GapKids, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. He was also the founding CEO and Head of Product Design at video-messaging app Wordeo.

Olivier Hascoat

Media

COO @ Marilyn

GM France @ MySpace

VP Mobile Consumer Marketing @ Orange

Management roles @ Apple & Vivendi

MBA Harvard Business School, MS HEC Paris

Olivier is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures. He is involved in advising and supporting C4 ventures’ company holdings in strategy and product/service development and commercialization.

Most recently Olivier ran a private consulting business advising start-up and private equity firms. Before that, he was COO of the prestigious Modeling and Talent Agency Marilyn where he led a radical digital transformation whilst growing it $60 million revenue base. Previously he served a number of senior roles in the online Media and Telco industries such as Apple, Orange, MySpace and Vivendi Universal, where he led the online music growth initiatives. Olivier started his career at McKinsey & Company. 

Olivier blends a strong operational focus, based on data and customer insights to inform and enable strategic decisions, with a deep understanding for the creative and innovation mindset necessary to succeed in the online space.

Yassir Khalid

Corporate Development

Founder @ YAdvisory

Director @ Leonardo & Co

Analyst @ Credit Suisse

MS HEC, MBA London Business School & Columbia University

Yassir Khalid is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures in charge of Corporate Development for the portfolio companies, and an advisor on opportunity sourcing and transaction structuring. 

Yassir is the founder of Y Advisory, a corporate finance boutique dedicated to digital start-ups. In parallel, he acted as Chairman of the Board of Freelance.com and oversaw the successful turnaround of the company. 

Previously, Yassir was Executive Director at Leonardo & Co., in charge of the TMT sector for the French market and of the development into the Moroccan market. 

Yassir started his career as a telecom M&A  analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston in London. 

A French and Moroccan national, Yassir holds an MSc from HEC Paris and a joint Executive MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School. 

Christophe Parcot

Media

Former COO @ Teads.tv and Head of EMEA @ Yahoo.

Founding team @ LibertySurf and Overture in Europe.

Various financial and business development roles @ Bertelsmann and LVMH.

MS ESSEC Business School.

Christophe is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures focusing on the Digital Media space supporting the investment team and portfolio companies. He is an international GM with broad P&L experience in the online industry, media, luxury industry and selective retail.

As Teads COO, Christophe most recently scaled the global video advertising marketplace from a start-up of €75m-300 people to a scale-up of €200m-500 people. Christophe grew and restructured Yahoo! in EMEA where he was Head of EMEA in 2013/14. He also launched Overture in Southern Europe (acquired by Yahoo).

Before that, Christophe was a member of the founding team of LibertySurf, led its successful $4Bn IPO in 2000 on Paris main market and completed more than 15 M&A deals. He also held various financial and business development roles at Bertelsmann and LVMH.

Christophe enjoys closing deals, investing, working with entrepreneurs, acquiring and integrating businesses, building and coaching winning teams in fast moving markets.

Joel Tiphonnet

International go-to-market

Founder & CEO @ CREAXIL Consulting

Former President & CEO @ Club Med Asia Pacific

President @ Oregon Scientific Global

MBA HEC Paris, MSc Engineering Arts et Metiers ParisTech

Joel is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures leveraging his expertise in strategy development, brand building, business turnaround to support international expansion of our portfolio companies.

Since 2007 Joel is the founder and CEO of CREAXIL Consulting specialized in conducting and managing consulting and development projects for corporate clients in fields of eCommerce, Hospitality, Lifestyle, Retail and Real Estate in Asia Pacific and Europe.

Prior to founding CREAXIL Consulting, Joel was President and CEO for Club Med Asia Pacific since 2001. He pioneered a new upscale strategy that he developed and implemented to make Asia Pacific the most profitable and fastest growing region. He led a turn around commercial strategy to radically transform Club Med offer. This successful repositioning was rolled out globally in 2005.

As President of Oregon Scientific, he successfully engineered and led The @rt of Living global brand strategy. Joel previously held leadership roles at LVMH, General Electric and Bain & Company.

Joel is a Corporate Advisor on the Board of HKUST Business School.

Boris Bakech

Senior Associate

Former Assistant Producer @ Ubisoft

Assistant to VP & GM @ Apple EMEIA

MSc Management ESSEC

Boris is an Associate at C4 Ventures with experience in product development, digital entertainment and corporate communications.

Previously, Boris was Assistant Producer at Ubisoft, where he contributed to the successful launch of a AAA game, selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Before that, Boris was Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager of Apple Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). Most notably, he developed sales pitches for major accounts.

He also worked at Orange Business Services in the French Indirect Sales department, where he helped create and managed a new nationwide distribution channel that reached 2.5 million euros in revenue after one quarter.

Inès Cheaib

Associate

Former Consultant @ Eridanis

Business analyst @ Orange Digital

Category manager @ Jumia Kenya (Rocket Internet)

MS Ecole Polytechnique

Inès is an Associate at C4 Ventures. She is responsible for assessing new investment opportunities as well as supporting portfolio companies. She has deep expertise in IoT.

Prior to C4 Ventures, Inès was a Consultant for Eridanis, a consulting firm in innovation specialised in connected objects. Alongside the founding directors, she defined the company’s strategy, brand and business plan as well as prospecting and recruiting.

Previously, Inès worked as a Business Analyst at Orange Digital, where she designed digital and online marketing solutions for clients. Before that, she was Category Manager at Jumia Kenya, a Rocket Internet e-commerce website operating in emerging markets, where she did a complete repricing and significantly boosted the fashion category sales.

Diane Cagni

Associate

Business Analyst @ Merieux Development

Marketing Associate @ Net-a-Porter

MSc London Business School, BA University of Bath

 

Diane is an Associate at C4 Ventures. She focuses on the future of commerce and manages multiple projects boosting C4 Ventures development.

Prior to C4 Ventures, Diane worked as a Business Analyst at Mérieux Développement in Boston, a healthcare growth and venture capital firm. She assessed new investment opportunities and performed due diligences in the digital healthcare sector.

Previously, Diane worked as a Marketing Associate for the leading luxury fashion e-commerce, Net-a-Porter.com, in New York.

Besides her passion for e-commerce, Diane is an adventurous traveller and loves exploring new cultures.

Romain Kirchhoff

Analyst

Former Financial Consultant @ FCG Private Finance Switzerland

MSc Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Prior to C4 Ventures, Romain was as a Financial Consultant at FCG Private Finance. His Project Management Internship at The Swiss Geneva Bank consisted in building a platform for employees to track performance against objectives and determine best practice in case of under-performance.

Romain is also an entrepreneur at heart. Keen to help others through teamwork, he developed a website for his fellow students at university for them to share their class notes (UniSum.ch).

He has a strong interest about new technologies – such as Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things – and how they can improve our world for a better place.

About us

C4 Ventures is a leading European venture fund founded by Pascal Cagni (VP & GM Apple EMEIA 2000-2012).

Based in London and Paris, we typically invest in early stage (Seed or Series A) startups based in Europe and later stage startups seeking to expand into European markets.

Our goal is to create a different kind of venture firm, one that focuses on partnering with entrepreneurs to navigate the complex European landscape.

We are passionate and knowledgeable about three themes:

• Smart Hardware
• Future of Commerce
• Digital Media

Both people and products drive our investments. We look for founding teams who are not afraid of challenging the status quo and want to revolutionise industries and practices — hence our explosive name.

Our team has strong experience in product development, omni-channel/go-to-market strategy and scaling up businesses in Europe and globally.

For more information, subscribe to our newsletter, check our portfolio and have a look at the companies and teams we believe in.

  • Pascal Cagni

    Founding Partner

    Non-executive Director @ Kingfisher plc and Style.com

    GM & VP @ Apple EMEIA 2000 – 2012

    GM Europe @ Packard Bell

    MA & MBA HEC Paris, EPGC Stanford University, MA Institut d’Etudes Politiques

  • Olivier Huez

    Partner

    Former COO @ Weve

    CFO @ Unanimis, M&A and various product roles @ Orange

    Board member @ Cleeng and ISKN, Board observer @ Netatmo and Giroptic.

    MS Ecole Polytechnique, MS Telecom ParisTech, Chartered Accountant.

  • Christophe Walewski

    Principal

    Former Investment Manager @ family office

    M&A @ BDA Partners

    MSc Management ESCP Europe, LLB Université de Paris-II Panthéon-Assas

  • Didier Hoff

    COO

    Former Partner @ EY

    Tax Partner @ FIDAL

    MBA HEC, MSc Boston College, Attorney at Law.

  • André Auberton

    Hardware

    Founder @ 4A-CE

    Founder @ Soitec

    Program Manager @ CEA-LETI

    MS Centrale Lyon

  • David Bailey

    Marketing & Retail

    VP Marketing @ Smarthings

    Director of Worldwide Retail Development @ Apple

    Head of International Sales Programs @ Gap Inc

    MBA INSEAD Business School, Chartered Management Accountant

  • Olivier Hascoat

    Media

    COO @ Marilyn

    GM France @ MySpace

    VP Mobile Consumer Marketing @ Orange

    Management roles @ Apple & Vivendi

    MBA Harvard Business School, MS HEC Paris

  • Yassir Khalid

    Corporate Development

    Founder @ YAdvisory

    Director @ Leonardo & Co

    Analyst @ Credit Suisse

    MS HEC, MBA London Business School & Columbia University

  • Christophe Parcot

    Media

    Former COO @ Teads.tv and Head of EMEA @ Yahoo.

    Founding team @ LibertySurf and Overture in Europe.

    Various financial and business development roles @ Bertelsmann and LVMH.

    MS ESSEC Business School.

  • Joel Tiphonnet

    International go-to-market

    Founder & CEO @ CREAXIL Consulting

    Former President & CEO @ Club Med Asia Pacific

    President @ Oregon Scientific Global

    MBA HEC Paris, MSc Engineering Arts et Metiers ParisTech

  • Boris Bakech

    Senior Associate

    Former Assistant Producer @ Ubisoft

    Assistant to VP & GM @ Apple EMEIA

    MSc Management ESSEC

  • Inès Cheaib

    Associate

    Former Consultant @ Eridanis

    Business analyst @ Orange Digital

    Category manager @ Jumia Kenya (Rocket Internet)

    MS Ecole Polytechnique

  • Diane Cagni

    Associate

    Business Analyst @ Merieux Development

    Marketing Associate @ Net-a-Porter

    MSc London Business School, BA University of Bath

     

  • Romain Kirchhoff

    Analyst

    Former Financial Consultant @ FCG Private Finance Switzerland

    MSc Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)