André Auberton
Hardware
David Bailey
Marketing & Retail
Boris Bakech
Senior Associate
Philippe Bouissou
Scale up
Pascal Cagni
Founding Partner
Michel Coucke
Talent
Luc Ducaroir
Logistics
Cécile Farriaux
Analyst
Philippe Gillet
Deep Tech
Olivier Hascoat
Media
Olivier Huez
Investment Partner
Yassir Khalid
Corporate Development
Jenny Mansour
Analyst
Hazel Naik
Fund controller
Alexandre Rossoz
Investment Partner
Roy Timor-Rousso
Product UX
Michel Sassano
Associate & Tech Lead
Sheryl Seitz
Marketing
Laura Thivolet
Associate
Joel Tiphonnet
International go-to-market
Christophe Walewski
Principal
Franck Zayan
eCommerce

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 (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.

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

Co-Founder & CEO @ Aitrak

VP Marketing @ SmartThings

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.

David is an entrepreneur. He is the founding CEO of Aitrak, a startup using AI to help brands and retailers maximise the visual impact of their designs. He also founded and managed Crux and was CEO and Head of Product Design at the video-messaging startup Wordeo from 2012 to 2015.

From 2015 to July 2018, David was VP Marketing at SmartThings, a Silicon Valley startup using sensors to turn your home into a smart home, which was acquired by Samsung in 2014.

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.

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.

Philippe Bouissou

Scale up

Managing Partner @ Blue Dots Partners, LLC.

Former Managing Partner @ Milestone Group Inc.

Former Managing Director @ Astra Venture Partners

Director of Apple Worldwide Internet Commerce & Services

CEO @ G2i, Inc.

Ph.D. in Physics, Université Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris VI)

Philippe Boissou is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures. He brings expertise in Scale-ups.

With 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley, Philippe has held CEO and executive positions in several companies. As a Venture Capitalist, he successfully invested $43M and generated a double-digit return. In addition to that, he has led a considerable number of management consulting projects and served on the board of 14 companies.

In 2014 Philippe Bouissou founded Blue Dots Partners where he is now the Managing Partner. Preceding that, Philippe co-managed the Milestone Group, an advisory firm serving over 220 clients. Previously, he held leadership roles as Managing Director and General Partner at Astra Venture Partners, Allegis Capital and Ventech.

Prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist, Philippe played a key role in building and managing the online Apple Store, growing its revenue from zero to $350M.

During his early career, Philippe has held roles at Matra Hachette Multimedia and G2i, Inc. as Senior VP and CEO.

Pascal Cagni

Founding Partner

Non-executive Director @ Kingfisher plc

Chairman @ Business France

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 Chairman of Business France.

Michel Coucke

Talent

Founder & Partner @ Lancor

Partner @ Heidrick & Struggles

MSc Institut Meurice Brussels, Executive MSc Solvay Brussels School, AMP Graduate IMD

Michel is an Operating Partner at C4 Ventures. He leverages his expertise in Talent acquisition to support the growth of our portfolio companies. He advises them on a number of subjects including Recruitment, Talent assessment and the Organisational evolution.

In 2003, Michel founded Lancor. He has led numerous senior executive searches for board members, C-suite, and heads of function for financial sponsors and leading international corporations throughout Europe and the Middle East. He’s able to work with large companies and small Startups with equal success.

Prior to joining Lancor, Michel was Co-Managing Partner of the Global Technology and Media Practice at Whitehead Mann, a leading executive search firm. Prior to that, he founded and managed the European Telecommunications and Internet Infrastructure Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. In his early career, Michel was Deputy Managing Director of the Benelux countries for AT&T, with responsibility for sales, business development, and customer support.

Luc Ducaroir

Logistics
South Europe Director @ TP3 Global Ltd
President @ ROC Development SASU
Director of Sales & Marketing @ Kuehne + Nagel
ICS Bégué
Luc is an Operating Partner at C4 Ventures. He offers his assistance to our portfolio companies and advises them on all aspects relating to supply chain management.
Luc founded a supply chain advisory company. Next to this entrepreneurial journey, he is also developing the Continental European branch of TP3 Global which conceives and makes thermal protections for the transportation of pharmaceutical and perishable products.
Previously, he led the contractual logistics division at Groupe Kuehne Nagel, first in Eastern Europe then in Southern Europe, the latter representing over 2 million square metres of storage units and over 10,000 collaborators.
Luc graduated from the ICS Bégué, School of finance, management and expertise.

Cécile Farriaux

Analyst

Previously Product & Operations Analyst @ N26 Group

Business Development & Marketing Manager @ Training Orchestra

Product Development Analyst @ Infront Analytics

Master in Management from HEC Paris, Dual Bachelor from Sciences Po Paris & Columbia University

Cecile Farriaux is an Analyst at C4 Ventures. Based in London, she works on assessing new investment opportunities and helping portfolio companies.

Previously, Cecile was Product & Operations Analyst at N26 in Berlin, where she bridged product management and operations to enhance the customer experience across all N26 products.

Before that, Cecile worked for 2 years at Training Orchestra, French leader in Training Management Software, to establish the office in New York. She led the company’s content and digital marketing efforts in the US as well as contributing in business development and recruiting. Cecile also worked at Infront Analytics, an equity analytics platform, where she built a model to compare performance of financial services companies.

Cecile holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Financial Economics from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University, and a Master in Management from HEC Paris.

Philippe Gillet

Deep Tech

Chief Scientific Officer @ SICPA

Professor and Vice President @ Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

President Director @ Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon

PhD in Geophysics and Geochemistry from Université Paris VII and Ecole normale supérieure de Paris.

Philippe Gillet is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures. He brings his expertise in Deep Tech related matters.

Philippe is currently Chief Scientific Officer at SICPA and a Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he was also VP of Academic Affairs, President ad Interim and Director of the Human Brain project for 2 years. Before EPFL, he served as Chief of Staff of the French Minister for Higher Education and Research – Mrs Valérie Pécresse.

Prior to that, Philippe was Director of the CNRS Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers, President of the French synchrotron facility SOLEIL, of the French National Research Agency and Director of the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon.

In addition to his professional career, Philippe holds several advisory board roles, including President of the Scientific Boards of both the French “Ile de France” region and of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique.

As part of his academic experience, Philippe published more than 150 articles in international scientific journals such as “Nature” and “Science”.

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-ups 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 its $60M 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.

Olivier Huez

Investment Partner

Former COO @ Weve

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

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

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 and Alexandre.

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 or observer at Cleeng, Graphcore, Netatmo and Tempow.

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. 

Jenny Mansour

Analyst

Previously Research Engineer @ I2R

Business Analyst @ Elsan

MSc Ecole Polytechnique

Jenny is an analyst at C4 Ventures. She works on assessing new investment opportunities and helping portfolio companies. She also works on new data-driven sourcing methods for venture capital.

Prior to C4 Ventures, Jenny worked as a research engineer in Deep Learning and Neurology, at I2R, Singapore’s research pole. There she designed AI algorithms to improve neurorehabilitation for stroke patients. She also worked as a Business Analyst at Elsan, a French leading healthcare company, where she assessed a possible investment in an Ivorian health startup.

With a strong background in STEM and a genuine passion for both data science and innovation, she joined the MSc. Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship at Ecole Polytechnique, to bring together scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial mindset.

Hazel Naik

Fund controller

Former Head of Business Services @ Sopher + Co

Head of Finance @ Tyler Mangan Consulting Ltd

Sales and Marketing Finance Manager @ News UK

Group Finance Manager @ Hampson Industries PLC

Audit Senior, Corporate Finance Executive @ Arthur Andersen LLP

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

BSc Economics Leicester University

Hazel is the Fund controller at C4 Ventures. She is responsible for the management of finances, Human Resources and other administrative aspects of the business and the fund.

Prior to C4 Ventures, Hazel was Head of the Business Services team at Sopher + Co. She managed a significant portfolio of corporate clients and owner managed businesses, including many start-ups across various industries, notably financial services and C4 Ventures. We enjoyed working with her so much that we asked her to join us!

Hazel qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, later joining Deloitte where she worked in Audit and Corporate Finance. Her first move to industry was as Group Financial Controller for a listed aerospace company where she ran the group function and assisted on the acquisition of new subsidiaries. Following a move to London, Hazel gained a breadth of experience working in various finance roles at News UK over a period of eight years. This was at a time where the business model was changing from print to digital media, sparking her interest in new technologies.

Hazel is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Alexandre Rossoz

Investment Partner

Previously Founding Partner & CEO @ Apicap

Managing Director @ Groupe Exsel

MSc Finance ESSEC Business School

 

Alexandre Rossoz is an Investment Partner at C4 Ventures with expertise in private equity, media and mergers and acquisitions. He leads the investment team and defines investment strategy with Pascal and Olivier.

Alexandre was the founding partner and CEO of Apicap, a French private equity fund investing in various stages (early stage, growth and buyouts), where he was in charge of the investment team and fundraising.

Apicap is one of the most active funds in France, with €550 million of assets under management and more than 230 investments. Alexandre lead more than 30 investments, with many in the media, software and retail sectors, and demonstrated a successful track record.

Prior to joining C4 Ventures, Alexandre was Managing Director at Exsel, a diversified group, based between Paris and the Indian Ocean, and specialized in retail, real-estate, and hotels, where he was in charge of Finance, Legal and M&A operations and development.

Alexandre holds an MSc in Finance from ESSEC Business School in Paris.

Roy Timor-Rousso

Product UX

GM Kandy APAC/EMEA @ GENBAND

Lt. Colonel (Res), Chief of Staff (XO), Elite Mobile Infantry Brigade, IDF

Former CEO @ fring, Former VP, Marketing @ Inneractive, Mavenir, Zlango, Nuance

PSB Paris School of Business (MBA), Bar Ilan & Tel Aviv University (MA Political Science)

Roy is an Operating Partner at C4 Ventures, advising portfolio companies on marketing, product user-experience and go-to-market strategies.

Currently, Roy serves as the General Manager, APAC & EMEA, at Kandy, an IoT and Communication Platform as a Service (CPaaS) solution, where he oversees the company’s cloud strategy, driving Telecom over-the-top (OTT), Smart-Devices and IoT products Go-To-Market initiatives with developers, enterprises and Communication Service Providers.

Previously, Roy was the CEO of fring, a carrier grade OTT solution. As CEO, he was able to pivot the company and execute a successful turnaround, resulting in its acquisition by GENBAND.

Roy is a marketing and product expert, specializing in the fields of Smart devices (IoT), mobile applications, product user experience, telecom and communication as a service.

An experienced entrepreneur, with strong connections to the Israeli eco-system, Roy has successfully envisioned and launched new product segments, crafted and implemented go-to-market strategies, and has transformed companies into industry leaders with worldwide adoption.

In addition to his high-tech career, Roy is a Lt. Colonel (Res), Chief of Staff (XO) in an elite mobile infantry brigade and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing the brigade missions in training and combat.

Michel Sassano

Associate & Tech Lead

Former Founder @ Konbanwa

Associate @ Kima Ventures

Infrastructure as a Service architect @ Orange

MS Telecom Bretagne

Michel is an associate and tech lead at C4 Ventures with experience in software & systems engineering, social gaming, blockchain, big data and IoT. Michel uniquely combines a strong investment background with exceptional coding and data skills. At C4 Ventures, in addition to his work in the investment team where he focuses on the technology assessment, he oversees the sourcing platform development and the IT stack used by the team.

Prior to joining C4 Ventures, Michel was an Associate at Kima Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm, where besides his role as Associate, he built a proprietary platform and the tools allowing a three-person team to invest in 2 startups per week and manage a portfolio of 350 startups across 26 countries.

Previously, Michel was part of the Orange Graduate Program where he worked as an IaaS Architect on compliance, multi-datacenter relocation and big data projects. Before that, Michel also experienced the startup world by publishing and selling iPhone apps as soon as 2009 and working at Wooga, a fast-growing social gaming company based in Berlin as an associate product manager.

Sheryl Seitz

Marketing

VP Communications @ Mode / Glam media

Senior Director Marketing @ Samsung

VP Communications @ Songkick

Director Consumer PR @ Symantec

PR Consultant & Head of Corporate PR @ Apple

Boston University

Sheryl is an Operating Partner at C4 Ventures, advising portfolio companies on brand marketing and communications.

Skilled at integrating a range of marketing channels, Sheryl specializes in aiding companies to establish a strong market position, communicate a compelling narrative and drive measurable impact to deliver growth.

An award-winning marketing and communications professional, Sheryl works with market leaders and innovators to build brand and market share. She has held senior leadership positions at Apple, Samsung and Symantec. At Apple, Sheryl helped create launch strategies for iconic products including the iPod, iTunes, iPhone and App Store. At Samsung, Sheryl led the marketing effort for the Global Innovation Center, a corporate marketing group responsible for M&A, investments, and two accelerators in New York and San Francisco. At Symantec, she led an EMEA team that created brand initiatives including product positioning and experiential events.

Sheryl also worked as VP Communications for Start-ups Songkick and Mode/Glam media, eventually founding a boutique marketing consultancy to help entrepreneurs grow their business through establishing an industry profile and building communications programs. She works with VC-backed Start-ups and entrepreneurs around the globe including the Start-up clusters in London, New York, San Francisco, Stockholm and Helsinki.

A judge for The Holmes Report SABRE Awards in 2016 and 2015, Sheryl is also a mentor for Seedcamp, Europe’s largest accelerator.

Laura Thivolet

Associate

Former Consultant @ 3BS

Analyst European and digital affairs @ SNCF

MA Public Affairs from Sciences Po

Laura Thivolet is an Associate at C4 Ventures. Based in Paris, she focuses on marketing, communication and content creation.

Laura Thivolet is a former Consultant at European Public Affairs consultancy 3BS, where she successfully led the group’s digital transformation and managed a growing portfolio of clients, including C4 Ventures, while graduating from Sciences Po Paris. We enjoyed working with her so much that we asked her to join us!

Before that, Laura was Assistant to the Head of European and Digital Affairs at SNCF. Most notably, she helped overhauling the company’s digital strategy, writing in-depth studies on disrupting trends and European regulation.

Laura holds an MSc in Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.

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 the 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.

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 is in charge of Investor Relationships,  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.

Franck Zayan

eCommerce

CEO @ Style.com

Internet & eCommerce Director @ Groupe Galeries Lafayette

Founder & CEO @ Traffic Garden

Co-founder & CEO @ Sarenza

VP of Content & Production @ AOL France

Computer Science degree from Université Paris Sud (Paris XI) & New York City College

Franck Zayan is Operating Partner at C4 Ventures. He is an expert in retail, e-commerce and technology who has contributed to build international e-commerce players. Until recently, he was the CEO at Style.com, the e-commerce entity of the Condé Nast Group. He led the company from its inception to its sell to Farfetch.

Franck Zayan started his career at Cabletron in 1994 as Manager of Information Systems before joining AOL as Vice-President of Content and Production. At AOL he was Member of the Board of Directors, managing a team of developers, integration resources, graphic/web designers and journalists.

He participated in the development of the American payment platform iPIN before becoming Chief Operating Officer of Glowria, the pioneer of DVD rental service in Europe. In 2004, he Co-founded Saranza, the first online shoe retailer in France and still one of Europe’s leader. He ran the company for 4 years as CEO. In 2008, he created Traffic Garden, an online content Management and Domain Name monetisation.

Three years later, from 2011 to 2013, Franck Zayan became the head of Omnichannel and e-commerce for the Galeries Lafayette Group, a major retail chain with department stores in France and Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During that time, unique annual visitors on the Galleries Lafayette website grew from 12 million to more than 40 million.

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 (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.

  • André Auberton

    Hardware

    Founder @ 4A-CE

    Founder @ Soitec

    Program Manager @ CEA-LETI

    MS Centrale Lyon

  • David Bailey

    Marketing & Retail

    Co-Founder & CEO @ Aitrak

    VP Marketing @ SmartThings

    Director of Worldwide Retail Development @ Apple

    Head of International Sales Programs @ Gap Inc

    MBA INSEAD Business School, Chartered Management Accountant

  • Boris Bakech

    Senior Associate

    Former Assistant Producer @ Ubisoft

    Assistant to VP & GM @ Apple EMEIA

    MSc Management ESSEC

  • Philippe Bouissou

    Scale up

    Managing Partner @ Blue Dots Partners, LLC.

    Former Managing Partner @ Milestone Group Inc.

    Former Managing Director @ Astra Venture Partners

    Director of Apple Worldwide Internet Commerce & Services

    CEO @ G2i, Inc.

    Ph.D. in Physics, Université Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris VI)

  • Pascal Cagni

    Founding Partner

    Non-executive Director @ Kingfisher plc

    Chairman @ Business France

    GM & VP @ Apple EMEIA 2000 – 2012

    GM Europe @ Packard Bell

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

  • Michel Coucke

    Talent

    Founder & Partner @ Lancor

    Partner @ Heidrick & Struggles

    MSc Institut Meurice Brussels, Executive MSc Solvay Brussels School, AMP Graduate IMD

  • Luc Ducaroir

    Logistics

    South Europe Director @ TP3 Global Ltd
    President @ ROC Development SASU
    Director of Sales & Marketing @ Kuehne + Nagel
    ICS Bégué

  • Cécile Farriaux

    Analyst

    Previously Product & Operations Analyst @ N26 Group

    Business Development & Marketing Manager @ Training Orchestra

    Product Development Analyst @ Infront Analytics

    Master in Management from HEC Paris, Dual Bachelor from Sciences Po Paris & Columbia University

  • Philippe Gillet

    Deep Tech

    Chief Scientific Officer @ SICPA

    Professor and Vice President @ Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

    President Director @ Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon

    PhD in Geophysics and Geochemistry from Université Paris VII and Ecole normale supérieure de Paris.

  • 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 Huez

    Investment Partner

    Former COO @ Weve

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

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

    MS Ecole Polytechnique, MS Telecom ParisTech, Chartered Accountant.

  • Yassir Khalid

    Corporate Development

    Founder @ YAdvisory

    Director @ Leonardo & Co

    Analyst @ Credit Suisse

    MS HEC, MBA London Business School & Columbia University

  • Jenny Mansour

    Analyst

    Previously Research Engineer @ I2R

    Business Analyst @ Elsan

    MSc Ecole Polytechnique

  • Hazel Naik

    Fund controller

    Former Head of Business Services @ Sopher + Co

    Head of Finance @ Tyler Mangan Consulting Ltd

    Sales and Marketing Finance Manager @ News UK

    Group Finance Manager @ Hampson Industries PLC

    Audit Senior, Corporate Finance Executive @ Arthur Andersen LLP

    Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

    BSc Economics Leicester University

  • Alexandre Rossoz

    Investment Partner

    Previously Founding Partner & CEO @ Apicap

    Managing Director @ Groupe Exsel

    MSc Finance ESSEC Business School

     

  • Roy Timor-Rousso

    Product UX

    GM Kandy APAC/EMEA @ GENBAND

    Lt. Colonel (Res), Chief of Staff (XO), Elite Mobile Infantry Brigade, IDF

    Former CEO @ fring, Former VP, Marketing @ Inneractive, Mavenir, Zlango, Nuance

    PSB Paris School of Business (MBA), Bar Ilan & Tel Aviv University (MA Political Science)

  • Michel Sassano

    Associate & Tech Lead

    Former Founder @ Konbanwa

    Associate @ Kima Ventures

    Infrastructure as a Service architect @ Orange

    MS Telecom Bretagne

  • Sheryl Seitz

    Marketing

    VP Communications @ Mode / Glam media

    Senior Director Marketing @ Samsung

    VP Communications @ Songkick

    Director Consumer PR @ Symantec

    PR Consultant & Head of Corporate PR @ Apple

    Boston University

  • Laura Thivolet

    Associate

    Former Consultant @ 3BS

    Analyst European and digital affairs @ SNCF

    MA Public Affairs from Sciences Po

  • 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

  • Christophe Walewski

    Principal

    Former Investment Manager @ family office

    M&A @ BDA Partners

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

  • Franck Zayan

    eCommerce

    CEO @ Style.com

    Internet & eCommerce Director @ Groupe Galeries Lafayette

    Founder & CEO @ Traffic Garden

    Co-founder & CEO @ Sarenza

    VP of Content & Production @ AOL France

    Computer Science degree from Université Paris Sud (Paris XI) & New York City College