Sapphire Ventures. LLC
Steve is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures, where he is responsible for the firm’s capital markets activities as well as coverage of the sports and media technology sector. Other areas of technology interest for the firm include consumer hardware, automotive technology and legal technology. Steve has served as a board director for Recommind and currently serves as a board observer for Tonal and Fevo. Steve is a founding partner of the firm’s early-stage sports, media and entertainment technology investing initiative, Sapphire Sport. Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures, Steve was a managing director in technology investment banking at Deutsche Bank, UBS and Jefferies, where he led more than 100 financings and M&A transactions. Earlier in his career, Steve was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and worked in technology corporate finance at Robertson Stephens. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with highest honors, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from Stanford Law School. During his time at Stanford, Steve was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation and worked for the San Francisco 49ers on salary cap modeling. He also serves on the Bay Area Leadership Council for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Steve is based in our Palo Alto office. He has also lived in London, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and traveled extensively throughout Europe and China.
Universal Commerce Group
Gennadiy Vasyukov is a serial technology entrepreneur and venture investor. He has launched dozens of internet-projects in the markets of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and European Union countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Cyprus, and continues to invest in this direction. He owns and operates companies in the different business areas such as e-commerce, FinTech, EdTech, BigData, machine learning, AI. In the same time, Gennadiy is a senior business manager with more than 20 years’ experience in law, IP rights, business development and consultancy. He used to working on large projects covering multiple sites and countries, and able to manage, motivate and developing successful and productive teams. From 2006 till 2011 Gennadiy Vasyukov was a Supervisory Board Member at Global Spirits Holding (ТМ “Khortitsa”, “Shustov”, “Morosha”, “Blagoff”, “Medovukha”, “Oreanda”) - the largest alcohol holding in the Eastern Europe, which turnover in 2010 was about $1b. In 2010, Gennadiy co-founded a law company «Vasyukov, Ostapyuk & Partners» with offices in Ukraine and USA. In 2012, Gennadiy co-founded the International Internet Holding «Universal Commerce Group». The holding includes more than 25 projects in such areas as E-commerce, Price Comparison, Marketplaces, Job, Recruiting, Automotive, Real Estate, Healthcare, Digital Marketing, Lead Generation, Media and others. Main projects are Aport, Price.ua, Trud.com, Vcene, Modasto. In 2014, Gennadiy co-founded WAYFORPAY. It is the online payment system with 3-D Secure technology that is licensed by the National Bank of Ukraine, National Commission for Financial Markets Regulation and also has the license of the National Bank of the Czech Republic, with a right of electronic money emission. The Company has offices in Ukraine and in EU countries (Latvia and the Czech Republic). In 2018, he has launched a new non-profit project Noblest.org – portal of personnel search for non-profit organizations all over the world. Gennadiy received a PhD in Public Finance and Master of Public Administration and authored the thesis «Provision of Financial Autonomy of Local Self-Government» and 11 research papers. He was rated a candidate master by the Ukrainian Chess Federation and is the prizewinner of Ukrainian judo tournaments.
BMW i Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of BMW Group. The firm makes early to later stage investments in the technology and customer services space specially in the Autonomous Driving, Digital Car and Automotive Cloud, e-mobility, AI, data, cyber security, industry, mobility and energy sectors. It was founded in 2011 and is located in Mountain View and San Francisco, California; New York, New York and Munich, Germany.
Mangrove Capital Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in the internet, software, mobile, automotive, e-commerce, multimedia services, security, media, network, infrastructure, SaaS and wireless communication sectors. The firm was founded in 2000 and is based in Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Hans Hickler is an angel investor. He is the Founder and serves as CEO & Executive Advisor of Strategic Leadership at Ellipsis Advisors. He serves as a Board Member of Lumini. He serves as a Board Advisor at Lanetix. Hans Hickler serves as Board Member at KleenGel Medical. Hans Hickler serves as Board Member at VenX Medical and MEla Artisans. He joined DHL in 2005, and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of DHL Global Customer Solutions, responsible for the customer relationship management of the group's largest customers. Prior to that, Hickler served as Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express in the United States. In that position, he focused on building out the DHL Express US network and implementing numerous service initiatives. In this capacity, he devised strategies to bolster the company's standing in the express shipping industry and also implemented a recognized Customer Experience Initiative aimed to deepen customer engagement and enhance customers' experiences. Hickler started his career in the ocean transportation business, and for the next 20 years he held senior positions including Sales, General Management, CIO for the NOL Group and CEO of APL Logistics. Hickler has served on the boards of several startup ventures in the automotive, technology and medical device sectors. He holds a Ba in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a degree from Aiglon College.
XMi High Growth Development Fund is a venture capital investment arm of XMi Holdings and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. The firm invests in Tennessee based small companies operating in the healthcare, clean energy, automotive, manufacturing, logistics, business services and technology sectors. Additionally, the firm also provides human resource services, procurement services, information technology, social and non-profit management, corporate finance advice and commercial real estate brokerage.
RPM Ventures is venture capital firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was founded in 2000. The firm invests in seed and early stage companies operating in the information technology, automotive industry, cloud, e-commerce, retail, online marketplace and media sectors.
The Carlyle Group is a private equity firm and business development company that originates, structures and acts as lead equity and debt investor in leveraged buyouts, management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups and growth capital financing. The company focuses on a wide range of sectors which includes aerospace and defense, automotive and transportation, consumer and retail, energy and power, healthcare, industrial, technology and business services, and telecommunications and media. It was founded in 1987 and is based in Washington, District of Columbia with additional offices across North America, South America, Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.