Meet the Team
Conny joined the Cherry team as the Executive Assistant to Christian, Daniel and Filip. Christian, Filip and Conny have been working as a team for many years during her time at Zalando. Prior, she has worked with the German-American Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia and at several other international companies. Conny studied Event Management in Leipzig, Germany. She is a huge travel-fan and loves visiting her friends in the U.S.
Tian Tian Feng
Tian Tian joined Cherry Ventures as an Associate. Previously, she led the commercialization of battery technology for Apple, enabling five product launches for iPad and accessories. Tian Tian also gained broad experience in various industries during her time as a management consultant. Born in China, she has lived on 4 continents, with most amount of time spent in the USA. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and is currently especially passionate about logistics / mobility, SMB focused services, and innovative applications of blockchain. In Tian Tian’s free time, she enjoys traveling, gastronomy, and outdoor activities.
Head of Finance
Alex joined the Cherry team as Head of Finance. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley in Frankfurt and London focusing primarily on Equity Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance. Alex is an IPO expert having been involved in several large public offerings over the last years. He holds a M.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from EBS Business School. Almost naturally, Alex is a fan of the FinTech space. As a „Nordlicht“ from Hamburg he likes to go sailing in the Baltic Sea.
Office Manager and Team Assistant
Lexi joined the Cherry team as Office Manager and Team Assistant to the Investment Team. Prior to Cherry, she worked as Office Manager and Junior SEA Manager at Magine TV, a Swedish startup company in Berlin. Lexi gained her organizational skills by working for over 4 years in the film industry as a production and project manager. She loves food, dancing and her guilty pleasure – Trash TV.
Thomas joined Cherry as Principal and is particularly excited about product-centric companies and marketplaces. Prior to Cherry, Thomas gained experience as an entrepreneur building Bonusbox, an e-commerce data and loyalty network. Previously, he worked as Assistant to the CEO and in Corporate Development at Penguin Random House in New York and in the e-commerce division of Bertelsmann/Arvato. He gained additional experience at McKinsey and in several startups. Thomas studied Economics in Essen, London and Berkeley and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Katharina is an associate at Cherry and is particularly passionate about new ideas in the travel and next-generation retail space. Prior to Cherry she spent a few years at The Boston Consulting Group in Zurich and worked with start-ups in the US, Germany, Israel and Ghana. Katharina studied business at the University of St. Gallen and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Outside of Cherry, Katharina is always up for new adventures, be it horse trekking in Kyrgysztan or spending a summer exploring Silicon Valley.
Ricardo Sequerra Amram
Ricardo is a Principal at Cherry Ventures. Previously, he spent several years gaining experience as an operator as well as working closely with founders in the roles he held at Faber Ventures, Seedrs and Seedcamp. Born in Lisbon, he speaks five languages and has lived in Portugal, Argentina, Spain, the UK and now Germany. He studied Economics in Lisbon and holds an MSc. in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from ESADE Business School. Ricardo is especially passionate about businesses building competitive advantages through data and addictive products able to change people’s habits.
Head of Platform
Isabel is Head of Platform at Cherry Ventures. Before joining the team, she worked five years in Beta-i, which is Portugal’s leading innovation and entrepreneurship organization, where she was the program director of the company’s flagship pre-seed accelerator, named Lisbon Challenge. Prior to that, she supported the expansion of YMEE, a New York-based digital creative agency, into Brazil. Isabel studied in London and holds a BA in Corporate Communications, as well as an executive degree from IE Business School on Venture Capital.
Carlo joined Cherry as Associate. Prior to Cherry, Carlo gained first-hand experience as an entrepreneur in transforming his healthcare family business to match the technologically needs of the 21st century. Previously, he also worked for the M&A division at BofA Merrill Lynch and he holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. Little surprising, Carlo is particularly interested in Fintech and Healthtech and always on the look-out for new business models to disrupt these industries.
Christian is a Founding Partner at Cherry. After some years at The Boston Consulting Group, Christian joined Zalando (FSE:ZAL)
as their first CMO. Christian was responsible for building up and managing the group’s marketing efforts (i.e. performance marketing, CRM, PR, TV and brand marketing). He then joined the Management Board of Peek&Cloppenburg and was responsible for the company’s online business. He holds a diploma in business administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He has lived and worked in the U.S., Spain, Brazil and South Africa. Christian gets excited about founders that are as passionate about execution as they are about building a strong and sustainable brand. He has a particular focus on logistics and mobility as well a food technology companies.
Filip is a Founding Partner at Cherry. Before Cherry, he founded his first startup company in 2008, an online auction house for antiques and collectibles. He then joined the founding team of Zalando as CEO of the group’s shopping-club. Up until 2014, Filip has led Zalando’s business development activities including the international expansion as well as the overall product/mobile strategy for all online shops until the IPO. Filip is also an active supporter of the “Ashoka” network, helping founders to start social businesses around the world. He holds a Diploma (MSc.) from WHU-Beisheim School of Management. Filip loves to spend his time around product-focussed companies and has a particular focus on Digital Health, AI, Fintech and “next-gen” retail technology.
Daniel is a founding partner at Cherry. After several years with McKinsey Daniel co-founded CityDeal and led the company as CEO until the acquisition through Groupon (NYSE:GRPN) in 2010. He then became Managing Director of Groupon International until six months after the IPO. After Groupon, Daniel started several companies, particularly in the local commerce and SaaS space. Most notably Daniel is founder of Quandoo, a SaaS company for restaurants that was sold to Recruit Holdings in March 2015. Daniel holds a PhD in law from Vienna School of Law and an MBA from INSEAD. He lived and worked in Vienna, São Paulo, London and Singapore. Daniel is passionate about “online-to-offline” businesses and sales-driven marketplaces. Daniel currently spends a lot of time in the areas of PropTech, Fintech and B2B marketplaces.