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.
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.
Head of People and Talent
Ulrike is Cherry´s Head of People and Talent, where she provides strategic partnership and hands-on support in multiple areas of HR for Cherry Ventures and its portfolio company teams. Over the past 10 years, Ulrike has worked with Management Teams and C-Level leaders across different organizations. Prior to Cherry, she was a Senior Business Partner at Zalando SE. Having joined Zalando in the early years, she actively contributed to scaling, organizational changes as well as leadership and culture development. Prior to becoming involved in the startup eco-system, Ulrike was part of the People and Talent Acquisition Team at KPMG. As a graduate from ESCP Europe, Ulrike holds a Master’s degree in Business. To professionally underpin her passion for meaningful people and leadership development, she also holds a degree as a systemic Business Coach from Artop Academy (Humboldt University Berlin). Having lived in the US, Spain, and the UK, Ulrike became a lifelong traveler.
Thomas was the first to join Cherry and is particularly excited about product-centric founders and industry-defining opportunities in software. 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.
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.
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.
Christian is a Founding Partner at Cherry. After some years at The Boston Consulting Group, Christian joined Zalando 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.
Talent Sourcing Manager
Franziska joined Cherry as Talent Sourcing Manager helping to find world-class talents for the Cherry family. Previously she worked as a freelance photographer and project manager at a graphics and communications agency. Prior to this, she gained extensive knowledge as Brand Manager for the Berlin-based startup reBuy and family owned BRITA water filters, from the Frankfurt area. She has lived in Chile, Japan, the Czech Republic, and the US due to her studies in International Business. Franziska holds an MBA from Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Master from Wiesbaden Business School. As a family manager of three little ones Franziska knows how to keep different balls in the air and is a big fan of new work tools and techniques.
Dominik joined Cherry as Finance Manager. Prior to Cherry he has gained several years of investment and industry experience at a Private Equity Fund with strong focus on operations and turnarounds. Having previously worked in manufacturing and finance in Asia and Europe, he is particularly passionate about companies gaining the competitive edge in the fields of Industry 4.0, AI, and FinTech. Dominik holds a M.Sc. in Finance from ESADE Business School, where he specialized in Venture Capital & Private Equity, M&A, and Operational Financial Management.
Head of Platform
Isabel is Head of Platform at Cherry Ventures. Before joining the team, Isabel worked at Beta-i, Portugal’s leading innovation and entrepreneurship organization. There she led Lisbon Challenge, a pre-seed accelerator focused on helping founders going from prototype to product. 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.
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.
Patrick joined Cherry as an associate. He is especially excited about new computing platforms such as crypto networks and bottom-up SaaS companies. As an early Bitcoin hodler, Patrick has already lived through several financial cycles and become just a little bit smarter every time. He enjoys spending time outdoors and would not be doing his Austrian citizenship proud if he weren’t a ski instructor. Patrick previously worked at Dreamit Ventures. He was schooled in Vienna, London, and Philadelphia, and holds a bachelors of economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
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.