Meet the Team
Filip founded his first company in 2008, an online auction house for antiques and collectibles. He then joined the founding team of Zalando (FSE:ZAL) as CEO of the group’s shopping-club. Up until 2014, he has held several executive positions leading the company’s international expansion to 15 European markets 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. He lived and worked in New York, Buenos Aires, Finland and Malaysia. He loves product-centric companies that disrupt the way consumers behave today. Follow Filip on Twitter.
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.
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.
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 Talent Acquisition
Lauren joined Cherry Ventures as Head of Talent Acquisition, responsible for supporting Cherry and portfolio companies with specific hiring needs and HR related topics. Before joining the team, Lauren worked at McKinsey & Co., Egon Zehnder International and more recently at Rocket Internet, both in Brazil and Germany. Lauren holds her Bs in International Relations and post-graduation in Strategic People Management.
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.
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.
Ricardo Sequerra Amram
Ricardo joined Cherry Ventures as a Senior Associate. 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.
Alex joined the Cherry team as Associate. Previously, he worked at Zalando and gained in-depth experience in business intelligence and online-marketing. Alex studied Business at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Bocconi University. While he is one of the few true Berliners working in the startup scene, he has also lived and worked in Dublin and Milan. Alex loves to travel around the world and is a huge HerthaBSC fan.
Carlo joined Cherry as Associate. Prior to Cherry, Carlo gained first-hand experience as an entrepreneur in building a marketplace for outdoor enthusiasts in Sweden as well as 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.