Berlin — Iris Capital, one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms, appoints Curt Gunsenheimer (photo) as Managing Partner. Together with Erik de la Rivière, Managing Partner at Iris Capital since 2016, Gunsenheimer is now responsible for the global expansion strategy of German, French and US companies.
Curt Gunsenheimer joined Iris Capital in Berlin in 2002 as Partner and eventually Senior Partner responsible for late-stage investments and growth financing. “Curt has renowned expertise in enterprise software, cloud, SaaS, software-enabled services and automotive technology. He will bring new impetus and his experience will help to successfully manage all investments in the DACH market and beyond,” said Erik de la Rivière.
In 1993, Iris Capital started its investment activities in Germany. In the last ten years, 20 German companies have been financed by Iris Capital. 35 percent of the active portfolio of the European venture capital company consists of German startups.
As an investor at Iris Capital, Gunsenheimer supported more than 20 European and U.S. companies from the growth phase to global acquisitions or IPOs. He is a board member of successful startups such as Jedox, Open-Xchange, reBuy, Searchmetrics, Studitemps or Kyriba. In recent years, he has supported companies such as Talend (NASDAQ IPO) and Mister-Auto.com (acquisition by PSA Peugeot Citroën).
Prior to Iris Capital, Gunsenheimer worked at Goldman Sachs and Robertson Stephens in London and San Francisco, where he was responsible for numerous IPOs of technology companies across Europe and international M&A transactions. He also worked for MIT on programs on entrepreneurship and technology spin-outs.
About Iris Capital
Iris Capital is a European venture capital firm specializing in the digital economy. Iris Capital invests in companies at various stages of growth, from startups to late stage and growth players. Due to its particular specialization in individual industries and over 30 years of experience, as well as the support of its corporate sponsors, Iris Capital actively accompanies the companies in its own portfolio. Iris Capital has offices in Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Dubai.
IrisNext is a fund of Iris Capital, backed as investors by leading companies such as Orange, Publicis, Valeo and Bridgestone, as well as financial investors and institutions such as Bpifrance and BRED Banque Populaire. Its holdings include Adjust, Careem, HappyCar, Kyriba, Open-Xchange, Mojio, reBuy, Scality, Searchmetrics, Shift Technology, Studitemps, Talend, Talon.One and Unu Motors.