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Curt Gunsenheimer is new Managing Partner at Iris Capital

3. July 2019

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.

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