Iris Capital: Thorben Rothe becomes new Principal in Berlin
Berlin — Iris Capital expands its team in Berlin: Thorben Rothe (photo) becomes the new Principal. Iris Capital, one of the leading European venture capital firms, engages Thorben Rothe as Principal. Effective immediately, he joins the team in Berlin and is responsible for early-stage investments in Germany.
Thorben Rothe has more than seven years of venture capital experience. Most recently, the 34-year-old was a principal at Capnamic Ventures, one of the leading early-stage venture capital firms in Germany. Iris Capital has made several early-stage co-investments with Capnamic Ventures over the past five years. Rothe was responsible for the management of twelve portfolio companies and the development of the Berlin office. Previously, he worked at DuMont Venture, a corporate venture capital firm focused on digital media and IT, and gained operational experience at various startups
The hiring of Thorben Rothe is an important part of Iris Capital’s expansion strategy for Germany. This is also accompanied by a strategic expansion of the Berlin location, where the startup scene is particularly active. Iris Capital’s portfolio already includes well-known Berlin-based companies such as the leading re-commerce retailer reBuy, the equally leading solution provider for app analytics and attribution Adjust, and the specialist for search and content strategies Searchmetrics. Further new hires are planned for the Berlin office, which is led by Erkan Kilicaslan, Managing Partner at Iris Capital.
“We have been active in Germany since 1993, our first investment was E‑Plus,” says Erkan Kilicaslan, Managing Partner at Iris Capital. “Since then, we have been successfully investing in talented founders in Germany and beyond. Through Thorben Rothe, we will further develop our Berlin location and expand our already established network.”
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. Its holdings include Adjust, Careem, Kyriba, Marco Vasco, Mister Auto, Mopub, Netatmo, ReBuy, Searchmetrics, Scality, Shift Technology and Talend.
IrisNext is a fund of Iris Capital, backed as investors by leading companies such as Orange, Publicis, Valeo, Bpifrance, BRED Banque Populaire and other financial institutions.