Pere Vallès is a tech entrepreneur and investor. After 14 years leading Scytl as its CEO, Pere became the Chairman of Scytl’s Board of Directors in April 2018. Pere is also the Chairman of the first online university in the world (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – UOC), a General Partner at a tech VC fund (Smartech Capital), an active investor and Board member in multiple technology companies and a member of the Board of Trustees of several academic and research institutions.
Prior to joining Scytl in 2004, Pere was the CFO of GlobalNet, a NASDAQ listed telecommunications company headquartered in Chicago. Pere assisted GlobalNet in becoming one of the leading providers of Voice-over-IP in the world and participated in the successful sale of the company to the Titan Corporation. Previously, Pere worked as Senior Manager for KPMG’s M&A group in Los Angeles and Miami, providing financial and strategic consulting services to private equity groups and corporations in the ICT space.
Pere has a bachelor degree in Economics and a bachelor degree in Law from the University of Barcelona and a MBA (summa cum laude) from Indiana University.
Partner of Balderton Capital
Bernard Liautaud founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time. Bernard is now a member of the SAP Supervisory Board and its strategy committee. He is also a member of Cap Gemini’s board and its strategy committee. He has received a number of distinctions including “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe’s Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001. Education: Diplôme d’Ingénieur, Ecole Centrale de Paris, and Master of Science, Engineering Management, Stanford University.
General Partner of Nauta Capital
Carles Ferrer is the representative of the board member Nauta Capital. Mr. Ferrer leads the Enterprise Software/Security investment vertical for Nauta and is based in London. He has extensive Venture Capital experience, having actively managed different VC funds since year 2000. His areas of interest include Security, SaaS, Marketing/Social Analytics/Intelligence and Critical-data driven companies. He was previously Director of Riva y Garcia’s Venture Capital Division where he led a portfolio buy-out of the Security software investments.
His previous experience includes also management positions in corporate strategy and planning/finance divisions with blue chip companies in the telecommunications, defence/SW/auto spaces and financial services, such as TRW (acquired by Northrop Grumman), Auna Group/Retevision (acquired by France Telecom and ONO) and Ernst & Young.
Mr. Ferrer is very much present in the entrepreneurial/VC ecosystem as active Board member, judge or panelist in leading events such as the Global Security Challenge, The European Tech Tour, The European Venture Contest, SeedCamp, and the IBM SmartCamp, among others.
He holds a Business Administration degree from Universitat de Barcelona, Graduate Programme in International Management from Harvard University and an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy). He sits in the board of leading young technology companies as Brandwatch (Social media monitoring), Agnitio (Voice Biometrics), Abiquo (Cloud Management), Getapp (Workspace for SaaS applications), iJento (Multichannel Customer Intelligence) and Basekit (Saas web builder for SMEs).
Borja García-Nieto Portabella
Founding member and President of Grupo Financiero Riva y García
Borja García-Nieto Portabella is the representative of the board member Spinnaker Invest. Mr. García-Nieto Portabella is the founding member and president of Grupo Financiero Riva y García. He has carried out his professional career in the financial sector and has directed several corporate teams specialized in designing financial operations. He co-founded and presides Grupo Financiero Riva y García, a firm specialized in providing personalized and high added value financial advice services, including corporate finance, private equity and private banking. Member of several private companies’ management body, he has been director of Antena 3 TV, Sogecable, Aviaco, Fecsa-Enher and Noatum Maritime among others. He is currently the president of OpenSeneca (digital platform for citizens participation) and he also sits on the board of directors of Nacional de Reaseguros (insurance company) and other portfolio companies of Riva y García Private Equity. Since 2013 he is a member of the Board of Directors of Banco Alcalá. Mr. García-Nieto Portabella holds a Law Degree from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration (MED-MBA) from IESE (University of Navarra).
Managing Director at Vulcan Capital
Abhishek Agrawal is Managing Director at Vulcan Capital and heads Vulcan’s growth equity fund and its Palo Alto office. Mr. Agrawal leads all growth equity investments for Vulcan Capital and focuses on expanding the firm’s investments in the internet and technology sectors globally. He has led Vulcan’s investments into Scytl (Spain), TrueCar, Flipkart (India), Zuora, and Gilt Groupe, since the launch of Vulcan’s growth equity fund in summer 2013.
Prior to joining Vulcan Capital, Mr. Agrawal was at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm with $18 billion in capital under management, where he worked since 2005 driving investments in the internet and technology space. Mr. Agrawal has been closely involved in many of General Atlantic’s internet and technology investments including AKQA (sold to WPP), Alibaba Group (China), Bazaarvoice (Nasdaq: BV), Dice Holdings (NYSE: DHX), Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), Gilt Groupe, Klarna (Sweden), Network Solutions, Peixe Urbano (Brazil) and Red Ventures. Mr. Agrawal is currently on the Board of Directors of Scytl, TrueCar and Zuora, and was formerly on the Board of Directors of Bazaarvoice (Nasdaq: BV) and Network Solutions (sold to Web.com, Nasdaq: WWWW).
Previously, Mr. Agrawal was with Lazard Technology Partners, an internet and technology focused venture capital firm, where he made several investments in the internet, enterprise software and communications space. Prior to that, Mr. Agrawal was in Lazard’s investment banking group where he provided mergers and acquisitions related financial and strategic advisory services to companies in the technology, media and telecom sectors.
Mr. Agrawal received his B.S. in Economics with concentration in Finance, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he ranked first in his class, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he graduated with highest distinction and was a Baker Scholar.