People Shaping Our Investment Strategy

Martin Weiss

Managing Director & CEO

Martin heads Burda Principal Investments

Martin Weiss joined Burda in 2015 and heads Burda Principal Investments, addressing global investment opportunities in the consumer internet sector. Previously Martin was Executive Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development at international telecommunications and media company Millicom. Here, he was responsible for expanding and transforming the company’s digital activities in Latin America, the USA and Africa. Martin was previously Founding Partner at management consulting company Solon and ran their London office from 2008 to 2013. His work focused on developing digital growth strategies for international media companies and supporting leading private equity companies in mergers & acquisitions. From 1992 to 1996 Martin was with McKinsey&Co. Furthermore, he was member of the supervisory board of Tomorrow Focus AG from 2003 to 2015 and is currently on the board of Vinted.com and nebenan.de.

 

Christian Teichmann

Managing Director

Christian Teichmann, Managing Director

Christian Teichmann joined Burda in 2015 and is Managing Director of Burda Principal Investments. Prior to joining Burda, he was at Solon Management Consulting for over ten years as Partner and Head of the London office. Christian focused on business building as well as growth and investment strategies in TMT industries. Before that, he worked for investment banks Lazard and Greenhill. Christian holds degrees in economics from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid and ESB Reutlingen. Currently, he is on the supervisory boards of M.Gemi, Rockets of Awesome, NotOntheHighStreet, Showroom and Bloom & Wild and a board observer at BaubleBar.

 

Benita Krahforst

Investment Manager

Benita Krahforst, Investment Manager

Benita Krahforst joined Burda in 2016 and is an Investment Manager of Burda Principal Investments. She joined from Deutsche Bank, where she has worked for four years within the investment banking / M&A teams in Frankfurt and London. During her time at Deutsche Bank, Benita has worked with corporate clients, institutional investors and private equity funds on M&A and capital market transactions within a broad range of industries. Benita studied at University of Mannheim (Business), Stockholm School of Economics, HEC Paris and Columbia University of New York (Management and Finance).

 

Thomas Kulcsar

Investment Manager

Thomas Kulcsar, Investment Manager

Thomas Kulcsar joined Burda in 2017 and is an Investment Manager of Burda Principal Investments. He previously worked at H.I.G. Capital, where he was within their private equity team in London for four years and then spent his last year permanently seconded to the management team of a portfolio company that was thereafter successfully exited. During his time at H.I.G. Capital, he focused on a broad range of sectors and was part of the founding team of their K-12, international education platform in Europe. Thomas studied Political Science and Management at McGill University in Montreal.

 

Simon Stilcken

Investment Associate

Simon Stilcken, Investment Associate

Simon joined Burda in early 2016 and is an Investment Associate since 2017. Before joining Burda Principal Investments he worked on strategy projects with various Burda assets. Areas of focus included transaction business optimisation at Immediate Media as well as monetization and platform development at Xing. Furthermore, he worked on internationalization, pricing and category management with Burda’s e-commerce portfolio. His prior experience includes placements at Bank of New York Mellon and Oliver Wyman. Simon completed his BSc (Hons) in Business Administration at the University of Bath and holds an MSc degree from the London School of Economics in management and enterprise development.

 

Peter Kennedy

Senior Adviser

Peter Kennedy, Senior Adviser

Peter Kennedy joined Burda Asia in 1998, where he was tasked with developing the company’s various businesses in Asia. He is currently Senior Adviser to Burda Principal Investments. Previously, Peter developed and oversaw joint ventures in Taiwan with SPH, Indonesia with the Alisjahbana family, and Korea with Design House Inc. He was also closely involved in the set up of a print joint venture with the Hindustan Times Group in Delhi and helped to acquire one of the regions most successful luxury publishing companies, Prestige. In the digital space, he has worked on the company’s investment into contextual advertising in Korea and most recently in the investment into Vietnam’s leading browser based search business, CocCoc. Prior to joining Burda, Peter worked in New York for the Economist, where he developed the magazine’s US market penetration strategy, now its largest market, and for Scientific American. He has extensive Asian business experience in Japan, Korea, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Peter received his BA in business studies from the City of London University and served in the Special Air Service (SAS) while in the UK military.

 

Albert Shyy

Principal

Albert Shyy, Principal

Albert joined Burda in 2017 and heads Burda Principal Investments' Singapore office. Previously he was at GREE Ventures from 2014 to 2017, where he led the fund's investment team in Southeast Asia and India as Principal while working closely with many of its portfolio companies including Kudo, Berrybenka, and Bukalapak. Prior to this, he served as a Director at Lazada Group, Southeast Asia’s largest ecommerce retailer, helping build the company’s Marketplace business across the region. Other professional experience includes co-founding an online menswear company in the US called AlbertMing Inc. and spending 5 years as a consultant at Monitor Group across the US and Asia. He completed his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in economics and systems engineering. He currently sits on the board of Priceza, Zilingo, and Carsome.

 

Edwin Mak

Analyst

Edwin Mak, Analyst

Edwin joined Burda in 2017 as an Analyst in the Singapore office. Previously, he spent a year at online fashion retailer Tokyo Fashion, where he focused on partnerships and market expansion in Southeast Asia for its multi-label portfolio. Prior to that, Edwin completed internships across multiple industries and at companies such as GREE Ventures, Wilmar International and APL. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a business degree and major in finance.

 

Manolo Espinosa

Senior Adviser

Manolo Espinosa, Senior Adviser

Manolo joined Burda in 2017 as a Senior Adviser focused on US and Canada-based investments. Previously he was Vice President at SoundCloud for five years, leading their San Francisco office. His responsibilities extended to global partnerships, developer relations and leading investment into more diversified expansion. Manolo also co-founded Indextank, a leader in cloud-based search solutions acquired by Linkedin. His work has focused on consumer startups since 1997, including roles in strategy, growth marketing, product, and corporate development. Earlier, Manolo was a management consultant in the financial services industry in Latin America, Europe and the US. He holds degrees from Amherst College and Harvard University.

 

Camilla Dolan

Principal

Camilla Dolan, Principal

Camilla joined Burda in 2017 and heads Burda Principal Investments' London office. Previously she was at MMC Ventures from 2013 to 2017, where she focused on consumer internet investments such as Gousto and Mastered. Camilla was actively involved with the portfolio serving as a Board Director of Elder.org, Pact Coffee and Bloom & Wild. Prior to this, she spent five years at Bain & Company in London, San Francisco and Tokyo where she focused increasingly on the digital space including working closely with the UKs largest payment processor on the launch and scaling of an e-commerce focused division. She completed her MA in law from Oxford University.

 

Natalie Schmitke

Investment Manager

Natalie Schmitke, Investment Manager

Natalie joined Burda in 2017 and is an Investment Manager of Burda Principal Investments in London. Previously she was the CFO of a technology start-up company focused on natural language processing in New York City. Prior to that, she worked in the investment banking / M&A teams at J.P. Morgan in London. Natalie studied at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Business) and completed her MBA at Harvard Business School.

 

Amelia Townsend

Investment Manager

Amelia Townsend, Investment Manager

Amelia joined Burda in 2018 and is an Investment Manager of Burda Principal Investments in London. Previously she was an Investor at Unilever Ventures from 2015-2018 whose portfolio includes consumer investments such as Gousto, True Botanicals, Blow Beauty, and Instacart. Amelia was actively involved with the portfolio serving as Board Observer to seven of the companies across Europe and the US. Prior to this, she was a Strategy Consultant within the M&A practice at Accenture for four years focussing on technology and consumer goods. Amelia completed a BA Hons degree in Philosophy at Durham University and previously founded a consumer domestic services marketplace, and a non-profit organisation focussed on women in work.

 

Thomas Juvin

Associate

Thomas Juvin, Investment Associate

Thomas joined Burda in 2017 as an Investment Associate of Burda Principal Investments. He previously spent four years in the investment banking division of Nomura in London, advising on a variety of M&A and capital market transactions within the consumer & retail sectors. His earlier experience includes positions at Apax Partners and Deloitte in Paris. Thomas holds an MSc in Management from EMLyon Business School.