Our Team

Management

Kevin E. Baxpehler

Managing Partner

Eze Vidra

Managing Partner

Michael Lewkowicz

Partner

Thomas Ebeling

Chairman of the Fund

Advisors

Our advisers are deeply rooted within their relevant industries. All of them are committed to listen, provide feedback, open doors and work with our companies.

Marcus Hartmann, Munich

ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Chief Data Officer

Marcus Hartmann, Munich

ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Chief Data Officer

Marcus Hartmann is Chief Data Officer at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE since 2018, and responsible for cross-group data initiatives from data sourcing to data science driven insights and products.

Beforehand Marcus worked in comprehensive positions at the Bisnode Group, a leading provider of digital business information, analytical services and smart data analytics, headquartered in Stockholm, last as Group Vice President. In this position he led especially the group wide Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Big Data Analytics functions. Further stations of his career are the global information service provider Experian, arvato-infoscore and Bertelsmann Financial Services. The designated data expert spent his entire professional career working within the Data & Analytics industry helping businesses enter a data-analytics based world with more ease and at a higher speed.

Liat Aaronson, Tel-Aviv

Selina, COO & fmr. Partner @ Marker LLC

Liat Aaronson, Tel-Aviv

Selina, COO & fmr. Partner @ Marker LLC

Liat Aaronson is the COO of Selina, a home for digital nomads. Previously, she was a Partner at Marker LLC, a leading Israel-New York based venture capital firm, where she continues to oversee their follow-on annex fund. Prior to joining Marker, Liat was the Executive Director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at IDC, where she helped grow the program and the startups that came out of it. Today she remains involved as chairwoman of Zell and is the director of the ZEP Fund LTD. She holds a B.A. in political economy of industrial societies (economics and political science, cum laude) from the University of California at Berkeley, an LL.B. and MBA from Tel Aviv University, and an LL.M. in European law from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands (cum laude). She became a member of the Israel Bar Association in 1999.

Aryeh Bourkoff, NYC

LionTree LLC, Founder & CEO

Aryeh Bourkoff, NYC

LionTree LLC, Founder & CEO

Aryeh is the founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, an independent investment bank.  He previously served as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS, which he joined in 1999.  He was also a member of the UBS Investment Banking Executive Committee.  Other positions Mr. Bourkoff held within UBS include Joint Global Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology Investment Banking and Head of the Media and Communications Research Group.  Before joining UBS, he served as a high-yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets from 1997-99 and Smith Barney from 1995-97.

Mr. Bourkoff is a director on the boards of select private companies.  He is also a chair of the entertainment, media, and communications division of the UJA-Federation of New York and a member of its digital media executive committee; a member of the New York Philanthropic Advisory Board of UNICEF; a trustee of the Foundation Fighting Blindness; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Emma Lloyd, London

Sky, Director of Business Development and Partnerships

Emma Lloyd, London

Sky, Director of Business Development and Partnerships

As Sky’s Director of Business Development and Partnerships, Emma identifies and nurtures key strategic relationships with Sky’s technology partners, ranging from start-ups through to major international technology brands.  Emma’s role includes identifying potential commercial tie-ups – particularly in relation to new forms of content distribution – as well as investment opportunities.  Emma has overseen a number of Sky’s strategic investments, including those made in Roku, 1 Mainstream and Jaunt.

Previously Emma was Sky’s Director of Emerging Products, where she led a team that focused on identifying new product opportunities across TV, online and mobile and then bringing them to scale.  In this position, she played a key role in the early development of Sky’s award-winning multiplatform TV service, Sky Go.  Emma joined Sky in January 2008 as a business development director.  She started her career in management consulting, where she has ten years business consulting and mobile telecommunications experience. More recently, Emma has joined the board of Ocado as a Non-Executive Director.

Christof Vilanek, Hamburg

Freenet AG, CEO
Chairman at Stroeer AG

Christof Vilanek, Hamburg

Freenet AG, CEO
Chairman at Stroeer AG

After studying business administration at the Leopold-Franzen University in Innsbruck (Austria), Christoph Vilanek began his professional career with the publishing house Time-Life International. Before becoming managing director of the online fashion business boo.com, he worked in various positions within the mail-order business. In 2001, the native Austrian switched to the management consultancy McKinsey, where his focus was on the field of telecommunication in Germany and Eastern Europe. In 2004, he became joint managing director of iPublish, a subsidiary of the Ganske publishing group in Hamburg.

Before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of freenet AG, Vilanek held various positions from 2005 until 2009 within the area of customer communication, customer development, customer service and customer retention at debitel AG in Stuttgart.

Christian Schmalzl, Cologne

Stroeer AG, Co-CEO
Fmr. COO of MediaCom

Christian Schmalzl, Cologne

Stroeer AG, Co-CEO
Fmr. COO of MediaCom

Christian Schmalzl was born in Passau in 1973. He studied political science, philosophy, literature, and sociology in Passau, Munich, and Cardiff. While in college, he also worked as a freelance journalist in the editorial departments of various newspapers and publishers. After graduating from college, he joined Munich-based MediaCom as a trainee. In 2002, a little more than two years after starting out as a trainee, he became the youngest managing director in the agency group’s history. In 2007, he assumed full responsibility for all business activities in Germany. After just 10 years with the internationally active media group, he was made Worldwide Chief Operations & Investment Director (COO) at the age of 36. Christian Schmalzl has joined Ströers Board of Management as COO at the end of the year 2012. He has been appointed Co-CEO of Ströer SE & Co. KGaA in March
2017.

Asaf Peled, London

Minute Media, Founder & CEO
5y at Cisco and Evergreen Partners

Asaf Peled, London

Minute Media, Founder & CEO
5y at Cisco and Evergreen Partners

Asaf is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minute Media, parent company of 90min, 12up and DBLTAP. Founded in late 2011, Minute Media has grown to be one of the world’s fastest growing sports media platforms with over 85MM monthly unique users worldwide and has expanded the brand throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Asaf is involved in all aspects of Minute Media’s growth and operations, from product development to marketing and content.

Previously, Asaf has spent four years with Cisco’s Corporate Development team, driving acquisitions and investments with focus on the Israeli tech arena.  Prior to Cisco, Asaf has been a Venture Capital investor with Evergreen Ventures in Tel Aviv as well as with Apax Partners in California.

Asaf has a M.B.A. from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and a dual B.A. degree in Law & Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Mark Gerson, NYC

Co-founder & Chairman of Gerson Lehrman Group
Serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist

Mark Gerson, NYC

Co-founder & Chairman of Gerson Lehrman Group
Serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist

Gabby Czertok, Tel-Aviv

The Bridge by Coca Cola/Turner/Daimler, Founder & GM

Gabby Czertok, Tel-Aviv

The Bridge by Coca Cola/Turner/Daimler, Founder & GM

Mr. Czertok, Co-founded The Bridge and has served as the General Manager of The Bridge since it’s inception in 2014.

Mr. Czertok background brings together technology experience from his years in managing technology innovation and development teams in the leading intelligence military unit where he now serves on the board of the directors of the alumni organization, business experience from years of work in the cyber security space and entrepreneurship experience from his days a CEO of a HydroSpin, a startup in the water space.

At The Bridge, Mr. Czertok leads the work with the startups on one side and the corporate partners on the other, balancing between the needs of Coca-Cola, Turner and Daimler to find and more importantly integrate successfully the leading technologies from Israel and the needs of the startups and the eco-system to learn more about the challenges of corporations and ways to work with them efficiently.