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.

Larry Aidem, NYC

Managing Partner at Reverb Advisors

Larry Aidem, NYC

Managing Partner at Reverb Advisors

Aidem joins Remagine Ventures from Fandor, the largest independent movie streaming service in the U.S. where, since 2015, he has served as President & CEO and where he will continue to serve on the Company’s board.

Aidem has extensive global experience in the successful development and operation of entertainment networks & platforms. Prior to Fandor, he held senior positions at HBO/Time Warner, Viacom, Showtime/CBS, and spent 10 years as President & CEO of Sundance Channel LLC. Since the successful sale of Sundance to Cablevision for $500M in 2008, Aidem’s focus has been digital, specifically in the form of direct to consumer, over-the-top (OTT) content delivery. Prior to Fandor, Aidem served as Co-Founder, President & CEO of IconicTV a creator & co-owner of premium digital channels including Jay Z’s LIFE+TIMES and Skrillex/Diplo/A-Trak’s EDM Channel, POTATO, all funded by Google/YouTube. Aidem is also a member of the Supervisory Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of the largest broadcasters in Europe.

Hadar Avtalion, Tel Aviv

Startups, Accelerator and Incubator Business Development at AWS

Hadar Avtalion, Tel Aviv

Startups, Accelerator and Incubator Business Development at AWS

Hadar currently manages AWS’ Business Development efforts in Israel, focused on the early stage, Pre-VC startup ecosystem. Prior to this role Hadar co-founded and managed Cerca Partners, a venture capital co-investment fund built around a network of outstanding tech founders & executives, with access to an extensive pool of venture backed start-ups. Selected portfolio companies include: Datorama (acquired by Salesforce), Ravello (acquired by Oracle), Adallom (acquired by Microsoft), Fiverr, Otonomo, Demisto and Alooma.

Prior to her 4 years at Cerca, Hadar was an investment professional at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), where she worked intimately with a range of JVP portfolio companies including Cyber Ark (NASDAQ:CYBR) and Cyoptics (Acquired by Avago). Prior to JVP Hadar was an early employee at Wonga in London, where she served as Director of Marketing & Business Development, establishing the company’s customer acquisition infrastructure and building strategic partnerships.

Hadar began her career at 888.com, where she worked in the Online Marketing department, managing online advertising campaigns in the US. Hadar holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Economics from Tel-Aviv University.

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.

Tamar Reshef, Tel-Aviv

Advertising Executive & Investor, fmr. Grey IL

Tamar Reshef, Tel-Aviv

Advertising Executive & Investor, fmr. Grey IL

Seasoned advertising CEO and business developer, Tamar controls the ins and outs of the advertising world and brings with her over a decade of hands-on experience in advertising, strategic planning, and marketing. Alongst 11 years at Adler Chomski – Grey IL, she has filled several positions. In 2013, she was appointed VP of Business Development at the group and founded and led the investments arm of the group in Media, Mer-tech and ad-tech companies. Tamar invested in 8 startup companies – Gameffective, Protected Media, Namogoo, Cheq, Byond, Kwik, Upsolver, SOLOMOTO. In 2017 Tamar joined Datorama as Country Manager IL, where she also took a global lead of an enterprise client. Tamar has a BA in Economics and an MBA, both from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, where she also served as an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship.

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.

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.

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.

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.