Andrin brings both entrepreneurial and investment experience to Piton. He was a co-founder of Glocalnet, which became Sweden’s 3rd largest consumer telecom service provider and was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange before being acquired by Telenor. He was a partner at M/C Venture Partners, one of the leading private equity investors in the US telecom services space. He was also one of two principals establishing an investment company that became QXL Ricardo PLC’s largest shareholder in 2005, and was instrumental in the transformation of QXL leading to its sale to Naspers for around $1.9 billion. He holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
Greg founded UBS Capital’s early stage venture activities in Europe in 1999, and then started the pilot investment activities with Andrin that led to the founding of Piton in 2006. Prior to this he worked in telecoms corporate finance and held operating roles in classified media publishing. In his time with UBS he helped create Sunrise, the alternative telecom services provider in Switzerland, and made investments in sector-leading companies such as Betfair which became the world’s largest betting exchange. Greg has a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Helen has been working with Andrin and Greg behind the scenes since Piton began. She is responsible for the back office and compliance function of the firm and ensures order is kept when the pace is fast-moving. Helen has over 14 years working in venture capital and also brings skills gained from various sales and management roles. She is a 5th degree taekwondo black belt.
Natasha joined Piton Capital in early 2014 and is a Principal at the firm. Prior to joining Piton, Natasha was an analyst in M&A at Goldman Sachs where she worked across sectors including technology, media and telecoms, consumer retail, industrials and real estate. Natasha is a graduate of the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economic History.
Bobur joined Piton in 2015 as an Associate. Prior to this, Bobur launched a startup focusing on connected devices and worked as a management accountant in various financial disciplines. He is responsible for fund management as well as working on deal flow. Bobur graduated from the London School of Economics with BSc Economic History and Economics.
Mira joined Piton Capital as an Associate in 2017 having received her MBA from London Business School. Prior to LBS, she worked on the Futures & Options desk at BofA Merrill Lynch and at UBS covering Global Macro and Systematic Hedge Funds. At Piton, Mira’s focus is on product deep-dives and deal due-diligence as well as being the Blockchain and eSports enthusiast on the team.
Pierre de Weck joined Piton to serve as Special Advisor on the governance and strategy of the firm. He currently serves as a director of Bank of America, and is Special Advisor to General Atlantic Partners. Pierre’s distinguished career in financial services includes roles as CEO of North America and Europe at UBS AG, CEO and Chief Credit Officer of UBS Capital, and Global Head of Private Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank AG.
In 1999 Ed and his co-founder, Bert Black founded Betfair with the idea of applying financial trading technology to sports betting. In the subsequent years Betfair has grown into the highest transaction volume electronic exchange in Europe, and a £1 billion business. Ed has been instrumental in all aspects of creating and growing Betfair.
Edouard is a partner at Ascender Capital, a value-oriented hedge fund based in Hong Kong. Earlier in his career, he co-founded Sendit AB, a Swedish telecom software company acquired by Microsoft in 1999. Subsequently, he set up and managed Microsoft’s Mobile Internet Business in Asia and was the leading investor and CEO of Incomit AB, later acquired by BEA Systems. Edouard holds an M.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and an MBA from INSEAD.