Ben has experience in both venture capital investing and technology company operating roles. Ben was most recently a Principal with Scale Venture Partners. Prior to his six years in venture capital, he was a Senior Sales Engineer at Symantec and IMlogic, and worked in technical sales roles at Akamai.
At Scale Venture Partners, Ben originated the investments in Box and uTest and worked closely with HubSpot, BrightRoll, and Jaspersoft. Ben lives in San Francisco.
He holds an MEng and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kim has experience in finance and technology. Prior to joining Next World Capital, she worked as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse in New York, where she analyzed client strategies related to equity, debt and M&A within Technology, Media and Telecommunications. Kim graduated with a Masters in Finance and Strategy from Sciences Po, Paris, and got her first investing experience from the asset management group at Lazard.
Kim is a dual-citizen of France and the US, happily relocated from Paris to San Francisco where she enjoys meeting entrepreneurs and exploring the Bay area. She is passionate about travel, art, and all things creative.
Frederic has extensive experience working with venture-backed technology companies as both a senior operational executive and as an advisor. Recently, Frederic was the Managing Partner of Tioga Venture, an international management consulting firm focusing on high-tech companies. Frederic has led engagements across Europe for many international software, internet and mobile companies, with a particular focus on strategic marketing, operational excellence and market expansion. At Tioga Venture, Frederic developed the transaction services practice, leading strategic due diligence for private equity investors as well as helping high-tech companies execute expansion, financing and acquisition plans.
Over the last 12 years, Frederic has held leadership positions in several venture-backed companies. He was the COO of Netsize (acquired by Gemalto), GM of Pertinence (acquired by Dassault Systemes), and Sales Director for SLP Infoware (acquired by Gemalto).
Prior to joining SLP Infoware, Frederic worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where he led strategic IT projects in both Germany and France. Frédéric was also a consultant for Accenture, working on IT and operational issues for international retail and consumer goods clients in France and the UK.
Frederic leads NWC’s Paris office. Frederic earned a MS in Telecommunication Engineering from Telecom Paris and a MBA from the Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Craig has extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and company management with a focus on technology. He has been an investor or senior executive in more than 20 venture-backed companies. Prior to co-founding NWC, Craig was a Vice President with FTV Capital, a growth-stage venture capital firm with $1 billion under management investing in enterprise software companies worldwide. He was also a Principal at Vista Ventures, a technology venture capital firm, and a Vice President at Berenson Minella & Company, where he worked on large growth capital and buyout investments, as well as completed several acquisitions and financings, through the firm’s private equity and investment banking operations. He has also been the CFO of a venture-backed technology company, and began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston.Craig has served on the Boards of or been involved with a number of investments, including: LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP), MX Logic (acquired by McAfee), Dante Software (acquired by webMethods), Host Analytics, DynamicOps, Virtual Instruments, Ideeli, NexGen Storage, SenSage, PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Cloudmark, Nimsoft/Indicative Software (acquired by CA), StrionAir (acquired by Carrier), Rally Software, Thought Equity, DAFCA (acquired by Ceallaigh), SiGe (acquired by Skyworks), Fitness Holdings Worldwide (acquired by Forstmann Little), FM Precision and Stratavia (acquired by HP).
Craig lives in Menlo Park with his wife and two sons and is involved in the fields of foreign policy, economic development and national security. Craig is a Truman Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and was Chair of the Silicon Valley Leadership Committee of Nuru International, a social innovation non-profit fighting extreme poverty in Africa. He has been a delegate with the U.S. State Department in North Africa, and has published and spoken internationally on economic engagement as an integral part of U.S. foreign policy.
Craig received a BA magna cum laude from Carleton College and an MS from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
Tarun has 8 years of venture capital, investment banking, investment research, and operating experience. At Next World Capital, Tarun focuses on emerging segments in enterprise applications, infrastructure, on demand services, security software, Internet, business services and mobile. Most recently, Tarun was an Associate at Battery Ventures, a leading venture capital and private equity firm with nearly $3.5 billion under management. Prior to joining Battery, he was a member of Deutsche Bank’s Technology Investment Banking Group where he worked on assignments for leading technology and software clients. Before Deutsche Bank, Tarun worked at Citigroup Investment Research, initially focusing on Internet and new media and subsequently covering security and infrastructure software. He has also held positions at Middlebury Solutions Group and Lucent Technologies.
Tarun lives in San Francisco and is engaged in the community leading the development of underserved regions of India, assisting female entrepreneurs to build the skills and networks to achieve, and mentoring college students. He enjoys travel, tennis, golf, skiing, and philosophy.
Tarun is a graduate of Middlebury College with a dual degree in political science and economics with a minor in mathematics.
Sebastien has 16 years of private equity, operations and financial management experience. Prior to founding Next World Capital, Sebastien was a Director of the Halley Group, the leading investor behind the world’s second largest retailer, Carrefour. Earlier, he worked in e-commerce software product management and business development at Oracle, eShop, Intershop and Microsoft. Sebastien also co-founded one of Europe’s leading parenting web sites, and began his career in marketing at Coca-Cola.
On the personal side, Sebastien keeps trying to balance his life between NWC, his wife Julie, his four kids and a bit of exercise.
Sebastien holds bachelors and masters degrees from Paris-Dauphine University, a masters degree in management from Stanford University where he was a Sloan Fellow, and a post-masters degree in quantitative marketing from IAE, Aix-en-Provence.
Yael advises a number of the industry’s fastest growing companies on how to establish market presence and category leadership, and accelerate revenue growth. Yael has worked with CEOs and senior executive teams at Cloudera, Medallia, Nexenta, Tintri and other companies funded by Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, Lightspeed, Menlo Ventures, Redpoint, NEA, and Sequoia.
Yael is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles. Most recently, she was Vice President of Marketing at VMware. As a member of the executive staff reporting to the CEO, she led corporate, channel, alliance and worldwide marketing teams. During her five years at VMware, she drove key initiatives that supported the company’s hyper growth from a multi-hundred million to a post-IPO multi-billion dollar company and the undisputed leader of virtualization software. Prior to VMware, Yael worked and held senior management positions at Sun Microsystems as well as product and engineering roles in other technology companies. Yael relishes incubating emerging technologies from inception and growing them to achieve wide market adoption.
Yael has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business.