Team

Guillaume Aubin co-founded Alven with Charles Letourneur. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and IEP Paris. Guillaume joined Paribas in 1991 and worked successively in Paris, New York and London in the Corporate Finance department (M&A, IPO) for French and European companies, more particularly in the technology sector. He then developed an activity of investor in fast growing companies which led in 2000 to the creation of Alven.

Guillaume holds & has held over 30 board positions in wide range of companies including marketplaces, DNVB, Saas and Fintech companies

Charles Letourneur co-founded Alven with Guillaume Aubin. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE, and IEP Paris. Charles joined the M&A department of Lazard in 1991 in New York, and then in Paris where he was appointed Executive Director in 1999. In 2000, he was also appointed member of the Executive Committee of Eurazeo. He then developed an activity of investor in fast growing companies which led in 2000 to the creation of Alven.

Charles has been involved in all aspects of Alven’s development over the past 20 years, and focuses notably on opportunities in Saas, Fintech and  Marketplaces.

With a strong track record of building giant marketplaces, insurtech companies or consumer businesses, Rodolphe mainly backs companies with transactional business models.

As a VC, I’ve been lucky to work alongside entrepreneurs who had both bravery and vision to disrupt existing industries or create new categories: it’s the hardest job on earth, and that’s why I have infinite respect for those who risk everything and dedicate their time and energy to making a difference and leaving a legacy. If you have that ambition, we should definitely meet!

After studying finance and economics in Paris and Boston, Rodolphe joined the VC industry in 2003 and participated in the rise of the European tech ecosystem. He joined Alven in 2015.

François focuses on new forms of consumer communication, education and entertainment – especially for younger generations. He is also interested in next frontier technologies and applications – autonomy, robotics, brain and space.

I’m looking for a combination of binary plays and founders with super bold ambitions but the necessary risk-taking and resilient mindset to eventually get there.
Given the likely uneven journey, I care a lot about founders transparency and authentic will to welcome me as a partner and play intellectual and emotional pong on whatever key topic.
As a former founder, I consider myself a co-pilot, trying to leverage as much knowledge, pattern, network, creativity and empathy, but never touching the wheel, to help founders drive as fast and steep as they can.

François Meteyer started his career in technologies and Internet in 2010 in the Strategy & Innovation Department of Vivendi. In 2012, he created Decovery, a home design social platform that Altice Media Group acquired in 2014. He then worked with HEC Group to foster entrepreneurship and advise young founding teams. François Meteyer graduated from EDHEC and joined Alven in 2015.

 

Thomas focuses on early-stage investments in developer tooling, security, and financial infrastructure.

“I particularly like to invest in founders that go on to build products out of personal frustration – they see something broken in their industry and then make it their mission to fix it. It usually starts with some tinkering to increase productivity or to improve on an already widespread solution, followed by a lightbulb moment when they realize it could have a very large impact. That’s when they receive an email from me 🙂

As a British & Belgian national who also spent over a decade in China, Japan, Australia, and the US, I was raised in a quite multicultural environment and have a soft spot for founders with global ambitions from day one.”

After studying Computer Science, Thomas started his career in Tech Investment Banking. Thomas then switched to investing and worked in a number of investment roles across London, Berlin, and San Francisco before joining the Alven team in 2020.

Bartosz focuses on early-stage investments in fintech applications, crypto and web3 infrastructure, and decarbonation.

“I work extremely closely with the entrepreneurs in my portfolio, and I want to act as both a trusted partner and a sounding board to iterate around new ideas, both in product, go-to-market and recruitment.

That’s why I’m looking for high-agency, intellectually honest founders who are looking to solve a major problem while building a sustainable, long-lasting business. As a crypto and recruitment aficionado, I launched Operation 3, the web2 to web3 talent upgrade programme to help top tech operators land their next job.”

After studying business and game theory at HEC and École Polytechnique, Bartosz began his career in banking at Goldman Sachs before moving into venture capital and the tech space across Europe. He joined Alven in 2019.

 

Victor focuses on early-stage investment in data infrastructure and tooling, as well as security software.

“I like to engage very early into the relationship with the entrepreneurs as I’m persuaded that only a personal connection based on ‘straightforward honesty’ can lead to long term partnership success.

I’m looking for entrepreneurs driven by a mission to solve a huge issue shared by many, structured, data driven, and with limitless ambition.”

Victor started his career as an entrepreneur and founder but switched to investing in 2017 joining XAnge where he worked in a number of investment roles. He then joined Alven in 2020.

Maria looks at early-stage investments in all verticals and is particularly interested in Insurtech, consumer projects and the health space.

When I meet an entrepreneur, the things I care about the most are his determination and honesty. The first one will enable them to push further than others, reach incredible heights, and more importantly, stay up in difficult periods like the ones we’ve experienced recently. The second one will build trust around him, and enable us to partner for the long run no matter the situation. 

Born & raised in Morocco, I moved to several countries in Europe, the US, and Oceania, experiencing a cultural shock every time, that’s how I learned to adapt quickly. My friends and family call me a 4×4. I am looking for 4×4 entrepreneurs that find joy & accomplishment in adversity.

Maria started her career in 2019 at a startup called CareOS, a Baracoda company where she was a product manager. Prior to that, she had internships in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman and as a supply chain manager at Danone. She graduated from HEC Paris & Polytechnique in 2019 and joined Alven in September 2021.

Christelle has 10+ years experience in the startups/digital space. At Criteo first where she built the HR department from scratch in 2009, taking the company from 30 people to over 1,500 post IPO in 2015, and more recently at Tiller Systems as Chief People Officer. As Head of Talent, Christelle will help our portfolio companies on their main HR challenges.  Christelle graduated from Pantheon Assas University (CIFFOP) with a Master degree in Human Ressources and labor relations.

As Head of Marketing and Community, Gaëlle is responsible for nurturing the Alven community by building connections, sharing knowledge, and supporting portfolio companies. She is also in charge of developing Alven’s wider presence online and in the news.

Gaëlle is a marketing and communications expert who co-founded 50inTech before joining Alven. Her extensive experience has enabled her to develop strong skills in content creation and community development. Gaëlle started her career at InterXion (now part of Digital Realty). She continued her journey with various digital and creative agencies, including WPP Group, where she advised major brands on leveraging digital technologies and transforming their marketing.

Yves de Rocquigny holds an Executive Master in Corporate Finance at Paris IX Dauphine University and a master’s degree in management.

He started his career as a financial auditor at EY. He then spent 5 years at Bridgepoint, where he was in charge of the fund operations at the Paris office. He then switched to venture capital in 2018 as CFO of 360 Capital a Paris/Milan-based VC fund. Yves joined Alven in 2022 as Chief Financial Officer.

Judith is Legal Counsel since December 2017. She is responsible for the fundraising’s legal aspects. She also assists the investment team on the refinancing and exit operations and helps portfolio companies. Judith started her career as a corporate lawyer at Dechert (Paris) LLP where she advised start-up companies and investment funds in venture capital operations and other clients in M&A transactions. Judith graduated from University Panthéon Assas (Paris II) with a Master 2 in Tax and Business Law and from ESSEC Business School.

Julie Barchilon joined the Asset Management / OPCVM practice of the audit firm Constantin Associates in 2002. In 2005, she joined Alven where she is currently in charge of Administration and Finance. Julie holds a Masters Degree in Financial Management and Taxation from La Sorbonne University in Paris.

After 10 years in the hospitality field, she chose a career of the future by joining Alven as an Office manager. She defines her main goal as leading the Alven Family to its best team spirit.