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Debneel

Founder & Managing Partner

Co-founded a seed stage sector agnostic venture capital initiative approved for nearly 6x co-funding from Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) under the Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS).

Notable early stage startup investments in the venture incubator included Luxola (www.luxola.com), ArtofClick (www.artofclick.com), Tradegecko ( www.tradegecko.com), Zumata (www.zumata.com) and GushCloud (www.gushcloud.com).

In 2015, Luxola was acquired by Sephora (a Louis Vuitton Company), and GushCloud by Yello Mobile of Korea. Both deals are counted among the top multibagger exits in the Singaporean start-up ecosystem. Later that year, Debneel exited the venture incubator by selling his founding shares to a Los Angeles based VC.

Prior to this, Debneel setup a Fintech company out of Singapore in 2001 that served banks and insurers across East Asia and Australia and exited it about a decade later this garnering most of his proprietary capital. Debneel is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in Investment Banking, Technology and start-ups.

In 2016 he founded Decacorn Capital as a true cross border VC investment platform that invests in best in class tech startups from around the world especially USA Israel and Europe. The initiative has made one and half dozen of stage agnostic startup investments across a wide industry segment with two comendable exits in only 20 months. The Singapore government investment arm has recently selected Decacorn as their co-investment partner in a 3:7 with a follow-on of 1:1. This enhances the reach and runway for Decacorn significantly whilst taking the risk out of early stage investments.

 
 
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Abhijit

Partner & Managing Director

Abhijit has over 25 years of experience in building successful business strategies and go-to-market models across Asia-Pacific. His core strength is in marketing and sales both direct and through channels and alliances.

Abhijit was one of the early adopters of digital marketing as a key area of specialization. This resulted in exponential growth of the technology businesses he ran in the economically and culturally diverse regions of South East Asia, North Asia and Australia, creating sales channels that rapidly on-boarded customers across 12 countries.

Abhijit brings with him an ability to identify and build lasting alliances as a critical strategy for businesses looking to scale rapidly in unfamiliar markets.

He has been an angel investor in his own merit for past several years. Being part of Decacorn core team he formalises his journey in the exciting world of technology led start-ups. He is based in Singapore for the past two decades.

 
 
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Rain

Partner

A serial entrepreneur and investor, with two decades of entrepreneurship and company building experience across Europe and the Bay area, Rain is the visionary co-founder and Managing Partner at Superangel, a truly cross border early stage investment fund based out of Estonia whose DNA matches with that of Decacorn. As an early pioneer of the mobile payment industry, Rain co-founded Fortumo, a digital enablement platform for telco bundling, carrier billing and messaging platform with a reach of 4.5 billion consumers in 100+ countries through 350 telcos.

Rain holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management from the prestigious University of Tartu, and true to his belief, he is now one of the founders of Garage48 Foundation, a non-profit focused on motivating young people to start their own companies.

Rain is a key contributor to Decacorn’s Baltic vision of building globally relevant tech start-ups which can ride on Asia’s scalable markets in order to break into the strangle hold of USA and China over tech unicorns and decacorns in the world stage.

 
 
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Elan

Partner

Elan has two decades of experience in large Israeli VCs, preceded by stints with wall-street investment banks. Elan has deep knowledge of the Israeli, US and European tech venture investment landscape. As a Partner in Decacorn, he plays a pivotal role in its cross border play especially focussing on the Israeli start-up ecosystem.

Elan is a General Partner of Ibex Ventures and spent 5 years as the Head of Investments at one of Israel’s largest Venture Funding initiatives where he was one of the founding partners.  Prior to that, Elan was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Prelude Israel Fund, a hedge fund focused on Israeli companies.

Before Prelude, Elan was a Senior Vice President and the Head of Technology investment banking at Lehman Brothers in Israel from 2004-2008.  Elan was a portfolio manager at Oasis Capital, a multi-billion hedge fund with a focus on long/short, catalyst driven and special situation investing from 2002-2004. Between 1997-2002, Elan was a top-ranked Israeli technology research analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Elan started his career as a technology research analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York (1994-1997). Elan received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude).

 
 
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Diana

Venture Partner

Diana is the brand ambassador for Decacorn in China and is an active angel investor who invests in compelling early stage start-ups globally. She is also a member of the leadership team & steering committee of AngelVest group, Shanghai’s largest international angel investor network.

With over 15 years of experience in corporate and management consulting, predominantly in USA and China, with global majors, United Technologies, Intel, TNT and Korn Ferry HayGroup, Diana has an all-rounded strategic human resources design and hands-on operational & implementation experience with specialities in ramping up new businesses, mergers & acquisitions, and is widely recognized for her ability to spot talents.

Diana lived in Australia, United States and has been residing in Shanghai now, for more than a decade. She holds a graduate degree in Economics from National University of Singapore, a Masters in Commerce from University of Melbourne and attended an Executive Program with Darden Business School.

 
 
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Gaurav

Venture Partner

Gaurav is the Chairman of Dalmia Group Holdings, a holding company for business and financial assets. It invests in private equity, real estate, public markets, structured debt and fixed income.

He is an early investor in and a Board member of True North (formerly India Value Fund), a leading Indian private equity fund, which manages approximately $3.5billion. He is also the founder and Chairman of Landmark Holdings, a real estate investment firm, which has invested in more than 40 housing projects. He co founded GTI, a long term investment vehicle for India focused investments.

He is a Board member of Brookings India. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000. Gaurav received an MBA with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from Columbia Business School.

 
 
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Richard

General Counsel

A lawyer and entrepreneur, Richard runs The Legal Partners in London - a business law and HR law firm focussing on technology clients over the last 12 years. In business, Richard’s experience as an in house lawyer extends across directorships in telecommunications, IT, mobile, media and film production networks in the UK.

He has previously worked as Legal Director at Neos Networks and Sohonet. He was part of the management team who successfully raised £50m of Private Equity money and then grew and sold Neos Networks to London listed FTSE 100 utility group Scottish and Southern Energy plc in 2003.

Richard qualified with Slaughter and May in 1994 and spent 6 years advising blue chip clients, working on joint ventures and telecoms and IT company IPOs.

He lives in London. He follows the England cricket team and plays cricket with his deadly medium pace swing bowling gracing the Surrey village cricket grounds in the Summer.

 
 
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Fredrik

Company Builder

Based in London, Fredrik brings over a decade of consulting and entrepreneurial experience across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has worked as a Corporate Strategy Consultant with Deloitte, where he completed more than 40 strategy and commercial due diligence projects for corporate and private equity clients before co-founding Energy Aspects, a leading oil and gas research house headquartered in London.

Fredrik anchors Decacorn’s forays into Europe with focus in the UK and Nordic region.

Educated in Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom, Fredrik holds a degree in Economics with Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK.

 
 
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Kalev

Company Builder

As a trainer and business coach, Kalev brings with him a deep knowledge of Business Planning, Innovation Management, Analytical Skills, and International Business which he uses to help startups to scale with efficiency. He now leads the company building efforts at Alpine House, a Superangel backed 12 month accelerator program which includes a unique customer development program in Silicon Valley, Singapore and London. 

 Kalev graduated with Business Administration from the University of Tartu and had a stint as a Research Scholar at Arizona State University , Phoenix, USA, to do a paper on how to nudge entrepreneurial behaviour and support internationalization of companies.

 Kalev works closely with the Decacorn to facilitate cross border pollination of our portfolio startups between Silicon Valley, Estonia and Singapore.

 
 
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Narayan

Company Builder

Narayan is the Founder of Power2sme and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Board Member. He is responsible for the overall profitability and performance of the organization. He sets the overall direction for the business and focuses on the scalability and growth of the business. He is a qualified Cost Accountant and a seasoned entrepreneur.

Narayan was also the Founder and CEO of Denave, India's largest technology powered sales enabling services company, prior to forming BEBB India. He continues as a Board Member at Denave. Narayan started his entrepreneurial journey after giving up a flourishing corporate career with Microsoft India in the late nineties.

Today he epitomizes the Indian home grown entrepreneurial streak which now drives the burgeoning "start up" ecosystem in India, the fastest growing startup market in the world. With his extensive experience of working in the SME segment, first in the corporate world and later in his entrepreneurial journey, Narayan has deep understanding of the startup ecosystem in India, a knowledge he uses to anchor Decacorn's investments in India. Narayan is based in New Delhi and holds the office of Vice President of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI).

 
 
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Donna

Company Builder

Donna Kivirauma, is a serial entrepreneur, having started companies in the U.S. and Finland. She is highly experienced in company leadership, sales and marketing, and what she calls, “The Art of Creating Opportunities.” Startups are her passion and she has developed over the years an uncanny knack to engineer a big impact in them, when it is needed most, especially in their nascent stage. She is a valuable resource for every startups that is seeking product market fit and access to new markets.

As an Company Builder, She is the brand ambassador for Decacorn in the Nordic and Baltic region, besides mentoring Decacorn funded startups with her time tested entrepreneurial skills. Donna is an Ameri-Finn, born and raised in the U.S but has been living in Finland for over a decade now and considers herself a Finn.

She is also the CEO of VirtualTraveller, a Finland based AR/VR deep tech startup that endeavours to revolutionise the ways and means we entertain ourselves. She studied Mathematics in first at Louisiana State University and Houston University and has worked in cross section of Industry at senior levels including Board positions in the past.

 
 
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Adi

Principal

Adi graduated as a Physicist with distinction and went on to complete his Masters in Computer Science Engineering, specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He is an alumni on the Dean's list of one of the top universities in the world.

Adi brings to the table a plethora of cross industry experience covering Data Science, Algorithms, and Systems Engineering. He started his career as a Full Stack Software Engineer specialising in complex event-driven systems.

At Decacorn, he oversees the curation and evaluation of startups that use exponential technologies to produce game changing results.

Adi is a keen traveler and an ardent reader. He uses every opportunity to travel to far away places around the world as a backpacker to enrich himself from the experience of meeting new people and learning about new cultures. He uses these experiences of his in his everyday work to create delight for all his stakeholders

 
 
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Louis

Analyst

Louis has developed stock market knowledge and started investing since his military days. After building a profitable portfolio, he realised that most of the value creation is hidden in the private markets. Disruptive technology companies like Grab and Palantir are growing at tremendous rates before reaching IPO. His interest in the private market slowly led him into venture capital ecosystem. Upon graduation, Louis joined Decacorn Capital as an analyst. Louis combines stock research methods to new start-ups to portrait a fresh and comprehensive analysis.

Prior to joining Decacorn capital, Louis was an operations analyst with Standard Chartered Singapore, where he was involved in performance management in both front and back office of the bank to improve customer experience.

Louis currently holds a Business Management degree from the University of Birmingham. He is from Singapore and is a native speaker of English and Mandarin

 
 
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Manon

Analyst

Manon Lecuyer brings with her an interesting blend of social consciousness and passion for technology which helps her to empathetically analyse the impact of emerging technologies and disruptive business models on our society. As an Analyst in Decacorn, Manon helps in assimilating relevant datapoints to support the team in making investment decisions besides engaging with business partners and investors from Europe and Asia to reinforce our core philosophy of creating true cross border play.

Manon has over half a decade of experience in working with founders, building digital models in social and education space and is now looking at expanding her horizon with exposure in the diverse and rapidly expanding startup space in Asia

Manon holds a bachelor degree in social studies from the Institut Regional du Travail Social, Paris and a management degree from CNED Paris. She is a French native and is equally conversant with English.

 
 
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Timothy Lim

Analyst

As a “Gen Y” tech native, Timothy has grown up with a pervasive hunger for everything digital, embracing and enjoying the disruptions around him, sparking a desire to be a technology investor managing his own profitable US equity portfolio, starting early during his university days.

Prior to joining Decacorn Capital, Timothy had stints with financial services intermediaries Phillip Capital and Prime Partners covering the retail and technology space across the Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

As an Analyst in Decacorn, Timothy is involved in curation and evaluation of deals, due diligence, and the preparation of investment documents for the Investment Committee.

Timothy is an Economics (BSc) graduate from University College London (UCL). A native of Singapore, he is fluent in both English and Mandarin.