Damian Zaker

Analyst

Damian joined btov in April 2022 and focuses on Insurtech, Fintech and B2B SaaS. Prior to btov, Damian gathered investing experience at Visionaries Club and at the CVC of the Swiss Stock Exchange. Previously, he worked in the Private Equity Division of a corporate law firm and as a Founders’ Associate for a Swiss Fintech.

A jurist by background, Damian discovered his passion for startups during his time in the Silicon Valley where he supported early-stage founders on legal matters. Damian graduated in Law and Economics with a minor in Data Science at the University of St. Gallen. In his free time, you will probably find him on a rugby pitch or playing tennis.

In Venture Capital everyone agrees that it is a people’s business, but I quickly learned that the co-related trust is earned on a compounding basis.

  • With btov since: April 2020

  • Expertise in / interested in: Insurtech, Fintech and B2B SaaS

  • Favorite quote: “Never try, never know.”

  • Your “favourite futuristic technology”:  Internet of Things and Smart Everything

Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
DZ -Humility, curiosity and a healthy dose of facetiousness
Q -Which technology or trend excites you the most?
DZ -The increasing offering of B2B software catering to SMEs, which traditionally have been underserved despite representing a substantial amount of the global economy.
Q -What technological advancement are you currently hoping for the most?
DZ -The achievement of widespread commercial maturity of technologies supporting the removal of carbon dioxide
Q -What is your superpower?
DZ -I pay special attention to names and thus rarely forget one
Q -What are your top 3 books, podcasts, etc.?
DZ -The Acquired Podcast, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie.
Q -Has there been people in your life that have particularly influenced you or significantly shaped you?
DZ -My family had to escape the Vietnam War and start from scratch. They taught me that eventually, if you do not master your circumstances, you are bound to be mastered by them.
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