Dr. Christian Reitberger

Partner

Christian Reitberger has worked with btov since 2008 – initially as a Member of the Investorenkreis and a lead investor on numerous deep tech transactions. He joined the Industrial Tech Fund as a Partner in April 2018.

In 1995 Christian graduated in Physics with a doctorate sub auspiciis praesidentis from Vienna University. After stints at CERN and at industry labs he complemented his science tools with business tools at McKinsey, where he advised clients until 1999 in the areas of telecommunications, electronics, digital media and biotechnology in questions of strategy, operations as well as post-merger management; he also was a founding member of the Private Equity Practice.

This led him to Apax Partners where he spent nine years, and was responsible most recently as a Partner for technology investments in Europe, ranging from venture to growth to buyout investments until 2008. In 2009, he joined pan European venture capitalist Wellington Partners and helped to build the portfolio in electronics, resource efficiency and computer vision companies. He still holds portfolio responsibility for a number of companies in the Wellington portfolio.

Christian focuses his investment activities on electronics, photonics, quantum technology, resource efficiency and robotics / industrial AI investments that have the potential to improve the state of the world in a sustainable and significant way. And since at heart he still is a (crypto)scientist he also manages a way too broad portfolio of scientific interests in physics, mathematics, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and econophysics.

As a founder you have to have endless optimism – I admire that.

  • With btov since: I have been working with btov since 2008. In the first ten years as a member of the Investorenkreis, and lead investor for a number of Deeptech Investments. Since 2018 I’ve been one of the four partners of the Industrial Tech Team.

  • Expertise in / interest in the following areas: I’ve the most investment experience in the areas I’m most personally interested in. This ranges from electronics, semiconductors, photonics and quantum technologies, to the broad field of resource efficiency technologies, industrial AI/robotics and cognitive automata.

  • Favourite quote: Cogito ergo sum.

  • Your favourite futuristic technology: An Everett multiverse synchronizer that finally lets me read all the books and papers in my library within a year, so that I can remember them in all branches of the multiverse.

Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
CR -Curiosity, honesty, fairness and the conviction that life is not a zero-sum game.
Q -What technological progress do you hope for most?
CR -A cost-effective direct air capture technology for CO2.
Q -What do you like most about your job?
CR -That I am often allowed to push the boundaries of what is technically feasible with my portfolio companies, which sometimes results in advances that help reduce the oversized footprint of humanity on this planet.
Q -What surprised you when you started working in venture capital?
CR -The incredible range of personal interaction styles between VCs and their portfolio executives - with many enjoyable role models, but also amazingly antisocial negative examples that have survived in the industry for decades.
Q -Do you have a passion that you pursue besides work?
CR -I'm a fanatical book and paper collector and I read like a madman - except when I go hiking in the mountains with my family.
Q -What did you want to become when you were little?
CR -I went from paleontologist to physicist pretty quickly. And stayed.
Q -What are you particularly good at, what is your "superpower"?
CR -I can listen and don't feel the urge to always be the smartest or loudest person in the room.
Q -What are your information sources on the net?
CR -I read the FT.com for the global picture, the Süddeutsche for the European picture and the Quh Blog to know what is happening in my neighborhood.
Q -What are your top 3 favorite podcasts/books?
CR -I appreciate the OmegaTau, the BrainScience and the Nature podcast. I love so many books, there is no top 3.
Q -Where are you currently educating yourself, what are you learning new things?
CR -I read 5-10 books at a time, so it sometimes takes me years to read them all at once...the topics range from quantum chemistry to archaeology to neurobiology, there is almost everything...
Q -What are the most important things you have learned from founders so far?
CR -Unbelievable standing qualities even in times of bad news avalanches. As a founder you have to have endless optimism - I admire that.
Q -Which startup inspires you the most?
CR -I am very lucky to have chosen most of "my" startups according to my interests - they all inspire me!
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