Jochen Gutbrod

Partner

Dr. Jochen Gutbrod was CFO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group from 2003 to 2009, and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board from 2007 to 2010. In addition, he was CEO of Holtzbrinck Digital from 2004 to 2010. Prior to joining Holtzbrinck, he held leadership positions at Schroder Investment Management Ltd. and Lombard Odier & Cie. He is a serial entrepreneur, co-founding (amongst others) ifund service, fundinfo, and RI Digital Ventures. Jochen is Partner and Executive Chairman of btov and jointly with Florian Schweitzer, Luca Martinelli and Andreas Göldi responsible for the Digital Tech Funds of btov.

Do not give up. Look for solutions.

  • With btov since: 2011 as business angel, 2015 as partner

  • Expertise in / interest in the following areas: Generalist, with interest in Fintech, eCommerce and marketplaces

  • Favourite quote: “Be ready when luck is on the way.”

  • Your favourite futuristic technology: Teleportation by means of spatial folding

Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
JG - Integrity, reliability, curiosity and serene cheerfulness
Q -Which SciFi "technology" are you still missing in the real world?
JG -Time Travel
Q -What technological progress do you hope for most?
JG -Network coverage in the trains of Deutsche Bahn
Q -What do you like most about your job?
JG -Working with founders and our team
Q - What has been your greatest success so far?
JG -Investing in Zalando in the middle of the financial crisis of 2008
Q -What surprised you when you started working in venture capital?
JG -It's pretty time consuming...
Q -Do you have a passion that you pursue besides work?
JG -Furnishing offices and Italian art of the 17th century
Q -What are your top 3 favourite books?
JG -Good to Great, Jim Collins. It's all in there, otherwise I never read Management Guides and love all books on French and Italian Art and History
Q -What are you currently studying, what are you learning new things?
JG -Chess with my son (he is winning more and more often)
Q -What are the most important things you have learned from founders so far?
JG -It takes controlled madness.
Q -Which founders do you find most inspiring?
JG -Those who never give up.
Q -Which person impresses you the most?
JG -The ones who don't want to do just that.
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