Luca Martinelli


Entrepreneur by heart, investor by profession, Luca Martinelli joined btov in mid-2013 and is Partner in the Digital Tech Fund team. He studied International Business with a major in Finance in Maastricht, Milan and London and holds a Masters Degree (M.Sc.) in Technology and Management orientated Business Administration from the Technical University of Munich. From his second year of studies onwards, Luca was co-founder of two startups in the education and recruiting space. He helped building both profitable companies for 5 years until he joined btov.

What keeps me really excited is continuous entrepreneurship and innovation. I like companies who reinvent themselves over and over again

  • With btov since: mid-2013

  • Expertise in / interest in the following areas: B2B software & platforms, Fin Tech, HR & recruiting

  • Favourite quote: “If something is important enough you should try, even if the probable outcome is failure.” (Elon Musk)

  • Your favourite futuristic technology: Teleportation

Q -Which values are important to you and drive you?
LM -Excellence, drive, focus, integrity.
Q -What technological progress do you hope for most?
LM -Artificial Intelligence applied and regulated in such a way that it gives humans new levels of freedom.
Q -Which technology or which trend inspires you the most?
LM -We get used to new technologies pretty fast, but what keeps me really excited is continuous entrepreneurship / innovation. Companies who reinvent themselves over and over again.
Q -What inspires you most about your job?
LM -Supporting a variety of the smartest entrepreneurs in building the category leaders of tomorrow.
Q -What do you do in your free time? Do you have a passion that you pursue besides work?
LM -Family & friends, sports, reading, good wine.
Q -What did you want to be when you were little?
LM -Architect.
Q -What are indispensable tools in your everyday life?
LM -A fully-charged iPhone. :-)
Q -What are your top 3 favorite podcasts/books?
LM -Gabor Steingarts Morning Briefing, Trillion Dollar Coach, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Q -Which founders do you find most inspiring?
LM -Every founder who persistently takes risks in order to achieve his entrepreneurial vision.
Q -Which investor do you value most?
LM -Many of the truly great co-investors that I´m lucky to work with.
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