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KEEN's focus is on European and North American growth companies
In an ‘Always-on’ world, consumers expect access to intuitive and intelligent services, anytime anywhere. Fueled by the ubiquity of connectivity, the proliferation of devices, cheaper storage capacity and computing power; intelligent agents, smart machines, and the broader category of the ‘internet of things’ will gradually go from niche to broad adoption. KEEN believes that the combinatorial effects of these technological forces will unleash a wave of innovation and value creation. No longer the domain of science fiction, the world is transitioning to omnipresent intelligence build around the end-user, not the device or network. KEEN targets companies that enable access to the accumulation of global content, intelligence and services in a frictionless manner.
Categories we are interested in include: Next generation networks | Virtualization | IoT Platforms | Big Data | Machine Learning | Smart hardware | Robotics.
Servicing software in an enterprise versus consumers, or professional versus hobbyist fashion is rapidly becoming outdated. Professional users want consumer grade simplicity and intuitive design, while consumers want the power of sophisticated technology. No longer disparate, demand is increasingly trending towards the middle of what we call the prosumer continuum. KEEN will seek platform and web-services companies leveraging cloud, mobility, open architectures and communities, servicing smart tools to users applicable both in a personal and professional context.
Categories we are interested in include: Education Technology | Platform as a Service | Productivity and collaboration tools | File Management | Analytics.
The material and digital world increasingly mix with seamless handovers between online and offline experiences. Technology has widened circles of trust and diminished transaction cost. As a result consumer culture is fast changing. Consumers and businesses are transacting on a peer-to-peer basis, increasingly sharing and monetizing assets. Companies are unbundling traditional categories by disinter-mediating existing economic models with the help of technology. In this world of convenient transacting, security and identity authentication will become an ever more important prerequisite of consumption. KEEN seeks technology driven companies that bridge the gap of transacting in the material and digital word, as well as companies that can support the foundations of these new models.
Categories we are interested in include: Web and mobile market places | Payment Services | Fin-tech platforms | Digital security | Identity solutions.
Not in our Scope
We will typically not invest in the following technology sectors and categories : Online retail | Digital media | Games | Life sciences | Clean Tech | Gambling
In addition we do not invest in proof of concept phases and KEEN will look for commercial momentum. We like to back companies who are ready to scale internationally.
Robert is Founding Partner at Keen Venture Partners. Prior he was a Principal at Prime Ventures, which he joined in 2009. He was actively involved in Prime’s investments in Layar (Augmented reality), eBuddy (Chat), Service2Media (Mobile aPaaS), Cint (SaaS platform for market research), Eutechnyx (Gaming), Mendix (aPaaS), Takeaway.com (Online food delivery) and MarkaVIP (Online flash sales). Prior to joining Prime Ventures, Robert was a strategy consultant working for the Monitor Group in both their New York and London offices. While at Monitor Group, he worked on projects in Europe, North-America and the Middle East, advising blue-chip corporates in a broad range of industries. His work has primarily focused on corporate strategy and organizational effectiveness. Robert started his career as an Analyst at PA Consulting Group in New York. He holds a BSc degree in Business Management from Babson College, MA, USA. Robert has served on the board of directors for Takeaway.com (Online food delivery) Eutechnyx (Gaming) and as observer to the board of Cint (SaaS platform for market research). He is a trustee for the Autism Research Trust which raises funds to support research conducted at the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University.
Alexander is a founding Partner of Keen Venture Partners. Alexander brings over 20 years in international marketing, sales and general management and venture experience. Before joining Keen Venture Partners, Alexander was a general partner at Prime Ventures. Alexander invested and served as boardmember in Cint (online market research), Greetz (online greetingcards), Layar (augmented reality), Takeaway.com (online food delivery) and Bright Computing (advanced cluster management). Prior to Prime Alexander was board member and Chief Operating Officer of TomTom, the personal navigation company. Alexander played a major role in the international growth and marketing success of the company and he was part of the leadership team that IPO-ed the company on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange in 2005. Prior to his time at TomTom he held a number of senior directors’ positions at MARS Inc. and Unilever NV, living and working across Europe. Alexander holds an MA degree in Law from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of Management. Alexander serves as the chairman of the board of the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, as a trustee of the Turing and Ribbink-van den Hoek foundations, as a trustee of Het Amsterdams Lyceum, and as a non-executive director of Koninklijke Tichelaar, Makkum.
Ben is Founding Partner at Keen Venture Partners. He has held numerous executive positions at leading telecommunications and technology providers over a span of more than three decades, Ben has served as CEO of BT; Chief Operating Officer of Lucent Technologies; and as president and general manager of PTT Telecom, a KPN subsidiary in the Netherlands. Ben was most recently CEO of Alcatel-Lucent from 2008 to 2013. He has served on the Boards of NED Sport 7 (Netherlands TV sports channel); NED Astro (Cable TV); Unisource (European telecom cooperation between Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Swisscom and KPN); Endemol (TV content); NED UPS (packages delivery); The World Economic Forum; and as an Advisory Council Member for ING (banking). He is Chairman of the CBI Energy and Climate Change Board in the UK and currently on the Board of Directors of Akamai (content delivery and cloud infrastructure services), AkzoNobel (paint and chemicals) and Bharti Airtel (telecommunications). Ben has been made an officer of the Orange Order-Nassau and an Honorary Knight of the British Empire (KBE). He is a recipient of the Chevalier de la Légion d ‘Honneur medal. He graduated with a master’s degree in law and international politics from the State University of Utrecht, Holland.
Cyrus Mossavar-Rahmani joined Keen Venture Partners in 2016. Prior to Keen, he worked in Berlin on marketing and strategic projects at GetYourGuide, the world’s leading independent platform for booking travel activities worldwide. Previously he was a financial analyst at UAS Asset Management, an investment firm in New York City.
Cyrus is from the New York City area and received his A.B. cum laude in Economics from Harvard College, where he wrote his honors thesis on social capital in Europe. He has lived in Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, China, Spain, and Argentina. Outside of work he enjoys playing chess, soccer, squash, and backgammon. He speaks six languages.