investor & management background

Antoine Freysz

- Cofounder Kerala Ventures
- Cofounder Otium Capital / Cofounder NaturaBuy / Cofounder Boursipoly
- 20y track record in General Management (200+ team)
- 10+ startups launched & cofounded
- Strong expertize in Operations, Sales and International expansion

After launching his first venture in 2000 (exited in 2002), Antoine joined the Travelocity / Lastminute group starting as Sales Director and then becoming COO. At that time, he directly managed 200 employees, including 50 salespeople.

In 2007, he was the first to invest in LaFourchette, a startup he has since closely followed and backed regarding business strategy, management and organization.

In 2009, he cofounded and became CEO of Otium Capital, Pierre-Edouard Sterin's (Smartbox founder and owner) investment holding. Antoine directly oversaw the acquisition of LaFourchette by Otium Capital in 2009. Heading the LaFourchette Board from January 2009, Antoine led the exit process to TripAdvisor (Nasdaq: TRIP) in May 2014.

At Otium Capital, Antoine founded and led the startup studio business, launching Balinea (the leading platform for beauty institute bookings) and Weekendesk (OTA for weekends generating €65M in Transaction Volume in 5 countries in 2015).

Having invested a total of €30 million in 6 years and posted steady returns and gross payoff profiles, Antoine left Otium Capital in 2014 to launch Kerala Ventures with Olivier and Marc.

Antoine graduated from HEC Paris.

Boards: Admo, Doctolib, Evaneos, HostnFly, Malt, NaturaBuy, Ouihelp, Privateaser, Skillup, Tracktor, Georges, PlayPlay

Marc Laurent

- Cofounder Kerala Ventures
- Cofounder TalentLetter.com / Cofounder RoboTech
- Conducts and is directly involved in 20+ hirings per year for Kerala portfolio startups
- In-depth knowledge of web applications, hiring strategy and processes

Marc started his career as an Investment Analyst at Alven Capital. He reviewed investment opportunities, executed in-depth investment analysis and supported Investment Directors in executing deals.

In February 2014, Marc joined Otium Capital as an Associate where he was in charge of the LaFourchette exit process leading to the acquisition by TripAdvisor (Nasdaq: TRIP) in May 2014. He also worked closely with Weekendesk and Gault&Millau on strategy, recruitment and product.

Marc then founded Kerala Ventures with Antoine and Olivier in January 2015.

Marc graduated from HEC Paris in Entrepreneurship and holds a MSc in Mathematics & Computer Sciences from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes.

Boards: Doctolib, Ouihelp, HostnFly, Privateaser, Skillup, Tracktor, Georges, PlayPlay

Olivier Occelli

- Cofounder NaturaBuy / Cofounder Kerala Ventures
- 20y track record in General Management (50+ team), Key Account and SMB Sales
- Specific expertize in tech management, processing and online acquisition SEO/SEA

Olivier started his career in 1998 as a Production and Quality Manager for DeliFrance, managing over 50 employees in three shifts, 7 days a week.

In 2001, he became Sales Director for IMDS, a leading hosting and IT solutions provider in Western Europe. 

In 2007, Olivier founded NaturaBuy, a marketplace dedicated to outdoor sports, hunting and fishing, addressing a €2.5 billion market in France. NaturaBuy is now the leading marketplace of its sector, powering tens of thousands of transactions each month and €60 million in annual Transaction Volume. In 2017, Nextstage led a majority investment in NaturaBuy giving the startup strong financial resources to expand its product lines.

Olivier has backed some the most succesful Kerala startups from their creation, such as Doctolib, Malt, admo.tv and Privateaser.

Olivier holds a MSc in Engineering.

Boards: Admo, Malt, Kerala Ventures, NaturaBuy (as CEO)

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