Actility energised by $75m funding round to accelerate industrial IoT solutions globally
Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has successfully completed its Series D funding round, raising $75M to e...Read more
Cougar Automation brings Actility LPWA IoT solutions to UK as first Gold Solution Partner
Industry 4.0 Summit, Manchester, 4th April 2017: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), today announces that Cougar Automation, one of the UK’s largest independent co...Read more
Actility and Ginko Ventures launch ThingPark China to support rapid development of LPWA IoT in China
Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), has announced it will co-invest in a new corporate entity called ThingPark China, along with Ginko Ventures, in a move to speed t...Read more
Olivier is a recognized telecom and technology expert. Olivier founded Actility, IoT solution provider, in 2010. Prior to Actility, Olivier founded NetCentrex, a leading provider of VoIP infrastructure for service providers, and then became CTO of Comverse after the acquisition of NetCentrex in 2006. Olivier is a recognized thought leader in Telecoms and Energy markets. He is the author of several books on networking technology, VoIP, M2M, Internet of Things (IoT) and the Smart Grid. Olivier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique.
Mike Mulica, CEO of Actility, has long been intrigued with the nexus of mobile communications, the internet and globally scaled industry solutions. Mike is a mobile and internet industry veteran, playing a foundational role in pioneering the Mobile Internet and has led many highly successful companies and product introductions across the globe. At Actility, Mike has overall operational responsibilities for the company’s global mission, to connect objects across every imaginable vertical solution through the deployment of its Thingpark™ platform.
Matthieu Baret is a Partner in the Growth Capital team working primarily in the telecoms/media, software and digital sector.
He is also responsible for Idinvest Partners’ ESG policy and is a member of the UN-PRI (United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment) Private Equity Steering Committee. He also regularly lectures on entrepreneurship at the CentraleSupélec engineering school.
Anne-Sophie is an investment director of the Ecotechnology fund at Bpifrance. She joined Caisse Des Dépôts Entreprises (subsequently merged into bpifrance) in 2009 to launch the mezzanine fund and the Ecotechnology fund. She was formerly Investment director in Renewable Energies at the Caisse des Dépôts. Prior to that, Anne-Sophie held banking positions at the French Ministry of Finance, mainly on transport infrastructure projects. Anne-Sophie began her career as an engineer in the defense industry (fighter aircraft engines designer). Anne-Sophie Carrese graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Corps de l’Armement.
Alex is Partner at Truffle Capital and Board member at Acerde, Géocorail, SP3H, OHT, Dietswell, Cascade Light Technologies, Geocorail, 2B Energy, Actility.
Before joining Truffle Capital in May 2011, Alex worked with the START programme at Air Liquide as Energy Manager for European market, mainly on the physical and financial optimisation of a cogeneration plant (800 MW in Europe). Alex has solid knowledge of energy markets and electricity production technologies as well as industrial IoT solutions. He co-founded two start-ups in Canada, one of which won the Quebecois Entrepreneurship Prize in 2005
Alex holds a Master’s degree with thesis in chemical engineering from McGill University in Montreal. He was a member of the Executive Board of McGill University in 2003-2004.
Dominique is Managing Partner at Ginko Ventures and has been working in venture capital since 2001, initially with Vision Capital, a transatlantic technology Fund, subsequently with Endeavour Vision, a Geneva based Firm. Dominique has led or co-led investments in several high tech ventures including Cedexis, Actility, Kobojo, CommProve, Octonion, Enevo, Amplidata (sold to Western Digital), Staccato Communications, Media Lario Technologies, Sphera (sold to Parallels), eProject, Native Networks (sold to Alcatel) and M7 (sold to BEA). Dominique is also a Board Director with Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS), CommProve, and Advisor to ASSIA, a leader in DSL and WiFi management solutions.
Prior to venture capital, Dominique was Vice President of Marketing at 8×8, a Silicon Valley telecommunication company, and held management positions with Logitech, including Vice President of the scanner and video camera business units.
Dominique received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the School of Business and Engineering Vaud, Switzerland and a MBA from Santa Clara University, California.
Tom Wheeler was the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2013. Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and for many years in the cable and wireless industry, holding positions including President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). In recognition of his work in promoting the wireless industry, Wheeler was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2009, as a result of his work in promoting the growth and prosperity of the cable television industry and its stakeholders was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. He is the only member of both halls of fame. Cablevision magazine named Wheeler one of the 20 most influential individuals in its history during cable’s 20th anniversary in 1995.
Edouard Combette is an Investment Manager at Bpifrance Investissement. Previously, he was Associate with Ecomobilité Ventures after serving as an analyst with the firm, which he joined in 2011. Prior to joining Ecomobilité Ventures, he worked in management consulting and start-ups in financial services. Edouard graduated from Ecole Nationale de Chimie de Paris in Renewable Energies, and HEC Business School Entrepreneurs Program.
Yann is Head of Investments & Development at Orange Digital Ventures. He is in charge of strategic investments and acquisitions of Internet companies in the fields relevant to Orange. In his previous role at Orange, he was responsible for Internet & mobile partnerships with the major web players (Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, eBay.). Prior to joining Orange in 2008, Mr. Kandelman spent 8 years in the music industry working for EMI and Warner Music.
Herman is Managing Director of KPN Ventures, the venturing arm of Dutch telecom operator KPN and founder of River Venture Partners. Prior to that he created and managed digital tech seed fund SanomaVentures, was responsible for digital product development at Sanoma Digital, was Strategy and M&A Director at Sanoma Media, and worked as strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. Herman holds a masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France). He combines a strong interest in technology, innovation and sustainable development with a love for vintage design, live music and slowfood.
Stefan Kuentz is Investment Director at Swisscom Ventures. Stefan joined Swisscom Ventures in 2011, and since then he has played a key role in building up an investment portfolio in cloud, virtualization and mobile/IoT technologies. Currently, he is a board director/observer at Actility, Bexio, Exoscale, Matrixx Software and VirtualAds and furthermore manages Arviem and PIQ. He also sits on the board of Swiss Startup Invest, Switzerland’s leading financing platform for hi-tech companies. Stefan joined Swisscom in 2002 and held several business development and senior management positions, including managing Swisscom’s innovation and scouting activities out of Silicon Valley from 2007 to 2010. Prior to Swisscom, Stefan spent many years with IBM, latterly heading IT strategy consulting
An active investor in deep technologies for Idinvest in the US and in Europe, Julien is now working with early and growth-stage portfolio companies to accelerate their growth in Asia.
Julien focuses on key technologies in the digitalization of industry and enterprise: artificial intelligence, internet of things, cybersecurity, data analytics, robotics and cleantech. He has mainly invested in digital technologies with B2B business models and global reach: Neurala Inc. (Deep neural networks, US), TrustInSoft (Automated code analysis and flaw remediation, FR), Enlighted Inc. (IoT networks for buildings, US), First Fuel Software (Energy data analytics, US), Organica Water Inc. (Decentralized waste water treatment, US/HUN) and Actility (Low power IoT networks, FR). He remains an observer and board member of several of these companies.
Prior to joining Idinvest in 2011, Julien was based in China where he developed and acquired thermal, hydro, and wind power projects for EDF Group, one of the largest global electric utilities. He shifted to technology start-ups in 2009, working with entrepreneurs to advise them on their deployments in the Mainland.
Julien holds degrees from ESCP Europe, La Sorbonne University, Beijing University and the French School of Oriental Studies. He is a fluent Mandarin, English, French, Spanish speaker and has working capacity in Japanese.
Jasper Snijder has worked at KPN since 1997. He started in sales and climbed to a position as Sales Director Transportation. He then held various senior management positions including Business Mobile Solutions (mission-critical communications solutions), Integrated Business Solutions (telco specials for corporate customers), International Network Services (international networks), and Communication and Network Services (communications portfolio for the business market) . Since 2015, Jasper is as Executive Vice President responsible for New Business at KPN, both for the business market and consumer market.