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Ambitious ventures grow through experimentation more than from applying a playbook. In each choice lies a new lesson to be learned to articulate your vision and refine its execution.
Yet entrepreneurs aspire to learn from each other and remain inspired. We publish news and stories from brilliant entrepreneurs so peers can learn fast then go out and write their own.

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Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI) has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire Peopledoc, the Saas specialist in HR delivery, for $300 million

Ultimate Software, a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions, has entered into a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with PeopleDoc and its shareholders (Accel, Eurazeo, Alven and Kernel together with the management) with respect to the acquisition of 100% of PeopleDoc.

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Portfolio

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In 17 years Alven has invested in over 100 companies. Here are listed some of the finest businesses in the digital industry. For most of them the journey is only beginning.

Who we are

Our mission. Our values. Our team

Alven team

Alven is an independent venture investment firm with a successful track record of 5 successive funds backing more than 100 startups over 17 years. Our mission at Alven consists in 

supporting the long-term success of outstanding French digital & technology entrepreneurs

Read our Manifesto to learn more about our values.

We remain fiercely intentional in all our investments and stand by our investment thesis.

Our team is well-versed in the art and science of growing fast companies. Here are our backgrounds:

  • Guillaume Aubin Managing Partner
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    Guillaume Aubin co-founded Alven with Charles Letourneur. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and IEP Paris. Guillaume joined Paribas in 1991 and worked successively in Paris, New York and London in the Corporate Finance department (M&A, IPO) for French and European companies, more particularly in the technology sector. He then developed an activity of investor in fast growing companies which led in 2000 to the creation of Alven.

  • Charles Letourneur Managing Partner
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    Charles Letourneur co-founded Alven with Guillaume Aubin. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE, and IEP Paris. Charles joined the M&A department of Lazard in 1991 in New York, and then in Paris. In 2000, he was also appointed member of the Executive Committee of Gaz & Eaux (renamed Eurazeo). He then developed an activity of investor in fast growing companies which led in 2000 to the creation of Alven.

  • Jérémy Uzan Partner
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    Fond of technologies and Internet more particularly, Jeremy Uzan started his career in the venture capital team of Société Générale Asset Management. He then spent three years as an Associate at Clipperton Finance, a Corporate Finance boutique specializing in growth companies, notably in the Internet sector. Jérémy joined Alven in 2008. He holds a Master in Computer Sciences and a Master in Finance.

  • Raffi Kamber Partner
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    Raffi joined Alven in 2011. He started his career as an engineer, joining Bouygues Telecom where he worked on core data networks. Prior to joining Alven, he was part of the venture capital team of the Parisian office of Gimv, a pan-European fund where he focused on tech investments. He graduated from Ensimag and holds an MBA from Insead.

  • Rodolphe Menegaux Partner
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    Rodolphe Menegaux holds a Master in Business Management from Paris IX Dauphine University and a Master in Finance from Brandeis University (Massachusetts). He started his career at Xange Private Equity, a prominent French VC firm, in 2003 and was promoted Partner in 2014. He was actively involved in numerous deals as principal investor and board member in the Internet and Enterprise Software fields. He joined Alven as Partner in 2015.

  • François Meteyer Principal
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    François Meteyer started his career in technologies and Internet in 2010 in the Strategy & Innovation Department of Vivendi. In 2012, he created Decovery, a home design social platform that was acquired by Altice Media Group in 2014. François Meteyer then worked with HEC Group to foster entrepreneurship and advise young alumni founding teams. François Meteyer graduated from EDHEC and joined Alven in 2015.

  • Maxime Le Dantec Analyst
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    Passionate about digital and AI technologies, Maxime holds a Master in Data Sciences from Ecole Centrale Paris. He was the co-founder and CSO of Conv.ai, a startup that developed AI-powered chatbots to automatize business conversations. Before joining Alven as analyst in 2017, Maxime worked at Total Energy Venture, the corporate venture arm of Total investing in energy startups.

  • Jonathan Lumbroso Head of Marketing
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    Jonathan started his career as a digital expert at Microsoft. He joined a consulting firm as head of marketing with the mission to reinvigorate the brand. Investor in a foodtech company, he discovered the startup ecosystem as an entrepreneur, before joining Alven in 2017 as Head of Marketing and Communication. He holds a Master in Brand Management and a Master in Digital Business.

  • Judith Malka Legal Counsel
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    Judith is Legal Counsel since December 2017. She is responsible for the fundraising’s legal aspects. She also assists the investment team on the refinancing and exit operations and helps portfolio companies. Judith started her career as a corporate lawyer at Dechert (Paris) LLP where she adviced start-up companies and investment funds in venture capital operations and other clients in M&A transactions. Judith graduated from University Panthéon Assas (Paris II) with a Master 2 in Tax and Business Law and from ESSEC Business School.
  • Julie Barchilon CFO
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    Julie Barchilon joined the Asset Management / OPCVM practice of the audit firm Constantin Associates in 2002. In 2005, she joined Alven where she is currently in charge of Administration and Finance. Julie holds a Masters Degree in Financial Management and Taxation from La Sorbonne University in Paris.

  • Pierre-Vincent Bouquet Financial Controller
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    Pierre-Vincent holds a Master of Management from EMLYON Business School. He started his career as a financial auditor at Mazars. He then spent +4 years at Arkadin, a fast-growing Unified Communications service provider, where he was in charge of the Financial Planning & Analysis practice for the Business lines. Tech enthusiastic and keen on entrepreneurship, Pierre-Vincent joined Alven in 2017.

  • Céline Ribeiro Office Manager
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    Celine Ribeiro joigned Alven in 2007 after studying Business and Administration.

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