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Johan Brenner  

Creandum

Johan is one of Europe’s most experienced venture capital investors. He has worked across a broad set of industries globally and built a number of successful businesses as an entrepreneur, and as Partner in leading venture capital firms. He has worked in large corporations and small start ups, seen failures and successes, has a vast global network in the VC ecosystem and has a true passion to build companies. Before becoming an entrepreneur Johan spend close to 10 years with ABB and Kinnevik. At ABB, Johan assisted the build up of ABB Financial Services globally and ran ABB’s Power Generation business expansion in Eastern Europe in the early 90s. At Kinnevik, Johan first oversaw the IPO of MTG as their COO, followed by being President of Kinnevik’s investments. At Kinnevik, Johan co-founded Net Entertainment, the leading supplier of online casino games. As an entrepreneur and angel investor, Johan first co-founded ETrade in the Nordics in 1997 before selling it to ETrade and then running E*Trade’s European business. He was a co-founder and chairman of Jobline, which became Europe’s largest Online Recruiter, went public and sold to Monster Inc. He co-founded Tradera which was bought by eBay. He was an angel investor and chairman of DIBS until it went public and co-founded Payson which was sold to Svea Ekonomi. He also co-founded Livebookings/Bookatable, Europe’s largest restaurant reservation management system. He has been early angel investor in several companies like the online insurance broker Insplanet, and the dental chain Smile Group, the largest Nordic private dental chain. Before Creandum, Johan spent almost 5 years as a General Partner at Balderton Capital (previously Benchmark Capital Europe) with investments in companies like MySQL, Rebtel and Zopa. Johan joined Creandum in 2010. He invests in entrepreneurs with big disruptive ideas particularly in financial services, marketplaces and Saas.

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