CEO & Founder HitFox Group, Partner FinLeap
Serial entrepreneur Jan Beckers is the Founder and CEO of HitFox. Prior to HitFox Jan founded 5 other successful companies – among them Fyber & Absolventa. Jan started to invest in the stock market when he was only 14 years old and founded his first company when he was 20 while studying business at the University of Muenster. He has invested in Start-ups such as Delivery Hero, Brands4Friends, and Clio. In 2014 Jan was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Germany and in 2013 he was named No. 1 on the NEXT100 list of “Influencers of the Digital Industry” in Europe.
Outside of the office, Jan enjoys nightlife, travelling and meeting people. Jan plans to extend his business expertise into Social Entrepreneurship in the future.
Dr. Hanno Fichtner
Co-Founder & Partner HitFox Group
Before starting to hunt for the best business ideas at HitFox Group, Hanno worked at management consulting firm McKinsey. For seven years he mainly helped clients on strategic and sales & marketing topics and setting up their online business models.
Prior to McKinsey, Hanno was Founder and CEO of mobile marketing firm SMS-Rabatt – the first rebate-based mobile marketing service in Germany. Furthermore, he founded squeaker.net, an online career network for high-potential talents.
Hanno studied Business at the University of Cologne and received a PhD for his dissertation on company culture in strategic management from the University of Bremen.
Co-Founder & Partner HitFox Group, Managing Director AppLift
Tim is a dedicated expert in international mobile and online performance marketing (CPI, CPL, CPA, CPE) with particular focus on the games industry. As Partner & Co-Founder of HitFox Group and Co-CEO of AppLift, one of the Group’s subsidiaries, he is working with 100+ game companies to acquire users for their free2play titles. Among these companies are many of the industries’ leading game publishers.
Tim has been an Internet entrepreneur for several years prior to co-founding HitFox Group and AppLift. He was a founder and managing director of the Leipzig based eLearning startup, lecturio.de and as Interim-CFO at one of Europe’s leading sports apparel online retailers, mysportgroup.de.
Tim graduated with a Master Degree in Business & Economics from the leading German business school for entrepreneurial education (HHL) after studying at the University of Mainz and Universidad del Pacifico in Quito/Ecuador.
CEO & Co-Founder AppLift
Kaya is CEO and Co-Founder of mobile games marketing platform AppLift. He also serves on the European Board of Directors of the Application Developer Alliance. Before his current focus on the mobile space, Kaya gathered ample experience in the start-up environment. Among other engagements, where he worked for a Japanese investment company and in e-commerce, he was responsible for building relationships with online game publishers as head of publisher relations at HitFox.
Kaya is a graduate of ESCP Europe and Sorbonne University, both of which he finished best of class.
Managing Director AppLift Asia
Stephen joined AppLift as Managing Director for Asia and is responsible for the companies’ operations and expansion to all APAC markets. He developed a passion for the mobile industry while managing e-commerce ventures across both developed and emerging markets in Asia, seeing first-hand it’s impact and ability to leap traditional business models.
Before joining AppLift, Stephen worked for Rocket Internet as Managing Director, where he built several ventures in Korea, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Vietnam. Prior to joining Rocket Internet, Stephen worked for PPC, a financial sponsor based in Palo Alto, California. Stephen started his career with Teach For America, where he managed corporate development projects at the national headquarters in New York.
Managing Director ad2games
Johannes Rolf brings more than 6 years of experience in the games and performance marketing industries. He joins from Hamburg based developer Goodgame Studios where he led the Display Marketing Department.
Prior to that Rolf worked at Frogster and NEONGA, building up their global performance marketing and advertising strategies. With a marketing background including browser, social and client games, Johannes reinforces ad2games’ “quality at scale” approach.
Managing Director ad2games
Before joining ad2games, serial entrepreneur Schwarzmeier successfully lead Groupon Germany as founder and also founded mysportgroup the fastest growing eCommerce company for sports in Europe. He combines vast experience in business strategy with strong hands-on execution.
Albert comes with over 8 years of know-how in online marketing and management operations.
Dr. Steffen Wachenfeld
Co-Founder & Managing Director Savedo
Steffen is a digital native and got his first appointment in the IT industry at the age of 14. Parallel to owning and running two IT-related businesses, he completed two Masters degrees in Business and Computer Science.
Steffen holds a PhD in the field of Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition. After teaching and conducting research on Machine Learning and Data Analysis at different universities, he joined The Boston Consulting Group to work on Big Data and Digital Strategies with industry clients from different verticals including Pharma, Insurance, Banking, Telecom and Consumer Electronics.
Co-Founder & CTO, Datamonk
Thorsten took his first steps in entrepreneurship by co-founding the health food startup company Whitewall, gaining experience in online marketing and analytics. Whitewall was acquired by Schober Ventures in 2013. In addition to this, he built Appstats, a Facebook app analytics suite. Today he is CTO at Datamonk, focused on shedding light onto the jungle of data.
Apart from his passion for entrepeneurship he enjoys playing drums and checking out latest open-source technologies.
Thorsten studied Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg and UC Berkeley.
Co-Founder & COO, Datamonk
Gary gained expertise in online and mobile marketing while building his first company Whitewall, a health foods startup that was later sold to a global marketing corporation. Today he heads operations at Datamonk as the company´s COO with a strong focus on product development.
Besides his passion for entrepreneurship, Gary has a keen interest in ideas on politics, society and technology. He developed an interest in data science during a Summer School on Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan.
He holds an MA in Economics from San Jose State University, California.
Managing Director, AppLift
Since appiris merged with AppLift, Stefan is part of the AppLift management team. Before starting appiris together with HitFox Group, Stefan worked as CFO and COO in the Executive Team of the mobile advertising company madvertise, where he scaled the company internationally in Europe and Turkey. Prior to madvertise, Stefan worked multiple years for the top-tier strategy-consulting firm Solon where he advised leading Media and Telecommunication companies as well as Private Equity clients.
Stefan originally studied Business Administration at Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) where he focused on Finance and Strategy. He also holds a double degree with distinction in Public Administration with a focus on Public Management from the London School of Economics (MPA) and the Hertie School of Governance (MPP), Berlin.
Chief Development Officer HitFox Group
Peter studied Information Systems at the University of Münster and graduated with a master’s degree (MScIS). While at university, he worked as a freelance web engineer in a couple of projects for enterprise companies and startups. He founded Zweitag, a software engineering consultancy based in Münster, in 2008 and grew it within 5 years to 27 employees.
Peter is committed to the startup scene and organizes networking events for founders and tech meetups. Since May 2014, Peter works at HitFox group as Chief Development Officer where he is responsible for technical operations on the strategic roadmap to position HitFox as a major tech company in Berlin
Managing Director Applift US
Konstantin has a track record of 4 years in running successful performance marketing campaigns for games (mobile, browser and client). He joined AppLift GmbH in september 2012 and is now Managing Director of AppLift, Inc. in San Francisco. Before joining AppLift, Konstantin gained experience in the field of sales and business development at Oracle Corporation.
He then joined Google where he managed and supported German-based online gaming clients with their online/performance marketing strategies and successfully helped launching several mobile- and browser games worldwide. Konstantin is an avid gamer himself (mobile and console) and a hobby triathlete, having finished the Berlin Triathlon in 2013 and 2014.
Konstantin holds a double diploma degree in international management from the ESB Business School in Reutlingen and Reims Management School.
Head of Finance HitFox Group
Hendrik was the first ever employee at HitFox. He graduated with a Master Degree in Management from the leading German business school for entrepreneurial education (HHL) after studying at the International School of Management, Dortmund and the American University in Washington D.C.
He is now responsible for the legal and financial set-up of our existing and developing companies. Furthermore, he leads our team of finance experts who take care of all finance, accounting & controlling aspects of our new ventures and advise the existing ventures.
Managing Director & Co-Founder PubNative
Ionut started his technology journey back in high school. After choosing a different route for University (has both a medical doctor degree and a psychology degree), he got back to programming on his own and started a web development company and several technology-related blogs.
After several years of entrepreneurial work in fields like ecommerce, performance marketing, social marketing, and collaborating with brands like BitDefender, Orange, Vodafone, HTC, Microsoft, he sought a new challenge in the mobile space.
For this purpose, he joined AppLift as employee number seven and lead the Product Development for almost 2 years before starting PubNative
Head of Human Resources HitFox Group
Sarah started her professional HR journey with Philips Electronics in Hamburg and China. After gaining broad HR expertise she decided on giving Berlin and startups a try. She joined local e-Commerce platform Zalando as HR Manager and specialized on Technology Recruitment.
During this time she built up new software development centres in Dortmund and Erfurt. Having a natural “faible for nerds” she is currently learning to code in Ruby.
Sarah holds an international degree in Management and Human Resources Management.
Head of Marketing & PR HitFox Group
With HitFox continuously growing and looking to build the best teams, Oliver and his team strives to create as many opportunities for potential Foxes and stakeholders to get to know HitFox Group, our philosophy and culture and understand our journey.
He also supports our new ventures in setting up their branding strategies and marketing operations. Before joining HitFox in February 2014, Oliver led strategic projects for executives within media and services company Bertelsmann Arvato. Prior to that, he was Assistant to the CEO of Handelsblatt Publishing Group.
Oliver holds a degree from renowned business school WHU Otto Beisheim School Of Management. Outside of HitFox he is addicted to travelling, making music and the occasional evening run along the river Spree. He is also currently qualifying as a systemic and resourceful life coach.
VP of Engineering AppLift
Before joining AppLift, Gil gathered more than ten years of engineering experience. Lastly he was Software Team Lead at HP Software and System Architect at Mercury Interactive. Gil managed a multinational team at HP and was in charge of the modern SaaS web platform of HPALM. At the turn of the millennium Gil co-founded WebDiv, a start-up that developed an innovative web chat with social features.
Gil studied at Tel Aviv University, where he acquired a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Co-Founder & Managing Director, zeotap
Daniel’s journey into the mobile world started some six years ago at Vodafone. In his 1st year at the company, he experienced how even little data can make a big difference. Back then, Daniel and his team individualized tariff offers to yield an increase of a 9 digit figure in yearly revenue. Since then Daniel’s focus has been on implementing transformative projects like redesigning the company’s store footprint. Throughout his time at Vodafone, Daniel’s approach to inducing change was already centered around creating value for all parties based on data. In 2013, Daniel moved to HitFox Group to complement his telco corporate industry know-how with Mobile Advertising expertise before using the Company Builder HitFox as a platform to launch zeotap.
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, zeotapProjjol is co-founder and Chief Product Officer at zeotap, a data platform that connects mobile network operators (MNOs) with the app and advertising ecosystem.Projjol’s prior roles include those as Chief Product Officer at premium network Moboqo, acquired by mobile advertising company Applovin, as well as VP Marketing & Business Development at mobile supply side platform Fyber (formerly SponsorPay), acquired by publisher RNTS Media for $190 million.Projjol was awarded an MBA by Oxford’s Saïd Business School in 2009. At Oxford, he was a member of the university’s lightweight rowing team. He also holds an MS in HCI from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and a BA in Computer Science (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from DePauw University.
Partner, FinLeap, Managing Director, Savedo
Jochen is one of the early pioneers of FinTech. As Director EMEA Strategy & Corporate Development of PayPal he helped build up the payment giant in Europe when online payment was still in “Kindergarten”.
Before PayPal, Jochen was Vice President New Business Development at MasterCard and contributed largely to the use of credit cards in online retail. In his latest mission, he led Bigpoint’s monetization business with responsibility for all transactions with 350 million customers worldwide. While Jochen works in our Berlin office, him, his wife and his 2 kids call Bonn their home.
Co-Founder, Chief Revenue Officer, Managing Director, zeotap
Before joining zeotap Stephan worked for almost 10 years in different roles for IBMs Global Technology Services business. He started as an Advisory Consultant for complex IT infrastructure solutions, worked as Solution Sales Representative and afterwards took over the role as Client Solution Executive. In this 5 years period he worked successfully with different Fortune 500 and DAX 30 companies by transforming their IT infrastructures to the next generation of using flexible, consumption based platform-as-a-service models. Based on these experiences he successfully took over 5 years ago the management mission to build up an Infrastructure Managed Services unit before the cloud market was born. Before leaving IBM Stephan was the Director of IBMs Cloud Infrastructure & Managed Services business consisting of 40 departments in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and had full profit and loss responsibility.
Stephan holds a double diploma degree in Information Technology and Business Administration from DHBW Mannheim and London Business school. Additionally Stephan finished his MBA studies at Warwick Business School with focus on Entrepreneurship and Global Sourcing in 2010.
At zeotap Stephan acts as a Co-Founder and Managing Director. As zeotap’s Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) he is in charge of building up all client relations to the telecommunication industry.
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Savedo
Before joining FinLeap, Christian founded the online design store Cascanda, which he later sold to its American competitor Fab.com. After the acquisition, he remained at the company for two years as Managing Director, conducting its European business, during which he grew the company from 40 to 250 employees.
He has also acted as a consultant for, as well as investing in, various start-ups in E-Commerce, Mobile and Big Data. Christian has worked for the Boston Consulting Group, E.On, Daimler and the European Founders Fund. In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, he has studied at WHU, Vallendar and ESADE Business School, Barcelona.
Eddie de Guia
Co-founder & Managing Director, PubNative
Eddie is Managing Director and Co-founder of PubNative, the mobile publisher platform focused on truly native advertising for mobile and web. He comes with 10+ years of experience in Digital Marketing with leadership positions in various roles from Business Development, AdOperations and Products in multiple digital media disciplines. He previously worked at Freenet, SocialCode, Inc. a former Washington Post Co., and started his career at Google. He holds a BA in Economics and BA in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland – College Park. He is a member of the MMA Committee on Native Advertising and Mobile Video.
Venture Partner, FinLeap, Co-Founder, BillFront
Nasir Zubairi has more than 15 years of experience in Financial Services and was named one of the 40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Financial Services by Financial News / Wall Street Journal in 2014. He most recently founded and grew New Buckland, a FinTech focused consulting firm. He was previously a Director at The Currency Cloud, responsible for Product Marketing.
In addition, Nasir has worked at RBS as Director for High Frequency Trading & e-Commerce and in various senior roles at ICAP and EBS Dealing Resources. He is a Sloan Fellow from the London Business School and an honourary EIR at UCL. While working in Berlin, Nasir travels to Brussels on weekends to be with his wife and children.
Before founding Valendo, Lars was member of management at ExChange AG, the market leader in the German pawn business, and grew the company from 6 to 20 branch offices. Prior to ExChange AG, he worked in private banking,
Lars Bresan comes with over 12 years of know-how in the pawn business and sales and distribution.
Andreas von Buttlar
Andreas von Buttlar is the founder and CEO of the online asset lender Valendo. He has more than seven years of experience in the private equity fonds sector.
Prior to founding Valendo, Andreas managed a private equity venture capital fonds at Flossbach von Storch AG, a leading independent asset manager in Europe. He worked as well as portfolio manager at the family office of SAP-founder Klaus Tschira with a focus on investment in shares of start-ups.
Growth To Go
When we found new companies we focus on creating synergies with our existing portfolio. This makes us more efficient than other company builders - and more successful. At HitFox, we provide a platform for entrepreneurs who want to found and build new companies - to do so with us. We give ideas the building blocks and support they need to turn into great businesses. The many synergies that arise within our portfolio help new ideas grow even faster. Together we build the best data-driven technology for our collective success.
The Largest Online Game-Focused AdTech Company in Europe
ad2games is an innovative, technology driven performance marketing platform for games. As the largest game focused ad-tech company in Europe, ad2games is one of the leading players worldwide. With the help of advanced technologies and data processing, ad2games provides quality users for more than 150 game publishers such as Bigpoint, Gameforge, ChangYou, Perfect World, Goodgame Studios and Nexon.
The Leading Mobile Games Marketing Platform
Through its mobile games marketing platform, AppLift helps mobile game advertisers acquire loyal, quality gaming users at scale on a CPI basis. On the supply side, we offer our media partners to easily and effectively monetize their traffic with relevant game offers, on both iOS and Android. We understand our partners' needs and offer them extensive and personalized support in order to deliver the highest performance.
BillFront gives app developers and publishers faster access to their revenues
Don’t wait up to 70 days to receive your payments. Whether you make money from in-game purchases, paid apps or advertising, BillFront will pay out your revenues weekly. Billfront is a part of FinLeap, an international FinTech company builder with the mission to deliver cheaper, simpler and more transparent financial services to businesses and consumers.
The Mobile Targeting and Analytics Platform
Datamonk is a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform for mobile advertising. On the demand side, we provide targeting data that helps mobile advertisers reach the right audiences at the right price. On the supply side, we help publishers increase the yield from their inventory by segmenting their audiences and thereby increasing demand. Our statistical approach allows us to cover close to 100% of devices while complying with European privacy legislation.
The FinTech Entrepreneurs
FinLeap is an international FinTech Company Builder based in Berlin and San Francisco. We use new technologies and scalable business models to provide cheaper, simpler and more transparent digital services to businesses and consumers within the financial services market.
The first API-based mobile publisher platform for native advertising
PubNative is a mobile publisher platform fully focused on native advertising for apps and mobile web. Being API-based, it does not require the integration of an SDK. The platform offers publishers numerous ad delivery and targeting features as well as extensive inventory management tools. The company plugs into the PubNative Exchange, a programmatic App Promotion Exchange with campaigns from over 300 demand partners worldwide. PubNative is headquartered in Berlin with further presence in San Francisco and Seoul.
The smart new savings alternative
Savedo is the smart new savings alternative: an online financial marketplace that allows savers in Germany to effortlessly invest in safe and high-return term deposits within the EU. The company operates as a platform for the involved banks, handling German customer service and providing standardized German account documents. Savedo is part of FinLeap, an international FinTech company builder with the mission to deliver cheaper, simpler and more transparent financial services to businesses and consumers.
The online short-term financing option
Valendo is a fast provider of online asset lending. The company enables its clients to turn their jewelry, luxury watches and noble metals into a flexible bridge loan. Valendo is part of FinLeap, an international FinTech company builder with the mission to deliver cheaper, simpler and more transparent financial services to businesses and consumers.
Empowering the next mobile-based data ecosystem to create better interactions
zeotap is a data platform that connects mobile network operators (MNOs) with the app and advertising ecosystem. zeotap unleashes and monetises data from MNOs by making it accessible and actionable. It enables businesses to make smarter decisions and facilitates superior smartphone experiences for consumers. The company was founded in 2014 by a group of telecommunications, mobile advertising and technology experts from Vodafone, IBM and Fyber (RNTS Media). In addition to HitFox Group, the company is also backed by prominent business angels.
Stealth Mode Big Data Company
Big Data is an underlying success factor for our advertising businesses and constitutes a widely relevant technological paradigm shift across industries. HitFox is committed to developing its expertise within the field to further strengthen our portfolio.
Stealth Mode Fin-AdTech Company
While launching our first FinTech company, we discovered great demand for AdTech solutions for the financial sector. Our First Fin-AdTech company combines our success and experience from the AdTech industry with our most recent venture into FinTech.
Open For Ideas
HitFox aims to build 2-4 new companies each year in its defined growth markets. Together with our companies and employees we drive new ideas from within. We explore new opportunities together with our partners and entrepreneurs who want to found with us.
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Arseny Kravchenko, Wargaming
Senior Advertising Manager
It's a shame that we didn't start the collaboration with Hitfox earli...
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Former CRO Bigpoint Group
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Head of User Acquisition & Monetization
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Director of Performance Marketing, Mobile
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Head of Performance Marketing
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Marketing Team Manager
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