The Board

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Gilles Samoun – Chairman & CEO

Gilles Samoun, is a passionate technology entrepreneur and strong advocate for Software as a Service (SaaS) with over 25 years of experience in technology, sales, marketing and international operations.

Most recently Gilles was the CEO of NTR Global a SaaS vendor delivering remote control technology to 15,000 companies worldwide and enabling millions of daily connections. As CEO, he led NTR Global, Solsoft and Mediapaththrough their acquisition. He also founded and grew Qualys [QLYS] as the leader in Vulnerability and Risk Management. Qualys scanners analyze more than 1 billion connected machines per year protecting customers in over 100 countries.

Gilles brings his energy, passion and expertise as an Independent Board Member to technology companies. He has been or is on the Board of Directors of Ciphercloud, Criteo, JoliCloud, CloudWork and KDS.

He graduated from Paris VI University, where he earned a Master in Computer Science specialized in Artificial Intelligence and distributed computing.


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Bernard Liautaud – General Partner, Balderton Capital

Bernard is a Partner at leading VC firm Balderton Capital. He founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time.

Bernard is a member of the SAP Supervisory Board and its strategy committee. He is also a member of Cap Gemini’s board and its strategy committee.

He has received a number of distinctions including “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe’s Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.


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Carles Ferrer – General Partner, Nauta Capital

Carles leads the Enterprise Software/Security investment vertical for Nauta. Carles is based in London. Carles has extensive Venture Capital experience, having actively managed different VC funds since year 2000. Carles’ areas of interest include Security, SaaS, Marketing/Social Analytics/Intelligence and Critical-data driven companies. Carles was previously Director of Riva y Garcia’s Venture Capital Division where he led a portfolio buy-out of the Security software investments.

His previous experience includes also management positions in corporate strategy and planning/finance divisions with blue chip companies in the telecommunications, defence/SW/auto spaces and financial services, such as TRW (acquired by Northrop Grumman), Auna Group/Retevision (acquired by France Telecom and ONO) and Ernst & Young.

Carles is very much present in the entrepreneurial/VC ecosystem as active Board member, judge or panelist in leading events such as the Global Security Challenge, The European Tech Tour, The European Venture Contest, SeedCamp, and the IBM SmartCamp, among others.

He holds a Business Administration degree from Universitat de Barcelona, Graduate Programme in International Management from Harvard University and an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy). Carles sits in the board of leading young technology companies as Scytl (Secure Electronic Voting), Brandwatch (Social media monitoring), Agnitio (Voice Biometrics), Abiquo (Cloud Management), Getapp (Workspace for SaaS applications), iJento (Multichannel Customer Intelligence) and Basekit (Saas web builder for SMEs).


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Colin Watts – Partner, Oxford Capital

Colin is a Partner at Oxford Capital responsible for investments in the information and communications sectors. He brings a combination of deep market knowledge gained in the telecoms industry and extensive international transactional experience gained as a corporate investor and as a partner of two international venture capital firms.

Previously Colin has held investment management positions with Cisco Systems Inc, DFJ ePlanet and TLcom Capital where he invested over $80 million across 12 companies in Europe and Israel. This portfolio achieved 4 IPO’s and 6 M&A transactions worth in excess of $4.5bn. Colin graduated from Nottingham University with first class honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Colin has also sailed across the Atlantic.


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Helena Torras – Vice-President Operations

BA and M.B.A. in business administration and Management from ESADE (Barcelona, Spain) and an M.B.A. in international management from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. She began her career at KPMG, working since then in business consulting and in the service sector, holding various positions up to general management. She leads Abiquo with the entrepreneurial team, where she joined in 2007.