DN Capital Appoints Venture Partners

DN Capital, has appointed Simon Greenman as venture partner in the UK and John Helm as venture partner in Germany. In addition, Jonathan Pell and Jaclyn Schnau join the industry advisory board.


DN Capital, a leading early stage and growth capital investor in the digital media, e-commerce, software and mobile industries in Europe and North America, today announced the appointments of Simon Greenman as Venture Partner UK and John Helm as Venture Partner in Germany. In addition, Jonathan Pell and Jaclyn Schnau join the Industry Advisory Board.
Simon and John will expand the DN Capital team to identify new investment opportunities and support current and future portfolio companies with strategic and operational advisory, building on DN Capital’s proven track record of establishing and exiting European industry leaders in its Global Venture Capital (GVC) I and GVC II funds. DN Capital’s active management approach is further strengthened through its committed Industry Advisory Board, composed of significant European entrepreneurs.
Simon has more than 20 years of operational experience in international digital media, online, and technology businesses. He was co-founder of MapQuest.com (sold to AOL) and has held various senior management roles responsible for online at European Directories and Dex Media.
John is a serial entrepreneur in the e-commerce and internet space. He has founded and successfully exited two e-commerce start-ups; MyNewPlace and AllAppartments. John is currently on the Board of Dotloop, a venture backed real estate technology company in the US. He is also an active angle investor, co-investing alongside venture firms.
The Industry Advisory Board is joined by Jonathan Pell, formerly CEO of Datanomic (a DN portfolio company), where he led the rapid growth and the exit to Oracle in 2011. Prior to Datanomic Jonathan was Senior Finance Director, EMEA, APAC and LATAM at Convergys Corporate and Finance Director at Geneva Technology. Jaclyn Schnau is currently Managing Director of Windelbar.de and CCO at Windeln.de (a DN portfolio company). She is specialised in consumer-centric brand strategies and experience development, in which she led initiatives in her prior roles at Pizza Hut and Haagen Dazs.
Nenad Marovac, Managing Partner at DN capital, commented:
“Our success to date has been based on our deep network with leading entrepreneurs and our ability to identify the most promising business ideas in our chosen industries of digital media, e-commerce, software and mobile to accelerate our portfolio companies’ development and growth internationally. I am delighted that Simon and John have joined to further strengthen our team and drive our proven and continued commitment to European investments and the successes it can deliver for our venture funds.”

For further information, please contact:
Christina Chen, Investment Manager, DN Capital
Phone: +44 (0) 207 340 1600, E-mail: christina@dncapital.com
About DN Capital
DN Capital is a leading early stage and growth capital investor in digital media, ecommerce, and software industries and is headquartered in London with offices in Palo Alto. DN Capital’s objective is to identify, invest in and actively support European and US companies to become global leaders. A selection of portfolio companies include Shazam Entertainment, Apsalar, Apsmart (sold to Thomson Reuters), Datanomic (sold to Oracle), Digital Chocolate, Endeca Technologies (sold to Oracle), Geckoboard, Invino, JacobsRimell (sold to Amdocs), Mobile Roadie, MPme, OLX (sold to Naspers), PHG, Tbricks and windeln.de.
The professionals at DN Capital bring over 50 years of private equity experience to their investments, and actively work with portfolio companies to steward their growth through the various stages of development.