Team

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member
is the team.

- Phil Jackson

Investment Team

Piotr Smolen, CFA

CEO & Managing Partner

Maciej Pietroń

CFO & General Partner

Robert Ditrych

Venture Partner

Greg Albrecht

Venture Partner

Ariel Kwieciński

General Counsel

Magdalena Olczak

Associate

Krzysztof Piłat

Associate

Hubert Baryła

Associate

Piotr Smolen, CFA

Technology Entrepreneur and Investor. Active Business Angel. Piotr has excellent track record in building from scratch & remodelling existing businesses.

He co-founded and served for 5 years as a CEO at Turbine Analytics S.A. – leading fintech SaaS company based in Poland. He was also a CEO and co-owner of Data Space Sp. z o.o. – fast growing data center business based in Poland. Before he worked as an investment analyst in a stock exchange listed private equity fund NFI Midas S.A.

Piotr graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics (B.A., M.Sc. Finance and Accounting) and Executive Program for Growing Companies (EPGC17) at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He participated in multiple Executive Education courses at, among others, MIT Sloan School of Business and ICAN Institute. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

In Data Ventures he is responsible for cooperation with senior management of portfolio companies and sourcing of new projects. He specialises in Fintech, Blockchain and SaaS businesses.

Medium profile: https://medium.com/@psmol
Angelist profile: https://angel.co/psmol

Maciej Pietroń

Robert Ditrych

Greg Albrecht

Development Advisor, Investor, Speaker. Experienced in building and growing over 50 startup projects as a founder, investor and adviser. 16 years of hands-on experience in Applied Business Strategy, Marketing and B2B Sales.

In Data Ventures he supports relationship development between the fund and venture founders. He supports the growth of ventures through leadership development, strategic tools and a network of trusted business partners.

Founder of Albrecht&Partners venture-building boutique working with investors. He believes in personal growth as a tool for successful leaders to generate positive impact. He co-founded companies from a large variety of sectors including services, mass media, HoReCa & FMCG. He supports entrepreneurship as a mentor at Google Developers Launchpad, Startupbootcamp, Youth Business Poland, Founder Institute and speaker at various events around Europe. He is an alumni of the Swedish Institute Management Programme.

Ariel Kwieciński

Experienced lawyer and helpful advisor.

For over a decade, Ariel Kwieciński has been providing legal services to entrepreneurs, and in particular to commercial law companies (dealing, among others, with issues related to commercial law, capital market law, intellectual property law or the law of modern technologies).

He graduated in law in 2004 at the Catholic University of Lublin, and gained professional experience, among others through legal services for the current operations of capital groups, such companies as: Data Invest Sp. z o.o. or NFI MIDAS S.A. (private equity fund). At NFI Midas S.A. he was also responsible for ownership supervision over subsidiaries, information duties and investor relations. He sat on the management boards and supervisory boards of companies from the modern technology, telecommunications and advertising industries.

Magdalena Olczak

Experienced manager and expert in startup ecosystems.

10+ years of working experience, mainly in the information market as journalist, analyst and investor relations manager. For the last 4 years she was product manager in EMIS – an information service owned by Euromoney Group. She was responsible for 3 markets – Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

She is currently finishing a PhD thesis at the Warsaw School of Economics, about the role of venture capital funds in the Polish startup ecosystem. She is a mentor in acceleration programs, and has also worked as a consultant for the Polish National Center for Research and Development and the Polish Development Fund.

Krzysztof Piłat

Krzysztof set up his first business – a wine store, at the age of 19. Since then he has been expanding entrepreneur skills by gaining experience in many companies.

Krzysztof has graduated from Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems at Warsaw School of Economics. At this time, he has been interested in Big Data, and until now, he expands his knowledge within this field.

Currently, he is focusing on AI, Blockchain and business models, which creating are Krzysztof’s passion.

His hobbies are writiting machine learning algorithms and trading. He runs QuantBe.com blog, which focuses on abovementioned topics.

Hubert Baryła

Startup enthusiast, founder and experienced Sales and Marketing Manager.

Hubert starts working as sales representative at the age of 17 in several network marketing and direct sales companies from fmcg and financial sector, where he was one of the youngest on director positions.
He quickly moved to traditional business where he become manager and then director of sales and marketing. Finally he co-founded his startup in health industry.

He studied Management and Marketing at Warsaw School of Economics. He is passionate about lean customer development and loves to find out why and how things really work in business. Besides business, he likes meditation, martial arts and generally being active.

Quitting his startup, he joined Data Ventures Team to help other founders with sales and marketing in customer discovery process.

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