Michael Elias.

Managing Director, London

Michael has been at the forefront of the development of European technology private equity as it grew from a fledgling niche into the multi-billion dollar market it is today. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the European Venture Capital Association (EVCA) and chaired its Venture Capital Committee from 2002 to 2006.

Michael has a particular interest in Internet business models and capital-efficient semiconductor businesses. He has led Kennet’s investments in data-driven mobile app marketing platform Trademob, data collection services provider to the healthcare industry WorldOne, online performance marketing services provider Next Performance, online advertising network Adviva Media (acquired by Specific Media), online video advertising specialist GoViral (acquired by AOL Inc.), WiMAX chip business Sequans, semiconductor IP vendor Chipidea (acquired by MIPS) and oversaw Kennet’s investment in cloud-based environmental, health and safety software vendor Rivo Software and wireless audio chip business STS (acquired by SMSC).

Michael also led Kennet’s investment in Paragon Software (acquired by Openwave), Altitun (acquired by ADC Telecommunications), No Wires Needed (acquired by Intersil), Monis (acquired by Sungard Data Systems), and Ubizen (acquired by Cybertrust).

Michael founded Kennet in 1997. Earlier, he was responsible for establishing the international operations of Thompson Clive & Partners in California and Paris.

Michael holds a B.A. with highest honours from Harvard University, and received an M.Sc. from Cambridge University where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Born in the United States, Michael has lived in several European countries and speaks fluent French.

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