Office

Europe

Hometown

Lake Constance, Germany

Residence

Berlin, Germany

Maximilian
Mayer

Investment Team

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The passion for entrepreneurship is deeply rooted in my family. My grandfather built factories in India in the 1960s for the world market leader in machine needles. My father started 4 dental practices from the ground up. Technology has made it possible for anyone to start a business, so I had no excuse, but to start a company myself. Technology is influencing our daily life and it’s fascinating to think that the next Amazon or SAP are being built right in front of us. I want to have a front-row seat for that.

Office

Europe

Hometown

Lake Constance,

Germany

Residence

Berlin,

Germany

My first job was in the asset management division of Commerzbank where I advised pensions & UHNWIs on public market investments. I didn't want to accept how slow things were moving there and how little technology was leveraged to improve processes. After an MBA at HHL in Leipzig, I started my own company driven by the believe that if you move fast & apply technology to non-digital processes, you can be successful. I sold the company after 2y and moved to the other side of the table to combine my passion for entrepreneurship & finance alike. In the 3 years that I spent at Global Founders Capital afterwards, I invested in 10 technology companies - mostly Fintech & enterprise software.

Education

MBA

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

MBA

Queen’s University

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg

Role

How Maximilian supports portfolio companies

Supporting founders with my network & helping them get in front of decision makers and potential clients alike

Identifying differentiated G2M and partnership opportunities

Expanding internationally, specifically across or to Europe and from Europe to the US

Relevant Experiences

  • Global Founders Capital

    Investor

    3 years

    I have seen and assessed hundreds of business models in depth. I have provided guidance and support to founders globally.

    Responsibilities

    Worked directly with the General Partner Oliver Samwer on investments in the US and Germany and managed the data-focused sourcing team in Berlin. During that time, invested in and sat on the board of more than 10 technology companies focusing primarily on Fintech and Enterprise Software.

    About Global Founders Capital

    GFC is a globally oriented, stage agnostic venture capital firm with $2BN AuM. The firm seeks to invest in companies that operate within the internet, retail, financial software, media, communication, and information technology sectors. It was founded by Oliver Samwer in 2013 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

  • Redi Pay & Collect

    Co-founder & Managing Director

    2.5 years

    Having been a founder myself, I understand the challenges of an entrepreneur - from hiring the first engineer to the acquisition process of a company.

    Responsibilities

    Everything. Ran the company on both business and product side. From hiring people to onboarding customers to investor relations and fundraising.

    About Redi Pay & Collect

    A mobile-first pay & collect marketplace for quick-service restaurants. Largest pay & collect app in F&B with 450 vendor partners and 20k MAUs.

  • Commerzbank AG

    Portfolio Manager

    2 years

    Exposure to financial technology & in-depth knowledge around capital markets on the equity side.

    Responsibilities

    Advising US-based UHNWIs and institutional clients on investments in publicly traded companies and portfolio construction. Our team managed over $2BN in AuM. Involved in a project run by McKinsey to build a mobile banking app.

    About Commerzbank AG

    Commerzbank is the leading bank for the German Mittelstand and a strong partner for around 30,000 corporate client groups and around 11 million private and small-business customers in Germany.