Global Technology Acquisition Corp. I
- Technology, FinTech, Software
Fabrice Grinda , currently serves as the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of FJ Labs, a venture firm and startup studio that invests in and builds online marketplaces. Prior to FJ Labs, Mr. Grinda was co-founder and co-Chief Executive Officer of OLX, one of the largest websites in the world with over 300 million unique visitors per month, and, prior to that, founded Zingy, a mobile media start-up which he grew to $200M in revenue and sold to Japanese media conglomerate For-Side in 2004. Mr. Grinda started his entrepreneurial journey in 1998, when he co-founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Aucland, one of the largest auction sites in Europe. Before beginning his entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. Grinda worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Mr. Grinda holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University. We believe Mr. Grinda is uniquely qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his executive leadership experience at numerous companies.
Arnau Porto Dolc , currently serves as the founder and CIO of Greentrail Capital, a London based investment firm focused globally on publicly listed technology companies and pre-IPO opportunities. Prior to founding Greentrail, Mr. Porto co-founded and co-ran Blueport Capital, a California-based investment partnership backed by the Robert Bass family office, and previously served as an investment analyst at Viking Global in New York. Mr. Porto started his career as institutional investor at Blackstone in London. He has since served as a senior advisor for DTCP digital infrastructure investments in Europe, and co-founded Jaguar and LaHaus in Colombia, and Portblue Hotels in Europe. Mr. Porto holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and telecommunication engineering, as well as an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Porto’s significant executive, investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Claudia Gast , has served as a member of the Executive team of AM General, a MacAndrews & Forbes portfolio company, where she completed the sale of the company to KPS. Mrs. Gast has aided and led the execution of multiple public and private buy—and sell—side transactions, including acquisitions, equity investments, divestitures and partnerships both domestically and internationally. Prior to AM General, Mrs. Gast served at GHC Capital where she led the acquisition of GWR Safety Systems and became the head of Strategy and M&A for the company, and, prior to that, worked at Procter & Gamble Company where she served in various financial & strategic roles of increasing responsibility across multiple regions. Mrs. Gast started her career at the Volkswagen group in finance. Mrs. Gast holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jeffrey Weinstein, currently serves as a Principal at FJ Labs, where he co-heads the fund’s 600+ investments, which have included Alibaba, Flexport, Rappi, Betterment, Fanduel and Delivery Hero, and manages external fundraising efforts. Mr. Weinstein was previously a Senior Associate at Lux Capital, a $2.5 billion AUM venture capital firm that invests in emerging technologies in the physical and life sciences. Prior to that he worked at Dunbar Capital, a multi-strategy fund of hedge funds. Mr. Weinstein is a member of Class 24 of the Kauffman Fellows and has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Perdue , currently serves as a Partner at Lutetia Technology and is a Strategic Advisor to three venture-backed artificial intelligence companies. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of Impact, Inc., the leading SaaS platform for enterprise partnership automation. Mr. Perdue is the former Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of The Trade Desk, where he grew the company’s enterprise value from $20 million to over $15 billion. During his tenure from 2013 to 2019, The Trade Desk grew from a 20-person start-up with revenue of $1 million to over 1,100 employees with $677 million revenue in 2019. Mr. Perdue and the executive team completed an initial public offering of The Trade Desk in 2016. Over the next 3 years, The Trade Desk grew by 15x in the public markets, becoming the #1 performing technology initial public offering stock on the NASDAQ over the last five years. Prior to this, Mr. Perdue was Chief Operating Officer of EyeWonder, a video ad serving company, and an investment banker at The Jordan, Edmiston Group. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University. We believe Mr. Perdue’s significant executive, investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Gabriel Silva , served as Chief Financial Officer of Nubank, where he helped to build and scale one of the world’s largest FinTech companies. Previously, Mr. Silva was a partner and Chief Financial Officer of Pravaler, Brazil’s leading provider of private student loans, and before that a Managing Director at York Capital, a New York-based hedge fund. He has lived in 6 different countries and holds an International Diploma from Sciences Po in Paris, and an MBA from Stanford. He is also a member of Fundação Estudar, a Brazilian education non-profit organization. We believe Mr. Silva’s significant executive, investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Juan Villalonga , currently serves as a Partner at Lutetia Technology Partners and a Strategic Advisor of SparkBeyond. In addition, he currently serves as an advisor to the board of directors of Aiola and Lutetia Capital. Mr. Villalonga has strong operational experience as the former Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica Group, a Spanish multinational telecommunications company and one of the largest telephone operators and mobile network providers in the world, which he grew from $12 billion to over $100 billion in market capitalization. In 2010, the Harvard Business Review ranked Mr. Villalonga as #33 on the list of the top 100 performing CEOs in the world. He is also the co-founder and partner at Hermes Growth Partners, a growth equity firm focused on technology investments, where he invested in successful private companies such as The Trade Desk and RingCentral, which are now leading public players. Prior to this he was as Partner at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Villalonga holds an MBA from IESE Barcelona and an LLB from the University of Deusto. We believe Mr. Villalonga’s significant executive, investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Michael Zeisser currently serves as the Managing Partner of FMZ Ventures, a growth equity investment fund focused on Experience Economy and marketplace ecosystems. Prior to founding FMZ Ventures, Mr. Zeisser was Chairman, U.S. Investments for Alibaba Group and led Alibaba’s strategic investments outside of Asia. Previously, Mr. Zeisser served as Senior Vice President of Liberty Media Corporation, where he acquired and oversaw companies in digital media, eCommerce and online gaming. Mr. Zeisser started his career at McKinsey & Co. in New York, where he was elected a partner and co-founded and led McKinsey’s Internet Practice. Mr. Zeisser has considerable governance experience, having served on numerous public and private boards including IAC, Trip Advisor, Time Inc., Lending Club, Shutterfly, XO Group/TheKnot, Lyft, Magic Leap, and OfferUp. Mr Zeisser graduated with honors from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was a Procter & Gamble International Academic Scholar. We believe Mr. Zeisser’s significant executive, investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.