Xavier Niel


Xavier Niel is the majority shareholder and the historic leader of the Iliad Group.

A self‐taught entrepreneur,  player in the telematics, Internet and telecommunications industries since the late 1980s. After creating 3617 ANNU, he launched Free, the first free access provider in France in 1999. In 2002, Xavier Niel created the Freebox, the first multi‐service set‐top box providing access to « triple play »  at home. Free is currently deploying the fourth mobile phone network in France, and will offer its own mobile service in early 2012. Since 2010, Xavier Niel is the controlling shareholder of the newspaper Le Monde, along with Pierre Bergé and Matthieu Pigasse.

At the same time, Xavier Niel has also been investing significantly for years in internet start‐ups creating in March 2010 his own investment fund, Kima Ventures, which invests in 50‐100 start‐ups per year, worldwide.

Xavier Niel is based in Paris, France

Follow him on Twitter @Xavier75

Jérémie Berrebi


Editor for ZDNet France in 1996, Jeremie co-founded one of the first French internet success stories in 1997. This was Net2one, a sophisticated news search and clipping tool which was the #1 newsletter distributor in the French speaking world. It was sold to the TNS Group (UK) in 2004.

In 2006 he co-founded and was the driving force behind another company, Zlio enabled users to create their own shops and sell goods from other e-commerce services. Members could stock their store with over three million products and earn commissions on every item purchased from their Zlio Shop.

In 2010, he co-founded Kima Ventures with Xavier Niel, even though he was already a shareholder in more than 20 startups all around the world before Kima was created.

Jeremie is based in Bnei Brak, Israel

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Michel Sassano


Michel Sassano joined Kima Ventures as an Associate in 2013.

He studied at Telecom Bretagne and Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Prior to Kima Ventures, Michel co-founded a mobile development studio in 2009, worked as an engineer at Orange (formerly France Telecom) in Paris and as a product manager and marketing intern at Wooga in Berlin.

Michel is based in Paris, France

Follow him on Twitter @SassanoM.

Vincent Jacobs


Vincent Jacobs joined Kima Ventures as an Associate in 2013.

After living in six different countries, he studied economics at the University of Leuven in Belgium.

Previously he has worked for an early-stage startup in London called Smarkets, building a betting exchange platform, and for Seedcamp, Europe’s leading micro-seed investment and mentoring program.

Vincent is based in London, UK.

Follow him on Twitter @Vincejaco.