European Private Equity and Investment Banking Roundtable: Breakfast with Dominique Vidal
April 11, 2008: 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
The European Private Equity and Investment Banking Roundtable is proud to invite you to a new business breakfast. Our guest is Dominique Vidal, a partner at Index Ventures, one of the world's leading venture capital firms, which has backed many successful companies in the high-tech and biotech sectors including Skype, Last.fm, Genmab and MySQL.
Thanks to his unique background, which combines managerial responsibilities at European powerhouses like Schlumberger, investment and managerial roles in thriving e-businesses such as Kelkoo (which he co-founded and turned into a $100m company), and later Yahoo!, for which he served as CEO Europe for more than 3 years, Dominque will provide us an opportunity to get a better understanding of the different stages a company and its management team go through along a firm’s life-cycle.
Dominque will address the theme “From start-up to maturity: Europe's most innovative companies as seen from a life-cycle perspective”, shading a perspective on a how a business idea is defined and tested, how funds are raised, key resources attracted, business expanded across multiple markets and possibly sold for an attractive return. In addition to this, Dominque will share his views on the current landscape and trends of the venture capital and the high-tech industries in Europe.
Chicago GSB London Campus
Woolgate Exchange, 25 Basinghall St
London, United Kingdom
As usual, we kindly ask you to pre-register in due time as seats are limited and sell quickly. Please limit the number of tickets you purchase so to give opportunity to others to attend as well. Also make any effort to join the GSB campus by 7.45am as we'll start right away in order to be done by 9am.
7:45 AM-9:00 AM: Breakfast and Talk
Dominique Vidal (Speaker)
Partner, Index Ventures
Prior to joining the London office of Index Ventures as a Partner in September 2007, Dominique Vidal was the CEO of Yahoo! Europe from 2004 to 2007. He joined Yahoo! from Kelkoo, when Yahoo! acquired the company in March 2004. At Kelkoo, where he was Managing Director from 2000 to 2004, Dominique drove the company's transformation from a small team with no revenues to Europe's preferred shopping search engine with 400 employees and revenues of $100 million per year.
Prior to Kelkoo, Dominque was a partner at Banexi Ventures in Paris, where he led investments in a number of companies including Kelkoo, Algety and In Fusio. He began his career at Schlumberger where he worked for 10 years in product marketing and business development roles in the telecom and smart card industries in France, the United States and Asia.
Dominique has an engineering degree from Supelec.
Paolo Guida, '06 (EXP-11)