Former Barcelona FC vice-chairman Marc Ingla has become a partner at Mangrove Capital, a Luxembourg-based venture capital firm that was one of the first investors in internet telecoms giant Skype.
A well established entrepreneur and business angel, Ingla will focus on opportunities in areas such as gaming, e-commerce, financial services, media content and messaging with a particular focus on Latin countries.
Ingla began his career at Accenture in the US before becoming a strategy consultant for the Monitor Group.
He co-founded Cluster Consulting, a management consulting firm focused on the mobile industry, which grew to 500 consultants and ten offices global offices and was eventually sold to Diamond Technology Partners, a NASDAQ-listed company acquired by PwC in 2010.
From 2003 to 2008 he served as vice chairman of FC Barcelona, where he famously brought Pep Guardiola on board as the club’s coach. Under Guardiola’s direction the team have won the Champions League twice.
In 2006 he began his investing career, firstly as partner of Nauta Capital, a venture capital firm of which he is still a member of the board. As a business angel he focuses on the internet and mobile spaces and has invested in start-ups such as Siine.com and Wuaki.tv.
Mangrove Capital Partners focuses on early stage opportunities in Europe and emerging markets such as India and Russia. The firm was one of the first investors in Skype before eBay bought the business in 2005 for $2.6bn. Skype was sold to Microsoft last year for $8.5bn, marking the technology giant’s biggest deal in its 36-year history.
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