Martin focuses on startups which operate in large markets (food, transportation, finance, health, SME) through the development of must-have products that get exponentially better with each additional user. He has worked with many entrepreneurs who started such businesses, including BlaBlaCar and Deliveroo. He also serves on the board of Drivy, Rad, TheFamily, Trainline (following the acquisition of Captain Train) and till recently SwiftKey (acquired by Microsoft in 2016). In addition to the companies already mentioned, he led Seed round in hosted search API company Algolia. Most of his initial investments are Seed and Series A.
Since joining Index in 2010, Martin has spent a lot of time helping build the Parisian ecosystem (he led the first institutional investment in local startup network TheFamily and currently sits on their advisory board), and also regularly travels to Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and NYC.
Prior to joining Index, Martin was in the TMT team at UBS Investment Bank and co-founded the beauty subscription business Boudoir Prive (acquired by Joliebox/Birchbox) and a student web radio service rsp.fm.
- Eliza Davies
eliza [at] indexventures [dot] com
- Dijon, France
- Grew up:
- Dijon, France
- Paris, New Orleans
Next Stop: Europe. Captain Train Joins Trainline
Every year, €70bn worth of train tickets are sold in Europe. However, given that the continent’s rail system is split between a multitude of rail operators, currencies and countries, the industry is fragmented and ticketing is a complex affair. And with the European Commission pushing for ever more competition, the direction of travel is clear: more choice for the consumers, more complexity for the distributors.