Otium was founded on the conviction that we could change the way venture capital was being done in Europe.
We share a common belief in leveraging our skills — gained from our respective operational, managerial and entrepreneurial experiences — to back the free-spirited founders who are shaping the creative society.
We are nonlinear and contrarian, with a strong appetite for risk and big visions that can change the world.
Anne-Claire Colomb has been the director of administration and finance since 2017. Before joining Smartholding, Anne-Claire served as manager at PWC specialising in media and entertainment. She previously spent six years at audit giant BDO as manager, joining the company in 2011 as junior auditor. Anne-Claire holds a master’s from ESCE.
Pierre serves as Principal at Otium Venture, where he is notably in charge of the crypto-assets investments. Prior to joining the team in 2015 he founded and exited a subscription e-commerce company (DandyBox) and worked at Rocket Internet and McKinsey, where he was involved on several digital engagements and due diligences. Pierre graduated from HEC Paris.
Antoine Fine serves as Partner at Otium since 2015 and leads the consumer team. He started his career in private equity in 2003 at Lazard, as an Analyst for the Midcap LBO funds (FPG & LFPI) and was promoted Investment Director in 2006. He worked on more than 15 deals in a variety of situations (LBO, majority & minority stakes, mezzanine & bonds financing, mergers, expansion capital, debt refinancing) and monitored two companies up to exit. Antoine then founded Financière Avanti in 2010, an investment & business development structure where he managed several projects in different sectors (FMCG, sports & leisure, education) for active investors in France and abroad. Antoine graduated from HEC Paris.
Camille joined the consumer team in 2015. She started working as a business developer for Birchbox and Alexandalexa, two pioneer startups in the beauty and childrenswear sectors. She also worked at Ernst&Young where she was mostly focused on the LVMH account. Camille graduated from ESCP Europe and studied in France, the UK and Germany.
Bruno participated in the launch of Otium in 2015 and now serves as Partner, leading the Venture team. He built his career in Transaction Services, first at Ernst and Young and then as part of the founding team of Eight Advisory, now one of Paris top 3 financial consulting firms. During this period, he was involved in several LBO, capital development and debt restructuring operations (Vivarte, Spotless Group, Cegelec, Bureau Van Dijk, Coventya, Yoplait, Exclusive Networks, …) for leading PE firms (PAI Partners, Charterhouse, BC Partners, Axa Private Equity…) both in France and abroad. He then joined Pierre-Edouard Stérin in 2012 to act as an investor & transition manager for several of his personal investments. Bruno graduated from ESSEC Business School.
Gabriela joined Otium in 2017 to lead the fund’s marketing and communications efforts as well as helping the venture and consumer startups tell their stories. Prior to Otium, she oversaw PR at BlaBlaCar and held the role of head of marketing at one of Rocket Internet’s e-commerce startups in Africa and Asia. She started her career at M&C Saatchi as a brand consultant. She also had experiences at L’Oréal and Clarins. Gabriela graduated from ESCP Europe.
Pierre-Edouard is Otium’s chairman. He is a maverick entrepreneur with a proven track record for successfully building and scaling companies. He started his career in the financial markets but soon jumped head first into entrepreneurship, never to go back again to the corporate life. He launched his first venture in 1999 – namely BlackOrange, a software and video game e-retailer; which he sold before moving on to launching Smartbox in 2003. He grew the company to 400M€ of sales across 15 countries in less than 10 years before handing over the leadership to a new operating team. He is still involved in the company as majority shareholder and chairman. Pierre-Edouard then bought Lafourchette, Europe’s leading table booking marketplace, and helped the management team grow the company from a few bookings a day to a 15M€ revenue company, by the time it was sold to Tripadvisor. Pierre-Edouard keeps launching new ventures on a regular basis, from licensing concepts to large-scale real estate projects. He graduated from EM Lyon and La Sorbonne University.
Benjamin’s professional experience spans both the Private Equity industry and large enterprises. He was a founding partner at UFG-Siparex before joining Weinberg Capital Partners as their COO. In 2009, he became O2i Group’s CEO (an IT consultancy listed on Alternext), before joining PrestaShop, an open-source e-commerce software for SMBs, as their CEO. Benjamin joined Pierre-Edouard Stérin in 2014 as Managing Director of Smarholding, his family office. He graduated from HEC, Sciences Po and the London School of Economics.
Gabriel de Vinzelles
Gabriel joined the Venture team in 2016 as an Associate. Prior to Otium, he spent one year at Paris-based growth VC fund Serena. While at school, he founded a software startup that enabled organizations to recruit new supporters and donators. As a side activity, Gabriel coordinates the Data For Good meetups in Paris, and engages a community of 2600+ Data Scientists. Gabriel holds a Master in Management from ESCP Europe.
Antoine serves as Principal at Otium Consumer. Prior to that, he co-founded ChicTypes, a curated shopping service for men. Under his management, the startup employed 60 people and served 20 000 clients up until its closure in 2016. Antoine started his career as a strategy consultant at BCG. He graduated from HEC Paris.
Head of Talent
Judith joined Otium in 2018 as Head of Talent. She is working with founders and managers across Otium’s portfolio on talent-related issues, including assisting talent acquisition, providing functional expertise in various HR areas such as compensation, org design, performance management. Prior to Otium, Judith was Talent Acquisition Manager at TF1. Judith has extensive experience in HR having held senior roles at Clémentine, NextRadioTV and Colgate Palmolive. Judith started her career at Deloitte and Bouygues Telecom. She graduated from HEC Paris and Sciences Po Paris.
Cyrille joined Otium Consumer in 2018 as Operating Partner. Based in New York, he oversees the American Market and helps portfolio companies expand to the US. Prior to Otium, Cyrille was responsible for launching the European omni-channel brand Palais des Thés in the US. Under his management and in only 5 years, Palais des Thés became the #1 tea brand in major US department stores (including Macy’s, Saks, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) and 5-star hotels. Cyrille has also worked as a strategy consultant at BCG for 6 years where he was exposed to various industries and where he managed large and multi-cultural teams. Cyrille graduated from HEC Paris.