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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Talent
Judith joined the venture team 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.