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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: François Robinet

No. 17

  • By Peter Vasiliev

17. François Robinet
Managing Partner
AXA Strategic Ventures
Last year: 16

Since Paris-based insurance giant AXA launched AXA Strategic Ventures in February 2015, François Robinet, managing partner of the €230 million ($257 million) fund, has been methodically building a global team with a presence in the key markets of London, New York, and San Francisco. “First and foremost, it’s a question of having the right people involved,” says Robinet, 49, who earlier in his AXA career served as the insurer’s chief risk officer, CEO of AXA Rosenberg Investment Management, and head of AXA Life Invest. Imran Akram, formerly of early- and growth-stage venture capital firm DN Capital, has been installed as AXA Strategic Ventures’ London general partner. AXA veteran Manish Agarwal is the general partner in New York. Alex Scherbakovsky, who has fintech investing experience with New Enterprise Associates, Silver Lake, 3i Group, and FTV Capital (at which Robinet is a strategic advisory board member — see Brad Bernstein and Richard Garman, No. 7), heads the San Francisco office. One of the firm’s investment vehicles, ASV Early Stage, has deployed about $25 million so far, adding over the past year stakes in Swiss car-trading platform Autolina, London-based wearables platform BioBeats, and Brooklyn, New York, healthy-habits tracking app developer Wellth. Robinet says his growth-stage investment vehicle, ASV Capital, will announce its first deal before year-end. Robinet anticipates rounding out his team with an office in Asia and is thinking about adding a fund-of-funds portfolio. “When we started as a concept two years ago, insurance was still seen as an industry where there wasn’t a lot of innovation, and we didn’t see at that time a lot of interesting stuff in insure-tech,” Robinet says. “It has changed completely,” with start-ups proliferating in such “different dimensions of the insurance world” as software, models, big data, risk management, underwriting, and marketing.


The 2016 Fintech Finance 35

1. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
2. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
3. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
5. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners
9. Darren Cohen
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
12. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Propel Venture Partners
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
17. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
18. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
19. Michael Schlein
Accion International
20. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
21. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
22. Alastair (Alex) Rampell
Andreessen Horowitz
23. Steve Gibson
Euclid Opportunities
24. Fabian Vandenreydt
SWIFT
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
Life.SREDA
26. Gardiner Garrard III
TTV Capital
27. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp Fintech
28. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
29. Bina Kalola
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
30. Hyder Jaffrey
Fintech Innovation
31. Calvin Choi
AMTD Group
32. Janos Barberis
FinTech
Hong Kong
33. Jalak Jobanputra
Future Perfect Ventures
34. Sopnendu Mohanty
Monetary Authority of Singapore
35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund

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