Bernard Liautaud, Managing Partner at Balderton Capital
Balderton Capital is Europe’s largest early stage venture capital investor, focused on European technology companies at Series A. Based in London, the firm manages $2.6bn and invests in entrepreneurs building globally ambitious businesses.
Prior to Balderton Capital, Bernard Liautaud co-founded Business Objects in 1990 and was CEO for 15 years then Chairman until January 2008. With 6,700 employees, 45,000 customers and $1.5 billion of revenue in 2007, Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and one of the 15 largest software companies in the world. Business Objects was the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994.
In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion, making it the third largest software acquisition at the time.
Bernard is now a member of the SAP Supervisory Board. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2013 to 2018. He is now a member of the Stanford Global Advisory Council to the President.
In 2009, he co-founded Dashlane, a leading software company providing digital identity solutions for consumers and small businesses.
He has received several distinctions including "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" in 2007 in France, Time Magazine Europe's Digital Top 25 and BusinessWeek Stars of Europe of 2002, Top 10 CEOs in North America by Chief Executive Magazine in 2001.
Bernard holds a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Stanford University.