Investing in technology companies requires a deep knowledge and network. From correctly identifying the long-term trends that can trigger explosive growth, to picking the companies best positioned to leverage these secular trends, to navigating the various relationships in order to access the cap table of these tech leaders – you need to be playing in traffic to successfully invest in the tech space.
TOP has assembled a team of seasoned professionals with extensive experience assessing, investing, and exiting private tech companies. The individuals have been active in technology since the early 90’s, building deep-rooted relationships with key stakeholders (founders and executives, top-decile VC’s, angel investors and board members). Over the years, members of the team have invested in/advised on several billion dollars-worth of tech investments.
Richard founded TOP in partnership with Bedrock, to invest in iconic, blue chip, private, internet-related companies. Since launching TOP, Richard has had primary responsibility for deploying over $80M in equity in leading tech companies. Before TOP, Richard was an active direct investor in both early- and late-stage technology businesses. Richard joined Index Ventures in 2001 where he was a partner in the life science practice. Prior to Index, Richard built Europe’s largest specialty pharmacy - MediService – which was acquired by Galenica. From 1990 to 1993 Richard worked in Zurich for McKinsey & Co. Richard graduated with an AB in Economics, History and an MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.
Salman joined TOP in 2014. He has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist for the past 15 years. Having started his post-MBA career as an investment banker with Barclays, he joined SCP Partners in the U.S., where he was responsible for, and served on the board of, multiple technology companies, founding one start-up and managing several successful exits and financing rounds. Subsequently he worked at Index Ventures in Geneva, where he focused on clean-technology investments. In 2009, he co-founded ZEM, a Norwegian company with deep lithium ion battery expertise, bringing Zero Emission solutions to the Maritime industry, where he continues to serve as an executive. Salman received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
TOP has assembled an advisory board composed of 5 reference tech executives. These are leaders in their respective spaces, who are defining the future of technology and are a critical part of the TOP value proposition.