What is in common between football (soccer) and venture capital? Now, we know. Marc Ingla, former vice chairman of FC Barcelona who managed sponsorship, media and football affairs at Barça for five years, has joined Mangrove Capital Partners, the premier European early-stage venture capital firm, as its new Partner.
Marc Ingla was very instrumental in appointment of Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola as manager of FC Barcelona in 2008 under whom the club won two UEFA Champions League and three Spainsh La Liga titles.
Mangrove Capital Partners has also launched a new corporate web-site at www.mangrove-vc.com. The Flash-based web-site is powered by Wix, one of Mangrove‘s portolio companies.
In Russia, Mangrove Capital has invested in Oktogo.ru (leading hotel booking and travel site), KupiVIP.ru (leading online shopping club and e-commerce platform), Drimmi (social and mobile gaming) and several other undisclosed companies.
Mangrove Capital is associated with Lotus F1 Team, which is owned by Genii Capital of Mangrove‘s partner Gerard Lopez.
See a list of top 10 Russian venture capital investments in 2012.