Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Director of the venture capital firm Felicis Ventures. An original “super-angel” investor, he was named to Forbes’ 2014 Midas List and previously appeared as one of the top 25 tech angels by Businessweek. Aydin is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic portfolio companies including Adyen, Clearslide,
Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Director of the venture capital firm Felicis Ventures. An original “super-angel” investor, he was named to Forbes’ 2014 Midas List and previously appeared as one of the top 25 tech angels by Businessweek. Aydin is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic portfolio companies including Adyen, Clearslide, Counsyl, Inkling, Practice Fusion, Rovio, and Shopify. Felicis has a strong track record of 49 exits such as Climate Corp, Dropcam, Liveramp, Mint, and Meraki. Currently, his focus areas include re-invention of core markets like intelligent SaaS and financial services as well as development of frontier technologies including deep learning and robotics.
Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was Google’s first product manager and launched its first 10 international sites in 2000. He speaks five languages: English, German, French, Portuguese and Turkish.
Aydin is a benefactor to the University of Pennsylvania and UCSF. Aydin sits on the boards of Imageshack, Massive Health and the Wharton Entrepreneurial Program. He’s been featured on Businessweek, Forbes, New York Times, Economist, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Financial Times Germany, and San Francisco Chronicle
Specialties: Angel Investing, Early Stage Funding Syndication, Product Management, International Sales & Business Development, Venture Capital, Strategy
Founder and Managing Director @ Felicis Ventures is one of the leading micro-cap funds making seed stage investments in promising internet and mobile application start-ups. From December 2005 to Present (9 years 11 months) San Francisco Bay AreaInvestor & Board Observer @ From March 2014 to Present (1 year 8 months) San Francisco Bay AreaInvestor @ From 2010 to Present (5 years) Investor @ From 2013 to Present (2 years) Early Investor & Board Observer @ From 2010 to Present (5 years) Investor & Strategic Advisor @ From February 2012 to Present (3 years 9 months) San Francisco Bay AreaInvestor @ From March 2011 to Present (4 years 8 months) FinlandEarly Investor & Special Advisor @ From 2009 to Present (6 years) San Francisco Bay AreaSenior Manager, Websearch & Syndication @ Responsible for Asia Pacific Syndication Sales and Account Management From June 2001 to October 2005 (4 years 5 months) Sales Manager, Strategic Accounts @ Responsible for International Business Development From July 2000 to June 2001 (1 year) Product Manager @ Launched Google's first 10 international sites
Completed first product plan for all licensing products
Negotiated key outsourcing contracts for Googles translation service and first safesearch filter.
Closed Googles first wireless search contract with Omnisky From November 1999 to June 2000 (8 months) Product Manager @ Responsible for all product marketing, business development, public relations, and strategic development with respect to MineSet, Silicon Graphics flagship data mining and visualization solution
Winner, Western Area Field Excellence Award From December 1997 to November 1999 (2 years) Business Development Manager @ Responsible for strategic alliances with key system integrators and application vendors in the electronic commerce and data mining areas focusing on the financial services market From July 1996 to November 1997 (1 year 5 months)
MA, International Studies, Portuguese @ University of Pennsylvania / SAIS From May 1994 to 1996 MBA, Marketing @ University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School From 1994 to 1996 BS, Business Administration, Finance @ Boston University From 1988 to 1992 Aydin Senkut is skilled in: Start-ups, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Strategy, Business Development, Product Management, Business Strategy, E-commerce, Angel Investing, Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Development, Mobile Applications, Mobile Devices, Online Marketing, Digital Media, User Experience, SaaS, Analytics, Go-to-market Strategy, Online Advertising, Mergers, Product Development, Marketing Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Digital Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Digital Strategy, Sales, Product Marketing, Investments, New Business Development, Competitive Analysis, Monetization, Consumer Internet
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