Former Apple CEO Michael Spindler was born in Berlin, Germany, and he held a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from RFH in Cologne, Germany. In 1980, he joined Apple as European Manager based in Paris, France. In 1985, he took responsibility for Apple’s International business based in Cupertino, CA. Michael Spindler became President & COO […]
Upstart Capital is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund. The principals of Upstart include Aymerik Renard (France Telecom’s U.S. venture capitalist), Michael Spindler (former Apple CEO) and Deepak Moorjani (The Lodestar Group). Upstart was launched in late 1999 with an investor base including Sumitomo Corporation, France Telecom, Societe Generale, the partners of two multi-billion dollar
Last time we spoke about the opportunity of investing in Genesis Ventures, you encouraged me to keep you informed on our progress. I am happy to inform you that we have secured France Telecom (and some of their investment affiliates) as a lead investor in Genesis. Their joint investment will cover approximately 60% of our
Fundraising While I appreciate the commitment from France Telecom and affiliates, I am convinced we are handicapped in raising beyond the $25MM threshold in the US unless we can get a real name based in the US. Leo Hindery’s immediate influence is necessary to shore up the remainder to reach the first closing at $25MM.