We’re a colorful mix of big characters – approaching life with a combination of gut instinct & deep data.

Peak Capital Team

Calin Fabri

Associate

Peak Capital Team

Calin Fabri

Associate

“Never sell the technology, sell the value that it brings.”

Calin is our resident Viking. Joining us from Norway, he leads our sourcing and networking in the Nordics. He has made his way around the Dutch and Nordic ecosystem: first as a founder, then leading expansion for venture-backed scale-up No Isolation, and finally as a fundraising adviser for start-ups and mature companies. Founding his own company and advising others opened his eyes to the art – and importance – of the sale, “You can build the best product, but it’s not going to sell itself.”

A hard one to pin down, Calin moves between instinct and data. He is valued for the strength of his convictions, spirit to speak his mind, and love for saunas.

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Cheu Thai Shing

Analyst

Cheu Thai Shing

Analyst

“It’s pronounced ‘Co’ + ‘Thai’

The backbone of the team, Cheu Thai works behind the frontlines. He leads the way in in-depth analyses, tireless portfolio support, and ensuring Peak operates like a well-oiled, structured machine. He is a builder. Prior to joining us, Cheu Thai co-founded Emerald, a platform to assist and educate cryptocurrency traders. Though he shut Emerald down, his founder journey – and even some bad experiences with investors! – taught him that, “people make all the difference.”

Graduating top of his Master’s programs in both Economics and Mathematical Economics as well as Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science, Cheu Thai is a sharp data wizard. His long list of degrees and endless curiosity make clear: whatever the challenge, he can figure it out.

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David Zwagemaker

Partner

Peak Capital Team

David Zwagemaker

Partner

Lawyer-turned-strategy consultant-turned-founder-turned-investor...

David’s been around the block. He started his entrepreneurial adventure as a Managing Director at Rocket Internet, a boots-on-the-ground rollercoaster of building up companies from Singapore to Bangladesh, or as he recalls it, “(obviously) the craziest time of my life.”

Afterward, he co-founded painting marketplace Weissmaler together with a former Rocket colleague. His founder days taught him lessons that he keeps with him to this day; “We scaled fast, serving hundreds of clients within months. We raised three seed rounds and hired 30 people within a year. Perhaps we went too fast: the business did not make it in the end.”

At Peak, David brings a hard-analytic skillset and pragmatic day-to-day experience. Part of the sharp-data team, David geeks out over growth metrics, number crunching, and bikes.

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Heleen Dura – van Oord

Founding Partner

Heleen Dura – van Oord

Founding Partner

“Guts is doing things that others do not dare or do not see.”

Heleen is one of Peak’s founding partners. She previously co-founded international advertising player DQ&A Media and, one of the highlights of her many ventures, built up the LOEY awards to stimulate innovation in online innovation. In the long list of lessons that she learned the hard way, how to say ‘no’ was the most difficult – and the most important, “You can’t do it all. You don’t have to want to do everything.”

For Heleen, entrepreneurship is creating something out of nothing. This is where she helps founders thrive: winning the first customer, building the champion team, and fundraising.

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Indra Sharma

Partner

Indra Sharma

Partner

“If you’re very strong you need to be very kind”

Indra is our partner based out of Stockholm. She works cross geographies but likes to keep an extra eye on the Nordics. She led the Axel Johnson conglomerates VC efforts and previous to that she was responsible for Nordic investments at EQT Ventures. She has an extensive background as an operator and was part of scaling Swedish payment house Bambora Group into a fintech unicorn. Indra is half Indian half Colombian born and raised in Sweden and she speaks five languages fluently. Her international background has nourished her curious nature and she often spends her nights on the phone discussing societal issues instead of sleeping.

Rather than waiting for something to happen, Indra prefers to roll up her sleeves and make it happen. Come rain or come shine – she loves to apply her hands on experience and help founders with whatever they are battling at the moment.

Indra is an advocate for women and minorities within the tech and business world. She is a published author of the book ‘Role models – the women that shape our future’ that she co-wrote to shed light on why entrepreneurship is the key in increasing equality in the world.

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Johan van Mil

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Johan van Mil

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

“Don’t try to please everybody, look for alternative ways to get things done, give 100% on one big goal – and do not move on before it is done.”

A life-long entrepreneur, Johan has built, bought, and sold over 11 companies, from data marketplaces (Adatus) and social marketing software (ReturnSocial) to email marketing platforms (MailMedia), and more. He looks back on these successes – and failures – as lessons of hustle, perseverance, and humility.

Making the move from founder to investor, Johan founded Peak with 5 fellow entrepreneurs in 2008. Over a decade and 4 funds later, he ensures Peak’s entrepreneurial DNA continues on: raise capital from experienced entrepreneurs, invest in genuine people, think in big opportunities.

He is the true embodiment of gut instinct and entrepreneurial power in the Peak team. Be it personally hunting for key hires or closing exits, Johan always has his sleeves rolled up to help our founders think bigger and move faster.

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Madeline Lawrence

Associate

Peak Capital Team

Madeline Lawrence

Associate

Gut-instinct meets big vision thinking: Meet Madeline.

A real renaissance woman, Madeline is armed with a thoughtful opinion on absolutely anything and everything. As a product of two cultures, she combines Southern European flair with American-sized visionary thinking.

Prior to joining Peak, Madeline built up ASIF Ventures, a first-check VC fund for young founders backed by angels and Universities. She began her journey in the ecosystem working in operations at Rockstart, a global accelerator & VC fund.

This powerhouse leads our sourcing and networking in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (DACH). She just landed in Berlin to open our first international office. 

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Stefan Bary

Managing Partner

Peak Capital Team

Stefan Bary

Managing Partner

For Stefan, there is no mountain too high or Excel file too big

Champion of ‘deep data’ at Peak, Stefan got his start in corporate finance at First Dutch advisory and went on to lead entrepreneur-backed Javest Investment Fund. By the time he joined Peak in 2015, Stefan had spent years supporting teams from seed to growth stage and navigating a jungle of fundraising, mergers & acquisitions, financing structures, company valuations, and management buy-outs at an international scale.

Don’t let the financial background fool you, Stefan is our resident philosopher, psychologist, and, thanks to his infamous whiteboard diagrams, our resident artist, too. At Peak, Stefan fights for our founders at every stage, armed with meticulous attention to detail and quick wit.

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Tessa van der Geer

Analyst

Tessa van der Geer

Analyst

Forever curious.

Tessa comes from an entrepreneurial nest, a long line of self-starters and risk-takers. Finishing off her double degree MsC in Dublin & Milano, she became an ambassador for diversity and hustled her way into venture investigating the gender investment gap in early-stage funding. In her published thesis, she follows razor-sharp analyses with strategies to get more capital into female founders’ hands, informed by her interviews with entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors around the tech ecosystem.

Sparked by gut instinct, led by thorough research and strong values, Tessa heads up our sourcing in the BeNeLux region. Be ready to see more from this young lady with bright brains, an eloquent voice, and a fine nose!

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Tessa Wanders

Investment Manager

Tessa Wanders

Investment Manager

Devil’s advocate by day, master networker by night.

Tessa started off her career as a marketplace investor in New York. As FJ Labs’ second hire, she built out the team and helped secure deals such as Roadrunner, Rappi, and Raisin. Intrigued by the other side of the table, she left the world of venture to start two companies; a hospitality business in Toronto (backed by Social Capital) and a CPG company in San Francisco (Founders Fund, FJ Labs).

After having learned some valuable lessons (“never start a company solo and only work in an industry you’re passionate about”), we’re stoked to have her back on our side of the table. Devil’s advocate by day, master networker by night: Tessa leverages her investing experience with a unique operational point of view to help founders bring their boldest ideas to life.

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Thijs Dijkman

Investment Manager

Peak Capital Team

Thijs Dijkman

Investment Manager

From slinging stacks to head of Benelux.

Like a true dutchman, Thijs grew up hustling in a pancake restaurant. A long journey from slinging stacks, Thijs now leads all of our Benelux sourcing. He comes from the finance world. Before joining us in 2017, he learned a thing-or-two about global data services at Willis Towers Watson and started investing at The Mutual Fund, a collaborative portfolio managed by investors.

In Peak’s family of big characters, Thijs has both feet on the ground: he is the voice of reason and the bridge between gut instinct and deep data.

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Our Entrepreneurs in Residence.
Founders with the scars to prove it.

Dennis Goedegebuure

Growth Marketing Master
Ex-Paypal, Venmo, Fanatics, and Airbnb

Pete Christianson

Pete Christianson

“The Product Guy”
Ex-MessageBird