Responsible for operational management of Gold Fish Fund. Tomas Martūnas has 15 years of experience in mobile as well as information and communication technologies, developing mobile value-added services and apps projects in Western and Eastern Europe.
During 13 years career in banking, Tomas Martūnas implemented various mobile banking, internet banking, sales efficiency, customer centricity and other change management projects with outstanding results in developing banking sector in Eastern Europe. He managed 9 billion EUR lending portfolio through the cycle.
15 years in ICT under his supervision more than 150 apps, mobile web, interactive TV, SMS subscription projects were implemented in 12 different countries. Mobile solutions company App Camp became leading App development company and won The Best Entrepreneurship Spirit Initiative in Europe Award and a lot of other prestigious awards.
Today Tomas Martūnas, alongside with his duties at Golden Fish Fund, is a partner in e-commerce and foodtech fund LTk Capital, as well as co-founder and Board member of leading mobile social marketplace in Africa and India.
During his 25 year career as serial entrepreneur, every project Tadas Karosas developed was making changes both in business and social life in more than a dozen different countries.
When creating a new business or developing established companies, Tadas Karosas always pushes them to become leaders in the field and create new trends by bringing unseen, innovative things or solutions.
In 2012 Tadas Karosas discovered South Africa for himself. He aspires to bring and share the experience gathered during the successful business years in Europe, providing the benefits of modern technology in e-commerce and solar energy sectors for African citizens.
Highlights of Tadas Karosas
The culture for savour of alcohol beverages is being created. Company Mineraliniai Vandenys, established in 1991, brought top alcohol brands to Lithuanian market. It provided opportunity to Lithuanians enjoy the premium brands which were not available during Soviet occupation and “Iron curtain” policy, which resulted in decades of shortage in the country.
Time for changes in cosmetics market. Cosmetics retail chain Sarma was established in all three Baltic countries bringing fresh trends in consumer habits. Sarma gave an opportunity for medium class customers to relish and enjoy top cosmetics brands that previously were treated as luxury products for privileged class. Self–service cosmetics retail chain created new model for shopping in Baltics that didn’t change since. In 2004 Sarma was acquired by the Europe’s largest perfume and cosmetics retail chain Douglas.
New eating habits arise – Northern European citizens are accustomed to relish Italian pizza. Later other exotic cuisines enter the food culture as well. Čili Pica pizzeria and other four top restaurant brands, owned by Čili Holding, is the largest restaurant chain in Baltics. Compared to Čili Pica, McDonalds and other popular restaurant brands were left far behind in the region.
Security standards have been changed. Security company Gelvora developed new services for business and private individuals that met international standards and requirements. Few years later Gelvora was acquired by the largest security company in the world G4S. Separate Gelvora branch, specializing in debt administration, was acquired by Swedish Inkaso AB Marginalen.
E-commerce era arises: the myths about Internet shopping were demolished. People get acquainted with e-commerce, making it a habit that is an essential part of shopping routine nowadays. E-shop Pigu.lt was established and the yearly growth reached more that 1000 percent. Soon Pigu.lt expanded to all Baltic countries, becoming “Eastern European Amazon.com”. Pigu.lt was acquired by the largest investment fund MCI Management in Europe. Further expanse in Europe is planned, with the yearly income of more than 300 million Euros in upcoming years.
Jonas Karosas has previously co-founded Foodout Group (foodoutgroup.com) and is now spearheading growth hacking and lean marketing at Goldfish Fund portfolio companies as the companies leaps towards its hyper growth journeys and builds the next big things. Jonas Karosas has more than 10 years of experience of leading marketing & product teams in e-commerce startups.
Vytautas Paukstys is co-founder and CEO of Eskimi, a mobile-first social network that grew from zero to 10 million registered customers in less than 24 months. Eskimi has become one of the biggest social media products in Nigeria, having more than 9 million customers in Nigeria alone. The product is also strong in other West African countries. Eskimi currently offers unique marketing solutions for brands and products in Nigeria.
Vytautas has more than 13 years experience in the fields of telecommunications, mobile payments, payment aggregation, mobile marketing and social media. For the last 8 years he has been heading ActiveSec, the company that developed Eskimi.
Previously, Vytautas founded 5 mobile payment and direct sales companies and held senior positions at mobile operators, working with customer marketing & acquisition.
Ilja Laurs is one of the most successful entrepreneurs and venture investors in Europe. After selling GetJar, the largest independent app store, he founded Nextury Ventures and now invests into the most promising tech companies in the region across different spaces, from 3D printing to mind-reading and beyond.
“European Manager of the Year 2011” by European Business Press Association, “25 European Tech Leaders” by Wall Street Journal, “Top 40 most influential people in mobile communications” by Informa Telecoms and Media, “10 Start-ups That Will Change Your Life” by TIME magazine and “Technology Pioneer 2011” by World Economic Forum are only a few of his numerous industry achievements. As a recognized thought leader, Ilja speaks on all major telecommunication conferences and is regularly quoted in Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg and many other news sources.
Ilja’s book on business, entrepreneurship and investments “Business in a New Way” has broken multiple book publishing records.