Our investors and advisors

Eric Kalfon
Partner,
Day One Entrepreneurs & Partners

Eric started his career at Paribas where he worked for more than 10 years, mostly in London. In particular, he was worldwide manager for currency derivatives and emerging markets.
He then took over Datops, a technology company, from the Caisse des Depots et Consignation and Partech.
Along with the founder, he managed and developed this company which he resold 6 months later to Lexi Nexis (part of the Reed Elsevieer group). He then joined Strategic Value Plan, an investment fund which specialises in buying the debt or shares of companies in difficulty. Since 2016 he has been one the partners at Day One Entrepreneurs & Partners.
He is very involved with Dauphine where he gained a Masters in Management in 1987, he cofounded and organised the incubator and is also vice-president of the foundation.

« Day One invests in projects but focuses particularly on entrepreneurs and their values, so naturally we were extremely happy to accompany and offer financial assistance to “Diatly”, and especially Julien and Martin over the the last 5 years as we strongly believe in their success. »

— Eric Kalfon

François Paulus
Co-founder
Breega Capital

After 10 years in consulting, François Paulus worked for 9 years at LD COM/Neuf Cegetel in various positions and was a member of the executive commitee from 2004 to 2007. He left Neuf Cegetal at the end of 2007 and after several years as a business angel and independent board member, he cofounded Breega Capital, an investment fund specialising in highly-promising start-up technologies. François has a degree in Telecoms from ParisTech and an MBA from INSEAD.

« We have invested in Diatly as the company solves a real pain point both for brands and marketplaces, and we believe that with investment they are likelly to experience significant, rapid growth now that the foundations have been layed. »

— François Paulus

Karim W. Oumoussa
Investment Director
M/Capital Partners

With a Business Law degree and a Masters in Banking and Fincancial Engineering, Karim started his career in 2001 in the legal department at Orascom Telecom Group.
After working in a mergers and acquisitions consultancy and then in Compliance Management at Lazard Frères in Paris, Karim joined the office of Parisian Lawyers, Reinhart Marville Torre in the Private Equity and M&A department.
Passionate about Entrepreneurship and excited by creating value, he co-founded several start-ups and sat on the boards of influential companies in the digital, media and medtechs industries
In 2012 he joined M/Capital Partners as a Manager.
Karim was nominated Investment Director in January 2016, his mission: to define the investment strategy and support participants in peronsal growth projects.

« Positioned at the heart of the Retail and Digital world, a dymanic team in full growth, Diatly was quickly able to convinvce us to join them in their growth project

— Karim W. Oumoussa

Hugues Pitre
Independent administrator

The common thread in Hugues career is the consumer. He started his career at Essilor where he spent 5 years in Portugal and Spain in marketing positions. Later, he joined Bain & Company in Paris as an advisor in the retail and consumer goods sectors. He then launched the skincare brand Evian Affinity, the result of a strategic alliance between Johnson & Johnson and the Danone group. In 2007, he was nominated the European General Director of Merisant, the world leader in sweeteners known for the brands Canderel and Purevia.
Finally, Hugues has expanded his experience to digital in 2014 by joining Amazon, the number one in e-commerce, as the Director of the Cultural Products division. Under his responsibilities are the Books, Games, Video and Music categories as well as the price and client experience in France.
Hugues is a graduate of ESCP Europe and has an MBA from INSEAD.

« Based on my wholesale and Amazon experience, I am convinced that e-commerce is a considerable opportunity for many brands to increase their client base, their distribution, and their notoriety on the marketplaces. It has to be taken! That’s the added value of Diatly and I am delighted to accompany them in their development.»

— Hugues Pitre