next47 is a global venture firm created by Siemens to invest in entrepreneurs who think big and build companies that will change the way we live and work.
How We Work
next47’s strategy is to combine the speed and agility of an independent investor with the breadth of Siemens’ business and technology. We don’t just fund companies, we connect entrepreneurs to domain knowledge and a global customer ecosystem through three competencies.
we provide smart, patient, value-add capital to emerging category-creating and category-leading companies.
we connect innovations from the market into Siemens's world of customers, domain expertise, technologies and business units.
we selectively accelerate and build new business ideas. We place the best ideas from within Siemens into the ecosystem, and in the future we will also selectively build, buy, partner and spin-in new business ideas.
In his capacity as Managing Partner, Lak leads the $1+ billion next47 fund, reporting to the global Management Board of Siemens AG. Lak is a seasoned corporate venture executive with a proven track-record in identifying and investing in some of the most innovative start-ups in enterprise technology.
Prior to heading next47, he developed and built the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Pathfinder organization, bringing together innovation strategy, venture investments, acquisitions and partnerships. Before joining HP, Lak worked in strategy and corporate development at Cisco Systems. There, he led multiple initiatives, including acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and divestitures.
Prior to Cisco, Lak was a Kauffman Fellow, an elite venture investing group, and venture capital investor in Silicon Valley where he invested in several companies. Earlier in his career, he was with 3i Private Equity in Asia, where he specialized in growth capital investments in North Asia and India, and formulated 3i’s venture capital strategy for the geography. He was also a director with Cambridge Technology Partners in Silicon Valley, managing teams for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.
Robert Hardt joined next47 in June 2017 as Partner, leading the firm’s Catalyst program. In that capacity, Robert is responsible for connecting start-ups with Siemens' world of customers, domain expertise, technologies and business units. Robert was formerly President and CEO of Siemens Canada from January 2012 until May 2017 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Siemens Canada.
Robert is a proven and dedicated leader with a successful history at Siemens. Prior to being appointed President and CEO of Siemens Canada, he held several senior management positions within Siemens Canada since joining in 2007. Robert is an electrical engineer and began his career with Siemens AG Germany in 1988. Early in his career he was a project engineer and project manager and led several engineering and project management teams for large industrial projects. Prior coming to Canada, Robert was responsible for the global Mining business and later for the global Air Cargo Logistics business, at Siemens’ headquarters in Germany.
Robert is a seasoned engineering expert who is passionate about fostering the engineering profession and skills education by building strong collaboration networks between industry and educational institutions.
Robert was Chair of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CGCIC) from June 2015 until June 2017. He is also a member of the Business Council of Canada, The Learning Partnership, International Chief Executives in Canada (Conference Board of Canada) and is on the Advisory Council, Manufacturing, for the Canadian Manufactures & Exporters (CME).
Eva brings more than 15 years of deal making and finance experience to her role as Partner and CFO at next47. Prior to joining next47, Eva served as Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions at Siemens AG where she was responsible for acquisitions, joint venture formations and divestments, predominantly for Siemens's Digital Factory and Process Industries & Drives Divisions.
Prior to Siemens AG, Eva spent 11 years in New York working as a finance attorney for leading global law firms, Clifford Chance US LLP as well as Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, one of the top ten law firms in the US. During this time, she moved from cross-border financing, to derivatives, to project financing, and eventually settled on mergers and acquisitions.>
Based in Munich, Eva holds a Ph.D. degree in Law from the University of Frankfurt and a Masters of Law degree from New York University. She is also the author of The International Monetary Fund under Constraint, in which she exposes the legal dilemma facing the IMF as it tackles international crisis management. Eva is an alumni of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and a member of the Economic Advisory Council of Bavaria.
Susana Quintana Plaza joined next47 in 2016 as a Partner and runs the firm’s London office. Susana came to next47 from the E.ON Group where she was most recently Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation. Prior to that, Susana was Vice President of Scouting and Co-investments, responsible for creating and operating the Corporate Venture Capital activities for E.ON.
Susana has nearly 20 years of work experience in the aerospace and energy industries with Boeing, Booz & Co, GE and E.ON. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington. Susana lives in London. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband and two children and travel the world.
T.J. Rylander is a Partner in next47’s Palo Alto office. T.J. focuses on US investments in next-generation enterprise software, especially cyber security, database technology, and analytics platforms.
Prior to next47, T.J. was Managing Partner at In-Q-Tel (“IQT”), the strategic venture firm affiliated with the U.S. Intelligence Community. During T.J.’s 10 year tenure at IQT, he led investments in 20 leading technology startups, in almost all cases taking Board Observer roles. Examples include FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE), Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR), Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), Cloudant (Acquired by IBM), and Platfora (acquired by Workday). In addition to sourcing, negotiating, and managing investments, T.J. also recruited the majority of and led IQT’s West Coast Investments professionals. He also served as co-lead for the Company’s Infrastructure and Security practice.
T.J.’s earlier career included time as a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group’s San Francisco office, where he led engagements with software and automotive vendors. T.J. also spent several years in various finance roles at Enron, focused especially on international energy development and clean energy M&A.
T.J. has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Finance from the University of Virginia. T.J. is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 12).
As a Partner at next47, Ralf primarily focuses on the European market and is responsible for the firm’s private equity and venture capital asset management activities on behalf of Siemens’ pension trusts.
Prior to joining next47 in 2016, Ralf was CEO of Siemens Venture Capital which was merged into next47. Before joining Siemens Venture Capital in 2005, Ralf spent over 7 years at Infineon Technologies where he built the company’s corporate venture capital activities and was Managing Director of Infineon Ventures GmbH.
Prior to joining Infineon Technologies, Ralf was at Siemens AG for 11 years where he held various positions in innovation management, microelectronics and software development and corporate research. He obtained his degree and PhD in Physics from University of Munich with research work done at the synchrotron radiation labs at DESY in Hamburg and BESSY in Berlin.
Our leadership team is a mix of talent from within and outside of Siemens. We have deep ties to the investment and start-up ecosystem, as well as the large global organizations that make up Siemens’ customer base.
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