After his study Business Administration (Business Informatics track) at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Drs.), Rick was actively building out the Dutch Internet ecosystem in the early nineties. After being a database marketing consultant at Ogilvy & Mather, he helped to build Planet Internet from scratch, and he founded BOL.com for Bertelsmann in 1999. Rick has taken key positions at Bertelsmann Direct Group, European Directories and did a management buy-in at DQ&A Media Group in 2010, the company that he led for the last seven years. Two years after he initiated a global merger with the SA based multinational Incubeta he left the company to co-found Airbridge Equity Partners in 2017.
Robin finished a double master program at Radboud and Tilburg University: Business Administration, Strategy track and Finance, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) track. He started his career at Dela and Shiftvision in the areas of risk management and front-end website development. In 2013 Robin moved to Main Capital, the company that he helped build out as a business analyst, investment manager and later on as their senior investment officer. He was responsible for deal sourcing, deal execution and portfolio management and held several supervisory board observer seats. Robin also took responsibility for operations & investor relations. Robin joined Airbridge Equity Partners in May 2018.
With a BA in Business Administration and an MA in Entrepreneurship, Thijmen helped the startup accelerator Startupbootcamp build a new venture named The Talent Institute (TTI) to teach people product development and online marketing skills. Besides his full-time job at the institute, Thijmen supported many companies with their online marketing as a freelancer. After leading TTI as a managing director towards sustainable revenues, Thijmen joined the venture capital fund Venturebuilders to help grow the scalable, technology-driven startups in their portfolio. He was responsible for online marketing efforts like SEA, SEO, Social, Customer journey tracking & automation, Experimenting, Push notifications, Email automation. His focus is on growth through data-driven marketing.
Hester has a bachelor degree (cum laude) in International Management. After her study she found her passion in HR and has become an HR professional with a proven track record for more than 20 years of which 12 years in a global role. She is involved with our ventures in implementing their HR strategies, performance management, recruitment, employee benefits, employer branding, competence and talent management as well as their organisational development and strategic planning.
Prior to joining Airbridge Equity Partners she was Director of Human Resources at DQ&A Media Group (part of the Incubeta Group) for 12 years. Within DQ&A Media Group she has build up HR from a 25 people company into a global organisation. Furthermore she gained executive human resource experience in various HR managerial roles at Raets P&L (Ms Amlin), Cannock Chase and Exact Personeelsintermediair.
She started her career as a front office manager at the Tulip Inn hotel in 2011. Later she moved to the reservations department of the Memphis Hotel and was promoted to become a Duty Manager. Pien was asked to join Offices For You late 2015 as their Center Manager for the location at the Amsterdam Olympisch Stadion. Pien joined Airbridge Equity Partners in May 2018, and every day we’re still happy she made that decision!