SeedBlink, the fastest-growing investment platform specializing in sourcing, vetting, funding and scaling European tech startups, has appointed Carmen Sebe CEO, after joining the platform as a partner on January 1, 2020. SeedBlink has also hired two senior executives for the positions of CFO and CTO.
With the promotion of Carmen Sebe, Andrei Dudoiu, co-founder and former CEO of the company becomes Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors, while Ionuț Patrahau is also Managing Partner and responsible for Corporate Development. Radu Georgescu continues his efforts as Chairman of the Advisory Board.
The organizational chart is completed by two new managers for the positions of CFO and CTO.
So Dorina Tudor, a manager with 25 years of experience in finance, has been Chief Financial Officer since September 7. Previously, SeedBlink held a similar position at Dr. Leahu Clinics, Gecad Group and Avangate.
On the other hand, Geoge Simion, a specialist with 17 years of IT experience, became SeedBlink’s new Chief Technology Officer in August. Previously, he held various management positions, including Software Engineering Director at Verifone, 2CheckOut and Coinzone.
Both George Simion and Dorina Tudor will report to Carmen Sebe, the company’s newly appointed CEO, and help guide the company through this period of hyper-growth.
These hires come on the heels of SeedBlink’s €3 million Series A funding round led by Catalyst II Romania, with the additional participation of institutional investors and SeedBlink’s campaign on its own platform.
“Dorina Tudor and George Simion are tech-savvy veterans, and I could not be more excited to welcome them both to the SeedBlink team,” said Carmen Sebe, CEO of SeedBlink. “Dorina’s experience in finance and accounting across multiple industries makes her well equipped to scale our business as our first CFO. George Simion ‘s experience in building and scaling fintech and trading platforms will help us build a cutting-edge product with scalable, customer-focused technology products. We look forward to working together again and changing investments in tech startups for the better,” Carmen added.
“I was excited about the vision and capabilities of SeedBlink from the beginning. My work experience with Carmen Sebe and Radu Georgescu goes way back – so I am looking forward to adding value to this emerging fintech company.”
“I am thrilled to join SeedBlink and help deliver on our core mission with transformative technology,” said George Simion of his new role. “Not only will I be working at a hot fintech startup with exciting technical challenges, but I am also surrounded by a team of smart and visionary people.”
Over the past two months, SeedBlink has worked hard to strengthen its management team and board with high caliber individuals such as Marius Ghenea, Pekka Maki and Ted Cominos Jr – who have a proven track record of scaling hyper-growth companies and a personal mission to democratize investment.
PublishedSeptember 13, 2021
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SeedBlink is a transparent solution that connects entrepreneurs with great business plans, with investors, at different stages in their development. It is a great tool for us, a democratization of access to funding, I would say.
We really loved the SeedBlink journey. We reached our fundraising goal within hours of launching. About 100 investors joined our vision and invested almost $2 million in FLOWX.AI through the Private Deal Room. At the same time, working with SeedBlink to prepare for the funding round was an excellent exercise for our entire team, and we received and felt the support from the SeedBlink team members who took on an advisory role.
SeedBlink made the (investment) process run smoothly. We appreciate all the support SeedBlink's professional team has provided.
Founder and CEO
It's important to look for and choose a platform that you resonate with, that shares your mission with, a platform & its people with which you feel you can have good working relationships. we got an excellent relationship going forward; we talked a lot and we were in touch on a lot of matters and I think this was important. Having people who believe in your idea is of great help.
Founder and CEO
Running the financing round was like any other fundraising; we had to be active in our community as well as in SeedBlink's investor community. After the launch, everything happened very quickly, and SeedBlink organized several pitch events for investors, which we found very useful for the round momentum.
Founder and CEO
We immediately clicked with the SeedBlink team as their fundraising expertise was immediately obvious and their no-nonsense approach really appealed to us. After all, fundraising is only a means to an end, and we liked how the SeedBlink team was really focusing on supporting us and on getting things done.
Our main expectation has been to raise the amount we were aiming for, and both rounds launched on Seedblink exceeded our targets, so we’re very happy with that! Even though the launched funding campaigns have been purely crowdfunding rounds, we are thrilled to actually receive extra support from some of the investors, who have chosen to get involved and help us generate product awareness, whenever they can.
I am recommending SeedBlink without hesitation, to every founder that raises capital, especially early-stage tech startups. SeedBlink is a crowd investment platform that will also provide their startup with visibility, for Angels and VCs.
Founder and CEO
In the early stages, we have been funded by several early (angel) investors, and one and a half year ago through an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedBlink. Of course, this impacted our growth in many positive ways, partly due to the cash influx that, evidently, was sorely needed, but in a larger part due to the fact that our responsibility towards our shareholders has become more stringent and explicit, becoming embodied in our market approach.
Co-founder and CEO
Given the accelerated growth we observed at the end of last year and the beginning of 2021, we want a new capitalization, quickly. This is a bridge round that we will use for one year, and the advantages that SeedBlink offers are the speed at which we were able to list for financing and the experience that we gain as a result of this public listing, similar to a listing on the stock exchange.
Co-Founder & CEO
As a platform that only serves technology ventures, SeedBlink can connect the start-up with more than just money. SeedBlink investors are primarily technocrats who understand the objectives of the fundraising company and are also able to post-funding contribute with business opportunities. The minimum investment threshold, and technology focus, differentiates SeedBlink from other fundraising platforms. A perfect fit for a technology start-up seeking intelligent funding.
Co-Founder & CEO
SeedBlink boosted our brand exposure and facilitated the financial support we were seeking. Having a campaign on the platform allowed us not only to meet a team of professionals - that guided and helped us prepare the necessary materials - but also opened doors for increasing our brand awareness and have discussions with VCs & angel investors we have never reached before. This campaign gave us the encouragement we needed to push the product further, while the record-breaking fundraising (only 2 hours from the launch of the campaign!) was a great confirmation that our product is needed in this market and that we should continue innovating.
CEO & Co-founder
SeedBlink has created a vital ecosystem for startups at the beginning of their journey by equipping entrepreneurs with expertise, encouraging honest and sometimes uncomfortable but necessary discussions about risks and vulnerabilities through a suite of tools, and facilitating connections with investors who share the founders' vision and can contribute to their success. I have greatly appreciated the constant support of Eric and the entire team at all stages of the campaign. Thank you so much!