Jasper considers himself lucky that he had very early peaks into deal making and venture investing. Growing up in a merchant's family he internalized the principle of "a gentleman's handshake" and was fascinated by international negotiations and cultures. In 2002 at the age of 22, he joined HV as a summer intern and got caught by the team's love for venture investing. At HV Jasper specializes in software applications and new market opportunities with cloud, AI and new frontier tech.
Jasper was born in the Hanseatic trading city of Bremen majoring A-levels in mathematics and economics. During his educational years he spent time living in England, Spain and Latin America. He holds two degrees in business administration and graduated both with first class honors from Lancaster University Management School, England, and the European School of Business (ESB) Reutlingen, Germany. Jasper also worked as a researcher at RWTH Aachen for his (still unfinished) PhD, where he helped Professor Malte Brettel set up the university's Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Jasper knows from personal experience what founding and running your own company means. Before joining HV, he bootstrapped greatcontent.com, an online platform selling creative texts in 18 languages to clients around the globe. After years as the single founder and CEO, Jasper sold the platform to MairDumont publishing group. Scaling his company from zero to thousands of customers was an eye-opening journey. He experienced both good and bad times and at the end attributes all success to the people of greatcontent. During this time he started investing in more than a dozen startups (including McMakler.de, FitReisen.de). Before his entrepreneurial stint, Jasper worked in corporate finance and strategy for The Boston Consulting Group.
Jasper relaxes by reading The Economist and sci-fi books. He gets lost with game consoles, playing drums or going sailing. As he has a Lego rocket, lunar lander and ISS on his work desk, he humbly accepts the 'tech nerd' label.
CREATING POWERFUL SOFTWARE AND APPLYING AI IS GETTING EASIER EVERY DAY.
I LOVE TO BE THERE FOR FOUNDERS 24/7 WHO WANT TO CHANGE THE STATUS QUO AND BRING CUSTOMER VALUE TO A TOTALLY DIFFERENT LEVEL.
__ Jasper Masemann