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S2 Capital was founded by Y Combinator alums Sohail Prasad, Samvit Ramadurgam and Ritik Malhotra. The founders of S2 Capital have mostly invested in the US, leveraging their relationships with startups there, both before and during their time at Y Combinator. Payfazz is a notable exception in S2 Capital's portfolio, being the first startup from Indonesia to have participated in the Y Combinator program.

Labeled "world’s most powerful startup incubator" by Fast Company, Y Combinator was established in 2005 as a seed accelerator. Since then, Y Combinator has funded over 1,850 startups with a combined valuation of over US$100 billion. Twice a year, Y Combinator invests US$150,000 per company across a large number of startups in exchange for a 7% stake. The startups then move to Silicon Valley for three months. Each cycle ends with a Demo Day, where the startups pitch to an invite-only audience of high-profile investors. Its most valuable startups to date are Airbnb, Stripe, Cruise, Dropbox and Coinbase. 

Hangzhou-based Tisiwi Ventures is an angel investor focused on Chinese internet companies. One of the earliest in China to adopt the Y Combinator model, it has backed more than 100 startups.

Hendra Kwik is a co-founder of mobile financial services firm Payfazz. Trained as a chemical engineer at Institut Teknologi Bandung where he earned his bachelor's in 2012, Hendra worked for oilfield services company Schlumberger from 2013 to mid-2015. Following a three-month sabbatical, he briefly joined O2O services company Kudo before establishing Payfazz in 2016. Hendra represented Payfazz at Y Combinator in 2017, making Payfazz the first Indonesian company to graduate from the renowned incubator program.

Yale University’s Physics and Philosophy graduate Justin Kan is a tech millionaire. The American Korean became famous by broadcasting his life through a webcam on the Justin.tv website that later evolved into the global video game streaming platform Twitch. After an internship working on endless spreadsheets, Yale’s former Men of Branford Calendar model decided to become a technopreneur in 2005. He became a partner of Y Combinator in 2014 but left in 2017 to focus on Justin Kan Enterprises, Titanic’s End and Whale. He recently founded Atrium LTS and became CEO of the law services platform.

She Wei graduated from Tsinghua University with a master's in Computer Science in 2006 and has since worked for IBM, CDL and HP Labs China. He joined Miaozhen Systems at the end of 2011, where he developed a series of B2B products for brands and advertisers. She joined MININGLAMP Technology as co-founder and CTO in 2013; led development of DataInsight (MININGLAMP's data mining platform); and headed the algorithm team, which served clients in the sectors of finance, homeland security and manufacture. A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded game media platform Ye Zizhu in 2003.

In tech talent-strapped Europe, tech-talent platform Landing.jobs is built by seasoned IT professionals, matchmaking companies with the right expertise in a personalized, hassle-free way.

Agentes y Asesores Financieros is a Madrid-based small and medium enterprise (SME) founded in 2003 that has evolved from traditional legal and financial advice to one focused on real estate asset management and advisory services and management of financial investments. It is led by José Antonio Bautista Molero. 

Founded in 1982, Ade Gestión Sodical is an investment firm that specializes in the direct funding of startups at seed, early and growth stages. It also provides finance for VC and management buy-out /buy-in ventures.Sodical mainly focuses on enterprises connected to the Spanish region of Castilla y León to promote economic development in local areas. It normally invests between €180,000 and €2 million, taking minority stakes in small and medium-sized companies.

This startup has developed an intelligent matching algorithm that helps businesses find and contract best-fit creative professionals.

The VC arm of Kalonia, a Barcelona-based management consultancy focused on corporate digital transformation, Kalonia Venture Partners invests in B2B software, AI and fintech startups in the Spanish-speaking world. The VC is currently investing via its KVP III fund of €4.3m, with a target of 10 investments of about €5m on average each, taking equity stakes of 10% onward in co-investment; plus two follow-ons. Founded by Josep Arroyo, Alejandro Olabarría y Enrique Marugán, Kalonia began helping Spanish investors diversify into Silicon Valley and other US startups as early as 2001. Currently its funds come mainly from Barcelona-based family offices. Co-founder Alejandro Olabarría is son of Pedro Olabarría Delclaux, the powerful patriarch heading one of Spain's richest industrialist families today, with interests across industrial farming, banking, real estate, automotive and paper.

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