Experienced software engineer Jean Gatt announced on Wednesday that he will be joining venture capital company Antler as Founder in Residence.
He will form part of the firm’s first cohort based in Lisbon and will take on the new role from next January.
“As part of Antler’s programme, I’ll get cracking on building my next venture, surrounded by other passionate founders, as well as having access to global networks and funding opportunities from day zero,” Mr Gatt explained.
He thanked Antler’s team for the opportunity, particularly Partner Sérgio Massano, Investment Director Ricardo Batista, Senior Investment Associate Monica Aznar Oriol, and Investment Associate André Flórido.
“Cannot wait to meet everyone and get started,” Mr Gatt concluded.
The news was met by support from others in the venture capital space, including from portfolio management specialist Adrian Galea, who congratulated him on his new position, adding that it is “fantastic to see people taking risks and expanding their horizon”.
Mr Gatt has spent the last seven months working as a Software Engineer on a freelance basis, building websites, web applications and mobile applications for various clients, “from the idea stage, onwards”. His prior experience includes a number of years in software engineering roles at various companies, including Weavr.io, CCBill, HOB GmbH & Co. KG, and Fortytwo Telecom.
He is a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science (System Engineering) graduate from Middlesex University Malta, and also holds a Diploma in Computing from NCC Education. Mr Gatt describes himself as a “lifelong learner” who is motivated and enjoys the satisfaction of “overcoming challenges, especially within the Fintech and travel and mobility tech space”.
Founded in 2017 on the idea that “people innovating is the key to building a better future”, Antler partners with various “exceptional founders” across six continents to launch and scale start-ups that “address meaningful opportunities and challenges”. The company currently has offices in 25 cities across the world, including New York, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Singapore, and Tokyo, among others. The community seeks to back people “from the beginning” by finding appropriate co-founders, to then validating a deep business model, providing the initial capital and expansion support, as well as follow-on funding.
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