Founders and Board

Alessandro De Grandi


Alessandro founded his first startup at the age of 18, “Esaplanet, the cash & carry of IT services.” In 2010, after having left Esaplanet, he financed other startup projects. A passionate technology expert, his background as a developer led him to become one of the five TIM Digital Ambassadors in Italy in 2018. High-level collaborations with corps such as Microsoft, Axa, Generali, Sky and Carrefour. In 2015 Alessandro realised he could revolutionise the use of the web by integrating it with virtual and augmented reality systems – and that idea gave birth to The Nemesis project.

Riccardo Zanini


Serial entrepreneur, Riccardo was only 20 when he founded his first company. A mantra that has always accompanied him is “behind every great idea there is always a great mind, but it is only through shared work and combined skills that a great idea can turn into a great project”. Riccardo met Alessandro in China during a startup competition and they immediately understood they could combine their different skills to boost a great idea, which is today a concrete project.

Deborah Martino


After a long experience in the large-scale retail trade and in some multinationals in the Hi-Tech sector with commercial and operational roles, Deborah took up the subjects of her studies in economics to acquire new skills in the field of marketing. Today she focuses on planning operations and investors’ seeking. As an art-lover, Deborah is carrying out a project in the crypto and blockchain market entirely dedicated to NFTs, hence the role of NFTs Ambassador for The Nemesis.

Lars Schlichting


His main areas of expertise are technological, regulatory and tax laws. Lars advises corporate clients in applying new technologies such as blockchains, in compliance with financial laws. He specialises in anti-money laundering legislation applied to new technologies and has actively participated in the creation of several crypto exchanges in Switzerland, as well as other cryptofinancial products. Furthermore, Lars has extensive knowledge and experience in the tax sector. He has contributed to numerous publications, including consolidated supervision of financial groups, comments on financial services laws and automatic exchange of information, as well as a science-fiction novel.

David Wallach


A Seed Investor / Business Angel looking for scalable digital business opportunities. David was an early comer to the Online industry and has worked on a vast number of projects in Europe and North America over almost 20 years. He co-founded one of Italy’s top Mobile VAS providers, growing from 0 to €30M yearly sales and 3.5M customers in 2 years. Initially focused on mobile technology business, David has invested in numerous startups and more mature companies, in particular on eCommerce/Amazon, Social Media and Influencer marketing, Ad.Tech, Big Data, Affiliate marketing and Traffic monetisation and more. His network and the companies in which he is investing represent a big opportunity for synergies and for more business to come.

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