Jose Gaztelu

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I’m Jose and I am passionate about working with early-stage companies in driving their growth: I have led teams across multiple areas (commercial, business development, marketing, operations…) so I am probably a good person to reach out to for anything related to commercial/growth strategy, as well as how to build and scale the teams that will make things happen.

I started my career at McKinsey & Company advising clients in consumer, retail and telecom/media, but in 2012 I jumped into the startup world: I joined Zalora (Rocket Internet’s fashion venture in South East Asia) as CEO for Thailand and later became Managing Director for Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In 2015, I moved to London to join Houzz (largest online platform for home renovation/design, $4b valuation, Sequoia funded), where I launched their International e-commerce business and private label teams.

Over the last few years, I started invested in and advising startups (from an AI-driven fashion-tech-platform to a kitchen-renovation startup) and realised how my experience can be helpful to many founders across a broad range of topics.

I have an MBA from Columbia Business School and masters degrees in engineering from Télécom Paris and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.