We have deep operational experience from startups just like yours.  We have personally shipped dozens of versions of products, managed global teams and been involved in IPOs and acquisitions.  Between us, we have worked in 10 countries, speak 5 languages and have a truly global network. An investment from us comes with a commitment to use our collective experience, expertise and network to help you succeed.


Eric Martineau-Fortin

Managing Partner

Eric is founder and managing partner of White Star Capital and has more than 20 years of investment banking and VC experience. He was previously a founding member and partner of a transatlantic boutique M&A advisory firm in the media and technology space. Eric also worked in mergers and acquisitions at Merrill Lynch in New York and London as well as at ABN AMRO in corporate finance and private equity in Paris, London and Amsterdam. Over his career, Eric has been involved in transactions valued in excess of $10 billion. He has been doing early-stage investments since 2007 and has led multiple investments including Ludia, Betaworks, Science Inc. and Cryex, in which he holds Board seats, as well as Dollar Shave Club, Bloglovin’ and Summly.

Eric graduated from HEC in Canada and holds an M. Sc. in Finance from the ESSEC in France. He was born in Canada, is married to a French national and has two American daughters. Eric and his family divide their time between New York and Western Europe.


Christian Hernandez

Managing Partner

Christian has extensive operating experience in technology companies, developing and scaling products and businesses internationally. Prior to co-founding White Star Capital, Christian worked at Facebook and led the international expansion of the company’s Business Development, Platform and Developer Network groups. He previously held leadership roles in the U.S. and Europe at Google and Microsoft and started his career in technology at MicroStrategy, a startup he joined prior to its 1999 IPO. Christian has worked closely with entrepreneurs and leading VCs and has been an active angel investor and advisor.  He represents White Star on the Boards of KeyMe, Glow Media, Bloglovin’ and Hole 19. Christian also serves as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Christian holds a degree in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School. Born in El Salvador and having grown up across Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, he now resides in London with his wife and three children.


Jean-François Marcoux

General Partner

Jean-François (“JF”) Marcoux has several years of experience in managing startups and investment projects. He was the co-founder of Ludia, a leading digital videogame publisher, and managed all non-product related operations including Finance, Legal, Strategy and HR. JF gained extensive operational experience with his role at Ludia which grew from a startup to a highly profitable 300 employee company today. Ludia was acquired in late 2010 by FremantleMedia, a leading global TV producer. Prior to co-founding Ludia, JF held senior positions in M&A, financing and VC in the media and technology sectors, with a large publicly-traded media and printing company, a leading Canadian Investment Bank and one of the largest institutional fund managers in Canada.

JF graduated from HEC Montreal, holds an M. Sc. in Finance from the University of Sherbrooke, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He divides his time between New York and Montreal.


John Henderson


John Henderson brings a breadth of diverse experience as an entrepreneur, operator, strategy consultant and M&A lawyer. Most recently, John was the COO of Summly (acquired by Yahoo! in May 2013) where he oversaw everything from product management to business development and was a key figure in the acquisition. Prior to Summly, John held roles in strategy and business development at Facebook, as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and as a lawyer at Allens-Linklaters. John also co-founded his own startup straight after university, and learnt the hard way just how challenging entrepreneurship can be. John supports the boards of White Star portfolio companies Cryex, Glow Media, Dice and Hole19.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours) from the University of Sydney as well as an MBA from London Business School. Having grown up in Sydney, John and his wife now call London home.


David Szekely


David has gained startup and corporate transaction experience over the years as an entrepreneur, advisor and investor. David has co-founded an e-commerce and digital media startup between New York and Paris, which was acquired by Ebuzzing (now in March 2011. He sits on the advisory boards of several US and European technology companies. David started his career as an M&A and private equity lawyer at Fried Frank in New York and he later founded his own boutique firm, focusing on providing legal and corporate finance services to entrepreneurs, startups, angel investors and VC funds.

David holds an MBA from INSEAD. He graduated from Columbia Law School and from Université Panthéon-Assas, and he is admitted to both the New York and Paris bars. David grew up in Paris, France. He lived 10 years in the U.S. and briefly in Singapore. Today, he divides his time between London and New York.


Lylan Masterman


Lylan worked as a software engineer and in product management for 15 years. Lylan joined the Atlas division of aQuantive in 2004 and helped lead the company’s Rich Media advertising technology platform, Targeting Product, User Experience, and Internationalization. In 2007, aQuantive was acquired by Microsoft for $6.2 billion. Lylan has also led Product organizations for 4 early stage companies: DoubleVerify, StrikeAd, Maxifier, and AskMe. Prior to joining early stage companies, Lylan worked at Microsoft as an engineer on WebTV, a technology evangelist for Microsoft Research, and in Product for the first version of Visual Studio .NET. Lylan also worked at Sierra Ventures, a San Francisco-based Venture Capital firm, and is a mentor at EastLabs, a startup accelerator in Kiev.

Lylan is a Kauffman Fellow, class 19. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Lylan has lived in Canada, and the east and west coasts of the US and now calls New York home.

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Elie Denfert-Rochereau


Elie started his career in Private Equity in New York at Altus Capital Partners, a mid-market LBO high engineering manufacturing investment fund. Following this experience, he pursued a career in private banking in Geneva developing customized structured products for private clients. He also previously worked in Hong Kong with Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, specializing in credit and risk analysis on structured, corporate, and distressed assets across the nine units of the bank in Asia. Prior to joining White Star in 2014, Elie moved back to New York working with several business accelerators and startups in the consumer space.

Elie holds the dual American-French citizenship and holds a Master in Economics and Finance from ISG in Paris. After few years in Asia, Elie now divides his time between New York and Western Europe.

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Edouard Gaussen


Edouard Gaussen has had experience operating and advising startups on growth and user acquisition. He was one of the early employees at Tinder, a social discovery app based in Los Angeles, which disrupted the online dating industry and creates millions of matches everyday. His role evolved from handling all on ground growth strategies in the Canadian market to leading the international marketing team across 15 different markets worldwide. As an active member of the Montreal tech community, Edouard serves as a mentor at the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at McGill University.

Edouard holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from McGill University. Born and raised in Switzerland, he is a dual French-Swiss citizen and calls Montreal home.