Philippe has worked in the venture industry for the last 16 years, with a particular focus on cloud computing and security investments. Philippe started his VC career back in 2006 in Silicon Valley and, over the next five years, witnessed the cloud and SaaS ecosystem gain momentum and many foundational SaaS companies emerge.
The SaaS momentum that was gathering pace in the US didn’t exist in Europe when Philippe moved back in 2011 and joined Accel. Marketplaces such as France’s BlaBlaCar (multimodal transport) were Philippe’s first investments in the region, but over the next few years he spotted the green shoots of Europe’s first cloud companies emerging. His first European cloud investments in 2015 were Doctolib and Algolia. As the traction in Europe’s cloud ecosystem started accelerating in 2016, Philippe crystalised this momentum by publishing Accel’s Euroscape, an in-depth report on the European and Israeli cloud ecosystem. For the first time, the report presented the top 100 European and Israeli SaaS companies, highlighting that the region was active in the global cloud ecosystem and not all successful software companies came from the US.
Philippe’s portfolio over the last decade represents some of the most recognisable cloud companies globally – DocuSign for example – and Europe and Israel’s fastest-growing cloud success stories such as Algolia, Chainalysis, Doctolib, Melio and Snyk. Philippe’s recent investments include AI video creation platform Synthesia and data security platform Cyera. He also led the European side of Accel’s investment in Crowdstrike and is on the board of Fiverr – which IPO-ed in 2019.