The Principal

Jan Riehle is an entrepreneur who lives and works in Brazil since early 2011.

Before moving to Brazil, Jan lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, France and Singapore. He speaks fluent Portuguese, French, English and German. He holds an MBA from INSEAD (Dec. 09), and graduated once with a Master of Science in Economics and once with a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Hagen in Germany.

In Switzerland, he worked for the Swiss Mid-Market Private Equity Fund Constellation and for the Swiss M&A Boutique Kurmann & Partners. In Brazil, he co-founded the e-commerce companies eOtica, Juv, Itaro as well as the Digital Marketing company OndaLocal. He also invested in several startups from 2012 until 2015.

Jan can look back at two exits, selling Itaro to the local distributor Grupo Cantu in 2017 and eOtica in 2015 to the French Holding Essilor. Between 2013 until the exit and following transition phase in 2017, he acted as the CEO of Itaro, which today still is the leading Brazilian e-Commerce company in the automotive-aftermarket space.

Jan also is an Associate Partner in a Brazilian Law Firm, Lima & Associados, which he built as a service provider around his startup portfolio.

History of Rising Venture

Rising Venture, before its re-launch as a Search-Fund in 2017, was used as the investment vehicle for the principal’s investment and entrepreneurial activities in Brasil. Apart from the recent exits of Itaro and eOtica, Rising Venture is still holding various startup participations, of which at least three underwent promising developments and managed to thrive, despite the current crisis in the country. These three companies are:

Another promising company and base for all of Rising Venture’s legal needs is the Law-firm:

A side note: This website, which has been developed based on the Ruby-on-Rails framework Jekyll, was developed 100% by the principal himself, who is experienced in developing in Ruby and Javascript.