Noventi Ventures was founded in 2002 by Giacomo Marini to manage early-stage technology venture capital funds and private investment vehicles and to advise growth companies..
We started by managing CIR Ventures, our first fund, sponsored by CIR Group, a European publicly traded conglomerate and part of the De Benedetti Group.
In 2006 we launched our second fund, with Sorgenia, a CIR affiliate, as the anchor investor and with other strategic and financial investors.
Since 2015 we manage a private investment company. We invest in emerging growth companies, primarily in technology.
Noventi Name and Logo
In 2006 we changed our name to Noventi. The name indicates both “novus,” denoting innovation, the fundamental ingredient of a technology startup, and “venture,” an undertaking that is dangerous, daring, or of an uncertain outcome; a business enterprise involving risk in expectation of gain.
We believe our logo suggests an energetic and dynamic mindset, while at the same time promoting wise and confident decisions; yet not afraid to take risks and to be different.
The logo was designed by Timothy Wilkinson, the designer of the 1988 Logitech logo that set a provocative new direction for branding in the computer industry.
By leveraging decades of operating experience, a global network of resources, and a proven approach to venture investing, we help guide our companies through the many seen and unseen challenges of growth.
Giacomo Marini, Founder & Chairman
Giacomo is the Founder and Chairman/Managing Director of Noventi Ventures.
From 2013 to 2017 he was Chairman and CEO of Neato Robotics, a home robot company, acquired by Vorwerk in 2017. Director since 2006, Chairman since 2007, Executive Chairman 2011-2013.
He serves as Chairman of Velomat, and on the Board of PCTEL (NASDAQ:PCTI).
He led Noventi investments in Easy Market (acquired by TUI), M7 (acquired by BEA), Sygate (acquired by Symantec), Bitfone (acquired by HP) and Dynamicsoft/Teltier (acquired by Cisco).
Prior to Noventi Giacomo was a private venture investor. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of two private companies.
Previously, Giacomo co-founded Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI; SIX:LOGN). He was with the company for over a decade as a Director and member of the management team launching Logitech and driving it to become a world leader in personal peripherals. He served most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Earlier, he was Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations; and Vice President of Engineering.
Prior to Logitech, Giacomo was with IBM and Olivetti, where he was involved in the development of early relational database management systems.
Giacomo is an Executive Trustee of the University of California at Davis Foundation and a former Board Member of the National Italian American Foundation.
Giacomo holds a “Laurea” degree “cum laude” in Computer Science from the University of Pisa.
Over the years, people who have been key contributors on the Noventi team include: Geri Brown, Marie Drez, Pierluigi Ferrero, James Horn, Masa Ishii, Pierluigi Zappacosta.