General Partners

Jose Miguel Herrero

General Partner

José Miguel is co-founder of Big Sur Ventures. Knowledgeable of European and US Markets, he has extensive international experience in starting and running businesses of diverse sizes including managing a US Nasdaq listed company ($3.5B). He has founded, co-founded and otherwise led numerous technology enabled products and services companies including LaNetro. In addition, he has M&A experience and founded and sold an M&A firm focused on technology and innovation.

José Miguel is keenly aware of the challenges facing early stage companies having been there himself on numerous occasions, and is passionate about helping them achieve success.

José Miguel received his BSEECS and MSEE degrees from Santa Clara University in California and his MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Manuel Matés

General Partner

Manuel is co-founder of Big Sur Ventures. Prior to BSV he has developed his entrepreneurial career in internet and IT. From 1994 he cofounded Cinet (B2B ISP sold to Retevisión, now ONO-Vodafone), Olé, (a Cinet spinoff and first Hispanic portal sold to Telefónica. Later known as Terra), and BellMoore Consulting (Internet & Tech integration: CRM-CMS software tools).

Manuel has founded and supported some key institutions of the Barcelona tech ecosystem: ESADE Investors and Entrepreneurs Club, ESADE BAN (Business Angels Network) and Business Angels (BA) School, Necotium BA School and Barcelona Tech City.

Manuel has also co-edited and translated the book “Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist” authored by Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson.

Manuel holds a BS in law and MBA from ESADE. He speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Operating Partners

Joaquín Azpilicueta

Operating Partner

Joaquín has spent over 25 years in the medical devices sector with extensive international experience throughout EMEA and Latam with Hewlett-Packard, Medtronic among other companies. He holds an MBA from the IE, Madrid, Spain and a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Navarra with specialization in Cardiology.

Ron Levin

Operating Partner

Ron is a full-time investor, advisor and entrepreneur, with a particular interest in digital technology for the travel, hospitality, wellness and logistics sectors. He is co-founder and former CEO of VC-backed TravelPerk and has previously been an executive at and a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Ron graduated from Babson College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

João Neto

Operating Partner

João is the co- founder Diligence Capital, a privately held Venture Capital from Portugal through which he has invested in a number of companies including NDrive and NMusic. He has extensive executive and entrepreneurial experience including Novabase where he was Founder and member of the management team. He is specialized in Engineering with a BSc in Electro-technical, Electronics and IT Engineering and a MSc in Industrial Informatics.

Javier Perea

Operating Partner

Javier has over 30 years of experience in international Business Development in the Business Software space. Co-Founder of Anyware Seguridad Informatica, that was sold to MacAfee, he has held senior international positions with McAfee and Intel. Expert in enterprise software sales and cybersecurity.

Guillem Sanz

Operating Partner

Guillem is a senior manager and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience and a PhD in Industrial Organization. He is the Founder of Bebitus, the leading baby care e-commerce in southern Europe. He was previously an executive for Privalia and Caprabo-Eroski.