Managing Director

Ryan Collins

"Building trust is key."

What strengths do you bring to the companies you partner with?

I have a pretty broad set of experiences as both an operator and investor, in Europe and Asia. I’ve worked on deals from seed to IPO and secondary placements, all the way back down to distressed assets (thankfully not the same companies!). On the operating side, I have worked across strategy, product, business development and fundraising. Hopefully the combination of these experiences and the corresponding network is useful to the founders who choose MMV as their investor and partner.

Do you have any tips or advice for founders who are looking to raise capital from MMV?

I can only speak for my personal preference, but be honest in the first meeting and don’t oversell the current state of things like commercial engagements. The reality always comes out in due diligence later on anyway. I’d much rather hear that it’s all POCs or pilots up front – building trust is key.

Which investment categories excite you most and why?

In terms of sector, I would say digital health. Simply for the most meaningful positive impact on people’s lives - especially in developing countries where access to quality healthcare is often difficult and technology is helping to bridge the gap.

As a technology, it would be AI/ML. The rapid maturation of software tools for AI/ML systems, combined with the increased power and data efficiency of the newer ML techniques, is unlocking many exciting use cases across sectors.

It’s a Saturday afternoon, where can we find you and what are you up to?

I have a three-year-old son and a six-month-old daughter – so most likely I am playing with them in the pool, on a bike ride, at football/rugby practice, or providing some other form of entertainment!

In another life, if you weren’t in venture capital, what would you be?

Surfer and/or chef. I’m not very good at surfing, but I love being in the water and wish I could do it more often. I also love to cook (and eat).

About

Ryan is a Managing Director at MMV, and joined the team in 2018 to establish the firm’s presence in Asia. His key areas of investment focus include financial technology, digital health, cybersecurity and enterprise software. Before entering the venture capital industry, Ryan spent over ten years in public markets at Goldman Sachs and at a multi-strategy hedge fund. He then joined data analytics startup, Essentia Analytics, to lead expansion into Asia. After Essentia, Ryan managed regional operations at LOFT, an emerging technology incubator with a focus on artificial intelligence, IoT and blockchain applications.

Ryan currently serves as a board director at Qure.ai, Aspire, InDebted, Neat and Microsec, and as a board observer at Biofourmis, Qoala, Lynk Global, Milieu Insight and See-Mode Technologies. He holds a BSc in computer science and an MSc in psychology with research experience in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience.

Companies Aspire Biofourmis BondEvalue InDebted Lynk Global MicroSec Milieu Neat Qapita Qoala Qure.ai See-Mode Technologies