Team

Denis Sverdlov

Founder

Harvey Nugent

General Counsel

Csaba Horvath

COO

Svetlana Ershova

Company Culture Ambassador

Andrew Reid

Finance Director

Justin Cooke

CMO

Mike Sokolov

CTO

Denis Sverdlov

Founder

Denis Sverdlov

Founder

I love to create cool products, which are radically better. This is my passion. I believe, if a product is unique, progressive, brave, creates strong emotions and makes everyday life better, it will change reality incrementally faster and on a much bigger scale, than we can imagine.  Then it becomes great business.

Kinetik is the business I’ve always wanted to create. It gives me the platform to work with imaginative people with ideas that will help to create a meaningful impact.

I’ve always had the desire to connect technology and opportunity. It’s what we achieved at Yota. While the world’s telecom companies acquired hugely expensive 3G licences, Yota sidestepped the market and developed a 4G network. Why? Because a 4G mobile network that transfers data at high speeds but at a low transmission cost has vast potential to change people’s lives. Did it work? Yes. Yota grew from an idea to a $1.2 billion business that employed more than a thousand people and dominated the Russian mobile broadband market within 5 years from start. We created a unique, culture driven and very unconventional company, and I am happy I was the first employee and CEO of this company.

Creating revolutionary products with people I like, seeing them succeed and sharing the results of that success is what drives me and makes me happy.

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Harvey Nugent

General Counsel

Harvey Nugent

General Counsel

At Kinetik we manage investments in early stage businesses; to try and fit these businesses into traditional legal boxes often doesn’t work.

For each investment I start with a clean sheet of paper and ask how we can protect an entrepreneur’s idea, technology and future revenue stream and document fairly the legal relationships surrounding that idea and our involvement.

What I enjoy about my role at Kinetik is the involvement with our investment directors and the management teams in our businesses. My job here is collaborative and depends on building relationships of trust with our management teams. Working together with our directors we analyse where the value lies in their projects and how to provide proper legal protection for that value and the assets underlying it.

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Csaba Horvath

COO

Csaba Horvath

COO

Hi, I’m Csaba Horváth and I’m COO for Kinetik.

I’ve spent my entire career working in financial organisations. Firstly, in various ministries in Hungary and then in AIS industry in Luxembourg, most recently at EQT, a Swedish PE House where I was Director and Conducting Officer on EQT funds and SPVs.

What attracted me to Kinetik was the mix of personalities and skills we have in-house. Denis, his vision and ability to identify market-changing ideas, leads us. But then we balance those strengths with very strong operational expertise. We manage our own fund, of course. And that gives us great freedom to pursue businesses and ideas we really believe in. It’s a powerful mix. The future is going to be very interesting.

Get in contact

Svetlana Ershova

Company Culture Ambassador

Svetlana Ershova

Company Culture Ambassador

As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. A big part of loving your job and being happy at work has to do with your organisation’s work culture: the environment where we work, the company’s beliefs and values, and the way that we feel toward the company.

Throughout my career I was doing my best to build the workplaces, which would be great and would bring the best out of people, be it a huge company such as Microsoft and Unilever, agile start-up like Yota or a Government agency. Each organisation has been very different, but there is always an opportunity to make the work culture more positive and productive. I believe that to be successful a company should have a winner mentality, which means focusing on what you do best both on team and personal levels.

I’ve known Denis for many years, since we first worked together at Yota, and we share the same ambition for Kinetik. I want to make Kinetik the most attractive investor for the brightest people and brave ideas, and to work closely with those people to develop their teams and business.

Get in contact

Andrew Reid

Finance Director

Andrew Reid

Finance Director

If you believe society works best when it works around the entrepreneur, then you will understand what Kinetik is all about. Using technology as a platform, we try to imagine industries differently, working with entrepreneurs to evolve their ideas, holding the customer at the centre of everything we do.  The essence of Kinetik and indeed entrepreneurship; is to see opportunities others do not.

What I most like about working here is the fabulous group of committed people and the vast and varying experiences we share and use to make these visions into reality.  The breadth of businesses we invest in is so captivating. As most of our investments start with a simple idea or concept, there is always plenty to do in order to build businesses that can scale quickly. We move fast and if it can’t be done or hasn’t been done we know we are on the right track.

Get in contact

Justin Cooke

CMO

Justin Cooke

CMO

Francis Bacon the philosopher and scientist once wrote “A wise man creates many more opportunities then he finds.” That’s kind of how I live my life. Having found education restrictive and constantly questioning everything I was labelled disruptive, which turned out to be a good thing. Most of the world spends a lot of time trying to make us all conform and think the same way, but all progressive behaviour comes from challenging everything we know to be true.

Having started in retail and disrupted the sector rising rapidly to C level in my mid 20’s, I quickly realised the power of combining technology and strategic marketing and founded several successful businesses and start ups. The model would lead me to work with some of the biggest companies in the world from Apple to Nike and Airbnb and to meet and work alongside the greatest leaders in today’s industries from technology, fashion, music, film, art, sport and more.

Meeting Denis and becoming part of Kinetik was such a natural step for me. We are all entrepreneurs helping each other to shape the future in a way that will change our lives forever. I love Sir Arthur C Clarke, he was a distinguished visionary who saw the future in a way that I believe in wholeheartedly “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I love quotes, emotion and narrating stories around products and people that move you. At Kinetik we believe in magic, in emotional intelligence and that the best ideas only become a reality with the best teams behind them.

Get in contact

Mike Sokolov

CTO

Mike Sokolov

CTO

Having spent many years developing, prototyping and building software companies and ideas I believe passionately in the power of technology. I love products and the people who make them and I am fascinated to understand what drives them forward and how I can bring my technical experience to help take those ideas to another level.

I’ve worked closely with Denis on many projects in biotech, Internet of things, Fintech and many more and we have developed a mutual understanding and friendship that is almost impossible to find and that inspires both of us to push the limits even further every single day.

I have a childlike love for gaming and automotive futures and I believe that intersection with technology will be the biggest shift in our lifetime and I am excited to be on the forefront of these innovations with Roborace, Charge and many more of our dreams here at Kinetik.

Get in contact

Denis Sverdlov

Founder

I love to create cool products, which are radically better. This is my passion. I believe, if a product is unique, progressive, brave, creates strong emotions and makes everyday life better, it will change reality incrementally faster and on a much bigger scale, than we can imagine.  Then it becomes great business.

Kinetik is the business I’ve always wanted to create. It gives me the platform to work with imaginative people with ideas that will help to create a meaningful impact.

I’ve always had the desire to connect technology and opportunity. It’s what we achieved at Yota. While the world’s telecom companies acquired hugely expensive 3G licences, Yota sidestepped the market and developed a 4G network. Why? Because a 4G mobile network that transfers data at high speeds but at a low transmission cost has vast potential to change people’s lives. Did it work? Yes. Yota grew from an idea to a $1.2 billion business that employed more than a thousand people and dominated the Russian mobile broadband market within 5 years from start. We created a unique, culture driven and very unconventional company, and I am happy I was the first employee and CEO of this company.

Creating revolutionary products with people I like, seeing them succeed and sharing the results of that success is what drives me and makes me happy.

Get in contact

Harvey Nugent

General Counsel

At Kinetik we manage investments in early stage businesses; to try and fit these businesses into traditional legal boxes often doesn’t work.

For each investment I start with a clean sheet of paper and ask how we can protect an entrepreneur’s idea, technology and future revenue stream and document fairly the legal relationships surrounding that idea and our involvement.

What I enjoy about my role at Kinetik is the involvement with our investment directors and the management teams in our businesses. My job here is collaborative and depends on building relationships of trust with our management teams. Working together with our directors we analyse where the value lies in their projects and how to provide proper legal protection for that value and the assets underlying it.

Get in contact

Csaba Horvath

COO

Hi, I’m Csaba Horváth and I’m COO for Kinetik.

I’ve spent my entire career working in financial organisations. Firstly, in various ministries in Hungary and then in AIS industry in Luxembourg, most recently at EQT, a Swedish PE House where I was Director and Conducting Officer on EQT funds and SPVs.

What attracted me to Kinetik was the mix of personalities and skills we have in-house. Denis, his vision and ability to identify market-changing ideas, leads us. But then we balance those strengths with very strong operational expertise. We manage our own fund, of course. And that gives us great freedom to pursue businesses and ideas we really believe in. It’s a powerful mix. The future is going to be very interesting.

Get in contact

Svetlana Ershova

Company Culture Ambassador

As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. A big part of loving your job and being happy at work has to do with your organisation’s work culture: the environment where we work, the company’s beliefs and values, and the way that we feel toward the company.

Throughout my career I was doing my best to build the workplaces, which would be great and would bring the best out of people, be it a huge company such as Microsoft and Unilever, agile start-up like Yota or a Government agency. Each organisation has been very different, but there is always an opportunity to make the work culture more positive and productive. I believe that to be successful a company should have a winner mentality, which means focusing on what you do best both on team and personal levels.

I’ve known Denis for many years, since we first worked together at Yota, and we share the same ambition for Kinetik. I want to make Kinetik the most attractive investor for the brightest people and brave ideas, and to work closely with those people to develop their teams and business.

Get in contact

Andrew Reid

Finance Director

If you believe society works best when it works around the entrepreneur, then you will understand what Kinetik is all about. Using technology as a platform, we try to imagine industries differently, working with entrepreneurs to evolve their ideas, holding the customer at the centre of everything we do.  The essence of Kinetik and indeed entrepreneurship; is to see opportunities others do not.

What I most like about working here is the fabulous group of committed people and the vast and varying experiences we share and use to make these visions into reality.  The breadth of businesses we invest in is so captivating. As most of our investments start with a simple idea or concept, there is always plenty to do in order to build businesses that can scale quickly. We move fast and if it can’t be done or hasn’t been done we know we are on the right track.

Get in contact

Justin Cooke

CMO

Francis Bacon the philosopher and scientist once wrote “A wise man creates many more opportunities then he finds.” That’s kind of how I live my life. Having found education restrictive and constantly questioning everything I was labelled disruptive, which turned out to be a good thing. Most of the world spends a lot of time trying to make us all conform and think the same way, but all progressive behaviour comes from challenging everything we know to be true.

Having started in retail and disrupted the sector rising rapidly to C level in my mid 20’s, I quickly realised the power of combining technology and strategic marketing and founded several successful businesses and start ups. The model would lead me to work with some of the biggest companies in the world from Apple to Nike and Airbnb and to meet and work alongside the greatest leaders in today’s industries from technology, fashion, music, film, art, sport and more.

Meeting Denis and becoming part of Kinetik was such a natural step for me. We are all entrepreneurs helping each other to shape the future in a way that will change our lives forever. I love Sir Arthur C Clarke, he was a distinguished visionary who saw the future in a way that I believe in wholeheartedly “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I love quotes, emotion and narrating stories around products and people that move you. At Kinetik we believe in magic, in emotional intelligence and that the best ideas only become a reality with the best teams behind them.

Get in contact

Mike Sokolov

CTO

Having spent many years developing, prototyping and building software companies and ideas I believe passionately in the power of technology. I love products and the people who make them and I am fascinated to understand what drives them forward and how I can bring my technical experience to help take those ideas to another level.

I’ve worked closely with Denis on many projects in biotech, Internet of things, Fintech and many more and we have developed a mutual understanding and friendship that is almost impossible to find and that inspires both of us to push the limits even further every single day.

I have a childlike love for gaming and automotive futures and I believe that intersection with technology will be the biggest shift in our lifetime and I am excited to be on the forefront of these innovations with Roborace, Charge and many more of our dreams here at Kinetik.

Get in contact