**Former Uber Exec Jambu Palaniappan Joins Omers Ventures in Europe**
[Jambu Palaniappan](https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/10/former-uber-exec-joins-omers-ventures-in-europe/) has joined Omers Ventures as a Managing Partner in Europe. Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers, recently launched a €300 million fund for European technology startups, with the addition of local VCs Harry Briggs, Tara Reeves, and Henry Gladwyn. This move further strengthens Omers Ventures’ presence in the European market.
Palaniappan brings a wealth of operational experience, having joined Uber in 2012 as a key player in its early days. He led Uber’s expansion into the EMEA region and India, eventually becoming Regional General Manager for Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa. Palaniappan also played a crucial role in launching Uber Eats in the EMEA market.
Prior to joining Omers Ventures, Palaniappan spent time as an Executive-in-Residence at London-based venture capital firm Atomico. He has also actively participated as an angel investor, supporting various startups across the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Omers Ventures Europe has been making waves in the tech and startup scene, bringing together a team of industry experts. In addition to Palaniappan, the team includes Harry Briggs with an impressive background in ventures such as BGF Ventures, Balderton, and Tonics, a successful health drinks company. Tara Reeves, formerly of seed firm LocalGlobe and co-founder of the car-sharing marketplace Turo, also joined the team. Henry Gladwyn, who previously managed seed investments for the founders of DeepMind, completes the formidable lineup.
With over 76 million euros already invested in the European ecosystem, Omers Ventures Europe continues to make an impact in supporting groundbreaking startups. Some notable investments include FirstVet, Resi, and CourseO. Stay tuned for more exciting developments from this dynamic team!
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Former Uber exec Jambu Palaniappan joins Omers Ventures in Europe
Earlier this year, Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers, outed a new €300 million fund aimed at European technology startups, having recruited local VCs Harry Briggs, Tara Reeves and Henry Gladwyn.
And now the firm is adding a fourth member in Europe: Jambu Palaniappan (pictured centre), the former head of Uber’s food delivery business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, has joined Omers Ventures as a Managing Partner.
Palaniappan joined Uber in 2012 when it was a 75-person startup focused primarily on the U.S. market. He led the ride sharing behemoth’s expansion throughout the EMEA region and India, before becoming Regional General Manager for Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa. He then went on launch Uber Eats in EMEA.
In other words, Palaniappan brings even more operational experience to Omers’ European VC team, although he isn’t new to the world of venture capital, either. His most recent gig was at London-based venture capital firm Atomico, where he spent 12 months as Executive-in-Residence (news that TechCrunch broke back in July 2018).
Unsurprisingly, Palaniappan has also been an angel investor, and is said to have backed a number of startups in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Meanwhile, the recruitment of Palaniappan marks a decent debut half year for Omers Ventures Europe, seeing the Canadian investor put together a team of faces well-known to the London and broader European tech and startup scene. Briggs’ resume includes stints at BGF Ventures and Balderton, as well as founding and exiting Tonics, a health drinks company. Reeves was at seed firm LocalGlobe and also co-founded Turo, the car-sharing ma