Managing Partner - Rakuten Capital and Executive Officer - Rakuten Inc.
Oskar Mielczarek de la Miel is the Managing Partner in charge of Rakuten’s growth venture investments comprising a variety of rapidly expanding disruptive industries such as Fintech, Mobility, Digital Media, Healthcare and Telecommunications. At Rakuten Capital, Oskar has spearheaded a global investment strategy with a diversified portfolio of innovative start-ups in North America, Europe and Asia, in close cooperation with Rakuten’s various business units. Previously, Oskar acquired extensive investment, advisory and operational experience in the financial industry, including banking at JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch, private equity and retail financial services in North America and Europe. Oskar is responsible for Rakuten’s mobility and digital media investments, including Lyft in North America, and Careem, in the Middle East (exit IRRs of 30%+), as well as leading on-demand delivery leader Glovo. Other key investments sourced by Oskar include online lending platforms Bluevine, Upstart and Insikt, payment networks Azimo and Currency Cloud, insurtech disruptors PremFina and Simplesurance, Cyndx, a B2B SaaS search engine and Acorns, a millennial investment platform. Portfolio exits include WePay. Most recently Oskar has been involved in sourcing key strategic investments for the deployment of Rakuten’s state-of-the-art 5G network. Recent investments include Fever, a millennial data-driven entertainment curation platform. Oskar earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and his BA at ICADE in Spain. Oskar is fluent in Spanish, French and Polish, and has strong command of Japanese. Oskar is an avid supporter of theatrical productions and wine culture.