Industry Advisors

John Helm
Venture/Operational Partner (Germany)


John is a Venture Partner and running operations alongside Nenad Marovac for DN Capital in Germany. He is also on the board of DotLoop, a venture backed real estate technology company in the United States. John is also an active angel investor, co-investing alongside venture firms in companies where he can add value. John has also joined as the chairman of Videdresssing (a DN Capital portfolio company).

Previously, John was the founder and CEO of two venture backed startups in the online real estate space in the U.S.. He sold his most recent company, MyNewPlace to RealPage (NYSE:RP) for $78.5 million in the summer of 2011. Under John’s leadership, MyNewPlace grew by taking share away from five well entrenched competitors to become the second highest traffic apartment rental website in the U.S.. John was also the founding CEO of AllApartments/SpringStreet, which became the number one apartment rental and relocation site on the Internet before its sale to Homestore in 1999 for $150 million, in a private to private transaction immediately prior to the combined entities IPO.

Prior to SpringStreet, John was the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Development for Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Company where he headed up all finance, technology, and business development activities. John was also a consultant for McKinsey & Company for six years and a sales specialist for Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services. John graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
John recently moved his family to Munich, and is looking forward to getting more involved with the European entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Founder and CEO of MyNewPlace sold to RealPage
CEO of AllApartments sold to Homestore
CFO at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate
McKinsey & Company

MBA. From Harvard Business School



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