Balderton appoints product expert David Vismans as Executive In Residence

OCT 31, 2022

  • A leading authority on product development and strategy in Europe, Vismans serves as an advisor to many of the continent’s leading startups and scale-ups
  • David previously served as Chief Product Officer at for over nine years, and was also the founder of content platform HotelXChange

Balderton Capital today announces the appointment of David Vismans as its latest Executive In Residence (EIR). David will provide product-focused support for Balderton’s portfolio companies, as well as helping the firm in areas including diligence, sourcing, best practice sharing and thought leadership. The news follows the appointments of Andrew Wigfall and Dave Kellogg as legal and marketing focused EIRs respectively, as Balderton continues to build out its expert advisory team.

A leading authority in Europe, David has extensive experience in product development and strategy, and spent years managing large, multidisciplinary product teams to deliver quality results to millions of users. He is an advisor to leading European startups and scale-ups, including Fiverr, Omio and Virtuo.

David Vismans

David previously spent over nine years as Chief Product Officer at, where he oversaw global cross-platform product strategy for the company in its pursuits to pioneer innovations that enhance the consumer travel experience. David was also the driving force for Booking's 'Connected Trip' strategy, introducing various new verticals, like flights, car rental and activities, to offer travellers a one-stop-shop solution for travel. Over two billion travellers were served by during David’s tenure.

Before joining, David spent four years in a number of senior positions with the Netherlands’ popular social media website, Hyves, including Head of Development, Chief Technical Officer and Director of Product Development. Prior to this, David worked as a Software Development Manager with leading provider of GPS and navigation devices, TomTom.

Although he didn’t join until 2012, David’s first contact with the company occurred a full decade earlier when he founded HotelXChange. This was a generic platform for the publication of SEO-optimised content over a network of 1,200 travel websites, where he operated as an affiliate partner of

I am very excited to join Balderton as EIR and work with its portfolio of innovative companies and founders, strengthen the product and technology ecosystem in Europe and contribute to making this continent the best place to build and scale a successful technology business.

David Vismans

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