Not sure why Cecile Ortlieb thought it was ok to go through life scamming people (especially cash strapped startups), but what she did was very wrong. Graduate of the London School of Economics, Cecile Ortlieb posed as a private equity/family office investor whose focus was on allocating capital, from limited partners located in the Middle East and the USA, into privately owned high growth potential startups in order to be wined and dined. After two months of conversation, two trips to London (from New York), fully executed offering documents confirming her (or shall I say World Glance’s) $4Million dollar investment, a seven day stay in my home (I know- so weird…), multiple dinners and lunches, many hours with our lawyers putting together board seat paperwork per her request, and even going as far as to pay her taxi back to the airport because her “card was declined”, I find out she never intended to invest- it was all a scam to get a free ride.
My biggest motivation in sharing my story, albeit very embarrassing, is to help warn future potential Cecile Ortlieb victims and of course, hold her accountable for her actions. Hindsight is 2020, and as I piece together all the data I gathered through my dealings with Cecile, my conclusion is that she is a professional conartist. Let’s just say this couldn’t have been her first rodeo show. I’m guessing I am not the first victim and won’t be the last but hopefully this will slow her down.
Note to Cecile: Hopefully one day you wake up and change your life around. Scamming your way through life is not a way to live.