ACTAI SWITZERLAND Attendees
Bill Tai has been funding startups since 1991 as a venture capitalist. Bill is Founding Chairman of Treasure Data; a Board Director of BitFury and Voxer and a lead seed investor in fun companies including Canva, Color Genomics, Kickfurther, ShoesOfPrey, Tweetdeck/Twitter, Treasure Data and Zoom Video.
He started his career as a computer chip designer, joining LSI Logic, a seminal Silicon Valley startup formed by the CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor after college. After a Master’s at Harvard, he was issued badge #A001 at the startup of TSMC (NYSE:TSM) then established the semiconductor practice at Alex. Brown & Sons positioning the IPO's of foundational silicon companies including Adaptec, Atmel, Cirrus Logic, Dallas Semiconductor, Zilog and others.
Bill established the Silicon Valley office for CRV and is a Partner Emeritus backing Scribd and Wish.com on CRV's behalf. In prior years he served as Partner at IVP, Founding CEO of iAsiaWorks (IPO via Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley) and Founding Chairman of IPinfusion (Tokyo:4813). He has served as Board Director of 7 publicly listed companies (AWRD EGHT IAWK NPIX TMTA TUNE and IMGO) that grew from startups he funded at their formative stages and has backed 19 companies that grew to become publicly listed companies on NASDAQ.
He holds a BSEE with Honors from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Harvard, serves on the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneer Committee and is an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Outside of his commercial activities, he is co-creator of the Extreme Tech Challenge, BlockChain Summit, and board chairman of MaiTai Global a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation.
Daniel Gutenberg is General Partner of VI Partners, a Swiss venture capital firm. He joined the company in 2003.
Subsequent to selling Gutenberg Communication Systems AG to the Telindus Group in the year 2000, Daniel Gutenberg became a very active business angel and investor in numerous startups.
His focus is on Technology and he has been taking board assignments for various public and private Companies as well as for YPO Young Presidents’ Organization, a network of young global business leaders. He also acts as the president of the Swiss Technion Society and as a member of the Circle of Investors of BrainsToVentures.
Daniel Gutenberg was awarded as business angel of the year in 2011 (SECA).
He is fluent in English, French and German
Ivan Milković is the Co- Founder & CEO of Sales peritias ltd,
Deep understanding of sales, marketing, telecommunication Industries. Understanding the development of business strategy, negotiation capacity, management of complex project experience.
Professionally playing basketball, a quadruple finalist in junior championships, won a scholarship to Nebraska University as the most valuable player from Dalmatia.
Payment world is my playground, reinvented POS design look and feel with integrated payment ready to compete with the best to become the best.
Always interested in new technology and the implementation of it.
Dino Costa is a mechanical engineer with a great passion for kite surfing and paragliding. During his studies at ETH Zürich he setup his own company to produce and market surf kites.
Dino has been working as research scientist in the field of Airborne Wind Energy at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. With the colleagues of the Center for Synergetic Structures he founded the Empa-Spinoff TwingTec, a startup which aims to unlock the global wind energy potential, creating a future where electricity is produced in an efficient and sustainable way.
At TwingTec Dino is responsible for the Test Operations. With a solid background in mechatronics and embedded programming, combined with a theoretical and practical understanding of aerodynamics, he is able to make anything fly.
Julia is an Olympic snowboard gold medallist, adventurer and yoga teacher on a mission to make the world a better place. Julia co-founded ReMind Company to share mindfulness and flow both as an athlete and entrepreneur. Breatholution - One minute of globally synchronized breathing a day. The world is invited! If you can breathe, you can join! (App development stage)
The life path of Julia Dujmovits is a prime example of how visions and dreams can become reality if you believe in your inner strengths. Already at the age of 11, the young girl from Burgenland could envision her dream: to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. At only 13 she survived the Kaprun disaster, a tragic gondola accident where her brother and she lost there entire team. This traumatic experience shaped her into the person she is today. After many painful setbacks, she finally reached her goal: 2014, Julia Dujmovits won the first ever Olympic Gold Medal in snowboarding for Austria.
At the Olympics 2018 and a third place at the Overall World Cup, Julia took a break from snowboarding to realign body, mind and soul. Two more surgeries were the outcome of a rough professional athlete lifestyle. Braking with everyone conventions of classic high performance training and following exclusively her intuition Julia started a spiritual and adventurous journey which might bring her back to the 2022 Winter Olympics. Her way to her goal unusual, surprising and unique.
Be part of:
BREATHE, a documentary film
Victor Fernandez was born in El Ejido, Almería. He started windsurfing with his father at the early age of five years old at his home spot, Almerimar. In 2002 he started his career as a professional windsurfer and in 2010 he won the World Champion Title in waves for the first time, followed by another victory in 2016 and 2018.
•PWA World Champion 2010, 2016 & 2018
•Nominated for Laureus Sport Awards 2010
•6x PWA Vice World Champions 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008 and 2007
Since an early age, I have been incredibly passionate about the outdoors and sport. Growing up I followed a very academic upbringing through higher education which led me to brand manager for a Swiss watch company.
Always wanting to explore life possibilities around me and with a hunger for travel, I started kiteboarding in 2006 in the Dominican Republic. Putting as much time as I could to improve my riding whilst still studying and working I decided in 2010 to take a break from working life to see the world as well as focus on kiteboarding more. Realizing this was the lifestyle and sport I wanted to follow I started looking for sponsors to help and support me to become a professional athlete.
Through the support of sponsors, I have been able to push my level of riding and make it to compete on the Professional Kiteboarding World Tour (PKRA). I am very proud to have ranked 5th in the World from 2012 until 2014.
My focus changed a bit after that because I needed a new challenge. I now travel more to places that I want to go to and produce content for brands and magazines.
My goal is to show how important it is to have a passion and to believe in yourself. I also hope that I can inspire people on my trips and via my social media channels to work hard and live their dreams.
Since the 29th of November 2019 a proud mother of Kona.
Net Jacobsson is a former early Facebook executive, an entrepreneur and adventure capitalist with vast international experience from many pioneering companies from around the globe.
Net started out in Sweden at Ericsson Mobile Communications in the late 90s with user interface design. Net then led business development for instant messaging pioneering company ICQ before he joined Chinese browser company Maxthon in 2005 as partner & senior vice president. He was instrumental in growing Maxthon to over 1 Billion downloads.
In 2007 Net joined Facebook as Head of International business development with focus on user acquisition, new markets and early M&A opportunities. In addition, Net was responsible for Facebook's mobile business and led a number of high profile deals with mobile operators and handset manufacturers.
Net served on the Board of the Chinese Tinder, P1 (TanTan) acquired by MoMo for $735M in 2018. He was also an advisor to Crowdstar (sold to Glu Mobile 2016) OpenFeint (acquired by GREE, 2012) and to King.com prior to their IPO.
Net is passionate about technology and initiatives that makes the world a little bit better. See United Nation's 17 Global Goals.
Net is a passionate mountain biker and outdoors enthusiast. He shares his riding experiences with entrepreneurs and interesting people from around the world on his blog The Mountain Biking Venture Capitalist .
Philipp is an entrepreneurial visionary, deeply rooted in global strategy development, operational excellence implementation as well as active, hands-on investing.
He studied at The Wharton Business School, London School of Economics, IESE Business School and Witten/Herdecke University.
With a strong background in private equity and consulting, accumulated at Merrill Lynch, Patria Investimentos/The Blackstone Group, A.T. Kearney and UBS, Philipp has designed, developed and optimized the front- and backend of global business operations, all within industries pursuing latest technological innovations.
Born in one of the largest favelas in Sao Paulo/ Brazil, Philipp has seen, that uncertified but talented & skilled workers are having difficulties to access attractive corporate vacancies.
But due to the rise of the global p2p (e.g. on-demand freelancing of labor, short-term lease-out of equipment, sale of new or used items), traditional employment models vanish and Philipp has committed himself to the enablement of microentrepreneurial p2p economy freelancers— the largest global workforce of the near future (McK, 2016).
“𝙐𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙞𝙧𝙗𝙣𝙗 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙞𝙜𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙯𝙚 𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙙𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙩. 𝘼𝙞𝙧𝙗𝙣𝙗 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙙𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖 𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙝, 𝙐𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚. 𝙃𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙙𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙢𝙨: 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚” (Erik Torenberg, Venture Capitalist)
As a Brazilian kite surfer, Philipp hunts the wind & waves around the globe and is a regular participant of the Brazilian Iron Man Downwinder, a 1500km end-to-end downwinder along the entire northern coast of Brazil.
Joseph studied computer science at Princeton University, and he did some PhD work under Charles Elkan focusing on Machine Learning. He held early and senior and research positions at Bridgewater, Facebook, and Lyft. He currently invests in AI startups in San Francisco.
Lisa is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of IA Impact Fund, a $100m Venture Capital Fund investing in global impact and sustainable startups with compelling financial returns.
The fund focuses on the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) identified by the UN, and SingularityU’s Global Grand Challenges covering social and economic development issues including disaster relief, energy, environment, food, health, governance, learning, prosperity, security, shelter, space and water.
The fund invests directly in start-ups at early stage of development (Seed to Series A) in Australia, Asia, the USA and globally, sourcing deals from various sources but also uniquely from the IA Impact global platform of syndicates and angel investors (which are supporting 500+ impact startups per year).
Lisa is also the Co-CEO of SingularityU Australia and expert faculty on the Future of Finance.
I grew up in a town of 100 people in the Western U.S, where our biggest event was the annual Rocky Mountain Oyster cookout (if you don’t know what RMOs are – google it!) I dreamt of the big city and made my way to NY to direct investments at a hedge fund. But that didn’t last -- I had inherited a love for exploration and embarked on an adventure that was as diverse as stowing away on an iron-ore train traversing Mauritania to migrating with nomadic caribou herders. Eventually, my adventurous want brought me to Lagos where I eventually set up and ran a family office-backed venture capital firm. It was a great opportunity and our companies did great. But, it wasn't mine... so, I bought it. The acquisition of the portfolio closed last year and now I'm moving onward to raise a fund. I still love to travel, but I've made Lagos my home (7 years and counting). To tie it all up: I'm also a lover of the ocean: a diver, a mediocre surfer, and a kiter. I invest in early-stage African technology companies that are transforming how businesses and consumers engage, trade, and make decisions. And, I'm obsessed with my dog, Disco.
30 years old Laci Kobulsky from Slovakia decided after finishing his master in marketing in Dutch Rotterdam to travel the world, instead of settling down in some nice corporate office and combine his passion for kiteboarding, filmmaking & photography into a profession. Over the last 5 years he has worked with the world's best kiteboarders, kite brands & kite resorts. His latest accomplishment is a full length documentary with 5-times world champion Aaron Hadlow called "TWENTY".
Natalie De Clercq
Nathalie is an entrepreneur based between New York City and Sardinia, Italy. She is currently focused on a summer resort project in south Sardinia that includes luxury villas, restaurants, shops and entertainment. Her background is in sourcing and supply chain in China which ties in with her ecommerce businesses. Her roots (half Chinese, half Belgian - American and Australian nationalities) means she’s naturally open minded and always up for an adventure! She’s passionate about photography, videography, tech and gadgets. Her sporting favorites include martial arts, diving, yoga, paddleboarding, and skiing. She is currently focused on meditation, longevity studies, and environmental impact.
Thomas Kriese has been designing and managing the way people interact online for close to 25 years, from the early years of modem-accessed bulletin board systems to today’s platforms that link, tweet, pin and like.
Most recently, Thomas was the Vice President of Ecosystems at Singularity University (SU) where he was responsible for leading the community development and engagement efforts globally. He managed the growth of the SU alumni chapter program from launch to almost 200 chapters in 79 countries. He scaled the summit partner program to produce over forty conferences in 24 countries and established global partnerships to replicate SU in eight regions across four continents.
After cutting his online teeth in early-90s San Francisco, he went to work for America Online in 1996 designing content programming models before launching AOL Hometown, the member-created home pages community and scaling it to 5 million publishers. Thomas joined the AOL Time Warner Foundation in 2000 to help grantees incorporate technology and online communities into their work, and then came back west to the Bay Area to work as executive producer for Omidyar Network running its experimental online community. Since 2009, he has been helping his consulting clients harness the problem-solving power within their online communities and networks.
Thomas has a degree in Linguistics from the University of California at San Diego. When he’s not spending quality time with his three kids, you can find him swimming, biking and running his way into fitness. He's a level 30+ Zwifter and an Ironman. And yes, he’s the urban chicken guy.
Simone is Founder and Managing Partner of IA Impact Fund, based in Sydney, investing in and advising on deep tech for positive human impact. Simone is also Venture Partner for Artesian Venture Capital, Australia’s largest seed stage VC, with over $400m AUM, where she specializes in investments in Blockchain, fintech and AI.
She began her career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley corporate finance, working with some of the leading technology pioneers in Silicon Valley in the late ‘90’s.
Her first start up was backed by Microsoft and is still in existence today, her second startup was backed by Intel Capital where Simone worked on the birth of big data and the first software solution for data integration, acquired by SAP.
Simone previously served as Board Director of INCO (inco.co.com), the world’s largest Impact Fund founded in 2011. A €300m impact fund and global pioneer of social and environmental impact investing, supporting entrepreneurs through venture capital, training and acceleration programs in more than 35 countries, INCO has trained over 300,000 adults, > 500 startups accelerated p.a, >500,000 trees saved and > 4.5m tonnes of waste avoided.