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Axel Schultze has been involved in the IT industry all his life. After a very steep career at Rockwell International he turned into an entrepreneur, founding and growing a number of very successful technology companies. Today Axel and his wives are chairing the World Innovations Forum, which they founded in 2019. It’s a Swiss based foundation (NGO) with the vision to stimulate prosperity for all nations based on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Helping entrepreneurs in developing and emerging countries to thrive, create jobs and make economy defining contributions to the nation. He ran Society3, a San Francisco based accelerator that is merged into the World Innovations Forum. He is a published author, patent holder, was named one of the globally most influential startup accelerators in 2015, won the SF Entrepreneur Award in 2008, chaired the SaaS Channel Committee at the SIIA (Software & Information Industry Association), was an early adviser of LinkedIn in 2003, one of the first executives authoring a blog, and an early beta user of Twitter. Living almost 20 years in Silicon Valley, he was one of the very early people shaping the SaaS Industry, later the Social Media Industry. 2001 Founder & CEO of Silicon Valley based BlueRoads a partner management software. Funded by The Angels Forum, then venture funded by Eldorado Ventures, Cardinal Ventures and Arrow Path. Named most successful channel management company in 2006. Exit in 2007. 1997 Pioneered equity based crowdfunding with http://WebStock.de – Exit in 2001. 1996 Founder & CEO Infinigate, Leading European IT security provider. Funded through private placement with first equity crowdfunding platform Webstock. Today $500 Million in revenue. 1983 Founder & CEO Computer 2000 a $5 Billion high tech distributor. VC Funded by Deutsche Bank WFG. IPO in 1996 as 3rd largest tech distributor in the world. Merged with Tech Data at $5 Billion in revenue. You find more details on LinkedIn: http://www’linkedin.com/in/axelschultze
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