Profile

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In one line

Passionate and creative entrepreneur. Weaver of social fabric. World Citizen. Dreamer. Doer.

In one paragraph

Innovator, Entrepreneur,
CEO, CTO, Business Developer,
In the first Internet wave (1999-2001) I brought a key piece of the mobile + internet convergence, by giving an email address to every mobile phone (through an invention that I had filed a patent for in 1999, and through my company Winbox).
In the web 2.0 wave, I have a keen interest in “social intelligence”, the new skills that will be required :

  • at the individual level : managing the many sources of information, connecting with people
  • at the enterprise level : bringing the practices and tools (the “Enterprise 2.0” movement) that enable people to be more “on the same page”, collaborate more effectively.

I am always happy to work with bright people and teams, on the globalized scene,
to turn innovative ideas into a reality that makes business sense.

In a little longer

I have a professional experience of more than 15 years in ICT (and more specifically Internet and telco applications) with roles including CTO and CEO (ranging from architectural design to general management). I bring an innovative, “fresh look” analysis, and an entrepreneurial, “hands-on” execution.

My goal is to get involved with dynamic teams in startups and SMEs, and bring my entrepreneurial and business experience to help them to take advantage of technological innovation, and deliver value to the market.

I have brought to market several innovations (some patent-pending), setup several projects and ventures (streaming, search engines, mobile, wireless, telemedicine), pitched to major Venture Capitalists, raised 5 M$, hired teams, opened international markets.

I also have experience in networking teams, setting up international R&D projects, submitted to the European Commission’s FP6/FP7 programs.

I also have a keen interest in the broader societal implications of business (environment, ethics, social entrepreneurship).

My technological interests are / have been / will be in : web 2.0, social networking and collective intelligence, bioinformatics, ICT in Healthcare, grid computing, storage, search engines, IT & software quality (ITIL, CMMI,…), wi-fi, digital identity management, open source software.

By education, I have both a deep technical background (engineering degree in computer science, UC Louvain), and solid background in Business (up to an MBA) from Brussels (Solvay), Louvain and Stanford Business Schools.

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