Articles for October 2009

Advisors, Advisors, Advisors part II

Persistent in our commitment to maintain a boardof trully commited and active advisors we are happy to announce the participations of several people that have undertaken this responsibility.

In this sprint we have mainly tried to establish more connections with people that hold experience with more practical skills rather than strategy and business positioning.

As always we will keep tending to the pool of available advice. The list of additions is after the jump.

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In order of appearance in our advisors page:

Panayotis Vryonis, Social media consultant – Athens, Greece

Panayotis Vryonis studied Mathematics at the National and Kapodistrian University Of Athens. He decided not to get his degree and instead work as a software developer for small and larger projects. In 1999 he co-founded and held the position of CTO at e-Go Travel Ltd, a company providing on-line travel services for Greek destinations. In 2001 he joined the leading Greek interactive marketing agency, yellownetroad and after the merger of the two companies, became Chief Developer of OgilvyOne Worldwide Athens. An active advocate of Open Source Software, he was one of the founding members of the Hellenic Linux Users Group in 1998 and served multiple times on the Group’s board. He is one of the first Greek bloggers and the first greek podcaster. His greek blog aggregator, called “monitor”, played a key role in the early stages of the Greek blogosphere (2005). Since early 2007, Panayotis Vryonis works as a social media consulting for PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement).

George Gatos, Atlantis Consulting – Thessaloniki, Greece

George Gatos, MSc, studied financing and specialized in entrepreneurship in the UK and the US. He began his career in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the University of Florida and later as worked as an external consultant with a primary focus in development of products and services based on new technologies. Today he is employed as a consultant in strategic and entrepreneurial development in Atlantis Consulting.
Evangelos Simoudis, Managing Director, Trident Capital – Palo Alto, CA, US

Evangelos Simoudis joined Trident Capital in 2005 as a Venture Partner and has been a Managing Director since 2007. Evangelos focuses on investments in Internet and Enterprise Software businesses. Prior to Trident, Evangelos spent 5 years as a partner at Apax Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm where he invested and served on the boards of early and mid-stage IT companies. At Apax he also chaired the firm’s IT advisory board. Prior to entering venture capital, Evangelos had more than 20 years experience in high-technology industries, in executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales and engineering. His experience as a technology executive includes serving as President and CEO of Customer Analytics, a Trident-backed, eCRM company acquired by Xchange, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAP), and as Vice President of Business Intelligence Solutions at IBM. Evangelos’ current directorships include DesiHits, Hip Digital, Host Analytics and PivotLink Software. Prior directorships include Bristol Technology (acquired by Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ)), Composite Software, Confluent Software (acquired by Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL)), Doppelganger (acquired by Hip Digital), Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM) and Vidavee (acquired by Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN). Evangelos earned a PhD in computer science from Brandeis University and a BS in electrical engineering from Caltech.

George Papadakis, Co founder Phaistos Networks

George is the Head Of Operations at Phaistos Networks since 1997. Having supervised the implementation of a plethora of web services (Pathfinder.gr, Adman.gr, Trinity.gr among others), he is knowledgeable enough in terms of how to incorporate up-to-date techniques while creating usable and accessible web applications.

 

 

 

Vassilis Sotiropoulos, Lawyer

Vassilis was born in Athens in 1978. He graduated from the Department of Law of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a master degree in public law the Department of Law of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is a PhD Candidate in the field of constitutional law. He runs the blog elawyer.blogspot.com since 2005. He has established in March 2008 the office “Data&Protection-Legal services in the Information Society”. He also blogs at elawyer.blogspot.com.

Alec Karys, CTO, mShopper – Boston, MA, US

Alec Karys is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of mShopper, a company which provides real time price comparison, shopping and ad services over mobile devices, and he is also a Mentor at TechStars in Cambridge, MA. Alec has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, technical team manager and consultant at Amazon.com and various other technology and services companies. He was also co-founder and served as the CEO of Synapse Ventures Group, a virtual incubator, which provided start-up services to early stage technology companies, and Cognate Technologies, an E-Learning company based on patent pending technology from MIT research. Alec received his MBA and Electrical Engineering degrees from Northeastern University and attended the Engineering Executive Program at Stanford University. Alec has two issued patents in medical protocol authoring and delivery, and he has four patents in process in the area of mobile commerce.

Andreas Veneris, founder, Vennsa technologies

Andreas Veneris is the President/CEO of Vennsa Technologies, a company that develops automated solutions to chip debugging and verification. He has 15 years of R&D experience in CAD software for chip debugging, verification, synthesis and test with more than 80 publications and five patents in that field. In addition to these credentials, he was an early member at OnRamp Inc., a pioneering internet multimedia company that went public in 1997. While at OnRamp, he was a member of the team that performed the first webcast ever (37th Annual Grammy Awards, 1995), an event acknowledged by members of the American Congress. He also worked in the early development stages of Mosaic (later Netscape) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (Illinois). His operating experience is complemented by extensive experience in team building and technology transfer. As an associate professor at the University of Toronto and the Athens University of Economics and Business, he managed a large group of R&D activities and delivered them to the industry with specialized in-house tools. His multi-million R&D proect raising effort has attracted funds from premier semiconductor companies in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Prior to that, he was a visiting faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1998 in Computer Science. He holds an M.Sc. degree from the University of Southern California (1992) and a Bachelor degree from the University of Patras (1991). He is a senior member of IEEE, ACM, AAAS, Technical Chamber of Greece, Professional Engineers of Ontario and The Planetary Society and he has co-authored two books.

Nikos Kryvossidis, Director, Partnership Services, EMEA, Google

Nikos joined Google in 2007. At present he is responsible for the technical side of direct Google partnerships in EMEA for various Google product areas including Mobile. Prior to Google Nikos was Engineering SVP for Visto, an American company specialising in Mobile Email and Personal Information Management (PIM) synchronisation. Has also served in Symbian where he was responsible for Messaging, PIM, SyncML, Browsing and Location Based Services. Earlier on worked for Lucent Technologies in the area of ISUP and ISDN Services. Has also worked as a software engineer on Intelligent Network Services (Nortel) when AIN 0.1 and CS1 were being developed. Nikos holds an MSc in Computer Science from McGill University, Montreal and a BSc in Mathematics from University of Patras, Greece.

Vasilis Vassalos, Associate Professor, Athens University of Business and Economics

Vasilis Vassalos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Between 1999 and 2003 he was an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at the NYU Stern School of Business. He has been working on the challenges of online processing of data from autonomous sources since 1996. He has published more than 35 research papers in international conferences and journals, holds 2 US patents for work on information integration, and regularly serves on the program committees of the major conferences in databases. He was a co-founder and CTO of Enosys Software, a pioneering data integration company that raised more than $10 million in VC funding and was acquired by BEA Systems (now Oracle Corp). He has led a number of publicly-funded research projects in the areas of online distributed information processing. Ηe was a Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellow in 2007-2008 visiting UCSD.

First Round of Applications Concluded – Some Insights

We are happy to report that our first round of applications concluded successfully on September 30. We received a broad set of ideas spanning in a number of areas, from a large number of teams across the globe.

Here you may find some charts summarizing the origin of these ideas, regarding the people behind them, their location and skills.

As expected, the biggest number of applications was submitted during the last days of the call.

Submissions per date

57% of submissions originated from Greece, while applicants came from 20 countries in total, 15 out of which were European ones. The map below reveals more details.

Global map of submissions

Of special interest is also the distribution of skills, as reported by the applicants themselves. The following graph provides details on their technical, financial, business and educational background. A rating of 1 denotes the most basic command of said skills, ranging to 5 being the highest, eg. a PhD in education or having sold a company in business.

Distribution of skills

To us, the challenge starts now. Following our tight schedule, we have already started reviewing the great amount of applications received, while we are willing to share our detailed reviews with all the teams submitted. We are also looking forward to work closely with the best of the teams, to help them further mature their proposals, prepare their business plans and finally shape a more than appealing offering.

And for those of you who for whatever reason could not submit your idea in this round, you can still prepare it for the next submission deadline which is due in a few months’ time – it’s closer than it seems!

The Openfund stands for bringing significant added value to all of its participants, and we are really excited to see our vision taking shape. What follows is pure hard work to meet all of our targets, stay tuned for more information about our progress and more.