Mar
10
Wed
2021
i²c F&I Talk # 62: Craig Soules (Director Product Management @freshworks) @ Online Event
Mar 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c F&I Talk # 62: Craig Soules (Director Product Management @freshworks) @ Online Event

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders, investors, and innovators. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A sessions.

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More about Craig Soules Ph.D.

Craig is a researcher and entrepreneur with a deep interest in data and systems. After receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon, he joined HP Labs leading research and development on a new kind of SQL database that traded data freshness for performance and scalability, without giving up transactional semantics like noSQL systems. Frustrated with corporate productization, Craig co-founded Natero with the aim to help businesses leverage data to improve their operations; and, in early 2016, Natero launched its customer success product to help businesses take a data-driven approach to customer management. In 2019, Natero was acquired by Freshworks to complete it’s Customer-for-life vision, allowing businesses to manage customers from lead to advocate and everything in-between.

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The Talk will focus on …

One researcher’s journey into business: What went right and what went wrong

In this presentation, I will talk about my personal journey from research to startup to acquisition by a Silicon Valley unicorn. I will try to outline places where my technical academic background helped in entrepreneurship and places where it led me astray. Hopefully, my story of near-failure can help provide others with an easier path to success!

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*** During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes. **

Mar
24
Wed
2021
i²c F&I Talk #63: Dr. Florian Neukart (Director Volkswagen Data Lab Munich) @ Online Event
Mar 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c F&I Talk #63: Dr. Florian Neukart (Director Volkswagen Data Lab Munich) @ Online Event

Topic: Corporate Innovation Hubs, and Quantum Computing as an example for making a bet 

 

About this Event

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders, investors, and innovators. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions.

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More about Dr. Florian Neukart

Florian Neukart is the director of Volkswagen Group Data Lab and an assistant professor for quantum computing at Leiden University. Before his current post, he was the director of Advanced Technologies at Volkswagen Group of America, and the CTO of Volkswagen Group’s Data Lab in Munich. He made contributions to the fields of mathematics and computer science, specifically in optimization, quantum computing, and bio-inspired algorithms. Florian holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Brasov, as well as degrees in information technology and computer science, and authored various publications, including books on artificial intelligence and energy.

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The Talk will focus on…

Corporate Innovation Hubs, and Quantum Computing as an example for making a bet

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*** During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

Apr
14
Wed
2021
i²c F&I Talk #64: Andreas Wendel (VP of Engineering at Kodiak Robotics) @ Online Event
Apr 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c F&I Talk #64: Andreas Wendel (VP of Engineering at Kodiak Robotics) @ Online Event

Topic: Merging big rigs & AI: Building an autonomous trucking startup from scratch

About this Event

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders, investors, and innovators. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions.

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More about Andreas Wendel

Andreas Wendel is the VP of Engineering at Kodiak Robotics, a Silicon Valley based startup focused on making autonomous long-haul trucking a reality. As one of Kodiak’s founding engineers, he has built the company’s engineering team from the ground up. Prior to joining Kodiak, Andreas was the Perception Tech Lead at Waymo, where he was part of the small team that launched the first driverless car on public roads. Andreas earned a PhD in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology, with highest distinction (sub auspiciis Praesidentis). He led the Aerial Vision Group working on autonomous visual navigation for quadcopters, he lectured at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision, and he was a visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Andreas has received multiple national and international recognition for his work, including being named Austria’s Innovator of the Year.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreas-wendel-083aa353/

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The Talk will focus on: Merging big rigs & AI: Building an autonomous trucking startup from scratch

Imagine seeing a large semi-truck on a highway, without a driver on board. As you pass it, you’ll think of it as being well tested, with every hardware and software component working perfectly. Then your car’s Bluetooth connection stops working again, for the third time this week. How can engineers build safe and reliable vehicles but not get your phone to work in the car? In this talk, Andreas Wendel will give insights into how to build an autonomous trucking startup from scratch, why it is all about systems engineering as opposed to individual hardware or software components, and how focusing on a narrow use case is essential to compete.

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*** During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

May
5
Wed
2021
i²c F&I Talk # 66: Dr. Florian Dorfbauer (Senior Director Dynatrace Hub) @ Online Event
May 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c F&I Talk # 66: Dr. Florian Dorfbauer (Senior Director Dynatrace Hub) @ Online Event
Topic: Entrepreneurship straight out of TUW: an adventure in three episodes

About this Event

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders, investors, and innovators. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions.

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More about Dr. Florian Dorfbauer

Florian is a seasoned entrepreneur with a strong background in technology and data science. He is passionate about product development and is particularly interested in innovative cloud-based enterprise software. These days he grows and leads the Development Lab for Dynatrace in Vienna, the global market leader in Software Intelligence.”

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The Talk will focus on Entrepreneurship straight out of TUW: an adventure in three episodes

Episode one will cover the years after TUW

Episode two Usersnap (+USA)

Episode three the current employment which is more entrepreneurial than ever dreamed.

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*** During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

May
19
Wed
2021
i²c F&I Talk # 67: Stefan Nagel (Partner at Round2 Capital Partners) @ Online Event
May 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c F&I Talk # 67: Stefan Nagel (Partner at Round2 Capital Partners) @ Online Event
Topic: Sustainable Business Building

About this Event

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders, investors, and innovators. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions.

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More about Stefan Nagel

Stefan is a Partner at Round2. He Joined Jan, Christian and Isabella at Round2 after spending more than ten years at McKinsey & Company advising clients in the telecommunications and high-tech sectors on strategy and corporate finance topics including large transactions and transformations, and also in particular how fact-based steering and financial planning drives key decisions and ongoing operational management. During this time, Stefan developed a passion for technology-driven products and their value generation impact on the economy overall and in the shaping of “how life works” in societies across the world. Working with large corporates, he built a perspective on how large cooperations work, how smaller and younger companies can work with these organizations and what structures and processes need to be build when scaling businesses. He brings this experience to bear in the identification and evaluation of potential candidates for Round2 financing and in working with our portfolio companies as they continue on their growth path. Besides Round2, Stefan is engaged as business angel, helping early-stage companies to build their pre-dominantly B2B software businesses. Born in Germany, Stefan lives with his wife and two sons in Vienna. He has a degree in business from WHU – Otto-Beisheim Graduate School, Vallendar and spent parts of his studies in the US and in Russia.

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More about Round2 Capital Partners

Round2 is a financing partner for European scale-ups with digital and sustainable business models. In the scale-up phase, outstanding entrepreneurs manage to transform their business from a successful venture into a real company. Round2 offers the innovative funding instruments and insights needed to master this transformation process. Founded in 2017, Round2 has pioneered revenue-based finance in Europe: a flexible, non-dilutive funding instrument.

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The Talk will focus on…

Sustainable Business Building

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*** During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

                  

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