Joel is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first business at 18 years old. By the time Joel was 21, he was working with the U.S. Small Business Administration advising small businesses ranging from Native American Reservations to Drone companies. At 22 Joel became CMO of a startup in Silicon Valley, and shortly after moving to Palo Alto, he began working with StartX, the accelerator for Stanford founders. In 2015 Joel launched his own startup developing a hardware device that used ML and a range of sensors and connected devices to optimize sleep. However, the venture didn't take off and Joel moved to venture capital for a short time until moving to Gigster pre Series-A as employee number 9. Joel continues to stay actively involved with early stage startups mentoring through MIT Launch, Startup Weekend, and various Accelerators/Incubators. After helping build several teams at Gigster and the series B fundraise with investors like Michael Jordan and Andreessen Horowitz, Joel relocated to Berlin to help build launchcircle, a Rocket Internet venture focused on creating the future of work starting with custom software development with top freelance engineers from places like Google, McKinsey, and Oracle. After working with Rocket Internet, Joel moved to work in government innovation and now leads the Business Development team at the e-Residency program for the government of Estonia, one of the most forward thinking nations in digital.
CEO and Founder of Silicon Castles. Andreas has more than 25 years experience in global technology and licensing business, digital entertainment, international marketing, sales and operations in Europe, US, Russia, Middle East and Africa. Andreas worked for American, German and Japanese companies and looks back to many years of startup and incubation experience inside and outside of corporations. Andreas served as executive in global technology companies such as Sony, Nemetschek, Real Networks and Dolby. The last years Andreas was President of Dolby Laboratories International based London and Amsterdam. With the new year 2017 Andreas left the corporate world and is now fully dedicated to help startups to grow and startup executives to become world class performers.