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When we invest we welcome you to our family – the byFounders Collective – a handpicked collective of more than 50 successful Nordic and Baltic entrepreneurs.
Need insight and advice? We’ve got it. Need access? We open the doors to the tech giants in Silicon Valley and the business world beyond. Need more cash? We bring you in front of some of the world’s greatest VC’s from Europe and US to accelerate your growth.
Camilla Ley Valentin
“I joined byFounders Collective because i believe that it is exactly what the local startup community needs. Paying it forward to support future founders and technology has always been important to me and I feel that the individuals and purpose behind byFounders are combining this with solid funding options in a very meaningful way.”
“There’s something spectacular happening in the Nordics. We have more and more great companies growing out from this region – companies that need access to funding, and best support. ByFounders is a new, central player answering to this need. I’m very excited to be part of the Collective and help build a strong, Nordic ecosystem of successful companies.”
Anna is CEO and co-founder of The Footprint Firm – a Copenhagen based start-up focusing on consulting and venture investments within sustainability.
Besides this, she is an investor and holds several board positions in startups. Anna also co-founded Becksöndergaard Copenhagen – a Danish fashion company, which was exited to a PE fund. Her experience before becoming an entrepreneur is from consulting with McKinsey&Co and advertising.
Wonder, Moda Operandi
Áslaug Magnúsdóttir is an Icelandic businesswoman and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of Moda Operandi and a co-founder of TSM Capital. She has been dubbed “fashion’s fairy godmother” by Vogue and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
A Fulbright scholar, Áslaug holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an LL.M from Duke University School of Law and a Candidate of Law degree from the University of Iceland.
Bjarne is an experienced entrepreneur, having co-founded Realm and Tightdb Inc.
Having worked 13 years in Nokia, Bjarne has a rich set of knowledge of and network in the computer software and mobile networks industries.
Bodie Jahn-Mulliner is the founder of SYBO games and has in-depth experience in start-up and fast-growing businesses.
A results-oriented leader with proven success in the gaming industry, he has spearheaded operational improvements to drive productivity while ensuring top quality products and tending to employees’ job satisfaction.
Camilla Ley Valentin
Camilla is the CCO and co-founder of Queue-it and holds several board positions with other tech companies.
Having received the Danish Female Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012 and named one of the fifty most inspiring women in European tech, she’s an active member of the community and a frequent speaker.
Endomondo, Roster Athletics
Christian Birk is the co-founder of Endomondo, having established the company as one of the world’s leading sports communities and scaled it organically to over 20 million members.
Christian Lindholm is the CEO and co-founder of Koru – making an operating system for wearables, smart keys and IOT devices. He’s also the co-founder of Vertical, a business augmentor connecting startups with corporates for faster innovation. Its innovation hub, pool of mentors and global access to the best startup innovations makes it a leader in its field. He moreover helped co-found Upgraded, a Health, Wellness and Wearable start-up cluster in Finland. The Upgraded Life Festival is the largest health and wellness startup event in the Nordics.
He was instrumental in helping Fjord grow into one of the global service innovation powerhouses when serving as their Chief Innovation Officer. Fjord was acquired by Accenture in 2013.
Christian moreover has a background as VP of Global Mobile Products at Yahoo! and inventing the Navi Key user interface for Nokia, where he spent 10 years.
His specialities include wearables, mobility and digital life is my reality. He’s interested in UX design, behaviour, lifestyle, as well as articulating future trends and visions.
Claus Moseholm has built and sold companies since the early 00’s, having co-founded and exited goviral to AOL. Claus is highly active in the Nordic tech ecosystem and acts as an investor and advisor to numerous startups
Unity, Uber, Amazon
Danny Lange is one of the world’s leading experts in AI and Machine Learning, having lead these efforts at companies such as Unity, Uber, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Danny advises byFounders portfolio companies on all things related to AI/ML, Voice and AR/VR.
David Helgason is the founder of gaming company Unity. He’s a technologist and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and products, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do.
David’s background is in programming, an assortment of university dabbling, creating companies, and helping entrepreneurs. He served as CEO of Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with an unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next phase of the games industry.
Dino Patti has been leading world-class development teams for a decade, working on a wide range of target platforms, with a number of great partners and a target audience that are not easily satisfied.
His specialities are gaming, management, business development, leadership, project management, innovation, concept development, game/interaction design, user experience.
Frederikke Schmidt was awarded Best Female Founder of 2018 and was the first female Danish founder to crowdfund her startup roccamore.
Frederikke is passionate about shoe design, marketing and female entrepreneurship. After many years in the Italian fashion industry, she finally moved back to Copenhagen to start her own label of comfortable high heels, roccamore, with the aim to disrupt the retail industry and make roccamore the preferred everyday shoe for the modern woman.
“There is something unique in the way that Nordic entrepreneurs approach software”
– Morten Primdahl, Zendesk co-founder
He’s a software architect, project manager, certified scrum master, Microsoft .NET and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), interoperability, REST, Cloud, Java, distributed databases
His specialties are large-scale public SOA infrastructure, government projects, interoperability, .NET, Java, Cloud, XML and electronic procurement.
Heini Zachariassen is the founder of Vivino and currently serves as Chief Evangelist. During his tenure, Vivino grew into a community of 30 million users, raised $57 million in funding and rolled out a worldwide wine marketplace.
Based in San Francisco, Heini advises startups and runs the YouTube-show Raw Startup.
Henrik Rosendahl is a serial enterprise software entrepreneur with four successful exits under his belt, including Akanda Inc and CloudVolumes. The latter was named one of Five Strategic Acquisitions That Reshaped VMware by Forbes.
Now an investor and board member, Henrik sits on the board and advises multiple companies, including Vivino, NeuVektor and NordSense.
He moreover serves as mentor to the Alchemist Accelerator in San Francisco.
After having spent almost 13 years with eBay in various roles and geographies focused on building marketplaces and communities, Jacob Aqraou nowadays spends his time investing in carefully selected companies.
He serves on the Board of the Telenor Group, DenmarkBridge, Wallapop and is the Chairman of Blackwood Seven
His specialities are growth and expansion.
Endomondo, Simple Feast
Jakob Jønck is a seasoned entrepreneur, having founded Endomondo and MyFitnessPal and exited both companies to Under Armour.
Jakob is now building Simple Feast, a byFounders portfolio company, to help solve the biggest crisis currently facing mankind: climate change.
Hello Great Works, Adtomic
Jakob Langemark is co-founder and CEO of Hello Great Works.
With more than 20 years of experience from the marketing and advertising industry, he has learned that brand and business problems are best solved by solving people problems.
His speciality is ideas that DO – rather than ideas that TALK
Jani is a serial entrepreneur, programmer and game designer. Well-known in the Finnish tech ecosystem, Jani now spends most of his time in sunny Las Vegas. He has started and operated companies on three continents, most recently Transfluent.
Being a game developer since 1992, Jani has returned to his roots and is working on his new gaming startup.
Jesper Højberg Christensen
Jesper Højberg Christensen has created the private research company, Nextwork and is consulting top-level business leaders about the new concept of ‘data branding’, i.e. how to strategize and manage the brand communications as well as the broader organizational development in a highly digital world with fast emerging markets, technologies and customer trends.
Jesper is also investing in scale-up companies and serves as Vice Chairman of DanBAN – Danish Business Angels. Additionally, Jesper is on the board of and developing the companies, he has founded: Nextwork A/S, K-forum, Advice A/S, Advice Digital A/S, Groupcare, World Climate Ltd. and 8 others.
As advisor through more than 30 years Jesper is still helping big organizations with their strategies within management, branding and digital communication. He has written the book “Business Communication” (Gyldendal, 2010) and has co-authored widely recognized international industry reports about digitalization and disruption of established business models.
Jesper Søgaard co-founded Better Collective, the world’s leading developer of digital platforms for iGaming communities, in 2004 and has been the driving force of the company ever since, growing it to a publicly traded company.
He’s also an active investor in a number of startup companies and sits on several boards.
Gong Media, Kantine
Joachim is a San Francisco-based, Danish-born entrepreneur, angel investor and media executive.
In 2008, he founded and build the TV production company Gong and took it from 1 to 50 employees and from 0 kr to 40 mio. kr revenue until he exited to MTG in 2013.
Joachim is an early investor in Zendesk, and has recently made early angel investments in a small number of (mostly) Danish startups with global ambitions.
He enjoys mentoring founders in the early days, and has extended experience with focusing the business, creating winning pitch decks, investment rounds, media, going global and long-term strategy.
Kahoot!, We Are Human
Johan Brand is one of Norway’s great entrepreneurs and deeply engaged in the Norwegian tech ecosystem. Aside from having co-founded Kahoot! and We Are Human, Johan is the captain of the legendary EntrepreneurShipOne.
Cloudmade, Cogniance, Star
Juha Christensen is the co-founder and chairman of Star (formerly Cogniance) and Cloudmade.
He has driven and participated in multiple exits within mobile, software and Internet and has experience from product management, marketing, sales, business development, evangelism, and supplier relationships.
Juha is moreover an experienced coach to CEOs, providing sparring in areas like strategy, scaling companies, offshore development, and constructing high-performance teams.
He is an entrepreneur, industry thought leader, and a key pioneer in the development of mobile operating systems and wireless applications, and was named one of the 25 most influential Europeans in Technology by Time Magazine.
Julius founded PurePharma (rebranded to Puori) to help people increase their health and well-being by bridging the nutrient gaps created by the food industry.
Having exited the company successfully, Julius is currently working on a new startup – once again within health – and he’s very passionate about health, product development, branding, packaging and music.
Kaare Danielsen is a seasoned internet entrepreneur. He founded CEO of Jobindex, Denmark’s leading recruitment platform, in the first half of the nineties and still serves as CEO.
Meanwhile, Kaare is now an active venture investor.
He is a trained software engineer and computer science.
Kasper Hulthin is co-founder and Cheif Growth Officer at employee engagement platform Peakon.
Passionate about building companies and changing the status quo, Kasper believes in people and empowerment to change the world.
He loves people who are passionate about what they do, whatever it is.
NordicLA, Backscatter, Nephew
Kristian started his career working in the music industry founding the danish band Nephew. Today he has a portfolio of various companies within creative industries and tech. Based in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, he’s working to create better conditions for creative companies and artists.
Lars Fløe Nielsen
Lars Fløe Nielsen is the co-founder of Sitecore, where he currently serves as a non-executive.
With a background in programming, Lars helped building Sitecore from startup to to a euro-Unicorn business. Throughout this journey, he went through almost every role, including developing the original code, sales, marketing, building partner ecosystems, heading strategy, scaling and leading the product department. He moreover handled acquisitions and investments.
Nowadays, Lars helps entrepreneurs by serving on the boards of Bookboon.com, Presidents Institute, nemlig.com, Adform, and on the jury of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Denmark.
Lars is one of the co-founders of Nordic Makers. A group of eight top Nordic Angels working actively with the entrepreneurs they invest in.
His specialties are strategy, product positioning, growth, globalization and internationalization, channel building, digital marketing, competitive analysis, strategic innovation, engineering practices, acquisitions, angel Investments and investing.
Lars Thinggaard is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in start-ups and venture capital. For the past 15 years, he has been President & CEO of Milestone Systems.
Lars is a firm believer in the Scandinavian approach to management, where all employees in a company are encouraged to participate in the company’s success by freely contributing their input, ideas and opinions. Scandinavian management is about openness, trust and transparency, principles he believes are crucial to effective leadership.
Lasse Andresen is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in the tech industry including leadership roles at Texas Instruments and Sun Microsystems, where he was CTO of Central and Northern Europe. As the founding CEO of identity and access management company ForgeRock, he achieved 100% year-over-year initial growth and secured top-tier venture funding totaling $140 million. He then continued in his leadership role as CTO, growing the company to over 550 employees internationally, and establishing a customer base of over 800 Global Fortune 5000 companies.
Lasse co-founded and scaled Football Radar specialising in statistical analysis of football and exited the company in 2018, where it employed 200 people in 3 countries.
Lasse advises startups on various subjects including application of big data and automation
Airbnb, California Kitchen
Lisa Dubost was employee number 3 at Airbnb and worked at the company for 7 years, helping scaling the organization and its massive global growth.
Currently, she’s the co-founder of California Kitchen and advises food tech startups and companies focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Vint, Bla Bla Foods
Louise Fritjofsson is a serial-entrepreneur with more than 12 years experience as CEO and founder of SaaS, marketplace, E-commerce and AdTech companies in Scandinavia and the US.
Located in Silicon Valley since 2014, she’s been investing and mentoring startups at one of the leading tech accelerators.
Michael is the founder of FFW, a digital agency sold to stock-listed ICTA, of which Michael are now CEO.
He’s also a longtime mentor at StartX, a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the development of Stanford’s top entrepreneurs.
Michael Moesgaard Andersen
Mikkel Hippe Brun
Mikkel Hippe Brun is an entrepreneur attracted to big projects with high impact on how we conduct business in a smarter way.
His specialities are E-business, E-procurement, E-invoicing, Service Oriented Infrastructure, XML and Information Architechture, Web Service Profiles, WS support for complex Business Processes, Design and implementation of National and International message transport infrastructures.
Moonis Kamil is a purpose-driven digital geek and strategist, with a mission to create high-impact digital innovation and digital strategies.
Moonis’ vision is to make a difference for some of the greatest companies, their employees and customers, whilst contributing to Denmark’s future growth.
Morten have co-founded Zendesk and plays an active role in the Nordic tech ecosystem. He has always believed that the human edge is the competitive edge, and he joined the byFounders Collective to help people on their personal journeys as tech founders, enabling their businesses to thrive.
Fifth Corner, You
Neilli Såger is an entrepreneur and speaker, passionate about building useful, good-hearted and scalable businesses.
She is co-founder and CEO of Fifth Corner Inc., the creator of the YOU platform.
YOU is a science-based wellbeing and performance coaching platform for modern organizations. Leveraging human coaching and AI, it helps individuals build routines for balance, stress reduction and high performance. Clients range from leading knowledge organizations to healthcare and pharma – but our core focus is always to serve and support the individual.
Ganni, Spleak Media
Nicolaj Reffstrup is the founder of the succesful fashion company Ganni. Before joining fashion, he was an entrepreneur in the tech industry, investing in and cultivating small and mid-sized companies for growth.
He also co-founded Spleak Media Network, an early attempt at creating commercial chatbots. Combining tech and retail, Nicolaj has unique insights to share.
Niklas Zennström is a Swedish entrepreneur best known for founding several high-profile online ventures with Janus Friis including Skype and Kazaa.
More recently he founded the technology investment firm Atomico and has become a significant figurehead for entrepreneurs in the tech sector.
“Previously, Danish startups tended to move to the US once they’d reached a certain size, the primary reason being the lack of local funding sources. With the emergence of funds such as byFounders, the situation has changed. With the current level of accessibility of talent, capital and knowledge, there’s no reason you can’t now both build and grow a unicorn in every Nordic country.”
Peter is the founder of iMotions, a leading biometric research platform and neuromarketing software, and by all means an entrepreneurial gladiator receiving recognition from Red Herring, The Economist and more.
Peter works very actively on changing the environment for upcoming entrepreneurs all over the world.
Peter Holten Mühlmann
Peter Holten Mühlmann founded Trustpilot A/S in 2007 and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer.
Peter M. Jensen
Peter is a seasoned entrepreneur, having been CEO of three startups, sold four, and now acts as advisor and angel investor in US and European startups.
With a technical background as a developer, Peter has in-depth understanding of database, security, virtualization, and hosting markets, as well as hands-on sales management experience on both enterprise and consumer level.
Peter Michael O. Zigler
As the co-founder of Autobutler we radically turned the automotive industry upside-down. I seek the opportunities the new connected world provides and the ways in which its impacting our way of living. Now, Im curiously on the outlook for new consumer centric business possibilities.
WeWork, LinkedIn, Box
Robin is Global Head of Marketing at The We Company. Robin’s responsibilities include all go-to-market initiatives to bring The We Company’s vision to life across all channels.
Before joining The We Company, Robin held leadership positions at LinkedIn, Salesforce, and Box. He also works with many startups.
Søren H. Nissen
Sten Tamkivi has been building for people on the move (Topia, Teleport, Skype) as founder or product exec for the last 15 years.
He’s an active investor and advisor to numerous startups and the byFounders portfolio but haven’t forgotten his entrepreneurial traits as he serves as EIR at Andreessen Horowitz.
The Eye Tribe, Oculus
Sune Alstrup is the ex-CEO/Co-founder of The Eye Tribe, exited to Facebook and Oculus. Currently an investor, but founder and entrepreneur at heart with a passion for the journey of a tech startup, transforming the initial ideas to world-leading products.
Thomas Albert is the co-founder and -owner of Sitecore and Pentia. Sitecore has grown to be one of the worlds largest and most successful CMS / CEP companies and Pentia has been along for the ride on a smaller scale, with a heavy emphasis of supporting and creating Sitecore solutions around the world.
Albert is motivated to do the morally right thing in both in the case of employees and business. There sure has to be money to make to take on the different opportunities from our customers, but at the same time, the employees have to feel a certain degree of ownership and interest to make the best possible job. Concerning customers, he always reserve the right to say no to an assignment, if I don’t agree with circumstances or final use of the assignment.
His specialities are entrepreneurship, sales, negotiations, contract law, public contracts (Denmark) and just doing the best as possible for our employees.
Thomas Madsen-Mygdal is an entrepreneur and designer.
He co-founded Podio and is now on a journey to change how companies market and communicate with TwentyThree – the Video Marketing Platform.
Thomas is a key player in the Danish and Nordic tech ecosystems behind initiatives such as Techfestival and CPHFTW.