Christian is a successful builder of software companies, including enterprise delivery platforms and big consumer portals. He was co-founder and COO of the Impossible Project. CEO of ucp morgen, SVP Qpass Inc, CEO at uboot.com & sms.at and President Fatfoogoo. Christian is a serial entrepreneur, freerider, and mountaineer at heart.
Jodok has deep experience and wide recognition for his expertise in open source and big data. He is the former CTO at StudiVZ (Germany’s Facebook), the former CTO at Sevenload and CEO of Lovely Systems. He is also a director of the Plone & Zope foundations. Jodok loves his skis and his chainsaw and is an adventurous eater.
Bernd is Crate’s hardcore architect and hacker with more than a decade of experience in distributed systems, enterprise data store solutions, and open source. Before Crate, Bernd led the technical team of Lovely systems, building big data solutions for many enterprises. Whatever Bernd starts he excels in, be it kite surfing, tennis, building his house, or designing Crate.
Nikolaj Nyholm is a partner at Sunstone and the quintessential university dropout turned technology entrepreneur.
At Sunstone, Nikolaj has invested in open source, gaming and web service companies with engagements in Neo Technology, Podio, MakieLab and Seriously to mention a few. Nikolaj joined Sunstone in 2010 from image recognition company Polar Rose (acquired by Apple), and previously founded Speednames/Ascio (acquired by Group NBT); Imity (acquired by Zyb/Vodafone); and Organic Network, a now-defunct Wi-Fi startup whose legacy is OpenWRT.org, the leading open source Wi-Fi project.
Prior to co-founding Draper Esprit in 2005 Stuart Chapman was a partner of 3i Ventures where he was also a founding partner of their Menlo Park office.
Over his 13 years at 3i he was responsible for investments in Neutec Pharma (LSE), Network Technology (LSE), The Cloud, Searchspace, and Magic 4. Stuart served as a member of the BVCA Council and Chairman of the Venture Committee and before 3i he was involved in software and systems implementations in the Banking sector. He is a graduate of Loughborough University and serves as a Board Member of the Loughborough School of Business and Economics.
Ari Helgason joined our board from Dawn Capital. Ari founded SaaS sales and workflow management system World on a Hanger and ecommerce clothing marketplace Fabricly.com. More recently, he launched ecommerce sites for fashion and luxury brands in London and New York. Ari is an alumnus of the Y Combinator startup accelerator and he regularly visits Silicon Valley where he has extensive relationships. Ari holds a B.Sc. in International Relations (first class) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His current portfolio companies include: Neo4j, Everything, Conversocial, CustomerIO and Crate.io
Tom Peruzzi, Founder of @aicooma, advisor to different digital startups in Mid Europe and Russia, micro-investor in cool digital stuff delivers strong business and tec background.
Tom started and built aicooma, an operations consulting company for digital and media in Europe with all major players as customers, with an exit in 2011.
He then successfully invested in several companies (avocadostore, vater hostcom, gpixs360) and helped them build business, adequate technology and grow. As interim CTO Tom helped building one of the first commercial IoT devices in Europe.
Alois brings 20+ years of investment experience, focused on the interface of finance, sustainable development, private equity and clean tech. he is a seasoned builder of several private equity and boutique financial advisory businesses (eg. Zouk Capital, SAMRobecco, Forma Futura) and a serial business angel investor in high-tech impact startups (eg. BEN Energy www.ben-energy.com, Fision Technologies www.fision-technologies.com, qipp www.qipp.com oder Crate www.crate.io). Experienced and hands-on Board Member, with relevant industry networks.
The team is carving code into Crate awesomeness. Based in San Francisco, Berlin and Dornbirn.