About this event
Oliver is a serial entrepreneur with deep experience in the mobile and internet industry. While still a student in 1992, Oliver founded SYSIS, one of the first European internet startups that took smart, interactive games to the exploding online market. Supported by 2 rounds of VC financing, Sysis acquired customers from around the globe, such as Time Inc. and Ericsson with, whom Oliver managed to built a global strategic partnership. In 2000, Oliver sold his first business, FUNDAQ, a subsidiary of SYSIS that pioneered the field of online virtual stock markets.
Facing the challenge of the internet crisis, Oliver turned SYSIS’s focus towards mobile, which resulted in 2004 in the formation of 3united AG, a local 3-way merger that created a top European player in the mobile content industry. Leading 3united, Oliver oversaw 2 years of rapid growth. Even more important, 3united was one of the few mobile startups that boasted a positive EBIT margin of more than 40%. Early 2006, 3united was acquired by VeriSign Inc. at a valuation of USD 67m.
Post transaction, Oliver relocated to California, to take on the global responsibility for VeriSign’s mobile media business as Vice President. Late 2007 he took on the responsibility of SVP for product management across all mobile assets of VeriSign (3united, mQube, Lightsurf and Unimobile). Mid-2008, Oliver left VeriSign to start SpeedInvest and work with Talent from CEE on developing the local Start-Up scene.
Oliver has a BA in business administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration as well as an MPhil in Economics from Columbia University.