In the business of technology, business and technology must work seamlessly together. Our founders have proven experience on both sides and a shared vision. A great person once said, "Some... see things as they are, and ask. I dream of things that never were and ask why not." Thorsten and Sascha agree.
During the past few years I have gained a lot of experience and am still learning every day about the powerful influence of digital technology on human behaviour, irrespective of culture or country. I am passionate and confident that we can build the framework for an inclusive environment that will create digital awareness, a digital culture and a mindset that generates a thoughtful and fruitful digital experience.
From my earliest days as a teenage hacker until now three things have remained consistent. I believe in excellence, duty, and social impact. I also believe that we’re at an inflection point, not just with the data economy but with the European moment. Silicon Valley has done some amazing things and I was part of those. Now it’s Europe’s time to shine with a new data model.
polypoly has assembled an international team of computer scientists, open sourcers, nerds, and number crunchers. Everyone is focused on tackling one of the biggest problems on the internet: A sea change in how data is gathered, exchanged, and secured. As different as everyone is from one another they share one common trait: Values-driven excellence.
I firmly believe that data is fuel for growth and long term success in today's data driven economy. I am also convinced that markets are only sustainable if the trade in data is fair and transparent for all stakeholders, and if none of its processes advantage one above another. Manifesting these things into reality with a holistic approach is what inspires and drives me.
I believe we need data ecosystems that are easy and convenient to use. They could produce a healthy, humane and trustful future, while respecting the privacy of each stakeholder. Importantly, we need reliable tools that promote a balance in data trading between consumers and business; and applications that make it as easy as possible for everyone to handle their private data safely and securely.
As an open-source advocate and security professional I have dedicated my career to increasing transparency and data protection. We’ve reached an inflection point where the current system is very much lopsided in favour of data monopolies against consumers. This needs to change. My goal is to redefine digital privacy and data protection so it acts more fairly for everyone, and thus to change the world!
I’m a marketing professional, and I’m also a regular internet user. Like most Europeans I’ve woken up to the fact that data privacy is important and we’re all in this together. What has happened in the past has happened and I have no control over that. But I see a future where a more private data economy emerges that is fair and profitable for all.
I believe in meritocracy: good performance and commitment eventually get rewarded. However, data and information do not always flow efficiently. I would like to help build an information economy that flows more fairly for all. As the "internet of things" further connects into our daily lives, let's try to democratise it rather than monopolise. Then everyone will benefit fairly.
Nothing is certain, except change. polypoly is an idea whose time has come. We're grateful for the vision and support our investors have shared with us.
Koehler Investment is a seed venture capital firm based in Berlin. They invest in innovative digital business models and new software technologies in the B2B and B2C sector. Their focus is connecting the business eco-system.
LGT is the world's largest private banking and asset management group owned by a family of entrepreneurs. As the Family Office of the Princely House of Liechtenstein, they have particular expertise in the management of large assets.
Force Ventures creates a unique environment for growth, support founders, and provide mentoring within its ecosystem. They offer a three year program at the founder’s academy of EMPAUA and currently train more than 50 potentials (CEO, COO or CTO). Force Ventures give founders the opportunity to gather experiences while implementing technology in 500 startups in Europe.
For over 20 years, Peter Zühlsdorff of DIH Deutsche Industrie-Holding GmbH has been a member of the GfK Verein (now Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions). From 1992 to 2005, he was its President, from 2005 to 2008 its Honorary President and following his re-appointment as President held this office until the end of 2012. Since 2013 he is Honorary President of the Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions.
Walter Kuna is a Senior Managing Director in Evercore's corporate advisory business, based in Frankfurt, Germany. He was appointed Senior Managing Director with Evercore's acquisition of Kuna & Co. KG, an independent advisory business he founded in 2004.
Stefan Tilkov is a co-founder and principal consultant at INNOQ, a technology consulting company with offices in Germany and Switzerland. He has been involved in the design of large-scale, distributed systems for more than two decades, using a variety of technologies and tools.
Maximilian Schnyder has been a creative, thoroughbred entrepreneur since the age of 23; also a CEO, investor and self-confessed adrenaline junkie. Due to the many projects abroad, cultural freedom and acceptance are very important for him. As a Swiss national, Maximilian is deeply influenced by direct democracy and believes that this should be implemented in daily life through digitalisation and data use.
Mira Mezini is a computer scientist and Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science at the Darmstadt University of Technology where she heads the software technology group. Prof. Mezini is known for her research on programming languages, intelligent software development environments, modular software architectures, and software security.