DEEP INNOVATION DESIGN
After successfully testing techniques and methods to help others create disruptive business models and create profoundly innovative solutions, he started a research project in 2017 to find out how the brain is actually creating and processing ideas. Thanks to latest discovery in neuroscience and comparing those with his own idea processes as well as processes from other innovators, he developed whats called “Deep Innovation Design” model. The deep innovation design model is leveraging neuroscience know how with behavior know how and allows creating innovative ideas on demand.
INNOVATION & DISRUPTION
1983 he disrupted the global distribution business model by creating a new business model that exclusively sold through authorized sales partners. What’s standard today was perceived to be impossible back then. His startup, Computer 2000 bypassed soon multi hundred million $ international distributors with only $25,000 seed capital. 10 years later Computer 2000 grew to $5 Billion in revenue, by far the largest technology distributor in Europe and the third largest in the world.
1996 he founded Infinigate, the first “Value Added Distributor” a hybrid business model between high volume product distribution and a service organization that delivers services and education for highly complex products. What was thought to be impossible is today’s largest high end cyber security provider in Europe.
1997 he built the first digital stock exchange in the world. He was the first to bring the concept of disruption to the financial services industry.
2001 he started BlueRoads with a back than disruptive Software as a Service model. Back then it was called the first “multi tenant networked architecture” it provided a unique structure to manage a multi tenant architecture in a networked structure to manage the cross vendor business partner networks.
All four businesses, their innovative concepts and their disruptive business models were thought to be completely unrealistic. All four companies became market leader in their respective space.
2016 for the first time he applied a newly developed method to create disruptive business models with a 50% success rate in his startup accelerator program. In 2017 the model of targeted innovative thinking lead to a whole new model of ‘Deep Innovation Design’
Axel Schultze was founding, scaling and successfully exiting four companies, the biggest grew to $5 Billion in revenue. All four where highly innovative and had disruptive business models. Thereafter he and his wife began helping hundreds if not thousands of entrepreneurs from 30+ countries, to better understand the concepts of entrepreneurship, building dream teams, creating unique solutions, bringing them to market and becoming a contributor to their county’s economy and prosperity. Living most of his entrepreneurial live in Silicon Valley, he became a top expert in entrepreneurship.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 4.0
After founding the World Innovations Forum Foundation, and living a digital live for more than 30 years, Axel was asked to apply his experience and expertise to economic development in developing and emerging nations. With his innovation background, he is now connecting ways to innovate with economic development. As a result, he developed highly effective entrepreneurship programs creating an exceptional Impact effectiveness. It not only accelerates young entrepreneurs to clearly better results, it shows also why the traditional development aid to help developing countries actually could not work as anticipated. This is still work in progress – with good progress so far.
As a first advisor to LinkedIn in 2003 and early beta or even alpha user of most social media platforms, he was named one of the “Founding fathers of Social Media” in 2006. He initiated the first Social Media Academy in Silicon Valley in 2008 which eventually became Society3. His unique and innovative thinking helped create several social media methodologies which are still used today in leading enterprises. The program was independent of platforms and tools but focused on the social interaction behavior social attributes of human beings and how “social” can be emulated online to increase connection strength over long distances. Together with his wife Marita, who developed the concept of a “Digital Body Language”, they helped hundreds of enterprises to become more social in their customer experience. Today he still runs the world’s largest Customer Experience Management Group on Linkedin with over 100,000 members.