Axel Schultze

Founder of the World Innovations Forum (2017)

A highly engaging executive, profound entrepreneurial and leadership experience, an undisputed visionary, always thinking beyond the immediate impact but long term global implications of any of the technology evolution he touched.

“I enjoy the fact that I have no more than 7 years experience in anything. more would be not helpful but most likely a waste of time.”

For the next 7 years I enter again a new experience world, the world of Artificial Intelligence and autonomous machines. Like technology revolutions before it will – again – change our lives more radical than anything before.

Biography

Axel Schultze is CEO of Society3 Group AG and the chairman of the World Innovations Forum Foundation. He was a very successful four times entrepreneur with four exits up to 9 digit figures, one IPO, a published author, patent holder, was named one of the globally most influential startup accelerators in 2015, won the SF Entrepreneur Award in 2008, was an early adviser of LinkedIn in 2003 one of the first executives authoring a blog in 2003. After founding 4 highly innovative and two very disruptive businesses. In 2016 he began to research how innovation is created and how one can help others to be more innovative. Four years later, early 2020 he formed the Deep Innovation Design model and wrote two books about Innovation Design and the Innovation Journey Map.

Full biography

Axel Schultze is Chairman of Board of Trustees of the World Innovations Forum Foundation, a Swiss based Innovation & Entrepreneurship development organization (non-profit). He lived most of his business life in Silicon Valley and after retirement in 2014, he founded the Society3 Accelerator, helping young entrepreneurs to grow beyond their own perceived limits. He was a very successful four times entrepreneur with four exits up to 9 digit figures, one IPO. He founded Silicon Valley based BlueRoads, one of the most successful Channel Management Software companies. In the late 90’s he created the world’s first equity crowdfunding platform webstock. With the inception of the Internet,  he was founder and CEO of Infinigate one of the largest IT Cyber Security provider in Europe, (today over $500 Million in revenue). In 1983 he founded  Computer 2000, the third largest technology distributor, which grew to $5 Billion in revenue and merged with TechData in 1998.

Axel is a published author, was granted patent 9514997 for lead management, by the US Patent Office, was named one of the globally most influential startup accelerators in 2015, won the SF Entrepreneur Award in 2008. He chaired the SaaS Channel Committee at the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), was an early adviser of LinkedIn in 2003 one of the first executives authoring a blog.After founding 4 highly innovative and two very disruptive businesses.

In 2016 he began to research how innovation is created and how one can help others to be more innovative. Four years later, early 2020 he formed the Deep Innovation Design model and wrote two books about Innovation Design and the Innovation Journey Map.

http://society3.com/AxelS

Areas of Expertise

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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.

SOCIAL MEDIA
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.

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. Today he helps businesses of all trait to become more innovative.

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 innovative thinking with economic development and 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.

Speaking Engagements

Axel Schultze held countless keynotes and other speaking engagements. Here are some of the TV and Keynote speech engagements:

Opening Keynote at Techfest Vietnam, 2019

TEDx Talk, University of Arts and Applied Science Lucerne, 2019

Keynotes, at various entrepreneurship events in Asia, 2018

Keynote, World Tourism Forum, Lucerne, 2017

Keynote, HighTech Venture Days, Dresden, 2015

Panelist, Munich Startup Festival 2015

Panelist, Capitals Business Circle, Berlin, 2014

Keynote, Thought Leadership Live, Palo Alto, CA 2014

Keynote, IOT Conference, San Francisco, CA 2014

Keynote, Silicon Valley Crowdfunding, San Mateo, CA 2013

Keynote at Digital Agenda 2012, Brussels – European Commission, 2012

Keynote at ITAC 2010, Melbourne, Australia, 2010

TV Interviews at Bloomberg, 1998

Keynote at Microsoft Partner conference, 1997

Countless speeches and keynotes at tech conferences

Engaging Axel

AVAILABILITY
Keynote, Panelist

AREA OF EXPERTISE
Global economy development, Economic growth aid for developing and emerging countries, All aspects of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Innovations Paradigm, Innovative Thinking, Venture Investing, Artificial Intelligence Impact, Global Distribution

EDUCATION
Financial Controller Academy Gauting
Controllers Diploma

Management School Bad Harzburg
Marketing Strategies

University of Stuttgart / Institute for Plasma Physics
Electronic Engineering


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SPEAKER FEES
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