HighTechXL’s founder and CEO, Guus, is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a great passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. He brings 20 years of international business management and investment experience to the table. No one who has ever heard Guus speak can remain unaffected by his enthusiasm, his drive, and his straightforward and down-to-earth spirit. A strong and supportive leader to his team, his goal is to empower and inspire people.
Guus holds a masters degree in business administration from Radboud University, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and an executive MBA from Ashridge Business School, Hertfordshire, U.K. He started his career in 1995 as an industrial engineer at Royal Philips Electronics, a Netherlands-based global leader in consumer electronics, healthcare, and lifestyle. After holding several management positions in manufacturing, assembly, marketing, and general management, he became vice president at Philips Semiconductors in Caen, France. Here, he was responsible for building the global Home Media Devices business line with offices in China, India, the U.S., and Europe. Guus was part of the Philips leadership team that founded NXP Semiconductors, a leveraged buy-out by KKR. In 2007 he was appointed President and CEO at Moversa GmbH in Vienna, Austria – a joint Sony and NXP venture that developed contactless technology for mobile payments – the solution currently being used by Apple Pay and Google Wallet.
Prior to founding HighTechXL, Guus (co)founded, invested in and accelerated over 50 startups across the globe. Guus speaks Dutch, English, French and German.