Oliver is an entrepreneurial minded marketing and business development professional with extensive experience in international and intercultural environments. Oliver was born and raised in Germany, and lived and worked in Sweden, Bangkok, and Silicon Valley. He founded his first company at the age of twenty, and worked with global companies, such as Siemens and Merck. Oliver has spent more than 2 years with Red Herring and advises numerous international startups. He graduated from Pforzheim University of Applied Science in Germany, and received his Master’s Degree with Distinction from CTF Research Center at Karlstad Universitet in Sweden.
Financial Committee Chair
Entrepreneurs & VC IG Co-Chair
Director at Armanino LLP
Gunther Hofmann (CFA, CVA, CEPA) is a Director at Armanino LLP, the largest independent California based CPA/Consulting firm. He leads the corporate finance activities of the firm, providing sell-side as well as buy-side M&A representation as well as valuation services. He has previously worked in software strategy consulting, a semiconductor start-up, and an automotive venture capital fund.
Managing Partner & Founder at Yabusame Partners
Jens Weitzel is Managing Partner at Yabusame Partners (YP), a boutique consulting firm with locations in France, Israel and the United States. Jens has lived in Silicon Valley for 18 years after starting his professional career in Germany and Asia-Pacific. YP works at the nexus between technology startups and corporates and engages clients in strategy, business development, and financing assignments. Jens has broad horizontal and vertical experience in software/cloud businesses and focuses on B2B businesses in automotive/mobility, IoT, supply chain/logistics, manufacturing, and energy/sustainability verticals. He is a mentor at several Silicon Valley accelerators, including StartX, the Stanford University Startup Accelerator, and strategic advisor to numerous technology companies. Jens holds a graduate degree in Business Administration from University of Cologne in Germany.