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Prof. Dr. Kai Buehler

Kai Buehler

Entrepreneurs and Venture Capital, Co-Chair

Professor, Tech Entrepreneur, Angel Investor


Kai Buehler is a Professor of Digital Entrepreneurship at the RFH University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany (Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln) and the Head of Silicon Valley & Los Angeles offices for NRW.Invest.Previously, Kai co-founded his first start-up, plan_b media, a leading provider of mobile entertainment content with offices in New York, Cologne and Vienna that was acquired by a T-Mobile Venture (now boku) in 2005. From 2005 – 2016 Kai lived in NYC and LA/SF where he was the CEO of Mobile Messaging Solutions (mms), Inc, a leading mobile engagement provider that divested out of VeriSign in 2009 (NASDAQ: VRSN). His company managed and processed over 1 billion SMS messages annually for major iTV shows, including American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Big Brother, Survivor, and Dancing with the Stars. In 2011, Kai sold Watchpoints, the first app that rewarded viewers for watching television, to Viggle (NASDAQ: VGGL).Kai earned an MBA and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paderborn, Germany and the University of Hong Kong. He is an active investor to various start-ups in Germany and the US (VR&AR, eCommerce, Social Enterprise) and the founder of KARMAKARMA, a social enterprise that works with 150+ non-profits providing real social impacts throughout the world.