Ecosystems are geographic communities where all entrepreneurial stakeholders can meet, interact and benefit from each other.
Located in beautiful Barcelona, Foundum is being created by Daniela Arens and Christopher Pommerening They combine their experience, knowledge and passion around Entrepreneurship, Company Creation & Growth, Venture Investments, Online Community Development, and Internet Start-Ups.
With his experience as an entrepreneur and investor, Christopher brings to Foundum the long-term vision and strategy. Currently he is the founding Partner of ACTIVE Venture Partners, the founder & chairman of the Venturepreneurs' Organisation, advisor and founding member of Gild International Private Business Club and founder and chairman of Barcelona Entrepreneurship City Commission.
In the past, Christopher has co-founded several ventures in the tech industry such as AutoScout24 Spain, Boat24, VCmore, and has also taken an active role in several entrepreneurial associations like EO Europe & Africa, initiated the Global Entrepreneurs Week in Spain and created the vision for the Barcelona Entrepreneurship City Commission.
Christopher’s entrepreneurial thought: Entrepreneurship is the most powerful concept to drive positive change and make the world a better place!
Daniela founded the startup, alongside with Christopher, taking the active role of CEO and leading the various strategic decisions around the website. She has extensive experience in the Internet sector especially around Social Media and Online Communities.
Prior to her Foundum adventure she was part of the founding team of the Start-Up Linqia, a marketplace for social networks. She has been moderating the Global Business Women Group on XING and is active ambassador of the expat community Internations.
Daniela’s entrepreneurial thought: Entrepreneurship provides you with freedom and gives the opportunity to contribute your own sandcorn to make this world a better place.
Farley Duvall and Elizabeth Perry are the new add-ons to the Foundum Team. They are the founders of WhiteBull, who connect the leaders in European innovation to global investment and corporate development though their legendary WhiteBull Summits.
Farley has been involved in the high-tech sector for over 15 years, making valuable and global connections in technology and innovation. Farley co-founded WhiteBull in 2009, building upon a global network, to create business opportunities, and a dynamic forum for discussion.
Farley has held sales, marketing, and management roles with several professional services, consulting and media organizations, beginning his career at DASAR in 1992 and including CBT Systems, Fabrik Communications, (acquired by Critical Path), Whitman Hart (leading integrator of SAP) and others. Until the fall of 2009, Farley led EMEA operations for Red Herring Magazine. Farley sits on the advisory board of Red Alpine Capital, Woodside Capital Partners and others.
Farleys Entrepreneurial Quote: “Move fast and break things!”
Elizabeth is our creative director, Elizabeth began her career in marketing, heading up international promotions for Marie Claire Magazine in Paris, France. She went on to print and broadcast journalism, writing and producing for news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, WTTW (PBS Chicago), CNBC, The Sundance Channel, CNET-TV, ZIFF Davis TV and others. In 1995, she founded Perry Productions, producing corporate film and marketing collateral in Europe and the United States.
Elizabeth’s Entrepreneurial Quote: “Being an entrepreneur. For me it’s creating something … with that everyday Christmas-morning-like-feeling that THIS just might help make the world a better place.”
A great team of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial enthusiasts and supporters is growing around the vision of Foundum and are helping us to turn this dream into reality:
Adam is the third reinforcement from the Czech Republic and also the youngest member in the team. His aim is to accelerate development processes and to add an analytical point of view.
Adam always likes to push himself to the limit and above, not only in life but also in work. His inspiration and energy derive primarily from books he has read, but also from his experiences worldwide. Movement is Adam's second passion: he loves hiking, snowboarding, and running. His main reasons for being involved with Foundum is the company's vision and the supportive & energetic team.
Adam's Entrepreneurial thought: Nothing great was created without enthusiasm.
Ladislav is a passionate developer from the Czech Republic. He is responsible for developing the website and translating ideas and words into a technical reality. As a team leader, he is one of the rare examples of managers who can lead by example and encourage people in the team to become better professionals.
In the past, he has been working as a web developer in companies like ISSA Czech, Skvely.CZ (which he also co-founded), Visrez – Webmedia, Ticketsolve.com and Xing. He loves reading and constantly learning and plays lots of squash.
Ladislav’s entrepreneurial thought: Entrepreneurship is freedom and possibility to learn super fast by helping others.
Laurent is in charge of User Experience at Foundum. This consists of making sure the website is easy for the end user to use and understand, and making sure the Foundum website matches the user goals. Laurent therefore involves the end user all along the creative process by surveying, analysing, comparing, asking, testing and testing again.
Laurent has been working in the web environment for sixteen years, and has been an Information Architect for nine. Over the years his unique vision and abilities have led him to work for numerous large global projects (e.g. British Gas, Lexus, the Olympic Games), as well as for smaller digital advertising campaigns (e.g. Marks & Spencer, Shell). He has also worked on an array of projects for mobile platforms.
Laurent's entrepreneurial thought: Entrepreneurship allows me to make my life what I want it to be.
Zdenko is another Czech example of a passionate and dedicated developer who is ensuring the platform's infrastructure and security. He completes our developer team with great analytical skills and a pragmatic view.
Zdenko has several years of experience within the field of web technologies. In the past he has been working on different projects such as web auction portals, real estate projects and events managment systems like Visrez in Ireland. He is becoming a ukulele expert and also enjoys squash.
Zdenko’s entrepreneurial thought: Entrepreneurship is more options for my life and better ways to reach my aims. Foundum is one way of doing so.