Founder and former CEO of Miro Computer Products, an international graphics display company with annual revenues of $240 million and worldwide operations and its own subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Mr. Kuehn offers a strong background in video technology. He introduced over 60 software and hardware products to the market and led Miro to become the worldwide leader in digital video editing before the company was sold in 1997. In 1998 he formed his consulting firm, ESCAM Group; he was involved in several turn around and start up projects in Silicon Valley. Among those where the restructuring and sale of the hardware business of Radius, the rebuild of ColorMatch for KDS, and the launch of TeVeo – an Internet video company. In April 2001 he also became a partner in a Silicon Valley based investment firm, Formational Ventures, http://www.formational.com. The world leading real estate franchise firm, Coldwell Banker, appointed Mr. Kuehn in 2002 as interims President/COO for their European activities. In this capacity he developed a European IT platform and closed master franchise agreements in several European companies. He holds an M.S. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering from Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Kuehn developed a strong personal network to major players and key decision makers in the high-tech industry. He developed business in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. His skills are market development for high-tech products and establishing strategic partnerships for his companies. His vision has helped numerous executives to improve the vision of the company and to position their enterprise in the market. He has been instrumental in raising capital or finding buyers for his own companies and clients.
Steve is currently a General Partner for a Silicon Valley based Venture Capital operation and is also deeply involved with a number of Californian based real estate developments. Steve moved to the USA during 2000 from the United Kingdom. Whilst in the UK, his native country, he sat on the boards of a number of large UK based distribution and software companies and personally founded and developed revolutionary hand held computer technology which is now used in the UK for door to door distribution by all of the major UK Dairy companies.
Steve resides in Menlo Park California and frequently travels to Europe.
Tom began his career in finance at the headquarters of two Fortune 100 companies, first at The Ford Motor Company and later at Kimberly Clark. He moved westward to Silicon Valley and began his finance career in venture-backed companies 24 years ago. Over this time Tom has helped lead four companies through rapid growth and to initial public offerings. He has helped shape operating plans and budgets and capital finance strategies for numerous companies and has raised over $300M in capital financing. Tom has also shaped corporate information strategies as CIO for growing, global enterprises. His area of expertise is in corporate finance and capitalization strategies for start-up and emerging growth companies. He resides in Palo Alto, California.
Because of his experience of many years as executive in different, market leading companies Klaus Schmidt offers a in depth knowledge of the software industry. As CEO of TeVeo, a Silicon Valley based Internet video company, Klaus Schmidt was responsible for the implementation of new video technology. He grew the site to become the # 1 video portal of the U.S. (www.TeVeo.com). During his time as general manager of Softbank Expos, a subsidiary of Softbank Japan, he produced high-tech trade shows in Germany including “Networld-Interop” and “Seybold Seminars” For Lotus Development, being the Marketing Director, he developed numerous market implementation and sales strategies. Klaus Schmidt did also take part at the business analysis and market positioning of various start-up companies during his activities as a consultant. His skills are his strong analytical competences and strategic experiences in the area of market implementation and the development of new, competitive concepts. Klaus Schmidt holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science (Diplom-Informatiker) and a B. S. In Physics.
Walter Havekorst draws from a distinguished career in senior management at national and international corporations. Havekorst also draws from his experience as most recently the COO of Radius/Miro Displays, inc., the company, which purchased Radius monitor technology and branding, and re-launched their high end monitor brand and color technology, then sold to KDS. He also is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Starvoice, Inc. a voice portal company startup with upcoming contract with ABC Television in the United States for the voice information for commuters for the Freeway traffic patterns. He also contracts with Coldwell Banker in the United States, and has consulted with Quick Loan Funding, Inc. and Foresight Capital Corporation- A Direct Lender and Mortgage Broker for Real Estate Commercial Financing. In addition Mr. Havekorst has held numerous executive-level positions, including Vice TouchStone Software Corporation, Advisory Board of Teveo, National Sales Manager, Digital Equipment Corporation,-they have now been merged into Compaq, and other contract positions with Angel Strategies, LLC. He also served as Senior Manager of Channel Strategy for Corporate and Government Channel Sales at Apple Computer, Inc. accounting for over $1billion in annual revenue, and has held other sales and management positions at Apple and Oracle. Havekorst earned a B.S in business administration from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, with a minor in Entrepreneurship.