Venture & Capital


The Power of Progress, Science & Tech, and Entrepreneurs


Human progress is continuously shaping our world. We stand witness to an era where ever faster advancements have moved us forward, improving the lives of people worldwide. Progress is made possible by the combination of innovation, entrepreneurship and finance.

Application of science and technology

The application of science and technology is the driving force behind human progress. The pace of technological advancement and the dissemination of knowledge have accelerated through continuous cycles of innovation. Software has emerged as a powerful tool, enabling us to replicate and augment human behavior, offering solutions to both business and technical challenges, and making technological progress democratic and participatory.

Entrepreneurs as change agents

Entrepreneurs are the catalysts for progress. They are the heroes of our time, pushing boundaries and paving the way for a brighter future. They challenge the status quo, refusing to conform to conventional thinking.  They are visionary in their pursuits, unafraid of failure, and collaborate with others to achieve their goals. Their motivation stems from the quest to make the world a better place and to leave a lasting impact. Financial capital  enables entrepreneurs to access the necessary resources to realize their innovative visions.

They are rewarded by earning profits from their groundbreaking ideas.

My Values

Empathy and Humility

It is the founder who is fighting the good fight and who is in the arena. The founder journey can be hard and lonely, and the entrepreneur deserves all the support.


The startup journey is only worth it if the aim is high. And then higher. And then beyond. Don’t settle early.


Time is the enemy, and there is no time for niceties. Get the biggest risks out of the way first.


Expert Advice

I know the SaaS industry best practices. I surface and communicate the latest tools and methods and developments from fast growing startups. I am fluent with standard metrics and templates

Duty of loyalty

I am fully committed to what is best for the company and independent of other interest. I help mediate between CEO and VCs and act as a go-between. I can represent the company and CEO interests in outside board meetings.

Coaching and mentoring

build 1-1 relations with the CEO and the executive team in regular conversations and deliver value through that relationship. I act as an advisor and not a consultant. I use the Socratic method. I challenge on strategy and executive hiring.



San Jose, California, United States

Analytics, Big Data, Data Visualization, Retail

RetailNext enables retailers and manufacturers to collect, analyze, and visualize data about in-store customer engagement.


Dresden, Sachsen, Germany

Human Computer Interaction, Industrial Automation, Machine Learning, Robotics, Software, Wearables

Wandelbots is a robotic software company. It enables the programming free and uniform operation of robots.


San Francisco, California, United States

Enterprise Software, Information Technology, SaaS, Software

Oomnitza is an Enterprise Technology Management solution providing a single source of truth for endpoints, applications, Cloud & networking.


New York, New York, United States

Enterprise Software, Human Resources, Recruiting

HireArt is a single platform to hire, employ, and manage a contract workforce.


Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

Artificial Intelligence, Biopharma, Biotechnology

Turbine's platform understands the inner mechanisms of cancer enabling the discovery of novel targets & precision medicinal therapies.


Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Delivery Service, Information Technology, Same Day Delivery, Sharing Economy, Transportation

Bliq empowers gig workers in the transport industry to manage their workflow across multiple platform jobs.

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Christian Dahlen

Christian is an accomplished angel investor with a portfolio of over 40 investments. He focuses on contrarian B2B startups in the software and technology industries in Silicon Valley and in Europe. Christian serves as an advisory board member at Deepspin, a startup that leverages artificial intelligence to revolutionize MRI technology.

In addition to his work with startups, Christian has held executive positions at SAP and Kabel Deutschland. At SAP, he served as Vice President of Portfolio, M&A and Special Projects, working with acquired companies such as Signavio, Qualtrics, SuccessFactors and Ariba, and with strategic partners such as Google Cloud. At Kabel Deutschland, Christian was Vice President and founding General Manager of the Internet and Phone business, laying the foundation for the eventual IPO. He was a Director at Excite@Home and an Engagement Manager with McKinsey Co in the US and in Europe.

Christian earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a Dipl.-Ing. Degree from RWTH Technical University Aachen, Germany.

He is an open water swimmer and is an avid fan of Stanford University’s women’s basketball and soccer teams. Christian is a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and splits his time between Palo Alto, California, and Berlin, Germany.




Venturing Into New Markets

The Business of Sports

Team sports. Women. New competition.

Innovation and Technology in Defense​

History has not ended. Freedom cannot be granted. Equality is unevenly distributed.


Declining launch cost. New applications.

Consumer Goods

Increasing wealth. Changing behaviors. New and old tastes. Longer lives and healthier foods.


Scientific and technological innovation, financial capital and entrepreneurship are the sources and accelerators of human progress

I have strong perspectives and a unique set of skills to help turn an idea into a business

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