80% Execution-driven | 20% Analysis-driven
80% Intrapreneur | 20% Entrepreneur
I have focused my career on innovation and related topics, first as a competitive intelligence professional researching into R&D programs and processes of Fortune 500 companies, then as a strategist to help transform UL, a 100+ year old company from a commodity service to a digital enterprise.
Subsequently, I focused on external innovation and turned $100m of idle balance sheet cash into a string of 6 acquisitions in 3 years. Later, I co-created the UL Ventures fund, focusing on seed and early stage companies, completing 8 venture deals in 2 years, 1 successful exit. I have invested in over 50 unique startups as an angel investor, and coached several dozens via mentorship roles at The Alchemist Accelerator, IE Ventures, and the 500 Startups network.
More recently, my innovation drive has led me to create a dedicated MBA class ("driving innovation in modern organizations" 10-sessions/semester for Business School) and to attend the 500 Startups accelerator program with Tradespace
to disrupt the Intellectual Property market. Today I serve in factional executive roles with companies in fintech (Valutico
), prop-tech (Fortices
), and private equity (Symphonic
), alongside the activity of my consulting practice, Canary.One
My academic track includes Economics and Entrepreneurship via a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a MBA from IE Business School.