I am an active angel investor and the president and co-founder of Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), the largest angel investor club in Switzerland. I invest into startups with my Datartis Ventures AG.
As jury, panel, and board member I add value with my management strategy, technology startup, computer science and cyber security expertise. I also teach at universities and give talks.
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Thomas Dübendorfer holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich. He is president and co-founder of Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), the largest angel investor club in Switzerland with a focus on Swiss early-stage technology product startups. He has worked in Silicon Valley and at Google in Zurich as tech lead and security software engineer. He is an angel investor, co-founder and board member in several startups, and has had several successful startup exits. He is CEO of Datartis AG and Datartis Ventures AG.
I invest my time, network and money into passionate tech startup founders to create the future together.
Highlights as Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Press mentions, articles and video resources. See my LinkedIn Posts for recent updates.
April 6th, 2020, I wrote the chapter “After a Financing Round is before a Financing Round – The Role of the Investor in Venture Governance” for the book “Governance of Ventures“. In this chapter you learn which financing option is the right one for your startup situation and how to always know the the point of no return.
November 3rd, 2019, Interview Global Tech Box – Startups, Tech & Innovation: Thomas Dübendorfer, president and co-founder of SICTIC on angel investing and how to differentiate it from venture capital and some advice on what it really means to invest in startups.
May 7th, 2019, Interview Netzwoche: “Der Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) ist auch 2019 wieder Scouting Partner des Digital Economy Awards für die Kategorie “Next Global Hot Thing”. SICTIC-Präsident Thomas Dübendorfer sucht in dieser Kategorie gemeinsam mit den weiteren Scouting Partnern diejenigen Tech-Start-ups, die das Zeug dazu haben, die Welt zu verändern. Was es dazu braucht, erklärt er im Interview.”
March 27, 2019, Presentation at Google Zurich: “Angel Investing in Switzerland, an introduction for aspiring tech startup investors”.
March 20, 2019, Panel Discussion at 1. Funders-Award: Opportunities and risks of crowdfunding. Panel: Beat Hodel (LUKB-Geschäftsleitungsmitglied), Dr. Thomas Dübendorfer (Investor and President, SICTIC), Johannes Hartmann (Regisseur von Mad Heidi) und Patrycja Pielaszek (HelloNina.com).
November 15, 2017, Keynote on Contovista’s startup journey given at Swiss Fintech Investor Day 2017.
April 20th, 2017, Press Mention NZZ: “Nehmen IT-Giganten wie Google der ETH und kleinen Firmen in Zürich die besten Leute weg? Sicher ist: Der Konkurrenzdruck auf dem Zürcher Arbeitsmarkt verschärft sich.”
How I work with startups.>
SICTIC investors were fast to make decisions, from finding a lead investor to conduct due diligence and preparing the term sheet. Furthermore, many are highly involved in helping our company grow.
Thomas took the meaning of “smart” money literally and wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He didn’t scare off to dive deeply into various important business topics with us. Specifically, we got great support for building up a top notch software engineering team, get the security of our SaaS solution enterprise ready and we got useful advice on legal topics.
Thomas helped us extensively with his know-how and business contacts in the ramp-up phase of Contovista. This support was at least as valuable as the in financial investment.
A selection of my board of directors and advisory board mandates.
Highlights in academia and my professional life.