I have co-founded these eight Swiss startups: 9T Labs, Agrinorm, Contovista, Frontify, precisionED, Spontacts, threatray and yes.com.
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.
Welcome to my virtual home! Here you can learn about my startup portfolio, myself, and how to engage with me. You can watch a video of me or read some posts.
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.
June 4th, 2021, I led the pre-seed round of Riskwolf. Zurich-based InsurTech Riskwolf enables insurers to offer connectivity insurance. Read the article here.
May 18th, 2021, I led the investment round of my portfolio startup nexoya. Nexoya optimizes marketing campaigns with the help of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Read the article here (in German).
February 25th, 2021, I have been a guest at the Swisspreneur podcast EP #135 – Thomas Dübendorfer: The Business Angels of Switzerland. Listen here to the episode.
February 18th, 2021, I have been a guest at the Swisspreneur podcast EP #133 – Thomas Dübendorfer: Leaving Google For The Startup World. Listen here to the episode.
October 6th, 2020, I have been part of a panel on diversity @Swiss Startup DAYS, Berne.
October 1st, 2020, I feel very honored having been selected by BILANZ as Investor as one of “Top 100 Digital Shapers of Switzerland” for the third time! Portrait in German.
September 17th, 2020, I moderated the panel “Why invest in AI now” as part of the conference “shake-down test of AI investments” by SwissCognitive.
August 20th, 2020, I contributed with an interview to an article on startup funding to raise awareness on how startups find investors (published in Handelszeitung). Article in German.
June 3rd, 2020, I gave an interview to STARTUPDATE.ch on how Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) works and what we look for in startups that apply for funding. Interview in German.
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, 2019, Article in Schweizer Monat: “Risikoaversion: Kapital für Pioniere, nein danke? Warum die Infrastruktur der Zukunft «Made in Switzerland» sein könnte.”
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).
September 18th, 2018, Article NZZ: “Immer nah an der Innovation, den Totalverlust riskierend: Risikokapital für Startups bereitzustellen, ist eine Jagd für nervenstarke Investoren.”
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.”
March 22, 2017, Guest Commentary in NZZ: “Im Extremfall könnten Gesetze, welche die Menschen in ihrer Privatsphäre schützen sollen, sogar Menschenleben kosten.”
September 22nd, 2016, Video Interview of Thomas Dübendorfer on SICTIC in Mindcast.
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.
Locatee AGVIEW WEBSITE
Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC)VIEW WEBSITE
Frontify AGVIEW WEBSITE
Legartis Technology AGVIEW WEBSITE
Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) LuxembourgVIEW WEBSITE
Highlights in academia and my professional life.