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Advanced Blockchain AG identifies the greatest challenges faced by the decentralized blockchain and Web3 economy and invests in, innovates, and incubates solutions to solve them.
Architecting the interconnected blockchain economy
Advanced Blockchain identifies, builds, connects and grows the decentralized blockchain economy.
We are Pioneer Blockchain Industry Leaders
In order to pioneer the mass adoption of blockchain and Web3, we have rethought the venture capital model. Strategic investments, innovation, and incubations lay at the core of what we are doing at Advanced Blockchain AG, to advance global Web3 growth.
we make early strategic investments to accelerate the potential of promising founders. We identify high-potential markets and ecosystems within the space with the objective to participate in profitable opportunities at an attractive entry point.
our method involves deploying talent towards crafting and successfully running high-potential, revenue-generating businesses within problem-centric markets and ecosystems.
we provide holistic business resources to like-minded founders, both internally and externally, to accelerate their time to market and help them make an impactful difference in the space.
Advanced Blockchain perpetuates an extensive interest in the burgeoning Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space. Permissionless crypto assets need parallel decentralized financial services to maintain blockchain’s core ethos of decentralization.
Interoperability & the Cross-Chain Future
A myriad of chains will thrive in a blockchain-enabled future, each with unique optimizations and value propositions. As a result, Advanced Blockchain focuses on supporting and building the infrastructure, applications, and protocols with ambitions of thriving across multiple ecosystems.
We believe Infrastructure should facilitate an interconnected, composable, decentralized economy and understand that this is paramount for wide-scale user adoption. Otherwise, Web3 will not reach its full potential. This is why many of our investments and incubations are positioned within the realm of interoperable ecosystems like Polkadot and Cosmos.
Advanced Blockchain AG was established by a group of professionals with backgrounds in finance, technology, economics, mathematics, marketing, and more, and extensive experience in the industry – the team’s vision is aligned on building the future of the decentralized blockchain and Web3 economy.
Simon Telian started his career at Dresdner Bank and subsequently worked for Commerzbank as an Executive Assistant. After holding various positions at Rocket Internet, Würth Group (IBB AG) and Asia Venture Group, he founded his own company in South Africa which he later successfully exited. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Corporate Management & Economics.
Prior to taking the helm as CEO of Advanced Blockchain AG, Simon held several management positions, including Chief Investment Officer of Advanced Blockchain AG and CEO of nakamo.to. Needless to say, Simon played a key role in building the 8-digit investment portfolio of Advanced Blockchain AG.
Dave Kaplan is a seasoned attorney and responsible for ensuring law and compliance at Advanced Blockchain AG. Dave earned a B.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a J.D. degree from Rutgers Law University. Dave is also a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dave spent the first decade of his legal career at Kenyon & Kenyon, a prestigious law firm in New York that is now part of Hunton Andrews Kurth, where he represented clients such as Sony, Volkswagen, Lenovo, Olympus, Toyota, and GE Healthcare in matters involving a wide range of technologies.
Head of Incubations
As Head of Incubations, Christopher Kraft spearheads operational leadership of current and future incubation projects of AB.Labs. Christopher holds 10 years of experience in the global tech industry and has held multiple operational management positions. Before joining ABAG, he co-founded a software development boutique for governmental and public institutions that specialized in the development of open-data portals.
As the operative leader of the organization, Christopher, in collaboration with his co-founder, scaled the organization from 2 to 25 employees. Since joining Advanced Blockchain AG, he has proven key to establishing and optimizing processes within AB.Labs.
Head of Research
Jesper Kristensen ably leads AB.Research. Jesper holds a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University and previously worked at GE Research and later at Flatiron Health. The research team plays an important role in all aspects of the Advanced Blockchain AG business model. With his reach in academia as an established thinker and author, Jesper has been able to partner with leading specialists in a variety of fields and present award-winning research at a variety of global summits, on behalf of Advanced Blockchain AG.
Head of Public Affairs
With her extensive market expertise, Vivian Lange is responsible for Web3-focused branding, community building, and growth hacking at Advanced Blockchain AG. Previously, Vivian worked as Head of Marketing at a tech-based startup, executing successful market entry for the brand. Vivian also worked as a Financial Communications Consultant, and in a pioneering digital sales team at Deutsche Bank.
Head of Finance
Henry Zhang is the Head of Finance (and Head of AB.Capital) at Advanced Blockchain AG. Henry holds a B.A. degree from Yale University. Henry previously worked at investment firms TA Associates and Thrive Capital, developing a deep understanding of intelligent capital deployment. Henry also spent 3 years at McKinsey in the technology practice, helping companies scale and optimize their operations.
Head of Investments
Sebastian Hildermann is the Head of Investments at Advanced Blockchain AG, where he chairs the due diligence committee and drives the expansion of Advanced Blockchain's investment portfolio globally.
Head of Human Resource
As Head of Human Resources, Justina Seeber is responsible for overseeing all people-related matters at Advanced Blockchain AG. Justi has been working as a recruiter for over ten years, in various fields, such as technology and blockchain. Justi is proactive, strategic, and possesses a team-oriented drive, always giving her best to ensure everyone at Advanced Blockchain AG is a part of one big, happy family!
Michael Geike is the former CEO of Advanced Blockchain AG and is currently serving as an Advisor at the company. Michael has over six years of experience as the Vice President of Exotics & Hybrids Trading at JP Morgan. He also worked at Zalando, where he built teams of data scientists and AI specialists focused on optimizing payment algorithms.
He founded various companies in this field, including one of the first companies in Europe, which in 2013 focused exclusively on cryptocurrencies and mining. Michael played an instrumental role in establishing the foundations of Advanced Blockchain AG and will remain strongly associated with the company.
Advisor and Co-Founder
Florian Reike is a German entrepreneur and early stage investor, he cofounded ABAG in 2017 and was responsible amongst other topics for Strategy, Fundraising and Business Development.Currently he serves in an advisory role assisting the company in finding investment opportunities and acquiring more revenue streams.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Sam Winkel holds a degree in Economics, has more than 25 years of experience in the capital market, and was the CEO of publicly-traded companies such as Axiomity AG during his career. Sam has also accompanied many capital market-oriented companies from various industries to the stock exchange and advised them on the capital market as an independent advisor. Sam advises international entrepreneurs and companies, investors, and startups, and Advanced Blockchain is delighted to have him as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Marek Kotewicz has been actively involved in the blockchain space since 2014. He was a software engineer for the Ethereum Foundation and worked on the first Ethereum implementation. Towards the end of 2015, he joined Parity Technologies to further shape the Ethereum ecosystem. Since then, he has helped build several projects, including Parity Ethereum, Parity Bitcoin, and Polkadot.
Supervisory Board Member
Mark Weerts has been the Managing Director of a successful German fashion company – ACTC GMBH – since 2018. In his role as Managing Director with a focus on marketing, product management and sales, Mark understands current market dynamics and formulates strategies to transform the company in a forward-looking way.
Member of the Supervisory Board
Olav Sorenson (Ph.D.) is a renowned researcher in the fields of business and entrepreneurship. Olav has extensive knowledge of crowdfunding, startups, and venture capital strategies. Olav is a part of the Dean’s Management Council and Senior Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he serves as Joseph Jacobs Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies; Professor of Strategy; Faculty Research Director, Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He was awarded the 2018 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research for his work.
Supervisory Board Member
Marcus Deetz is a university lecturer in finance, mathematics, statistics, and data science. He has more than 20 years of capital market experience and has been part of the management of various publicly traded companies. He also has in-depth experience in international accounting, due diligence, and interim management.