I do technology startups, in particular those related in some way to the human brain. Below are some of my current and past activities. See also this resource page for Swiss startups.
aiCTX (pronounced AI-Cortex) was founded in 2017. It produces a new type of mixed-signal neuromorphic processor for ultra-low-power applications, for example for wearable and implantable devices. I am serving as chairman of the company.
QuantActions was founded in 2016. It analyzes the patterns of tapping on smartphones to infer the user’s cognitive status, without disturbing the user’s privacy. The applications include healthcare (particularly monitoring of neurological disorders), employee tracking for critical jobs (e.g. aviation) and insurance. I am currently serving as chairman of the company.
iniLabs Ltd was founded in 2009. It invents, produces and sells products for research, in particular those based on neuromorphic engineering concepts. Currently I am serving on the board and as President and CEO of the company. We have so far shipped products to over 150 research and industrial organizations all over the world, including top-ten players in multiple markets including automotive, consumer electronics, industrial engineering and defense. We also partipated in a project together with IBM/DARPA, and sponsor the Misha Mahowald Prize in Neuromorphic Engineering.
iniVation was founded in 2015, as a joint venture partnership including iniLabs. It develops Dynamic Vision Sensor event-based vision technologies for commercial applications and handles IP licensing. I am currently VP of strategy for the company.
I co-founded YouRehab in 2010 a spin-off selling neurorehabilitation devices, based on the work done in my research group. From 2010 to 2014 I served on the board and as CTO, and was also interim CEO during 2013-2014. I cut my teeth on many aspects of business here: raising investor money, product development, marketing, product launch, firing people and getting fired myself. The best parts were: (1) we shipped systems to over a dozen countries and have treated thousands of patients to date, and (2) seeing depressed elderly patients smile while playing computer games that we built ourselves.
ABB / Alstom Power
For several years I worked on the design of high-temperature components for high-efficiency gas turbines for power generation. My job was to simulate the components and predict when and how they were going to break (e.g. via cracking or vibration or excessive deformation at high temperature). Then we would change the design to improve things. The simulations were compared with real measurements from a full-scale turbine test site and broken parts from various power stations around the world. This work led to a couple of patents.
This was the first company I founded, back in the days when software companies didn’t really need web pages. I started working on it as a hobby at the age of 18, when I was too young to get a summer internship in a software company. The first product (written using Turbo Pascal on MS-DOS) was a tool for recording, calculating and displaying scores for platform and springboard diving competitions. This was a relatively new idea, and the software was used for the Australian National Diving Championships in 1993 and 1996. A live feed of the scores was sent to the broadcast TV setup for Fox Sports. Later on we built a very early example of what is now called an asset management platform for urban infrastructure maintenance, and a database for managing undergraduate student participation in a university-wide social induction program.