Valuer has made comprehensive research over the last twenty years with experience from the team, board members, experts, and advisors. The core investment and advisory team includes a former Skype investor, professors in corporate strategy, c-level professionals from corporations, and serial entrepreneurs with successful exits.
Valuer sources top talent across Europe with over 90 team members from more than 25 countries. Many of Valuer’s employees have an entrepreneurial background which is why they have gravitated to work on such an exciting platform.
Valuer arose from the perfect storm of three founders with distinct areas of expertise within startup growth, qualitative data, and digital transformation. Their combined perspectives uncovered a growing megatrend for clearer investment opportunities and crowdsourced data that allowed for calculated risk; giving large corporations a chance to engage with startups.
Valuer.ai was initially conceived by Daniel Laursen prior to startup weekend in 2011. A longtime fixture in the Danish startup ecosystem, Daniel has founded a number of media companies including Startupstamp.com, Trendsonline.dk, Startuponline.dk, and ecosystem activities, co-founding TechBBQ, NordicGameBits, and NordicStartupBits.
While aggregating startup data for publishing high-quality newsworthy stories, Daniel witnessed a growing gap in the market. Corporate companies were seeking introductions to the startups covered by Daniel, and they wanted to match with startups for the purposes of digital transformation.
Even by the early 2010s, the market had not matured to the point where corporations were ready for the Valuer concept. It was rare to find large organizations utilizing partnerships and collaborations with startups, much less doing it effectively. The frameworks, processes, and bureaucracy made it nearly impossible for most companies to partner with startups.
It all started with a LinkedIn message. Daniel discovered Dennis Poulsen, CEO of Valuer, by chance and sent a direct message about the project.
Dennis, a serial entrepreneur, had recently exited his company after a successful acquisition.
Over a cup of coffee, Dennis and Daniel discussed their shared visions for the project, sketching concepts on a napkin. It wasn’t long before Dennis came on-board full-time.
Co-Founder Rene Giese joined shortly thereafter after connecting with Daniel at an IoT event in Copenhagen. An experienced corporate leader in Digital IT Solutions at Microsoft for over a decade, René had the experience of bureaucracy and slow movements within the corporate environment.
After raising angel funding with the Andersen Advisory Group A/S, the team at Valuer quickly grew organically.
“All three co-founders have a commercial mindset. The focus from day one has been to bring on clients to the platform. We succeed with this and used the first customers to create the product and slightly change the focus. After we brought on the first few clients to the platform, it was easier to raise more.”
– Daniel Laursen
CEO & MANAGING PARTNER
Dennis began his career as a product manager for mobile device intelligence company – Mobilethink. In 2009, he co-founded Tweakker together with Mobilethink and held the role of Tweakker’s CEO in 2011. In September 2014, Tweakker was acquired by Spirent Communications plc, a California-based company listed on the UK stock exchange. In Spirent, as Vice President of Business Development, he built and led an IoT program focusing on embedded SIM (e-sim) and global connectivity in IoT hardware.
Partner & Co-Founder
Daniel Laursen is a community builder in the Nordic startup ecosystem. He founded TrendsOnline in 2010 which grew from a personal blog to a media platform for startups. In the first four years, he hosted over 150 podcasts for startups in Denmark interviewing founders such as David Helgason, Tommy Ahlers, Peter Mühlmann and Chris Sacca.
Between 2010 and 2017 he was among the founders and advisors for Welovestartups, NordicGameBits, NordicStartupBits, Nordicmade, VentureVillage, GamesBusiness, and TechBBQ.
Partner & Co-Founder
René Giese is an experienced leader in Digital IT Solutions and the corporate business world with a strong passion for entrepreneurship and innovation.
René spent 12 years with Microsoft in several roles within business strategy, sales, and marketing.
Later, he worked with Experian Information Solutions as a Country Sales Director, and within d60 A/S as a Managing Director leading sales, marketing, solution delivery, and R&D.
Valuer has over 90 employees from all over the world. Many of Valuer’s employees come from a background of starting their own companies which is why they’ve gravitated to work on such an exciting platform.
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