Core Team

Nicolai Wadstrom

Nicolai Wadstrom

Founder, CEO

Coding since 10 y/o. Founder, CEO, CTO. Advisor, Parallel Entrepreneur, Operator, Angel Investors.

Nicolai is the Founder of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.

As a serial entrepreneur turned parallel entrepreneur, Nicolai advises all portfolio startups in their day to day operations, connecting founders with industry experts, advisors and investors to increase their likelihood of success, assisting with product design and development, positioning, go-to-market strategy and implementation, partnerships and fundraising.

Multiple time Startup CEO, CTO. Raised capital from Angels, Private Equity, Investment Banks and VC’s. Angel investor and adviser to Internet, Software, Mobile and Digital Media startups in Europe and Silicon Valley, including BootstrapLabs portfolio companies such as Prezi, Zerply, Audiodraft and Witsbits.

Nicolai has been writing code since he was 10 years old, and still speaks Java fluently. He is very focused on product and technology development within the Machine Learning, Big Data, Analytics, Internet, Mobile and Software/Cloud sectors.

Nicolai is a frequent guest speaker, mentor and judge at Universities and Conferences in the US and Europe.

Benjamin Levy

Benjamin Levy

Co-Founder

Founder, Technologist, Corporate Development & Strategy, Product Development, Advisor, Operator.

Ben is the Co­Founder of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.

Born in France and living in Silicon Valley for the past 18 years, Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built, and exited two startups in the financial technology space. Praedea Solutions, a data mining software company using machine learning and image recognition technology, was acquired by Mergent in 2005, and InsideVenture, a financial social network for the founders of venture­backed pre­IPO startups and long­ only institutional investors on Wall Street, was acquired by SecondMarket in 2009 (and is now part of NASDAQ).

Earlier in his career, Ben was a Technology, Media, and Telecom Investment Banker who advised startup founders and CxOs of Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy, financing, and M&A. Over a period of 10 years, Ben helped his clients raise over $300M from institutional investors and close over $5B in M&A transactions. Always a top performer, he quickly climbed through the ranks, starting as an Analyst at SG Cowen, Associate at Lazard, Vice President at Houlihan Lokey, SVP & Head of Technology Private Equity at Wedbush Securities, and Managing Director & Head of US at QuantumWave Capital.

Ben is a frequent keynote and panel speaker on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and globalization in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Luigi Congedo

Luigi Congedo

Principal

Work with portfolio companies, advise founders, vets deal-flow and supports BootstrapLabs with international relations and investments.

Mark Mavroudis

Mark Mavroudis

Operations

Manages strategic and operational functions for BootstrapLabs. Ensures things gets done on time, on budget, with the right resources.

Magnus Bergman, PhD

Magnus Bergman, PhD

Venture Investment Partner - Europe

Serial entrepreneur turned successful angel investor (@Prezi, @TrueCaller, etc). Discovering and supporting exciting AI Software companies with BootstrapLabs.

Success Team

James F. Blom

James F. Blom

Global Venture Partner - Corp Dev, US Gov., National Labs
Arnulf Graf, PhD

Arnulf Graf, PhD

Global Venture Partner - AI & Data Science
Bernard Slede

Bernard Slede

Global Venture Partner - B2B / Enterprise / IP
Mark Strehlow

Mark Strehlow

Global Venture Partner - UX/UI, Behavourial Hacking
Russ Lebovitz, MD, PhD

Russ Lebovitz, MD, PhD

Global Venture Partner - eHealth, Machine Learning and Image Recognition
Ari Valtanen

Ari Valtanen

Global Venture Partner - DB, Infrastructure, Virtualization
Sam Rawstorne

Sam Rawstorne

Expert in Residence - Talent Acquisition & Culture
Joe Sanchis

Joe Sanchis

Expert in Residence - Growth Hacking & Biz Dev
Marianna Yanike, PhD

Marianna Yanike, PhD

Expert in Residence - Analytics, Behavioral Science, Neuroscience
James Arnold, PhD

James Arnold, PhD

Expert in Residence - AI, Analytics, Data Science
Mario Herger, PhD

Mario Herger, PhD

Expert in Residence - Gamification, Intrapreneurship
Jonathan Epstein

Jonathan Epstein

Expert in Residence - International Business, Growth, AI
Mike Kyriacou

Mike Kyriacou

Expert in Residence - Biz Model, Lean Product

Ugur Kaner

Ugur Kaner

Expert in Residence - Lean Product, Coding, UX
Micha Benoliel

Micha Benoliel

Expert in Residence - AI/Bot - Communication, VoIP
Jeremy Glassenberg

Jeremy Glassenberg

Expert in Residence - Product Development, API Integrations, Dev community