Paul Slaats has over three decades of technology operating and investing experience, having served in founder, senior executive, and director roles in technology businesses across SaaS software, data analytics, mobile and social media applications, online marketing, and e-commerce. In addition to his founder and operating experience, from 1996 through 2010, Paul was a Managing Director at Internet Capital Group, sourcing and leading over a dozen platform investments and buildouts of internet-based businesses. Paul’s prior industry experience includes leadership positions in business development at SAP and product development, marketing, and sales management with IBM.
Paul is also a co-founder and board executive of two business incubator and accelerator platforms focused on cloud-based enterprise software, DevOps advisory services, and blockchain platforms utilizing smart contracts, distributed ledgers, and asset digitization and securitization models.
Paul leads seamlessly through effective team building, product and platform development, go-to-market strategies, and capital management. He believes integrated approaches toward rapid customer-driven innovation, development best practices, hyper-agile and data-driven growth strategies, and world-class leadership teams are the keys to optimizing capital efficiency and building a winning and continuous improvement culture in any business.
Paul earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Purdue University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Paul is a Midwestern native who met his wife waiting for a parking bus at O’Hare. He loves live music, and is active in many sports, including running. He is a proud parent of two sons and a daughter, all trained engineers and product managers in software, AI and data science. They are the most fun part of his tech network from Silicon Valley to NYC, and definitely laugh loudest at his golf game.