Robert Gaal is a Dutch entrepreneur and a hacker since he was nine years old. When ending high school he skipped a formal education in favor of web development and design. Within 3 years he was awarded by BusinessWeek as Europe’s Top Young Entrepreneur.
He is the co-founder of Wakoopa, a digital research company based in Amsterdam which was acquired by Netquest. He co-founded mobile provider Karma shortly after, which was invited to TechStars New York. The company received investment from 500 Startups, DFJ, and others.
After that, he worked in Mountain View at Google as a product manager, where he was involved with the introduction of material design and Alphabet. He came back to Amsterdam to become the Managing Director of TQ, a tech hub in the center of Amsterdam.
As a consumer and provider of cloud services, he is considered to be one of the few experts on the practical uses of cloud computing. He also has extensive knowledge about managing and launching both hardware and software products. Behind the scenes he has also worked on launching Foursquare in Amsterdam (its first city outside of the US), and was a columnist for the Dutch Financial Times.
Robert speaks passionately about new innovations in technology, with a focus on product management and startup methodology. He presented and moderated on SXSW, The Next Web, Product Camp, and several other conferences.
Robert Gaal explains Karma at CNBC: