Biography

Axel Schultze is a published author, patent holder, was named one of the globally most influential startup accelerators in 2015, won the San Francisco Entrepreneur Award in 2008, chaired the SaaS Channel Committee at the SIIA, was an early adviser of LinkedIn in 2003 one of the first executives authoring a blog, a beta user of Twitter, created the first online equity crowdfunding platform 1997 and revolutionized the whole sales distribution model in the 1980’s.

Axel Schultze is founder and Chairman of the World Innovations Forum a Swiss innovation & Entrepreneurship development organization today represented in 27 countries. He is also founder and CEO of Society3, a startup accelerator company. Prior to that he was founder and CEO of Silicon Valley based BlueRoads, one of the most successful Channel Management Software companies, where he invented a new method of lead distribution and was granted patent 9514997 by the US Patent Office. Before that he was founder and CEO of Infinigate one of the largest IT Security provider in Europe, (today over $500 Million in revenue). In 1983 he founded  Computer 2000, the most successful European computer distributor, which grew to $5 Billion in revenue and merged with TechData in 1998. His first job was at Rockwell International working on various bleeding edge technologies many used at NASA.

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Mantras

Over the course of my life I developed a variety of mantras.

Most just have been evolving situational. Like the leadership mantra or the success mantra. The success mantra was actually built on Confucius. I just had a hard time to find a mechanic that ensures that the last part “never work a day in your life” has an descriptive plausibility.

SUCCESS

Do what you wholeheartedly love and look for people who love what you to

(It’s an extension of what Confucius said once: “Seek a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”)

LEADERSHIP

Responsibility is something you won’t be given unless you take it

It’s what I told new team members joining any of my companies. I never liked people asking for more responsibility. They were simply asking for more authority that they apparently did not have on their own.

COMPETITION

Speed is more important than perfection

The times are long gone when we where competing on quality. Today quality is a given and it is not what the engineers think it should be but fulfilling the expectation of the customers. But where we really can compete on is speed. It is what most companies are still not ready to compete on.

FULFILLMENT

You will never get a reward for taking – but easily for giving

It sounds like a philanthropic aspect but once we understand to implement that thinking in our businesses we not only experience outstanding successes but also a great deal of fulfillment.

PROGRESS

Making progress contains the responsibility offering opportunities for all members of the respective community or society

We should understand that real progress is not a personal advancement ‘over’ others but ‘with’ others. If we alienating the slow and those not understanding we diminish the actual progress.

STAYING ON TOP

“When you focus more on protecting your achievements than risking them, you are at the end of your life cycle

When I saw countries like the USA struggling and on its verge to collapse, I realized that nobody made a substantial mistake. But the system that was created alienated risk taking and favored protection, alienated open minds and favored conformism, alienated experimentation and favored ever more strict rules. Everybody tries to protect what they have: leadership in almost any industry. Today all is gone. And the above mantra / rule, equally applies to any organization, a country, a company, an association, a family or an individual.

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