Started his first company as a Mechanical Engineering student and grew it into an international software company. After selling it to Monsanto in 1999, Duke was involved in a multitude of new companies, starting them or plotting out a strategy. Since 2010 he is involved in YES!Delft as Entrepreneur in Residence.
Currently active in The Venture Generator, 2XD, ScaleUpDelta and Advisory Board member of a dozen scaleup companies. Specialised in Growth Strategy, product development, IT.
As founder and former CCO of Treatwell, the leading global beauty services marketplace, mastered how to scale a company from scratch to a successful exit (Recruit), 150 FTE in multiple countries in just 2,5 years. Additionally, a proven track record in growing sustainable business results and brands (Oral-B, Braun, Gillette, Ola) at blue chip companies (P&G, Unilever and Philips) in both global and local commercial, business and marketing roles. Particular strong in strategy development, drive for results, execution and building organizational capabilities.
She co-founded Improve Digital, a global SAAS platform/ market place in the digital media space with data and AI at the heart of it. Improve Digital was sold to Swisscom in 2016. Before Improve Digital she held international positions at large corporates such as Microsoft and KLM.
Entrepreneur and senior executive experienced in starting and managing fast growing businesses or transforming and accelerating existing business. Proven track record in setting strategy and then leading teams to deliver profitable growth, both organically and through acquisitions. Ability to inspire colleagues and communicate company vision with customers and partners. Extensive work experience both in the US as in Europe.
Specialities: circular economy, digital strategy, corporate development and M&A, analytics and big data; lead generation, sales, product management,(local) digital advertising, radio, television and mobile markets, investing, organisational transformation
Ryan Jackson is a serial entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. He is currently the Product Manager for Modern Treasury, a San Francisco-based FinTech company. Prior to Modern Treasury, he was the founder and CEO of Paid, an automated billing platform, which was sold in 2019. Ryan has started multiple companies, raised millions in venture capital from top-tier investors, and is a two-time Y Combinator founder. He graduated with a bachelors and a masters in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying UI/X design, AI, and tangible media interfaces. Moving from San Francisco to Amsterdam in 2019, he enjoys working remotely, making music, exercising, and cooking.