Meet the Experts

Our experienced team is ready to assist you with a smooth transition and on-going support in the US market


Florian Brody
Executive Management, San Francisco, United States


"The Silicon Valley provides a unique work environment for technology companies through the vast amount of opportunities and the density of service providers and staff as well as the speed of development. A visit to the Silicon Valley is a great learning experience for every entrepreneur, no matter which market he targets. To work with the Silicon Valley, presence on site is essential. Understanding the cultural differences to Europe, living the extreme pace and participating in the ongoing discourse is essential for success. I have built companies in Europe and the Silicon Valley, to benefit your need to understand both sides."

Florian Brody is an international marketing executive and digital media specialist with over 25 years experience. In 1990 he moved from Austria to the US West Coast to co-invent the first electronic books. After returning to Austria to build a multimedia firm, he went back to the Silicon Valley in 1997 where he founded a startup company, for which he raised significant funding and successfully built a team. He stayed to work with innovative companies as creative marketing strategist. Currently Florian is based in San Francisco and a partner at The Halo Agency that provides a complete outsourced marketing department. As an executive and life coach he works with both individuals and companies. Florian also serves as adviser for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Silicon Valley.


Berthold Baurek-Karlic
Executive Management, Vienna, Austria

"As fast-paced and ever changing as the Valley is, startups need a presence on the ground to really benefit from the opportunities in this area. That’s exactly where we want to help. Together with our Landing Zone Team here in Vienna, we have prepared unique packages which will help you and your company to make the best from what the Silicon Valley has to offer as well as connect you to potential key stakeholders in San Francisco.”

Berthold Baurek-Karlic is a venture capital expert, serial entrepreneur and business angel. He is founder of Venionaire Capital, Venionaire Investment as well as the Business Angel Institute. Over the past 10 years, he has structured and accompanied transactions with an overall volume of more than one billion Euros including Debt Placements, Private Equity and Venture Deals. Berthold has extensive experience when it comes to building and scaling startups in both the US and Austria (e.g., EGO-Kits GmbH, System7 Railsupport, Berthold studied Management Science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU).