MBA, Major: Strategic Planning and Control. @
University of Lund
A serial entrepreneur with 30+ years in the high-tech industry, Kerstin Holms co-founded and was CEO of Summus, Inc., a technology company that developed products that made high quality video and images possible on the Internet. Summus, Inc. became a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of $350 million by the end of her tenure. Her
A serial entrepreneur with 30+ years in the high-tech industry, Kerstin Holms co-founded and was CEO of Summus, Inc., a technology company that developed products that made high quality video and images possible on the Internet. Summus, Inc. became a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of $350 million by the end of her tenure. Her innovative Summus, Inc. startup funding approach, which significantly reduced external capital requirements, focused on developing customer acquisition and on generating revenue starting during Summus’ technology research stage. She applied her innovative operating model to deals she negotiated with major Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Hughes Electronics, Raytheon, Symbol Technologies, Corel Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Fuji, as well as funding contracts with several branches of the U.S. military.
After her success with Summus Inc. in the U.S., she returned to her home country Sweden where she became an angel investor, started companies and served in various roles including social media, blogging, marketing, etc. She also raised venture capital, served on advisory boards and on the board of directors for numerous organizations. She was a guest speaker for panel discussions and served as a mentor.
Returning to the U.S., she mentored 3 successive Startup Quest entrepreneur business teams—and, led 2 of her 3 teams to 1st Place Winner Awards for best overall team company startup business plan and investor pitch.
Kerstin Holms also co-founded the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Ft. Lauderdale West Palm Beach and the Swedish Church in Florida. She serves on their boards as a director.
President and Owner @ ALVI, Inc. (U.S. and Sweden) 2003 – Present
Founder and President
ALVI, Inc. is a consulting and investment company. I founded ALVI as a way to facilitate my work as an entrepreneurial coach, interim CEO and board member as well as to pursue new business and investment opportunities.
I seek out and engage with start-ups, providing guidance, inspiration, and motivation based on my 30+ years of business experience. My knowledge and feedback in fine-tuning business focuses on maximizing the probability of start-up success.
Business ventures and investments through ALVI:
Ladies Secrets (Sweden) 2010 – 2012 - Co-founder, Investor, and Board Member
Product: A web store selling feminine and intimate products, with a portion of proceeds contributed to fighting poverty and supporting women’s rights globally.
InfoletNews (U.S. and Sweden) 2003 – 2007 - Co-founder, Investor, and Board Member
Product: An information gathering software application that efficiently retrieves targeted news and information from around the Internet 24/7, delivering it directly to the end user. From October 2004 to Present (11 years 1 month) ft. lauderdaleMentor and 2 times 1st Place Winning Team / Startup Quest® @ Startup Quest™ (CareerSourceBroward) trains people with college degrees to become entrepreneurs and educates them about opportunities to commercialize technologies developed at Florida’s universities and federal laboratories. Through an intensive 10-week training course led by experienced entrepreneurs and start up mentors, participants develop a go-to-market plan for a real technology selected by the mentors and approved by the various tech-transfer offices.
Competing against 11 technology start ups.
Join the program this fall at http://careersourcebroward.startupquest.org
You get hands on learning, meeting a lot of positive people, and you leave with a boost of self-confidence. Richard "Hutch” Hutchinson, Startup Quest Regional Project Manager, is the contact person [email protected] From March 2014 to June 2015 (1 year 4 months) ft.lauderdale, floridaCEO and Co-founder @ Summus, Inc. (U.S.) 1990 – 2002
Co-founder, CEO, and Board Member
Summus, Inc. was a software development company focused on image and video products for diverse markets, including mobile and wireless technology, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), and the internet.
I co-founded Summus and served as CEO while also sitting on the company’s Board of Directors. I oversaw the company’s growth from its inception as a technology and research company with two employees to a publicly traded company with commercial software products, over 100 employees, and over $100M in venture capital. I grow the company without venture capital for the first 8 years while opening up 5 vertical markets.
I personally negotiated and closed deals with the following companies:
- Boeing Aircraft, Hughes Electronics, Raytheon, Booz Allen Hamilton, Symbol Technologies
- Corel Corporation, Fuji, Hewlett Packard
- U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD)
- Office of Naval Research (ONR)
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) From 1990 to 2002 (12 years)
MasMaster of Business Administration and Economics (MBA/BA), Strategic Planning and Control @ Lund University From 1972 to 1978 MBA, Major: Strategic Planning and Control. @ University of Lund Kerstin Holm is skilled in: Start-ups, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Leadership, Business Strategy, Strategy, Small Business, Negotiation, Business Planning, Strategic Planning, Coaching, Leadership Development, Change Management, Budgets, Project Planning, Venture Capital, Organizational..., Risk Management, Marketing Strategy, Fundraising, Management, Budget, New Business Development, Capital Raising, Closing Contracts
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