Daniel Mattes

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Daniel Mattes
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Daniel Mattes in 2016
Daniel Herbert Mattes

(1972-11-14) November 14, 1972 (age 46)
Freiburg, Germany.
ResidenceMountain View, California, California, U.S.
OccupationFounder & CEO of 42.cx
Founder of Jumio
Co-Founder of Jajah
Co-Founder of Auftrag.at
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Karolina Zubkova Mattes
Children2 (Lea, Elisabeth)
Parent(s)Manfred Mattes
Edeltraud Mattes

Daniel Mattes (born November 14, 1972) is an Austrian internet entrepreneur and business angel. He is the founder and CEO of Artificial Intelligence company 42.cx and a judge and business angel on the Austrian television show '2 Minuten 2 Millionen', the Austrian version of Shark Tank, which airs on Puls4.[1]

His 42.cx Center of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence focuses on the commercialization of Artificial Intelligence ("AI"). The company is based in Vienna, Austria and was incorporated in November 2015.[2][3] Prior to 42.cx, in 2010, he founded Jumio, an online authentication company.

Prior to Jumio, in 2005, he founded VoIP company Jajah[4] which was acquired 2009 for $207 million by Telefónica.[5] In 2007, he was voted 81st most important Austrian citizen by Austrian magazine "News" in the "1000 most important Austrians" list.[6]


Daniel, oldest child of Edeltraud and Manfred Mattes, grew up in Freiburg, Germany and Wels, Austria.[citation needed] He has two brothers, Sebastian and Simon.[citation needed]

He studied Computer Science & Economics at the University of Linz (Austria), received the University diploma "Certified e-Business Manager" from the Danube University Krems (Austria) and did his post-graduate work in IT Management at the Danube University of Krems (Austria).[citation needed]

Professional life[edit]

In 2015, Mattes founded 42.cx Center of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence, a start-up that focuses on the commercialization of Artificial Intelligence ("AI"). The company is based in Vienna, Austria and was incorporated in November 2015.[2]

In 2010, Mattes founded Jumio Inc., a start-up for online authentication.[7]

In 2005, Mattes, with Roman Scharf formed Jajah.[citation needed] Mattes acted as Executive Chairman until 2009.[citation needed] During this time, they raised $35 million in venture funding from Deutsche Telekom AG, Intel Capital, Sequoia Capital and Globespan Capital Partners.[8] After reaching 25 million clients worldwide, Jajah was acquired December 2009 by Telefónica for $207 million in an all-cash deal.[5]

In 1999, Mattes co-founded the e-government solution company "Auftrag.at" with a direct co-ownership of the government owned publication "Wiener Zeitung". They lobbied to allow public tenders to be published on business websites.[9] The company received Austria's Federal Award of Excellence in 2002[10] and has become the de facto standard for public tenders in Europe.[11][12]


  • 2000 "Datenbanken mit Delphi" publisher: C&L-Verlag[13]
  • 2001 "SQL – Der Einsatz im Intra- und Extranet" publisher: C&L-Verlag[14]
  • 2002 "Datenbanken mit Delphi, 2. Auflage" publisher: C&L Verlag[15]
  • November 2002: Federal Award of Excellence, Austria[10]


  1. ^ "5 Business Angels vergeben 2 Millionen Euro in der PULS 4 Start-Up-Show. Ab 25. November 2013, immer um 20:15 Uhr, exklusiv auf PULS 4". ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4. October 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
  2. ^ a b "42: Neues KI-Start-up von Jajah-Gründer Daniel Mattes". Futurezone. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  3. ^ "Internetmillionaer-Mattes-wagt-Versuch-Nummer-3". Nachrichten. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  4. ^ Schonfeld, Erick; Jeanette Borzo (September 20, 2006). "Totally free and hassle-free phone calls". Business 2.0. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  5. ^ a b Hetz, Robert (2009-12-23). "Telefonica buys Internet phone provider Jajah". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  6. ^ "Die 1000 wichtigsten Oesterreicher". NEWS Magazine 01/2007 (in German). NEWS Verlag. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  7. ^ "Jajah founder unveils online payments start-up Jumio". tmcnet. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  8. ^ "Reports: O2 to buy Jajah for $200M". 2009-12-20. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  9. ^ "lieferanzeiger.at" (in German). Wien-Konkret. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  10. ^ a b "Auftrag.at gewinnt "multimedia & e-business Staatspreis" 2002" (Press release). NewsFox. September 18, 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  11. ^ Dirnbacher, Stephanie (January 8, 2009). "Zuschlag per Mausklick" (in German). Wiener Zeitung. Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  12. ^ "PEPPOL (Pan European Public Procurement Online)" (in German). BRZ Portal. May 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  13. ^ Datenbanken mit Delphi, m. CD-ROM (Gebundene Ausgabe) (in German). Amazon.de. ASIN 3932311906.
  14. ^ "Amazon.de Search Results" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  15. ^ Datenbanken mit Delphi. Vom Flat- File- System zu Client/ Server (Gebundene Ausgabe) (in German). Amazon.de. ASIN 3932311590.