Daniel Mattes

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Daniel Mattes
Daniel Mattes.jpg
Daniel Mattes in 2016
Born Daniel Herbert Mattes
(1972-11-14) November 14, 1972 (age 45)
Freiburg, Germany.
Residence Mountain View, California, California, U.S.
Nationality Austrian
Occupation Founder & CEO of 42.cx
Founder of Jumio
Co-Founder of Jajah
Co-Founder of Auftrag.at
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Karolina Zubkova Mattes
Children 2 (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.