Jane Walerud

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Jane Christine Walerud Boreta (born 13 November 1961) is a Sweden-based entrepreneur and private investor.[1] She has been involved in over 10 startups since the early 2000s, including Klarna, Bluetail, Tobii Technology,[2] and Teclo Networks.

In 2015, she was elected into SUP46s Swedish Startup Hall of Fame.[3] She is also member of The Swedish Government Innovation Council and was given a gold medal by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.[4]

Early life[edit]

Walerud was born in the US and moved to Sweden when she was 20 years old after meeting her husband, Bengt.[1] She studied Cognitive Psychology and Computer Science at Stanford University.

Career[edit]

Walerud worked as a Sales Manager at Erlang Systems in 1997. She left in 1998 to co-found Bluetail, a company which developed all of its products in Erlang. It was then sold for $152 million to Alteon Networks.[5]

In 2004, she met Sebastian Siemiatkowski, founder of Klarna and invested 60,000 € for 10% of the company.[6] She also introduced the founders to a team of programmers who helped them build their platform in exchange for 37% shares.[7][8]

Walerud started Teclo Networks with a new team in 2010. They developed a technology to increase the speed of mobile broadband. After six years, she and her other co-founders sold Teclo Networks to Sandvine.[9]

In 2016, Walerud invested in a digital coach for cross-country skiers called WeMeMove (now Racefox).[10] She invested 6 million SEK in the company and became one of the board members. She also formed her own venture company called Walerud Ventures together with her husband, Bengt, and their daughter, Caroline.[11] They join pre-seed and seed companies focusing on high technology such as artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and durability.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b mark.malmstrom@svd.se, Mark Malmström |. "Serieentreprenör prisades av kronprinsessan Victoria". SvD.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  2. ^ "Jane Walerud går till Tobii Technology". Computer Sweden (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  3. ^ "Stjärnängeln Jane Walerud väljs in i Swedish Startup Hall of Fame". Breakit (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  4. ^ "Medaljörer med den äran". www.iva.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  5. ^ Roundup, A. WSJ com News (2000-08-28). "Alteon to Acquire Bluetail For About $152 Million". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  6. ^ "Sveriges 52 mäktigaste tech-investerare: Jane Walerud". digital.di.se. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  7. ^ "Interview: from Burger King to boardroom, how Klarna became". www.whiteboardmag.com. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  8. ^ "Affärsängeln fokuserar på svenska startups". Affärsvärlden (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  9. ^ "Jane Walerud Sells Teclo Networks - Frees Up Capital For Investments - Swedish Startup Space". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  10. ^ "Angel investor Jane Walerud just invested in a digital coach for cross-country skiers". nordic.businessinsider.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  11. ^ "Familjen Walerud bildar riskkapitalbolag". digital.di.se. Retrieved 2017-04-26.