Paul Bragiel

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Paul Bragiel
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Paul Bragiel at BDL Accelerate, Beirut, Lebanon, 21 November 2014. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media - http://www.heisenbergmedia.com/
Born (1977-09-15) 15 September 1977 (age 41)
Residence U.S.
Citizenship American, Polish, Colombian
Scientific career
Fields Computer Engineer and Business

Paul Bragiel (born 15 September 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is an internet entrepreneur and currently a managing partner of Bragiel Brothers[1]

Early life[edit]

Bragiel, the oldest child of Mary and Walter Bragiel, was raised in Mt. Prospect and South Barrington, Illinois. In the late 1990s, he was involved in the demoscene.[2]

Ventures[edit]

Bragiel graduated from University of Illinois in 1999.[3] Shortly after graduating he founded his first company, Paragon 5, with offices in Chicago and Poland. In 2004, he founded the first location-based social network, Meetro. In 2008, he founded Lefora.[4] which was sold to Crowdgather in the summer of 2010.[5]

In 2010, he launched i/o Ventures, a seed fund and accelerator based in San Francisco.[6]

In 2012, he launched three more technology-focused seed funds. Savannah Fund (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Golden Gate Ventures (Southeast Asia) were created to foster entrepreneurship in those regions.[7] Gamefounders (Eastern Europe) invests in companies building gaming-related products.[citation needed]

In 2015, he launched Presence Capital, a $10m venture fund investing in early-stage virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies.[8]

He travels around the world to give lectures on startups and is an advisor to governments on their technology and entrepreneurship policy including Philippines, Singapore, Brazil and Tanzania.[9]

Olympics[edit]

In 2013, Bragiel trained in cross country skiing in Finland with a view to competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics under the Colombian flag. In order to participate, Bragiel obtained Colombian citizenship by presidential decree and was soon globally addressed as the man who was hacking his way into the Olympics.[10]

For the 2016 Summer Olympics, Bragiel joined the Tonga delegation as team attaché.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Bragiel is back with a new venture firm".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  3. ^ "Paul Bragiel - LinkedIn".
  4. ^ "Lefora - CrunchBase".
  5. ^ Arrington, Michael. "Forum Site Lefora Gobbled Up By CrowdGather".
  6. ^ Arrington, Michael. "i/o Ventures – A Work/Cafe Incubator Launches In San Francisco".
  7. ^ "Bringing Silicon Valley Philosophies Overseas". WSJ.
  8. ^ "New venture capital fund targets VR/AR". USA Today.
  9. ^ "Meet Silicon Valley's Unofficial Emissary to the Rest of the World".
  10. ^ i/o Ventures' Paul Bragiel to Train for the Olympics in Lapland: Today We are all #TeamPaul, Arctic Startup, 13 October 2013
  11. ^ "Seven Tongan athletes bound for Rio Olympics". Pacific Islands News Association.

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