|Born||15 September 1977|
|Citizenship||American, Polish, Colombian|
|Fields||Computer Engineer and Business|
Bragiel graduated from University of Illinois in 1999. 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. He would make the 4th ever YouTube video in 2005. In 2008, he founded Lefora, which was sold to Crowdgather in the summer of 2010.
In 2010, he launched i/o Ventures, a seed fund and accelerator based in San Francisco.
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. Gamefounders (Eastern Europe) invests in companies building gaming-related products.
In 2019, he launched SMOK Ventures, a $50m venture fund investing in early-stage companies in Central & Eastern Europe.
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.
During the 2018 Winter Olympics, Bragiel served as a coach for both the Colombia and Tonga cross-country ski teams. He is noted as being the first person to participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for two different countries in the same Olympics.
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- "Niu Ventures: A gestora brasileira do investidor mais excêntrico do Vale". 22 October 2021.
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- i/o Ventures' Paul Bragiel to Train for the Olympics in Lapland: Today We are all #TeamPaul, Arctic Startup, 13 October 2013
- "Seven Tongan athletes bound for Rio Olympics". Pacific Islands News Association. 24 November 2023.
- The venture capitalist making Olympic dreams come true, CNN, February 24, 2018
- Wall Street Journal article about Bragiel's venture fund i/o Ventures.
- TechCrunch interview with Bragiel and Ashwin Navin, founding partners of i/o Ventures
- Forbes article on Savannah Fund
- Pando Daily article on Golden Gate Ventures launch
- Wall Street Journal article about Bragiel's Olympic quest
- Bragiel's official fan page