Walter De Brouwer

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Walter De Brouwer
Walter de Brouwer 2011-11-09.jpg
Born (1957-05-09) May 9, 1957 (age 61)
Aalst, Belgium
Residence Los Altos, California, United States
Nationality Belgian, permanent resident USA
Alma mater Ghent University (BA Philology; MA Formal Linguistics; postgraduate Epistemology; Tilburg University (PhD Semiotics)
Occupation Entrepreneur
Known for Personal Computer Magazine, Wave, Eunet (now CenturyLink), Jobscape (now Stepstone), Starlab, OLPC, Scanadu Inc.
Title CEO, Chairman, Scanadu Inc.
Spouse(s) Sam Lounis
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter

Walter De Brouwer ([də ˈbrʌuər]; born May 9, 1957) is a Belgian-born Internet and technology entrepreneur and semiotician. He is a cofounder and CEO [1]of and former CEO of Scanadu in Mountain View, California.


De Brouwer was born in Aalst, Belgium. He earned a Masters degree in linguistics from the University of Ghent and a PhD in Semiotics from Tilburg University.[2] He was a lecturer at the University of Antwerp (UFSIA) and adjunct professor at the International University of Monaco from 2001-2004.[3] He is an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge since 2004.[4] He sits on the editorial advisory board of the Journal for Chinese Entrepreneurship.[5] De Brouwer is a member of the American Mathematical Society.


De Brouwer set up Riverland Publications in 1990 to publish personal computer magazines.[6] In 1994, he sold his titles to VNU. He then published the cyberpunk magazine Wave, edited by Michel Bauwens and designed by Niels Shoe Meulman. Wave was a cult Belgian avant garde magazine.[7]


In 1996, De Brouwer was one of the founders of PING, later sold to EUnet.[8] In 1999, sold his employment site, Jobscape[9] In 2008, De Brouwer set up OLPC Europe, the European branch of One Laptop per Child.[10][11]

Research labs[edit]

In 1996, De Brouwer founded Starlab together with MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte[12][13][14] and coordinated its research activities under the acronym BANG (Bits, Atoms, Neurons and Genes), a system later adopted by MIT in 2002.

De Brouwer serves as a board director of the Tau Zero Foundation.[15][edit]

De Brouwer co-founded, a company focused on decentralizing precision medicine with artificial intelligence.[16]


De Brouwer is former co-founder and the CEO of Scanadu, a company located at the NASA Ames Research Park in California. [17] and Scanaflo, an at-home, full-panel urinalysis testing device designed to give consumers immediate information about their liver health, urinary tract infections, and other vitals.[18]

De Brouwer stepped down from CEO in April 2016 and became the CEO and co-founder of artificial intelligence start-up[19]

Other activities[edit]

De Brouwer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and served as President of RSA Europe from 2006 to 2008.[20] He is a member of TED and curator of TEDxBrussels. He was a distinguished lecturer at the National Science Foundation in 2013.

De Brouwer’s articles have been published by The Huffington Post,[21] Techonomy,[22] and others. His article, “How the People Are Taking Over the World,” was among Techonomy’s Most-Read Articles of 2014 and was cited by its editors as “perhaps the most philosophical of Techonomy’s top articles” that year.[23]

De Brouwer has two children with his current wife and a daughter from a previous marriage.


  • De Brouwer, Walter. Notes & Queries: Mary Imlay, Analytical Review (Oxford, 1982), 29:204-206.
  • De Brouwer, Walter. Notes & Queries: Joshua Toulmin, Analytical Review (Oxford, 1983), 30:209-212.
  • De Brouwer, Walter; Ayris, Stephen (1985). Computer Buzz words : Teacher's guide. Wolters Leuven, ISBN 90-309-0815-7
  • De Brouwer, Walter (1985). Cybercrud : computer terminology for advanced students of informatics and industrial engineering. Wolters Leuven, ISBN 90-309-0819-X
  • Vanneste, Alex; Geens D, De Brouwer, Walter (1987). Het Nieuwe Landschap, Wolters Leuven, ISBN 90-309-0825-4
  • De Brouwer, Walter (2004). Echelon: Three can keep a Secret, if Two of them are Dead. Delaware, ASIN B004J3UHGG
  • De Brouwer, Walter (2004). The biology of language: the post-modern deconstruction and denarration of modern and pre-modern grand narratives. Universiteit van Tilburg, ISBN 978-90-810022-1-9


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  2. ^ De Brouwer, Walter (2004). The biology of language: the post-modern deconstruction and denarration of modern and pre-modern grand narratives. Universiteit van Tilburg, ISBN 978-90-810022-1-9
  3. ^ International University of Monaco Faculty: Walter De Brouwer (Adjunct)
  4. ^ Entrepreneur in Residence Walter De Brouwer via University of Cambridge Judge Business School
  5. ^ Journal for Chinese Entrepreneurship
  6. ^ BELGIUM Major Manufacturers Directory. Business Information Agency, ISBN 978-1-4187-8348-8
  7. ^ Wave, the Belgian cyberpunk mag at the Wayback Machine (archived March 28, 2012)
  8. ^ Schroller, Alex; King, Tim (January 4, 2010). Smart ways to improve innovation. European Voice
  9. ^ Schroller, Alex; King, Tim (January 4, 2010). Smart ways to improve innovation. European Voice
  10. ^ Fildes, Jonathan (December 23, 2009). OLPC Unveils slimline tablet PC. BBC News
  11. ^ Hartley, Adam (May 1, 2010). How OLPC plans to give 30 million kids in Africa a laptop by 2015. TechRadar
  12. ^ Kalia, Kirin (August 9, 2000). Belgium: Europe's Overlooked Diamond-in-the-Rough (Part II). Silicon Alley Daily
  13. ^ Lane, Frederick S. (2003) The naked employee: how technology is compromising workplace privacy, p. 54. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, ISBN 978-0-8144-7149-4
  14. ^ Bilefsky, Dan (April 2, 2001). Where the deep future is familiar territory The Financial Times
  15. ^ "Lifeboat Foundation Bios: Dr. Walter De Brouwer". Retrieved 2018-02-06. 
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  17. ^ Gorman, Michael (22 May 2013). "Scanadu finalizes Scout tricorder design, wants user feedback to help it get FDA approval". Engadget. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Hein, Buster (6 January 2015). "Scanaflo brings hospital-quality urinalysis to your home". Cult of Mac. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  19. ^ Tas Bindi (August 24, 2017). " launches blockchain-based conversational AI platform for health consumers". 
  20. ^ Chairman of RSA Europe Fellowship
  21. ^ De Brouwer, Walter (9 March 2014). "I. Am. The Greatest". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  22. ^ De Brouwer, Walter (8 November 2014). "How the People Are Taking Over the World". Techonomy. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "Techonomy's Most-Read Articles of 2014". Techonomy. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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