I founded my first company when I was 10 years old. Since then I founded many companies, like Woodify (Webshop in Wooden Sunglasses, almost €500.000 revenue), Young Creators (Community with over 6,000 talented young entrepreneurs) and Crowded (Social Software to enable people to share their knowledge, experiences and talents. We have clients like Booking.com and ING).
I advised governments on the field of entrepreneurship. I used to be an advisor to Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes on young entrepreneurship, and right now I am at a similar position at Startup Delta. I participated in the IGF (Internet Governance Forum, organised by the UN with 2000+ participants) in Bali, Indonesia, and I visit the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs regularly to share my experiences related to entrepreneurship.
Right now I study Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft, which is sometimes considered a strange link compared to my resume. I believe that even though we had huge innovations in the past 40 years in the world of bits - computers got more than a million times faster since 1975 - we had barely any innovation in the world of atoms. Our cars don't drive much faster, planes don't fly any faster than in 1970, and the Dutch trains run even slower than in 1950(!!). We're able to send a message all the way around the world within a fraction of a second, but it takes us a day to fly to the other side of the world. My personal mission is to change this in a sustainable way.