Smart Capital Meets

Strategic Innovation

Advanced Blockchain AG identifies the greatest challenges faced by the decentralized blockchain and Web3 economy and invests in, innovates, and incubates solutions to solve them.

VISION

Architecting the interconnected blockchain economy

Advanced Blockchain identifies, builds, connects and grows the decentralized blockchain economy.

We are Pioneer Blockchain Industry Leaders

In order to pioneer the mass adoption of blockchain and Web3, we have rethought the venture capital model. Strategic investments, innovation, and incubations lay at the core of what we are doing at Advanced Blockchain AG, to advance global Web3 growth.

As Investors

we make early strategic investments to accelerate the potential of promising founders. We identify high-potential markets and ecosystems within the space with the objective to participate in profitable opportunities at an attractive entry point.

As Builders

our method involves deploying talent towards crafting and successfully running high-potential, revenue-generating businesses within problem-centric markets and ecosystems.

As Researchers

we provide holistic business resources to like-minded founders, both internally and externally, to accelerate their time to market and help them make an impactful difference in the space.

Decentralized Finance

Advanced Blockchain perpetuates an extensive interest in the burgeoning Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space. Permissionless crypto assets need parallel decentralized financial services to maintain blockchain’s core ethos of decentralization.

Interoperability & the Cross-Chain Future

A myriad of chains will thrive in a blockchain-enabled future, each with unique optimizations and value propositions. As a result, Advanced Blockchain focuses on supporting and building the infrastructure, applications, and protocols with ambitions of thriving across multiple ecosystems.

We believe Infrastructure should facilitate an interconnected, composable, decentralized economy and understand that this is paramount for wide-scale user adoption. Otherwise, Web3 will not reach its full potential. This is why many of our investments and incubations are positioned within the realm of interoperable ecosystems like Polkadot and Cosmos.

Team

Advanced Blockchain AG was established by a group of professionals with backgrounds in finance, technology, economics, mathematics, marketing, and more, and extensive experience in the industry – the team’s vision is aligned on building the future of the decentralized blockchain and Web3 economy.

Simon Telian

CEO

Simon Telian

Simon Telian started his career at Dresdner Bank and subsequently worked for Commerzbank as an Executive Assistant. After holding various positions at Rocket Internet, Würth Group (IBB AG) and Asia Venture Group, he founded his own company in South Africa which he later successfully exited. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Corporate Management & Economics.
Prior to taking the helm as CEO of Advanced Blockchain AG, Simon held several management positions, including Chief Investment Officer of Advanced Blockchain AG and CEO of nakamo.to. Needless to say, Simon played a key role in building the 8-digit investment portfolio of Advanced Blockchain AG.

Dave Kaplan

General Counsel

Dave Kaplan

Dave Kaplan is a seasoned attorney and responsible for ensuring law and compliance at Advanced Blockchain AG. Dave earned a B.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a J.D. degree from Rutgers Law University. Dave is also a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dave spent the first decade of his legal career at Kenyon & Kenyon, a prestigious law firm in New York that is now part of Hunton Andrews Kurth, where he represented clients such as Sony, Volkswagen, Lenovo, Olympus, Toyota, and GE Healthcare in matters involving a wide range of technologies.

Rüdiger Andreas Günther

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Rüdiger Andreas Günther

Rüdiger Andreas Günther is one of Germany‘s most experienced corporate leaders with a notable career trajectory. He commenced his professional journey as an investment banker at the Continental Bank of Chicago. Throughout his career, he has held noteworthy leadership positions, including CFO and CEO roles at CLAAS, CFO positions at Infineon Technologies (DAX listed), Arcandor, and a tenure at Jenoptik. His most recent role was serving as the CEO of Francotyp-Postalia. Rüdiger's career highlights include achieving significant sales growth at CLAAS, driving the company's revenue to almost 5 billion euro and being honored as "CFO of the Year" by Finance Magazine.

Klaus Rainer Kirchhoff

Advisor

Klaus Rainer Kirchhoff,

Klaus Rainer Kirchhoff, born in Oldenburg/i. O., is a renowned expert in the field of financial communication and strategy. He graduated in law in 1983 and practiced law in Hamburg until 2022. In 1994, he founded his own successful company, which he later sold to Team Farner Holding in 2022. He now serves as Chairman of Kirchhoff Consult AG, a global leader in annual report consultancy and design, IPOs, investor relations, and ESG strategy consultancy. With extensive experience, he has guided 72 companies through IPOs and worked with leading DAX-listed companies, the German government, and more. Klaus is also an author of 12 books and a sought-after speaker, delivering lectures and participating in panels worldwide. He is advising AB on capital market communications, strategy and investor relations.

Sebastian Markowsky

Venture Partner & Member of the Supervisory Board

Sebastian Markowsky

Sebastian Markowsky is an experienced investment banker and skilled dealmaker in the fintech industry, and has a proven track record advising top blockchain and software companies on securing global deals. In the past, Markowsky has worked for several notable venture capital firms and banks, including GP Bullhound, Blockchain Valley Ventures, and Deutsche Bank. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and Executive Vice President at the American firm Coinsource - the world leader in banking-grade Bitcoin ATMs compliance software solutions. He is advising AB on accelerating the development of new business areas as well as investor communication.

Hatem Elsayed

Project Manager

Hatem Elsayed

Hatem Elsayed is a seasoned project management and marketing expert, with a wealth of experience in developing automation solutions and spearheading data analytics projects, enabling C-level executives to make better informed business decisions. Beyond his role at Advanced Blockchain, he is a Polkadot Ambassador, actively supporting the growth of the community in the Middle East. He holds a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg.

Chuanshan Huang

Data Analyst

Chuanshan Huang

Chuanshan is a meticulous researcher within the blockchain space, investigating various topics through the lens of data. His research focuses on the scalability and interoperability aspects of blockchain, with two top-tier publications in these fields. Before joining Advanced Blockchain, he developed his expertise at Microsoft and ETH Zürich. He holds a Master's degree in Data Science from the University of Zürich, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Marek Kotewicz

Advisor

Marek Kotewicz

Marek Kotewicz has been actively involved in the blockchain space since 2014. He was a software engineer for the Ethereum Foundation and worked on the first Ethereum implementation. Towards the end of 2015, he joined Parity Technologies to further shape the Ethereum ecosystem. Since then, he has helped build several projects, including Parity Ethereum, Parity Bitcoin, and Polkadot.

Håkan Saltin

Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Håkan Saltin

Håkan Saltin is a serial entrepreneur with a 30-year track record of building successful ventures including CLX Communications which is now listed as Sinch on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Currently, he is the Co-Founder and CTO of Radtonics, a leading private 5G provider, leveraging his extensive experience in telecommunications. He holds a master's in computer science and has pursued further studies at Stanford University, enriching his knowledge and expertise in technology development.

Dr. Marcel Tyrell

Member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Marcel Tyrell

Marcel Tyrell, Ph.D., is a distinguished researcher in Banking and Finance with a strong focus on blockchain and decentralized systems. He currently holds the Chair of Economics at Witten/Herdecke University and serves as a guest Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance. Marcel's academic journey exemplifies a long-standing research track record in blockchain technologies and digitalisation of economies and societies. He is also member of the supervisory board of Frankfurter Bankgesellschaft (Germany).

Dr. Olav Sorenson

Member of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Olav Sorenson

Olav Sorenson (Ph.D.) is a renowned researcher in the fields of business and entrepreneurship. Olav has extensive knowledge of crowdfunding, startups, and venture capital strategies. Olav is a part of the Dean’s Management Council and Senior Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he serves as Joseph Jacobs Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies; Professor of Strategy; Faculty Research Director, Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He was awarded the 2018 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research for his work.