Walter De Brouwer
Walter is an entrepreneur and investor in tech and science. Together with Nicholas Negroponte (MIT), he founded Starlab SA, Europe’s premier Deep Future research lab on wearable computing, Quantum computation, computational genomics and MPEG-21 (IP was sold to Philips). In 1993 he co-founded the European internet backbone company PING out of the European UNIX Users Group later EUnet International Ltd. which merged with Qwest Communications and went from NASDAQ to NYSE now Centurylink. In 1994 he had founded one of the pioneers of online job boards in Europe called Jobscape which merged into Stepstone ASA and completed an IPO in March 2000. In 2002 he took over the Brussels-based Patronale Capitalisation and made it into a Fintech Life insurer. In 2007 Nicholas Negroponte appointed De Brouwer to set up the EMEA branch of MIT’s NGO One Laptop per Child (OLPC). De Brouwer negotiated with 14 Ministers of Finance and 9 Presidents in South and West Africa, and eventually, The Learning Center was transferred from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston to Kigali (Rwanda) Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). The XO was the first 802.11 mesh-driven device in Africa.
Walter moved to Silicon Valley in 2011 to found Scanadu one of the first mobile health company building people-centric and portable medical devices (FDA pending) using machine learning. He served as the CEO of the 60$m- funded company until April 2016. In 2016 he set up doc.ai in USA and Gen.life in China where he serves as Chief Scientific Officer. In 2017 he set up TokenSoft, a smart-contracts company in San Francisco and became the scientific advisor to Ubiome. In 2018 he became involved in Havven (Australia) the stable coin company which raised the largest ICO funding in the country.
Walter earned a master’s degree in Formal Linguistics (University of Ghent, Belgium) and a Ph.D. in Computational Semantics (“Bio-semiotics: The Biology of Language. The search for the atomic unit of meaning”) from the Catholic University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. He started as an academic lecturer at the Jesuit University of Antwerp, Belgium (Machine Translation and Chomsky’s TGG), but left in 1989 to become an entrepreneur.