Let's talk Business: Technology can take care of itself
Nicolás Erdödy, Director and Founder, Open Parallel
Session Chair: Kai-Cheung Leung
How do you measure success in your research?
Is your final goal to get published and quoted? Does your work actually
This keynote will walk you through the start up world that leverages
entrepreneurial approaches from research. A simple due diligence method
will be presented. It will be explained why in average 99% of ideas and
proposals are discarded by investors in the initial meeting and how to be
part of the 1% group.
The talk concludes on how a software based technology business can be
successfully started and what is expected from a research team in the
process. Examples of ventures currently in development will be briefly
Nicolás Erdödy is a high technology entrepreneur, company director and
former venture capitalist that founded and implemented 15+ start ups in
different countries and industries. In 2010, Nicolás established Open
Parallel Ltd, specialised in Multicore and Parallel Computing. As part of
its strategy for New Zealand being a global hub in multicore software, Open
Parallel organised Multicore World 2012 (Wellington, 27-28 March) the
inaugural conference of multicore technologies in Australasia.
As Founder and CEO of a multicore software company established in 2005 in
Dunedin, Nicolás created, raised venture capital and internationally
consolidated the business as multicore ISV for Sun Microsystems and
successfully negotiated the firm’s divestment in 2008. Between 2008-09
Nicolas was PM of the Open Source Learning Lab in Wellington and in
2000-2002 with French investment Nicolás created the first e-learning
Mathematics academy of South America, with users in 14 countries, based in
Nicolás holds a Master of Entrepreneurship from the University of Otago,
New Zealand; a Research Diploma for New Technologies in Education from INRP
(Uruguay – France) and forgot decades ago the FORTRAN that studied between
Mathematics and Hydraulics at the School of Engineering of Universidad de
la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay. He lives in Oamaru and knows how to ask
for a beer in five human languages.