Mr. Schulz is co-founder and managing director of the AQAL group of holding and investment companies: (1) AQAL Capital, single family office; (2) AQAL Foundation; (3) AQAL AG, a Munich-based, exponential-tech holding company that performs direct investments across multiple stages of a start-up’s investment needs, ranging from early to growth stages. Through his investment activities over the past 20 years, Tom’s objective has always been to create successful and integrally sustainable (people, planet, profit) companies from the very beginning.
Moreover, Mr. Schulz has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years. His professional interests are focused on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Integral Investing in CleanTech and Internet/Software.
At his latest entrepreneurial venture, Mr. Schulz was co-founder and COO of Entelios AG, Germany’s first nationwide Demand Response Aggregator. Based in Munich and Berlin, Entelios has built a platform for managing thousands of commercial and industrial energy customers in order to provide reserve power, peak-shaving, and enterprise-class Energy Intelligence Software. This way, participants can earn green profits for their flexibility and grid operators can integrate more renewable energy sources. In February 2014, Entelios was sold to and became a 100 percent subsidiary of the worldwide market leader, the US American EnerNOC Inc.
Prior to Entelios, Mr. Schulz was managing partner of the Halo Fund and an active investor with The Angels’ Forum, an investor group in Palo Alto, California. He was, furthermore, a co-founder of the San Francisco–based CleanTech Circle, a group of serial entrepreneurs and investors with a passion for CleanTech. Mr. Schulz has been an angel investor with the Munich Business Angel Network since 1998.
In 1995, Mr. Schulz co-founded the first publicly traded, nationwide Internet service provider in Germany, Cybernet AG, where he served on the executive management board.
Mr. Schulz was also a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group at both their Munich and San Francisco offices. His love for computer languages, artificial intelligence, and multimedia was launched at the Western Research Lab of Digital Equipment Corporation in Palo Alto as well as Apple Computer, Germany back in the mid 1980s.
Mr. Schulz earned a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Stanford University. Educated at the ETH Zurich, Stanford, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, formerly University of Karlsruhe) where he was awarded a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Diplom-Informatiker). He founded the San Francisco Bay Area regional chapter of the KIT Alumni Association.