- Harald Trautsch
- CEO & Founder
- Dolphin, Austria
Harald is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, marketer, and a passionate electronic engineer, with a strong focus on human-centered design and business modeling. He holds a Master's degree in Organizational Development, received a dual MBA from the University of Minnesota - where he is a Carlson Scholar - and the Vienna University of Economics and Business, with honors, and is an alumnus from Stanford University’s d.school.
Since his first startup at the age of 21, Harald has started several successful ventures. With Dolphin Technologies (Vienna, Austria), now market leader for insurance telematics in the German speaking market, he invented a telematic control system for parking heaters in passenger cars, and kick-started insurance telematics in Central Europe. In 2007 he co-founded Blue Monkeys (Vienna, Austria), a software and app development company, and in 2012 he started everbill, Inc. in Mountain View (CA), a venture capital backed SAP-like product for startups and SMBs as software as a service application.
From 2007 to 2012 he was Chief Marketing Officer with Octo Telematics, and has also been a delegate for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology regarding eCall, the prospective automatic crash notification infrastructure for cars. He led the national eCall platform at the Austrian level, contributed to the European platform in Brussels, and published several research papers.
Harald has been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities and is currently teaching Marketing & Sales and Entrepreneurship at the Austrian University for Applied Sciences. From 2007 to 2011 he has been responsible for the content and presentation of the largest IT road-show in Austria, supporting thousands of entrepreneurs in applying new tools and technologies. He has also been a recurring keynote speaker at many international industry conferences.
Beside other awards Harald was elected 2nd place “Austrian Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2003, received “Best Start-Up” at the AT Kearney “Best Innovator” awards in 2007, and the Austrian State Award for Multimedia & eBusiness in 2009. In 2013 he won the US-A Biz Award from the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.