Today more than 100 million companies trade worldwide. Due to the overall growth of international business relations, the rise of online market places, and the higher level of outsourcing, risks have increased for both large enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses.
kompany helps businesses of all size to verify and check their international business partners, suppliers and customers via a webtool or automated via an API. By doing so, businesses can reduce fraud risks, collection costs, third party risks and comply with international regulations, such as anti-money laundering rules.
kompany was founded in 2012, is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and currently serves customers from over 100 countries.
An experienced team of multi-national industry professionals develop and grow the platform and business. The founders and the start-up team have worked together in several companies in Europe, South Africa and the US during the past 15+ years and have a successful track record in the mobile and digital media industry.
kompany is a company established by passionate people. We are passionate about providing you with the company intelligence you need to run your business better. And we are passionate about growing our platform and business to become the global clearing-house for authoritative and trusted information, covering the 100 million companies now trading worldwide by 2017. Together we speak 10 languages and have lived and worked in various parts of the world. We combine a rich set of industry expertise and entrepreneurial spirit with dedication and a strong focus on customer experience. Our headquarter in the center of Vienna is a truly international environment and an exciting place to work.
Russell co-founded kompany together with his long-time friends and business partners. He drives the direction of the business and loves finding business opportunities others might have overlooked.
Prior to a short exec stint where he returned to the telco world in South Africa, Russell was the start-up CEO of the largest people-search engine with more than 50 million monthly uniques, operating in 13 countries in 11 languages. He expanded the company from a garage operation to a profitable business within six months and oversaw the sale to a publishing company for EUR 15 million, generating up to a 5x return for private and the Austrian venture fund gamma capital partners within 18 months. For nearly six years Russell was a member of the senior management team at the online gaming company bwin. He led product management betting with more than EUR 2.5 billion in wagers, established strategic and media partnerships in 25 countries and was instrumental in establishing bwin as the dominant player in mobile gaming.
Russell's mobile and telecommunications roots go back to 1998 when he joined Austria's third mobile operator ONE (which first became Orange Austria and then Hutchison 3 Austria) as head of product management data. There he oversaw several European firsts, such as mobile banking, SMS content services, SMS payment for vending machines and the first real-time multi-user gaming platform. Russell then joined Telefonica Movile's 3G Mobile AG in Zurich as Director of Products & Services where he defined and led the launch portfolio of the 3G green field mobile operator.
Russell was born in New York City but lived in Austria for half of his childhood. He holds a BA in International Studies from Maryville College, a Master's in European Integration, and a dual MSc/MAS graduate degree in Telematics Management. Russell has enjoyed teaching several post-graduate courses on telecommunication and business modeling at his Alma Mater, Danube University Krems and other universities.
Peter has spent all his working life in various IT and scientific projects after teaching himself programming on a Commodore PET at the age of 11, and digging up his parents cellar floor to create a mould for a radio telescope.
More productive pursuits followed during and after his BSc. in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Physics from St. Andrews University, in a career which has spanned designing and developing embedded control systems for bakeries, the world’s first ever implementation of a distributed java application in a manufacturing environment, the first ever implementation of SMS based content services and vending machine payment in telecommunications, the conversion of one of the first software based Telecommunications Switches to European standards, including the world’s first transatlantic SIP based telephone call, the complete re-design and implementation of the core system for Companies House, the UK’s official company registry, and several in between.
Bernhard has more than 15 years of senior and executive management experience in start-ups, strategic planning & consulting, business development, marketing & sales and product management in international Internet & new media, telecommunication, gaming & gambling and energy markets.
He is co-founder and partner in four companies providing deep-web search, consulting, facility management and remote monitoring services to a global market.
In 2012 Bernhard, together with close friends and business partners, founded kompany, an Internet start-up with a mission to become the trusted source for official company information worldwide.
In 2006, Bernhard founded funkensprung.com, a service that is operating multiple co-working spaces in Vienna, Austria together with two partners.
Prior positions include Head of B2B Marketing at cablecom (now UPC cablecom) in Zurich, Switzerland, Head of Applications Product Management at Telefonica‘s 3G Mobile AG’s Greenfield operations in Zurich, Switzerland, Interim Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service for eWave (now part of A1, Telekom Austria AG – yess.at), and Senior Manager Mobile Entertainment at the mobile telecom start-up ONE (which first became Orange Austria and then Hutchison 3 Austria) in Vienna, Austria.
Bernhard enjoys coaching and training management teams and MBA students on Entrepreneurship, Internet & new media, innovation, strategy, leadership and organizational development. He has a strong interest in international travel; in the past 20 years he has lived, visited or worked in more than 40 countries on six continents. In his spare time he enjoys reading, triathlon (Ironman 2010 Finisher), ski touring, playing guitar and painting. In 2011 Bernhard was member of the Race Across Australia team setting a new world record for charity: www.austriateam.com.
Johanna loves the global arena and passionately drives the international growth and development of kompany and BREX.
She spent 15 years in the corporate and mobile world, working for Ericsson, Telekom Austria and the Vodafone group in senior executive roles focusing on marketing, commercial strategy and planning. Since she is an entrepreneur at heart, she eventually felt that smaller ventures would enable her to create even more value. Before joining the kompany / BREX team, she helped to start-up and grow three companies.
Johanna holds an MSc from the Vienna University of Economics and an MBA from SAID Oxford. She originally stems from Sweden, but has lived in the UK, Germany and Turkey and is settled in Austria for now.
Andrew brings over 15 years of User Interface and User Experience knowledge, coupled with project management skills, and is responsible for the overall design and delivery of all aspects of the kompany product and feature set.
Since graduating with a B.A. in product design, Andrew has consulted for numerous large corporations covering government, legal, telecommunications and the private sector. Whilst his main responsibilites have been towards user experience Andrew has also managed large delivery teams and was a project manager for the complete re-design and implementation of the core system for Companies House, the UK’s official company registry.
We are always on the look-out for talented and passionate additions to our team. For information please visit our Careers section.
kompany is an official clearing house of the Republic of Austria, a partner of the European Business Register and an official distributor of business registers worldwide, such as Germany’s Common Register Portal, Switzerland’s ZEFIX, the UK’s Companies House, Ireland’s CRO, the Netherland’s KvK, and Russia’s Central Registers.
We service over 30,000 Business Customers from over 100 Countries, including large international banking groups, Eurozone Central Banks, “Bulge Bracket” Investment Banks, all The Big 4 Accounting Firms, Government Domain Registrars, International Yellow Page Companies, 25,000+ small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and over 3,300 Law Firms worldwide.
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