Bernhard Hoetzl

Founder & Co-CEO

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.

Previously, Bernhard served as Chief Marketing Officer and Interim-CEO of an online people-search service and was responsible for global marketing, public relations, sales, customer service and country Management. He helped to grow the company to global leadership in people search within its first three years, serving up to 50 million unique visitors per month and operating in 13 countries in 11 languages.

In 2006, Bernhard founded, 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 –, 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.

In 2003 Bernhard, together with Russell E. Perry and Peter Bainbridge-Clayton, was awarded ‘Idea of the year 2003 of young entrepreneurs’ by the largest Austrian business magazine ‘GEWINN’ for a remote asset monitoring solution.

Bernhard holds a Master’s degree in Business, International Marketing Management and Management of Information Systems from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. He regularly provides executive consulting and training services to global brands such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, Orange, UPC, Rewe Group, Atomic, and bwin. 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: