Paul Bragiel founded his first company Paragon 5 with offices in Chicago and Poland. In 2004 he founded the first location based social network Meetro. In 2008 he founded Lefora which was sold to Crowdgather in the summer of 2010. In 2010 he launched i/o Ventures, a seed fund and accelerator based in San Francisco.
In 2012 he launched three more technology-focused seed funds. Savannah Fund and Golden Gate Ventures were created to foster entrepreneurship internationally. Gamefounders invests in companies building gaming-related products. In 2015 he launched Waves, a Latin American accelerator based in Peru, which leads the City Incubator Program, a network of incubators supported by city governments in emerging ecosystems. At the end of the same year he launched Presence Capital, a $10m venture fund investing in early-stage virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies.
Collectively he’s invested or advised 100+ companies, which have raised $1.5b+ in follow-on financing. Companies include Uber, Zappos and Unity. Often he travels around the world to give lectures on startups and serves as an advisor to governments on their technology and entrepreneurship policy including the nations of Colombia, Singapore, Estonia and Tanzania.
In 2013 Bragiel trained in cross country skiing in Finland with a view to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics under the Colombian flag. In order to participate, Paul obtained Colombian citizenship by presidential decree and was soon globally addressed as the man who was hacking his way into the Olympics.
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