Associate Professor Carlos M. DaSilva was the Managing Director of the Silicon Valley based Technology Start-up Accelerator “Founder Institute” for five years, and has mentored on a one-on-one basis over 100 entrepreneurs in Lisbon. Entrepreneurs particularly appreciate his practical approach to strategy, business model design and international business development. Today, he is a shareholder in over 20 software companies and runs Executive Education programs in Switzerland, Canada, Slovenia, Portugal and the United States. He is also a lead trainer for the Swiss National Innovation Agency “INNOSUISSE”, as well as an international Keynote Speaker.
By the age of 30, Carlos co-founded a NGO, experienced from the inside a start-up scaling as a C-level executive responsible for international expansion, published his first book and lectured strategy at top tier U.S. Universities. Over last decade, he has been focused on disseminating the process of business model innovation, from Ph.D. studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to executive training programs and talks presented to audiences from New York to Paris, Geneva to Kyoto, Taipei to Sydney.
Carlos has published several research studies on the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and finance. He is the author of the book “Entrepreneurial Finance: A Global Perspective” published by SAGE USA and is frequently invited to speak at top international conference in the field of management such as the Academy of Management (AoM) and the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Conferences. His work on business models published in the international peer-reviewed journal “Long Range Planning” is amongst the most cited in the field with over 500 citations.
Having lived in 6 different countries and traveling an average of 180 days a year, Carlos is used to deal with multinational and multicultural environments. He lives sometimes in the coastal village of Cascais, Portugal. Carlos is a Mozart aficionado and a keen kitesurfer.