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Seasoned venture investor, senior advisor to global corporations, and a recognized thought leader in big data, digital platforms, and corporate innovation. Author of the book The Big Data Opportunity In Our Driverless Future. Founder and Managing Director of Synapse Partners, a firm that invests in early-stage companies developing applications that combine artificial intelligence with big data. Previously Managing Director with Trident Capital and Apax Partners. Prior to his investing and advisory work, Evangelos had more than 20 years experience in high-technology industries, in executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales, and engineering. He was the CEO of two startups. He is a member of Caltech’s advisory board, the Advisory Board of Brandeis International School of Business, and the advisory board of Center for Urban Science and Progress. In 2014, he was named a Power Player in Digital Platforms. Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech.

4 responses to “Entrepreneurship-Driven Innovation as a Growth Driver for Greece’s Economy”

  1. Ted Sapountzis

    Evangelos,

    As a fellow expatriate Thessalonian living in Silicon Valley, I could not agree more with you. Your recommendations are correctly centered around reducing Greece’s overburdened bureaucracy that is one of the strongest impediments to the country’s growth. This is now even more relevant and the zone can serve as a blueprint for the rest of the country as it tries to overcome the financial crisis.

    I also concur that this is going to be a multi-year initiative and hope it will be governed with that premise in mind.

  2. NIKOS K. SAPOUNTZIS

    Dear brother,

    This innitiative was started a few years ago from the former goverment.Untill now we haven’t seen many things.Never the less, I agree with you and I hope that in the near future will help our country’s economy to grow.

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