Daniel Guggenheim

Daniel Guggenheim serves as the Managing Director of a Swiss-based private holding company and as the Investment Manager of its US subsidiary. He is the Chairman of NRG Services, a Massachusetts (USA) company for infrastructure services. He consults with Dent-Well (dent-well.com), a Houston based dental service organization that manages dental clinics in multiple states.

He served on the Board of a Charlotte North Carolina software company that was sold to a strategic investor. Before, he worked with a major corrugated board manufacturer in Switzerland.

Daniel Guggenheim has a long time experience in a broad array of company transactions. Specifically, his areas of expertise include business development, deal structuring and financing transactions.

He studied law at the Universities of St. Gallen and Zurich and graduated
from Widener University, School of Management, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Business Administration.

My advice to founders is to plan for a longer period of time to get to results.

  • Expertise in / interest in the following areas: Business Development and Strategy, Consumer goods, Infrastructure, High-precision mechanics, Optimizations

  • Previous experience:

    – Managing Director of a Swiss holding company and Investment Manager of its American subsidiary
    – Chairman of NRG Services, LLC, an infrastructure service company based in Massachusetts (USA)
    – Consultant with Dent-Well, a Houston-based company that operates dental clinics in several US states
    – Former director of a software company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, which was successfully sold to a strategic investor
    – Cooperation in a corrugated cardboard factory in Switzerland
    – Many years of experience in various areas of business management

  • Favourite quote: “Good leaders create followers, great leaders create leaders” (Sir Jonathan Sacks)

Q -What has been the most important "learning" of your career?
DG -The success of any project completely depends upon the team.
Q -What would you have liked to know at the beginning of your career?
DG -Leading projects to success takes more time than you think.
Q -What makes a really good founder?
DG -Spirit to fight and openness towards experienced people.
Q -What is a "deal breaker" for you?
DG -Loss of Trust.
Q -What qualities are you looking for in a founder/team, what is important to you?
DG -Loyalty, expertise, analysis. The ability to think in a networked way and humour.
Q -What trends do you currently observe in the technological world?
DG -Artificial Intelligence in industry.
Q -How do you define success?
DG -Sustainable development for all stakeholders and a stable or increasing cash flow.
Q -What is your most important advice to founders?
DG -Make plans for a sustained period of difficulty.
Q -Can Europe keep up on the global stage? Where do you see opportunities?
DG -Only if the EU stands together in the crisis. I see opportunities in onshoring supply chains.
Q -Which startup inspires you most?
DG -OrCam.
Q -What are the indispensable tools in your everyday life?
DG -Moleskin, cellphone.
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