Robert Gaal

I'm a tall Dutch guy living in Amsterdam
and the managing director of TQ.
Here's what I've made.

TQ

I'm the managing director of TQ, a curated tech hub in the heart of Amsterdam founded by The Next Web in partnership with Google. TQ acts as a label for growth, helping startups multiply exponentially through a full-service facility and a network of talent. We're always looking to expand our community, so drop by sometime!

Google

I was a product manager at Google on an upcoming mobile marketplace. What started with a team of only a handful of people grew into a team with over 150 people globally. Next to this I worked on product and growth initiatives across the company, helping to create a culture of product excellence and focused execution.

Karma

Karma is a simple and honest mobile provider. Joining TechStars in 2012 in New York, we built a mobile provider in less than a year, with investors such as 500 Startups and DFJ. Next to defining our product and overall strategy as a co-founder, I was responsible for our hiring, community and marketing.

Wakoopa

In 2007 I co-founded Wakoopa, which started as a social network for software. We later switched our focus, and created a great research product that was used by Google, Wired Magazine, and many others. I was our lead designer and head of product. The company later joined forces with Netquest.

Foursquare

Together with a friend I discovered Foursquare during SXSW and fell in love with the app. We approached its founders shortly after to help bring it to Europe. After some planning, Foursquare launched in its first city outside of the US: Amsterdam.

The Roomware Project

The Roomware Project made interactive installations with an open-source framework I co-authored. One example was a visualization we made for the FITC event which showed BlueTooth devices present in the restrooms. We won a Spin Award for our backchannel at the anniversary event of social network Hyves.

FD

I was invited to write a weekly 500-word column about young entrepreneurship and technology for Het Financieele Dagblad, the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times. I also wrote occasionally for other media, such as Volkskrant and Emerce.

BlueAce

BlueAce was the leading Dutch weblog on technology startups. As its founder, I contributed daily with 5 other writers. We also organized the Dutch Web 2.0 Awards, sponsored by Adobe. Over 50,000 voters and 150 startups participated in it. The blog was later acquired by The Next Web.