Robert Gaal

I'm a tall Dutch guy living in Amsterdam
and the founder of Cooper.
Here's what I've made.


TQ is a curated tech hub part of the Google for Entrepreneurs network. We hosted over 50 startups, including Scribbr, Flexport and Tripaneer. We help them achieve exponential growth with the right community, events and facilities. Our program included speakers from Google, Stripe, Amazon, and many others.


I was a product manager at Google. Product managers are a peculiar bunch. They do a lot of things, but mainly help ship the right product for the right people. I did exactly that. I mainly worked on Google for Jobs as part of the PeopleOps team, but also collaborated with teams across the company on product excellence and growth.


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.


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 was later acquired by market research institute GfK.


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.


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 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.