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Kai Buehler

University of Applied Sciences - RFH
Professor, Tech Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

Kai Buehler, Ph.D., has successfully started, managed and sold start-ups in the mobile application, loyalty and Virtual & Augmented Reality space. He is a Professor of Digital Entrepreneurship at the RFH University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany (Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln) and an active investor and advisor to various start-ups in Germany and the US (VR&AR, eCommerce, Social Enterprise).

In 2000, Kai co-founded his first start-up plan_b media which he successfully grew to be a leading provider of mobile entertainment content with offices in New York, Cologne, London and Vienna. The company was acquired by a T-Mobile Venture (now boku) in 2005. From 2004 – 2016 Kai lived in NYC and LA/SF where he founded and managed start-ups and corporate spin-outs. In 2011, Kai sold Watchpoints, the first app that rewarded viewers for watching television, to Viggle (NASDAQ: VGGL). Previously, Kai was the CEO of Mobile Messaging Solutions (mms), Inc, a leading mobile engagement provider that divested out of VeriSign in 2009 (NASDAQ: VRSN). His company managed and processed over 1 billion SMS messages annually for major iTV shows, including American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Big Brother, Survivor, and Dancing with the Stars.

He holds 2 US-patents in the interactive TV field and studied at Universities in Europe and Asia; Kai graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paderborn, Germany and the University of Hong Kong. He is also Founder of KARMAKARMA, a social enterprise that works with 150+ non-profits providing real social impacts throughout the world.