Judge, 2006 Global Finals
Jan joined The Aurora Funds in 2003 as part of the investment team and focuses on Information Technology. He came to Aurora with strong operating experience in the high tech industry. At Aurora, Jan spends his time sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, and he also gives strategic and marketing support to existing portfolio companies. He is on the Board of Nextreme and Digitalsmiths, and acts as an observer for Recordant, Centice and WorldCell. In addition, Jan serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and frequently speaks at events at Duke, UNC and NC State.
Prior to business school, Jan worked in sales engineering and international business development at Larscom, and was part of the core team that successfully built the European presence of this telecommunication equipment manufacturer. He gained hands-on experience at a startup running technical support for K-NET R&D, a video conferencing manufacturer. Prior to that, he began his career as a support engineer and later as a marketing engineer at Madge Networks, a leading enterprise networking manufacturer. During his time as an undergraduate student, Jan founded and ran a software and hardware engineering company.
Jan holds a BS in Software Engineering from Fontys University in Holland, an MSc in Human-Computer Systems focusing on Artificial Intelligence from DeMontfort University in the UK, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where he received the Dean’s Recognition Award for Leadership.