Founder | Hacker | Designer

Lucas
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Years of
Experience
Building

Fullstack Innovator working at the intersection of technology and design.

As a Founder

I have co-founded 5 companies; as a CPO, a CTO, a head of design, and twice as a CEO.

As a Designer

I design products, systems, and brands with startups, series A companies, and beyond.

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As a Hacker

I code, build applications and products, and teach web development to founders.

As a Mentor

I mentor startups and SMEs via various incubators and accelerators around the world.

Experience

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2021
Berlin, Germany
ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE
Arweave

A global hard drive protocol built on two novel technologies: the blockweave, a derivative of the blockchain, and a proof of access algorithm. Funded by investors including Coinbase Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.

2021
New York, USA
HEAD OF DESIGN
ArDrive

A permanent, secure, data storage application - think: blockchain Dropbox. Backed by leading blockchain funds such as Digital Renaissance, and SevenX Ventures.

2020-2021
London, UK
HEAD OF PRODUCT
PowerMarket

An AI-powered CleanTech platform focused on smart-cities. Backed by some of the world’s leading scientific and venture capital funds, such as the European Space Agency, Techstars, and the University of Oxford.

2020
Amsterdam, Netherlands
DESIGNER
Techstars

The Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator Powered by Techstars focuses on the future of cities, shaping how we will live, work, and travel by 2030.

2020
Torino, Italy
PRODUCT EXPERT
Techstars

Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator is focused on transformative smart mobility technologies with a concentration on smart infrastructure and smart cities.

2016-2019
Toronto, Canada
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
GOJI

GOJI is an award-winning social learning platform and international education community, with 75,000+ tutors and students from over 100 countries.

2018-2019
Shanghai, China
AMBASSADOR
nakedHUB

One of four ambassadors selected to spearhead an initiative to bring the business and tech communities of China closer together; involving consulting, mentoring, and desgining and delivering workshops.

2018
Shanghai, China
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
SignHow

SignHow is the first global sign language dictionary created by the community for the community. It is a crowd-sourced, visual platform, built to empower deaf communities around the world with access to free education. It is in wide-use today, receiving over 300,000 daily visits.

2018
Shanghai, China
CO-FOUNDER & CPO
SAASport

SAASport was the first toolkit for SaaS in China. A one-line of code solution to instantly adapt your SaaS model to the Chinese market, enabling companies to accept Union Pay, Alipay, and WeChat payments in seconds.

2014-2017
Hangzhou, China
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Westgroup

I founded Westgroup along with six co-founders; which we established as a wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE) in Hangzhou, China. During my time as CEO, Westgroup grew from being newly licensed to the foremost Canadian education company in Zhejiang Province, having taught thousands of students, and expanded into marketing, training, and technology. Westgroup worked with Chinese governmental organizations, state-owned enterprises, international companies and businesses, universities, and managed a portfolio of private clients; including Fortune 100 companies, small organizations, and nonprofits. We also collaborated on numerous G20 projects with the Chinese government and won the national public bid for Xiaoshan International Airport.

2007-2020
Global
AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER

Freelance photography projects in over 50 countries since 2007; regions include: North Africa, The Balkans, Asia-Pacific, South Asia, South-East Asia, North America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and Latin America.

Academic Education

I have a M.A. from the University of Ghent in Belgium; an M.Sc. from the University of Aix-Marseille in France; an LL.M. from Erasmus School of Law in the Netherlands; and a double bachelors from Concordia University in Canada, and Beijing Foreign Studies Uinversity in China.

Master of Arts

Behavioural Economics

Master of Science

Business

Master of Laws

Philosophy of Law

Bachelor of Arts

Political Science and Foreign Languages

Professional Education

I was accepted to several accelerators and programs as a founder with organizations such as Y-Combinator, Chinaccelerator x Lean Venture Partners, Funding Lab, and the DMZ; and graduated from the world’s top-ranked technology and design program.

Fullstack Development

Software Engineering and Design

Startup School

Ranked: #1 school for entrepreneurs globally.

Accelerators

Lean methodology, product-market fit, rapid iteration, MVPs, user acquisition, tractionbuilding, growth-hacking, product, management, strategic positioning, branding, financial modelling, accounting, and fundraising.

References

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Quite simply, Lucas is a future unicorn founder or seasoned tech executive. He is a diamond in the rough. It's very rare to find a startup founder who is the visionary, the hacker, and the hustler. He is a serial entrepreneur, full-stack developer, has global experience, fluent in Mandarin, has excellent sales skills but - most importantly - he is very humble, coachable, and resourceful.

Jordan Jocius
Director // Founder Institute

Lucas is a polymath founder and an absolute joy to work with. I was lucky to have brought him on as a designer and product expert for Techstars Italy, and had the pleasure of working alongside him to help support several projects from around the world - many of which are venture-backed, global leaders in the smart cities space. As a 360-degree leader himself, Lucas effortlessly integrated with all of the international teams and helped accelerate their growth as founders. He has limitless energy to learn, adapt, and build; and I only wish that he still worked with us.

Martin Olczyk
Managing Director // Techstars

Lucas has an incredible ability to synthesize and simplify complex concepts into clean, powerful design. With OpenBits, we gave him the challenge of harnessing the concepts of the multiverse, and an open source blockchain developer community into a logo and brand identity; and I am confident that I would never have found anyone who could pull that off like he did.

Luca Cerrone
CEO | OpenBits

Lucas is a visionary designer. He led incredible, eye-opening design syncs and workshops, and my company achieved outstanding results.

Ivan Molto
CEO | Bandplay

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