Dr. Hannes Blum is Venture Partner North America for Acton Capital, a Munich based VC fund focused on consumer internet. He sits on the Board of six companies (Mobify in Vancouver, Chef’s Plate in Toronto, Blitsy in Chicago, Eloquii in New York and Codename Entertainment as well as Monk Office in Victoria) and is an active Angel Investor.
He started his career with The Boston Consulting Group in Germany and founded his first company (JustBooks GmbH) with colleagues of his Ph.D. program in 1999. After selling his business to AbeBooks.com, he was asked to take over as CEO of AbeBooks which brought him and his family to Victoria, Canada in 2003. After acquiring 5 companies, he sold AbeBooks to Amazon.com in 2008 and stayed on as a VP for Amazon.com until May 2015. He won several industry awards during his tenure at AbeBooks and Amazon, including “Entrepreneur of the Year in the Consumer Category Pacific Region” from Ernst & Young.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and Ph.D. in Business, Controlling, and Logistics from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.