José started coding and selling his own software at age 13 in 1980 in his local computer shop in Verviers, Belgium. As a student and young graduate, he developed and sold software to international corporations and institutions. José has IPO’d three companies of which he was founder or early investor. He first co-founded skynet.be, one of Belgium’s first internet portals. He was involved in the business side and the technology side – having coded the central systems including automated invoicing, payment verification and customer service. Following the sale of skynet.be to Belgacom, José co-founded Keytrade Bank which was Belgium’s first online broker. He is currently an investor in and advisor to multiple start-ups.
As well as being in the M80 team, José is also Executive Chairman of LeanSquare, a venture capital investor.
Selected past and current board engagements
Leansquare, Verlinvest, Zetes, Skynet, Keytrade Bank