Axel Tillmann

Executive LeadershipChief Executive OfficerFractional CEOFractional CMOFractional CSOSenior Consultant

Mr. Tillmann brings close to three decades of leadership experience to the firm, having directed numerous startups to & through successful exits, gaining a wealth of experience dealing with publicly held firms. Known as a serial entrepreneur, he is a well-known, well-connected expert involving start-ups/early-stage, establishing international companies in the US, Entrepreneurship, Going-To-Market Strategy, Sales Leadership, Fundraising, and Board of Directors.

In the last 10 years Mr. Tillmann consulted with over 300 firms from a wide range of technology & industry verticals (Communications, Internet Security, IoT, Travel Industry, Life Sciences, Renewable Energy & Green Technologies). Among them also the spin-out of a $20B Japanese corporation entering the world of independent startups.

Prior to Alpha Consult, Mr. Tillmann held positions with RVC-USA (US Arm of a $1B Fund of Funds), a Going-To-Market strategy firm for foreign companies that wanted to enter the US market, Clean-Energy-Consulting (among many projects lead a team of German Energy developers to work on 300 MW wind power projects in NH, cooperating with the then Governor), Arcsight (acquired by HP), Azure Technologies (acquired by GN), ENIRA Technology (acquired by ArcSight) & GBS Laboratories. In 1998 he founded NOVILIT, Inc., a firm specializing in EDA products & communications protocols. At NOVILIT, Mr. Tillmann oversaw & successfully ran the funding, market strategy, all product development + R&D for the firm.

Mr. Tillmann is also a sought-after judge and mentor in the Silicon Valley scene, and his recent successes included that coached companies won top spots in startup competitions as well as received the desired funding.

An accomplished speaker & author, well known for his technical expertise, Mr. Tillmann advises numerous industry organizations & served as Chairman of the Board of Alion Energy, Chairman of the Board of Appnow, Past Member of the BoD of SMI (before 2016’s M&A), & is in the BoA of more than 10 other companies. He holds degrees a BS in EE from the University of Wuppertal in Germany and a BS in BA from Luebeck.


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