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Axel Tillmann

Advisor Greater Boston Area, US

Board of Advisors, Tinkers & Thinkers Inc. and Member Board of Directors, Soft Machines.

Board of Advisors, Tinkers & Thinkers Inc. and Member Board of Directors, Soft Machines.

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Soft Machines
RAM Enterprises
Timewire Technology
Tinkers & Thinkers Inc.
Tinkers & Thinkers, Inc.


Managing Director Prior post grad employment upon request September 1983 - March 1991
Chairman of the BoD Alion Energy, Incorporated January 2016 - present
Chairman of the Board Appnow July 2015 - present
Board of Advisors Tinkers & Thinkers, Inc. July 2012 - present
Member Board of Directors Soft Machines January 2012 - present
Chief Executive Officer RVC USA May 2011 - present
Chairman of the Board Dressformer, Inc. January 2012 - June 2015
President TRAINLI 2001 - 2015
Member of the Board of Directors Timewire Technology October 2009 - December 2011
Chairman of the Board CitadelEx March 2009 - November 2011
Executive Management Consultant Alpha Consult February 2008 - May 2011
VP Sales/Network Synergy Group ArcSight June 2006 - June 2008
Executive VP ENIRA Technologies November 2004 - May 2006
CEO, Founder, and Chairman NOVILIT April 1998 - January 2004
VP Marketing and Sales Azure Technologies/GN September 1992 - March 1998
VP Marketing and Sales Trisystems Inc. April 1991 - August 1992
CEO & President ATEMCO GmbH September 1987 - November 1990
CEO & President Exycon Deutschland GmbH September 1982 - August 1987
General Manager of Family Business LT KG September 1981 - August 1982


Business School Luebeck, Germany Business Administration and Accounting August 1979 - February 1981
University Wuppertal Electrical Engineering October 1974 - May 1978

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Product Marketing
  • • Sales Management
  • • Strategic Partnerships
  • • Technology Strategy
Markets of Interest
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Hardware

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Aynur Aydeldinov
Executive Director and Managing Partner, Volga Venture Partners and CEO, Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Axel is a great advisor because he runs US branch of RVC
Julie Tittler
CEO, Founder, & Mother of Inspiration, Semafores, Inc. a 2013 Mass Challenge finalist.
Axel has been very heavily involved with the startup scene here in Boston and in Russia. I first met him at a mentoring event at MassChallen ... ge. He'd be very active and valuable to any startup he became involved with.
Kenneth Flornes
We worked together  •  CEO/President, Nectar Furnished Apartments. Previously Vice President, Silverstein Properties.
Axel is very Talented in many ways and well liked by his colleagues. Axel is detailed oriented and is a great knowledge of business in the U ... SA and abroad.
CJ Funk
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur, CISSP, Self Employed. Previously Co-Founder, Recognition Insight. University of Missouri grad.
Early in his career, Axel single handedly created an international sales force for expert network protocol analyzers, successfully drove the ... company's direction and sales and ultimately engineered the sale of the company at a perfect time.
Dora Vell
We worked together  •  CEO, Vell Executive Search. Previously Partner, Heidrick & Struggles. University of Toronto grad. University of Waterloo grad.
Axel is many of the descriptors above: resourceful, extremely bright, trustworthy, tenacious (is there a stronger word for that?) and aggre ... ssive. He sees the big picture and can also operate. He is strategic, innovative and has strong operational skills. He can also see around corners and can foresee how things will evolve. He can then go after that.
David Duehren
President, Beetlebung Advisors LLC (previously DWD Consultants). Previously CEO, SoundFest Inc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.

Yan Ryazantsev
We worked together  •  Chief Investment Officer, The Russian venture company.
Yan has extraordinary talents in analyzing complex processes and extracting value prepositions. These are some of the detailed qualities th ... at I would be looking for in a co-founder.

CJ Funk
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur, CISSP, Self Employed. Previously Co-Founder, Recognition Insight. University of Missouri grad.
CJ has been an entrepreneur all of his live and is constantly looking for what is next out there. So this is not "would be" but IS.

Evan Kirstel
They're my friends  •  Subject Matter Expert, and Advisory Board Member / Consultant, hookflash.
Evan has a proven track record to excel companies. This is an important talent for the successful startup.

Kevin Mosher
We worked together  •  Board Member, RedSeal Inc.. Previously EVP WW Field Ops., Delphix.
He is the best SVP of sales I have ever met