On June 10, Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman Europe of Microsoft, from Prague (above, center with red pocket square) visited Czech-Tech, the people network between Silicon Valley and the Czech Republic, which was founded by Richard and Barbara Pivnicka in 2000. Several of the Czech technology startups in Silicon Valley, e.g., Hubert Palan's ProductBoard, Jan Tkac of Presentigo, gave presentations to the Czech Tech group and received suggestions and observations from Jan Muelfeit, Roman Horacek of CzechInvest, and Richard and Barbara Pivnicka who mentor startups and are angel investors. Other guest participants of Czech Tech included: Ben Holbrook, Founder/CEO of Level One, which he successfully sold, David Wilkins, Chairman of VizN Energy, a revolutionary battery company, and Philip Ross, Co-Founder/CTO of MycoWorks, a revolutionary product packaging and materials startup, which organically grows mushroom roots to fit the finished product, and Hicham Jorio, a prominent investment advisor.
During Jan Muehlfeit's meetings in Silicon Valley, arranged by Czech Tech, Jan, who has expertise and interest in education, was enthusiastic to hear the extraordinary results from the Kahn Academy, the free video educational platform giving free educational courses on line to 10 million students worldwide, and offered to advance their agenda. Members of Czech Tech were delighted to meet the Chairman of Europe for Microsoft one on one, who was an encouraging mentor for the day, to one and all.