Hermann Arnold


founder entrepreneur, start-up investor, democracy reformer

Partner, Mentor, Investor, Encourager, Start-ups

Zürich, Switzerland


digitale Transformation
neue Arbeitswelt
unternehmerische Innovation


Professional experience for Hermann Arnold

  • Current 1 year and 10 months, since Aug 2020

    Co-Founder, Initiator


    Climate Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ There is no problem, one million people cannot solve. Therefore we plan to make the biggest hack in history.

  • Current 2 years, since Jun 2020

    Co-Founder, Chairman


    Break down functional silos and turn social distancing into distant socializing with fun and easy, random virtual CoffeeCalls among your employees.

  • Current 2 years and 5 months, since 2020



    We want more people to have a job that makes them happy. And we want more teams to find people who really suit them.

  • Current 3 years and 5 months, since 2019

    Investor, Chairman

    Invenda Group AG

    Intelligent vending solutions.

  • Current 4 years and 5 months, since 2018

    Programme Board Member EMBA ETH HSG

    ETH & HSG

    Developing the "EMBA ETH HSG" (embax) - a globally recognized and leading EMBA program - that develops socially responsible leaders who have the mindset, the knowledge, and the skills to integrate leadership and technology issues with the aim of having a significant positive impact on their teams, their organization, and the society at large.

  • Current 10 years and 5 months, since 2012

    Mentor, Investor, Encourager


    I engage in early stages based on team, market, idea. (in this priority)

  • 2017 - 2020

    Member of the Executive Board

    Haufe Group SE

    Haufe’s solutions empower more people to take more responsibility so that your organization will thrive in a VUCA world.

  • 2001 - 2020

    Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman

    umantis AG (later: Haufe-umantis AG)

    CEO 2001 - 2013 umantis Talent Management Software "Employees Run Companies", democratic organization, shared leadership, ...

  • 2016 - 2019

    Initiator, President

    Citizens for democracy: Demokratie21 + Österreich entscheidet

    I want to be able to tell my kids that I've done something. That I didn't stay at the sidelines and watched western democracies decline. Our democratic system is outdated and urgently needs an update.

  • 2012 - 2017

    Founding Member, President

    IT SG rocks

    Public private partnership to promote East Switzerland as the place for IT-entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial IT professionals.

  • 2014 - 2016

    Advisor of the Board

    IPM AG

    Improving personal collaboration through actionable recommendations based on a deeper understanding of different motivational profiles.

  • 2013 - 2016

    Co-Founder, Chairman

    ideas beyond AG

    Ideas beyond products and markets, the way we work and living humanity. (An expensive learning ; )

  • 2013 - 2016

    Chairman, Investor

    VIU Ventures AG

    Eyewear. Framing characters.

  • 2013 - 2016

    Member of the Board

    energy factory St. Gallen AG

    Unleashing organizational energy, the force which an organization uses to purposefully put things in motion.

  • 2011 - 2013

    Founding Member, Donor

    neos - the new Austria

    A crowd organized political party with the founding idea to change the way we organize democracy.

  • 2000 - 2006

    Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman

    b-to-v Partners AG

    One of Europe's leading service providers for entrepreneurial private investors who invest their capital, network and know-how in fast growing companies.

  • 1999 - 2000

    various positions

    University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Assistant to the Dean: Working group for developing the new curriculum, main focus on new media and fundraising. Student representative in HSG-bodies, such as senate, departments, disciplinary commission, student body (VP finance), student parliament; projects, such as HSG ball, electronic voting (implemented 1995!), etc.

  • 1996 - 2000

    Co-Founder, Chairman

    START - The HSG Forum for Entrepreneurship

    One of Europe’s largest, most internationally connected student-led entrepreneurship conference.

  • 1996 - 1996


    Vision Kids - Computer Training for Kids

  • 1990 - 1996

    various positions

    Hotel Batzenhäusl

    parental 4-star hotel, later sold and managed by externs.

Educational background for Hermann Arnold

  • 1993 - 1998

    Strategy and Organization

    University of St. Gallen, HSG

    Master thesis: «How human resources management increases the company's value?» / private lessons in statistics & mathematics (1988–1998) / academic fraternity Amicitia San Gallensis, president, finances, house ltd HSG is one of Europe’s leading business schools and is EQUIS & AACSB accredited.

  • 1985 - 1993


    Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck

    Activities and Societies: school leavers' ball, study tour / catholic fraternity TMV Teutonia, vice president, marketing/positioning Founded in 1562 by the Jesuits. Thus, it is the oldest school in Western Austria and one of the oldest schools in the German-speaking world.


  • German

    First language

  • English


  • French



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