"When we got acquired in 2009 by ETH, we were in a good position in that we had the position to talk to many companies at the same time. What we were looking for in our partner was basically two things. One: a joined vision so that we're making sure that we have the same roadmap, the same vision going forward. And two, trust. We want to be sure that we can trust those guys, that we like them, and I'm really happy how it turned out because it's really a great partnership for us." -- Dominik Grolimund.
How do you determine who to partner with?
Dominik Grolimund, co-founder and CEO of Wuala, is 30 years old and studied computer science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). In 1998, he founded his first software company, Caleido), and developed a CRM software of which more than 35,000 licenses have been sold. In 2005, he started research and development on Wuala, a novel secure online storage, at ETH Zurich together with Luzius Meisser. In 2007, they founded their company and launched the first public beta in 2008. In early 2009, they successfully sold the company to LaCie, the French-American manufacturer of external storage solutions, and joined the management team of LaCie to work on the future of storage solutions.