Ferenc Szalai

Physicist, Experienced Technology Executive, Entrepreneur and Investor

Since 1998 he has participated in a number of international, high-performance supercomputing, grid and cloud computing projects as the researcher of the MTA SZTAKI Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems and NIIF Institute. For a long time he was one of the main developers of the ARC system, which is actively used to process large amounts of data in the experiments (e.g. measurements related to the Higgs boson) of the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

He has worked with many researchers and has published articles in international journals during that time.

From 2007 after the academic times he has founded and led several enterprises in Hungary, England and the United States. These companies are addressed to distributed data storage systems, virtualization, a variety of web and mobile technologies and services, and pharmaceutical solutions.

Currently under Real Ventures in Silicon Valley he is supporting founders of early stage enterprises, how can they dream big, how can they bring these dreams to life and enter the international markets. He is also present as an angel investor in businesses.

He is also engaged with several non-profit organizations. He is one of the organizers of the New Tech and Science Meetups in Budapest, was the head of the Asimov Foundation for a few years.

In his free time he loves to teach young people about science and technology.