Alena develops early stage ideas into successful products and services. She is skilled in business development and planning, identifying and creating business opportunities and interconnecting people to networks. Her track record includes several successful startups in finance and technology.
A polyglot who speaks seven languages, Alena graduated in Economic Diplomacy from University College of International and Public Relations Prague, and has studied international economy and monetary system. Alena has also earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communication and a Master in German from Comenius University Bratislava.
Alena has over 15 years experience in business leadership and development, including as Head of Business Development for Komercni Pojistovna, a Societe Generale insurance company and INSIA, one of of the Czech Republic’s largest financial advisory networks.
In 2013, she left the traditional financial industry to join the Bitcoin revolution and founded SatoshiLabs, one of the most successful Bitcoin companies in the world. SatoshiLabs has introduced several products that significantly changed the landscape of the Bitcoin ecosystem: CoinMap, Slush Pool, the TREZOR hardware wallet.
Recently she founded the Next Web Foundation with the goal to create a new digital economy based on a peer-to-peer, cryptographically secured and privacy oriented world wide web.