My name is Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten and I’m a Serial Internet Entrepreneur, blogger and speaker.
I started my first company, V3 Redirect Services, in 1997. V3 gave away redirect urls like come.to/boris, listen.to/music and surf.to/eric. We sold V3 in 1999 to Fortunecity.com which was about to go public on the Neuer Markt. We got paid in shares and continued working for V3 for a year. Unfortunately our shares had lost most of their value by 2002.
In 2003 I started a Wi-Fi Hotspot operator in the Netherlands. We named it HubHop and started installing Wi-Fi Access Points in bars, hotels and other public places as fast as we could. Within 6 months we had over 50 HotSpots and KPN approached us to talk about acquiring HubHop. 8 months after incorporating our company we sold 51% to KPN. Another 6 months later we sold the other 49% too. I stayed on as an adviser to KPN Hotspots (HubHop was renamed after we sold it to KPN) for another year.
Since then I have started several projects and companies including The Next Web Conference and Fleck.com. More recently I started TwitterCounter.com. You could describe it as a combination of Feedburner and or Google Analytics for Twitter.
Starting companies, inventing innovative technology and coming up with new ideas is my work. A lot of my time is spent on keeping up with new trends on the web, internet and in technology in general and looking for opportunities.
I keep my LinkedIn profile up-to-date so if you want to know more about what I have done in the past check that.
From May 2005 till April 2008 I have been chairman of IPAN (Interactive Professionals Association Netherlands).
You can see what books I read at the Books page.
If you need a photo of me for a blog or article you can use these. Please do notify me in advance so I know where and for what you are using my portrait and show the photographers name when you use it please.