Draper Investment Company is an international venture capital firm that recently relocated its corporate headquarters from Zurich, Switzerland to Doha, Qatar. Over the years, the organization has invested in a number of early-stage computer software and IT technologies. In 2011, Draper Investment Company established a critical funding partnership with Phonedeck, a mobile communications firm based in Berlin, Germany.
Phonedeck was founded in 2010 by leading executives Frank Fitzek, Gerrit Schulte, Jens-Philipp Klein, and Christophe Maire. Once in place, this management team quickly attracted top telecommunications and mobile application professionals from across the continent of Europe.
Driven by the belief that the various benefits of smart devices can be optimized within a single “environment,” Phonedeck developed a contact book for mobile phones that automatically maintains contacts, keeps personal information up-to-date, and makes social communication significantly easier. The company was a 2011 finalist for the Bully Award and a 2010 finalist in the LeWeb Startup Competition.