An experienced public and private company CEO, Brian founded Horizon Globex in 2010 and listed the company on Nasdaq between 2012-2017. Prior to this, Brian worked as a software engineer in Zurich, California, Amsterdam and the United Kingdom. Brian graduated in 1990 with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Prior to his role as CCO at Horizon Globex, Laplana founded and served as managing principal of Nesting Partners LLC, a patent incubator and software company builder. Having created the company’s investment thesis and business model, Laplana played a role as an investor, partner, and promoter in Nesting Partners’s various portfolio companies. To date, Nesting Partners has transacted in over 40 patent portfolios and founded over 9 companies, producing 2 successful exits for a 7.5X return. Laplana continues to oversee Nesting partners as a principal. Laplana, on an individual capacity, has directly invested in and/or raised over $20 million in seed stage funding for over 15 start-ups. Laplana, his teams and partners (in orchestration) have additionally developed, designed and successfully commercialized over 150 products and technologies for internal portfolio companies, partners and clients.
Laplana additionally advises the Venezuelan Congress on IP strategy and serves as a member of the technical steering committee that is tasked with reforming the country’s IP legislation. Laplana and his companies have been invited to speak at forums hosted by: Amazon, the Venezuelan and Colombian Congress, the Metropole global forum, the IP Deal Makers forum, the Urban Land Institute, Harvard Business School and the Clinton Global Foundation.
Pete joined Horizon Globex in 2011. Before joining us, Pete worked at Microsoft (2008-2011), Atos Origin (2004-2008) and AIT Group Plc. (1998-2002). Pete has held CISSP certification since 2010. Pete graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1995 and holds an MSc (Distinction) Degree from University College London in 2006.
Andy joined Horizon Globex in 2013. Before joining us, Andy worked as a software engineer with Dell Inc. (2012-2013) and Lehman and Nomura Plc. (2007-2012). Andy was co-founder of Juneberi Ltd., a research driven software tech start-up (2004-2007). Andy graduated in 2006 with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Limerick, Ireland.