David Helgason

“Silicon Valley playbook: how ambition met the Silicon Valley to make a small company big”

David Helgason is the Founder and Partner of Unity Technologies and Nordic Makers.vc. With a background in programming, he served as the CEO of Unity Technologies until 2014, since co-founding the highly successful company it in 2003. Unity Technologies is now the leading global game industry software and continues to democratize game development and develop technology and business models for the next phase of the games industry.

Unity is the creator of the world’s most widely used real-time 3D (RT3D) development platform, giving developers around the world the tools to create rich, interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. The 800+ person engineering team keeps Unity at the bleeding-edge of technology by working alongside partners such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Oculus to ensure optimized support for the latest releases and platforms. Unity is powering RT3D in architecture, automotive, construction, engineering, film, games, and more.

David Helgason is also an experienced startup investor, a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and products, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do. He is often to be seen as a keynote speaker at various entrepreneurship events, conferences, and festivals, and we are very honored to have him at CBS Entrepreneurial Day.