The idea came to Patrick in December 2011. Patrick is a shareholder in Fuori Mondo, a small high-end vineyard in Tuscany that started distributing in China. He and his fellow shareholders realized that the risk of being copied was high.
Patrick started looking for a technological solution that was simple, secure and easy to implement, but couldn’t find anything relevant on the market. In his research, he found out that Inside Secure, a French chipmaker, had just launched Vault IC, a secured chip designed for protection against the counterfeiting of goods.
This technology gave Patrick the idea of creating a platform that could deliver not only the anti-counterfeiting service, but also value-added services derived from the fact that items could be identified. Brands could just plug into the platform.
With Jean-Pierre Pirson (one of his fellow shareholders in Fuori Mondo), Gwennaelle Festraets, Didier Delhez and Arnaud Handzel, Selinko was created in September 2012
Today, more things than people are connected to the Internet and experts predict that there will be 20.8 billion things connected by 2020. This new era, called Internet of Things, offers many opportunities for technological innovation. However, this extreme connectivity also broadens the security need for objects.
Person, payment and object will constitute the virtual circle in every future transaction. People and payment security is already shifting to a more secure digital world. Selinko’s vision is to secure the loop by identifying objects at the same confidence level as payments transfer, opening new perspectives for secured online sales services.
Broad experience as an IT Executive and as an Entrepreneur. 5 years as CIO of IBA (medical devices and pharma, 2 years as Partner in Fuori Mondo wines, 10 years as CEO of booksinspired, 3 years as CIO Europe of Dimension Data.
6 years Project Leader at Euroclear, 2 years CEO of TimeConcept SPRL, 2 years at Bics as Java team leader, 2 years as Business Unit Engineering Director at IBA, 3 years CEO of TaktIT SPRL and Enterprise Architect as contractor for private companies and public sector.
15 years marketing and communication experience. In charge of media and advertising strategies for key accounts in luxury industry at Universal Media, McCann Erickson. 4 years as Project Manager for Mass Transit Media. 4 years at Levi Strauss as Marketing Manager Benelux and Scandinavian countries.
Bernard’s experience covers the areas of general management, sales and finance. 5 Years at Unilever in key account functions. 9 years as general manager of an Omnicom ltd subsidiary. Founded Altea, a agency specializing in the re-selling of telecom services and products. Active investor in numerous start-ups.
19 years experience in ICT, including Technical Sales and Sales Management, Product and Offering Management, both at Benelux and European levels. 6 years in Cloud Computing offering management and deployment at European level including strategic partnership development