Pavel’s experience with startups was gained early and firsthand. After graduating from university, he started his own small consulting firm to assist foreign companies entering the Czech market. In the 1990s, he matched local companies with relevant and eager foreign investors. Business–IT alignment is Pavel’s greatest strength. During his tenure in the banking industry in the late 90’s, he developed his financial services skills. Later he solidified his experience in technology at IBM where he spent 12 years. Another domain Pavel has been focusing on is cultivating an innovative corporate culture at the companies where he has been involved. Currently Pavel leads the Deloitte Consulting and Technology advisory business. He also serves on the advisory boards of several technology startups, where he identifies and builds alliances with various technology vendors (both startup and big tech).