Multicore NZ

Miniconf Organisation – Nicolás Erdödy


Nicolás Erdödy is a seasoned high technology entrepreneur and former venture capitalist that founded and implemented 15 start ups in different countries and industries. He spent decades designing and integrating systems and teams involving different areas of established organisations or creating them from scratch. Nicolás has full responsibility for value chain creation, from concept design to profitable operation and exit.

In early 2010, Nicolás established Open Parallel Ltd, a start up specialised in OSS, Multicore and Parallel Programming. Its first major project was sponsored by Intel and involves TBB applied to HipHop, Facebook‘s open source software for big PHP websites

Nicolás is Director of Erdödy Consultancy Ltd, a professional services firm that specialises in Corporate Entrepreneurship, conceptualises and deliver projects within business and corporations; supports the due diligence, establishment, funding and management of new ventures; and helps with market development of innovations and new technologies internationally, particularly in Australasia and Latin America.

As Founder and CEO of the first multicore software company established in 2005 in New Zealand, Nicolás conceptualised, created, raised venture capital and internationally consolidated the business as multicore ISV for Sun Microsystems and successfully negotiated the firm’s divestment in 2008. He was key for the University of Otago, New Zealand becoming the first Sun Microsystems OpenSparc Centre of Excellence outside the US.

In 2008, Erdödy Consultancy Ltd was commissioned by NZTE to investigate if there was a potential around multicore systems to be the foundation of new industries in New Zealand. Nicolás delivered a report proposing a strategy and technology road map towards NZ becoming a global hub in Open Source and Parallel Computing.

Between Nov’ 2008 and Aug’ 2009 Nicolás was Program Manager of the Open Source Learning Lab, a project lead by The Open Polytechnic of NZ with funding from the Tertiary Education Commission, OSLL was an innovative delivery model of Open Source Software training 100% online. In 2000-2002 with French investment he created the first e-learning Mathematics academy of South America, with users in 14 countries, based in Montevideo, Uruguay

In 2005, Nicolás established dGV, a boutique venture capital firm, full member of NZVCA. Based in North Otago, dGV specialised in early stage high tech ventures with strong IP position. He was Venture Capital Manager and between 2005 and 2008 received 3000 proposals, did 300 full due diligence and did three investments, becoming CEO of two of the newly created companies and Director of all of them.

Nicolás holds a Master of Entrepreneurship from the University of Otago, New Zealand; a Research Diploma for New Technologies in Education from INRP (Uruguay – France) and forgot long time ago the FORTRAN that studied between Mathematics and Hydraulics at the School of Engineering of Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay. He knows how to ask for a beer in five human languages.

Experience in relevant presentations

  • Open Source Learning Lab – Talk at ELVIS: software design research group in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington – June 2009
  • PDCAT’08 – Industry Liaison Chair of the International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Applications and Technologies at the University of Otago, Dunedin – December 2008
  • World45- Invited by Sun Microsystems to do industry presentations about multicore solutions at Mitsubishi Electric and NEC research centers – Tokyo, Japan – September 2008
  • ATNAC (Australasian Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference). World45 was gold sponsor. Presentation and prize awarding – Christchurch, NZ, December 2007.
  • World45 – Company invited by Sun Microsystems to GSMA Mobile Asia Congress. Industry presentations jointly with Sun – Macau, China, November 2007
  • Organised the presence of World45 at Multicore Expo 2006 in Santa Clara, California, invited by Sun. From Design & Reuse (March 2006) “…companies Aurora VLSI, Synopsys, World45 Ltd., SimplyRISC …and University of California, Santa Cruz are among members of the open source community to support Sun’s pioneering OpenSPARC initiative”


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