As the engine of the I.E.C.T. and mainly responsible for the international recognition and credibility concerning the competence of the company, he has become a figurehead of successful entrepreneurship.
Hermann Maria Hauser (* 1948 in Vienna) is an Austrian engineer, computer and venture capital entrepreneur living in Great Britain. He played a central role in the foundation of various enterprises in the British Silicon Valley (Silicon Fen) near Cambridge.
As a student, Hauser attended a language school in Cambridge. He studied Physics at the University of Vienna (diploma degree) and in Cambridge, where he earned his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory.
He is probably most well-known for his contribution to the formation of Acorn with Chris Curry in 1978. The company developed personal computers in Great Britain, among others the BBC Micro (developers Steve Furber, Sophie Wilson) and the very successful ARM processor (which later was used billions of times, e.g. in the production of mobile phones). Founded with only 100 pounds, the company’s stock market value was 200 million within five years.
After the company was taken over by Olivetti in 1985, he became the vice president for research there, and, in 1986, founded the Olivetti Research Laboratory (ORL) in Cambridge, together with Andy Hopper (who took over the management). In 1988, he left Olivetti in order to found the Active Book Company, which would develop tablet computers. There, Hauser tried for a wide distribution of the technology and cooperation right away, in order to learn from the mistakes made at Acorn. In 1991, the company was merged in EO by AT&T, who developed the EO Personal Communicator. Hauser was chairman of EO Europe and chief technical officer. The company existed until 1994.
In 1990, Hauser was also involved in Acorn’s spin-off ARM Limited (Advanced RISC) Machines. The company was a joint venture of Apple (who used the ARM as CPU in the Newton PDA from 1993 on), Acorn, and VLSI Technology.
Consequently, he played a dominant role as venture capitalist in the Cambridge area. In addition, he founded the Amadeus Capital Partners in 1997, together with Anne Glover and Peter Wynn.
He was the founding director of IQ (Bio), IXI Limited, Vocalis, SynGenix, Electronic Share Information Limited, and E*Trade UK.
With his venture capital company, he also financed biotechnological research like that of Solexa (DNA sequencing technology) in 2003, which was sold to Illumina Inc. for 600 million dollars in 2007. In 2009, he became the head of the East Anglia Stem Cell Research Network. The company also financed CSR plc, the Entropic Research Laboratory (taken over from Microsoft in 1999), Icera (taken over from Nvidia in 2011), and Teraview.
Field of competence:
Branding, marketing and communication
Founder of the I.E.C.T., owner and CEO of the Spectrum advertising agency since 1985