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Manuel Koelman [kuːlman]

Serial Entrepreneur | Speaker

I have been building companies since 2003 and have experienced the entrepreneurial rollercoaster firsthand. During that time I have managed companies of one (me, myself, and I) and those with over 100 people.

For over a decade, I organized PIRATE Summit with all my heart. In 2023, I decided to do one Last Burn.

Organizing PIRATE Summit also led me to build, a family of durable companies. This is my life’s work, and I am pondering ways of how to make it last 100 years.

Currently, I spend most of my time working on the companies in the PIRATE family. Mostly, as a sparring partner to the entrepreneurs. I help them to gain clarity in their vision, confidence in their actions, and calmness in their mind.

I write about “Making Business More Human” to share observations and learnings. From my own experience running multiple businesses, but also from working with others that do.

Podcasts and speaking gigs? Sure, as long as my topics resonate with the audience.

I am quite active on LinkedIn. Less so on X and BlueSky. These platforms are also the best way to get in touch.

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