Nikos is Regional Partner, Central US at Kairos Ventures. As such, he is responsible for all fund activities in the Central US region, including fundraising, investor relations, portfolio management, and university relations. In addition, Nikos leads firmwide transaction execution and is in charge of regulatory compliance.
Prior to Kairos, Nikos was the CEO of Lingospot, an enterprise software company he co-founded. Under his leadership, Lingospot became a key provider of semantic search and machine learning technologies to some of the world’s largest media and technology companies, including Bloomberg, Forbes, Time Inc., Intel, Sky, Boston.com, USA Today, Gannett, McClatchy and many others. Nikos led Lingospot’s expansion into deep scene-level metadata services for cable companies, direct broadcast satellite companies, over the top TV distributors, consumer electronics manufacturers and TV and cable networks. He then negotiated Lingospot’s acquisition by Piksel, one of the largest over the top video software platforms in the world, with customers having over 85 Million monthly subscribers. Following the acquisition, Nikos stayed with Piksel as Senior Vice President of Business Development, Media and Telecom. At Piksel, he worked with customers such as AT&T, SONY Pictures and Sky.
Prior to founding Lingospot, Nikos was the founding CEO of Upstream, a global mobile marketing company with over $100M in revenue and 65M subscribers in 43 countries. He was also the founder of Snack TV, led the global launch of RCS Mobile (acquired by Clear Channel), and has served on the Boards or advised several digital media companies including Behavioral Signals, Out There Media, NCI Mobility (acquired by InTouch), Hi-Tide Media and Event Now. Nikos is also a Judge for the MIT $100K Competition, a Mentor for the Columbia University Entrepreneurship Coaches Network and a Judge for the Columbia University Venture Competition.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from the MIT
Sloan School of Management.