Karel (Karl) van der Poel is CEO and founder of Mirror42. Before founding Mirror42, Karel van der Poel served as Vice President Strategy & Research of GorillaPark the pan-european business incubator. He was responsible for the investment strategy and involved in the seed-financing of more then 20 companies.
From 1994-1997 Karel van der Poel worked as a world-wide product manager and researcher at PROLIN Automation B.V. In 1997 Hewlett Packard Company acquired PROLIN. At HP Software Division Karel van der Poel continued to work as world wide product manager for IT Service Management software products untill 1999. As product manager he was responsible for define, build and market introduction of HP OpenView Service Desk in October 1999.