With over 750,000 members within their first year, E.Factor (which stands for Entrepreneur Factor) has proven to fulfill a need in the world of Entrepreneurs. With both online tools & resources as well as the physical events and E.Factor Lounges—the real world relationships one has, can be maintained and built in the virtual community.
Adrie Reinders (Founder)
is a serial entrepreneur. In 1975 he founded Microlife B.V., a company specializing in customer related services and training for mainframe environments. Clients included ING Bank, ABN–AMRO Bank and European Government Agencies, In 1987, Adrie sold the business , now 500 employees, with an annual revenue of 22.5 million euro.
In 1989 Adrie founded I.C.T. Rijnhaave, an I.T. firm specializing in systems integration. Shareholders included Bank Paribas, NOM Capital, DBG Bank, AG, CIN/VEN and ACHMEA (insurance). After selling the company to Syntegra (a subsidiary of British Telecom) in 1996, he served on the Syntegra Board of Directors until 2001.
Adrie founded his third I.T. business, Plus Integration Supply Chain Solutions B.V. in 1997. During the subsequent 4 years, he built the global business solutions firm specializing in supply chain management and software services into a robust business with interests in the Netherlands, United States and the United Kingdom. Customers consisted of major pharmaceutical manufacturers based in the U.S. as well as many of the largest retailers in Europe.
Over the course of his professional career Adrie has served as an advisor and board member for numerous successful private and public companies including Residex Ventures, as Chairman.
In 2004 – Adrie co-founded OHM Inc., which specialises in assisting technology companies achieve quicker and more effective sales results by offering his considerable expertise, experience and access to his global network of high level business contacts.
Adrie has a black-belt in Martial Arts and ran the New York Marathon in 1994. He is an avid sportsman allround.
Marion Freijsen (Founder & CTO)
has had over 20 years of extensive entrepreneurial experience in International business with a primary focus on Technology and Sales Management. From an early start in Merchant Banking in London in 1987, she has worked solely in commercial roles at technology companies, at five different hi-tech start-ups.
Throughout her career – Marion has been successful in expanding the organisation’s activities in greenfield regions across Europe. She has sold, or managed a wide variety of technology solutions ranging from highly complex enterprise solutions to serving the specific demands of on-line trading markets.
During the course of the past 20 odd years, Marion has set-up and managed offices in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands and built an extensive network amongst the financial services industry and blue-chip multi-national corporates across Europe and the US.
Marion is co-founder and Executive Board Member of OHM, and co-founder of The E.Factor and Cranevision. At E.Factor she has been responsible for the entire build from concept to finished product of the website and continues the development on an ongoing basis. She is advisor to a few start-up companies and is member of a think-tank in the Netherlands consisting of government, CEOs and board members of top organisations and other related individuals.
Marion is author of the book “The N-Factor – how Networking can change the dynamics of your business”, which she wrote with Adrie Reinders and which was published in the US in May 2007.
She is a frequent speaker at events on Technology and Entrepreneurship and Business Plan competition judge and panellist at Business Schools globally. Marion writes a weekly blog on “Do’s and Don’ts in Entrepreneurship” on http://www.Efactor.com
Marion holds a degree in International Sales & Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.
Marion’s main passion outside of E.Factor is sports – she participated in sports from waterskiing and paragliding as well as enjoys more regular sports such as running, mountainbiking, swimming and fitness. Her main achievements were in Triathlon – culminating in her participation in the 1994 World Championships for the Netherlands (Amateurs).