Blackbox believes that entrepreneurs are the core engine for global economic growth. Our mission is to bring motivated founders with great ideas from every corner of the world to Silicon Valley to learn from and connect with successful entrepreneurs, experienced venture capitalists and other resources to accelerate their global expansion. We believe it is possible to change the world whether you’re from Cupertino or Cameroon.

Our network of founders spans more than 50 countries and continues to grow—one relationship at a time. The alumni of Blackbox programs are defined by their willingness to support and promote fellow startup founders. We are fortunate to offer an incredibly diverse population of global entrepreneurs access to the Silicon Valley game changers, connect them with other global entrepreneurs and build one global ecosystem.


Fadi Bishara

Fadi has in-depth knowledge and experience related to building successful startups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the world. For over 20 years, he has been successfully matching human capital and venture capital needs across the globe, guiding talented technology entrepreneurs in their path.

Prior to founding Blackbox, Fadi was the founder and CEO of techVenture. He has over fifteen years experience building teams for over 100 early stage startups where a large majority of them successfully exited.  Fadi is a frequent speaker at several global conferences, an active mentor with startup accelerators in various international hubs and a venture advisor to international investment funds. 

Chad Kaul

Chad is a startup strategist with over a decade of experience in early stage venture. Since leaving private equity, he’s been a entrepreneur as a founder, co-founder, and founding team member. He has advised, consulted, and mentored over 60 startups backed by leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms like Sequoia, Founders Fund, Google Ventures, and other notable investors. His work has generated over $100M in funding and exits. He grew up internationally in Taipei, Athens, and Jakarta and loves working with born global entrepreneurs. At Blackbox, he leads program, business, and strategic development. 

Prior to Blackbox, Chad led Startup Design Strategy, an advisory service working with entrepreneurs to build enterprises the world needs. Over the years, he has developed tools, frameworks, and techniques to help entrepreneurs minimize time spent starting up. Chad is a passionate innovator. He has developed 120+ patents with entrepreneurs and inventors across the globe, from London to Chengdu to San Francisco. 

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