Founded and built companies in physical security, retail, e-commerce software, middleware & telecom. Focus now on family and a novel.
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Hi, you have reached Royalty.nl, my personal scrapbook. I'm Roy van Veen, self-employed since forever, husband and dad.
My professional history is a strange one. Started as a writer (advertising, theatre) in the 80s. Up to now my only venture without staff. Through a bet I moved into physical security (guys, dogs, systems) in the early nineties, followed by online gaming (1995-1997) and fish (yes, the food: 1996-1998). Next up came my tech era: systems and services (1998-1999) where I met my wife, followed by e-commerce (1999-2002) then middleware for retail & trade (2003-2008) and telecoms for retail (2004-2014).
The writing never stopped. Through the years I've worked on plays and musicals, did a lot of copywriting, wrote columns, short stories, speeches, essays, long background stories, songs, poems and lots and lots of other stuff. A couple of years ago I discovered photography. I'm still trying to get it right, but have developed a deep affection for Leica.
Through the years I have won my fair share of ugly sculptures, mirrors and pellets. To name but a few: I was named most promising startup chief, most decent entrepreneur and most eccentric manager in telecom. Now trying to win the best accolade by being the coolest dad in the world.