Two years ago, Carl Palmstierna gave up his job at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in London and moved back to his native Sweden to invest in technology startups. Smart move. Palmstierna, 46, has helped found about a dozen companies, including Altitun, a Swedish optical company that was sold to Minneapolis-based ADC Telecommunications for $960 million.
Palmstierna has provided a valuable link between Swedish entrepreneurs and global markets. "Sweden has an excellent technology base," he says. "But its venture-capital and private equity markets have not been very sophisticated." His $150 million private equity fund, Industrial Development & Capital, is helping to change that.