Chiara Decaroli has a doctorate in quantum physics and studied at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and ETH Zurich. She now works for a Redstone fund that is dedicated exclusively to investing in quantum startups.
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Huge and yet so tiny: “Quantum technology is extremely exciting. The disruptive potential is enormous. And at the same time, it’s just so early.”

Chiara Decaroli has been there for a long time: When the Italian studied physics, she discovered quantum physics as her specialty. She is doing her master’s degree in quantum optics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and her doctorate in quantum computing at ETH Zurich. “Quants are the stuff that reality is made of,” she says. “It’s about the smallest building blocks of everything, the core of reality.” How could that not completely fascinate someone, she asks and laughs.

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Decaroli has been working for Redstone as “Quantum Fund Manager” since September 2023. The European early-stage investor wants to invest almost 52 million euros (50 million Swiss francs) in quantum technology together with QAI Ventures over the next few years. The initiative is intended to advance the development and commercialization of quantum technologies and position Redstone as a pioneer of the European quantum revolution, the company said in a statement in late summer 2023.

Why should investors invest in quantum startups?

“We are really observing a technological revolution here, similar to that triggered by classic computers and the Internet,” says the Italian. “And the significant progress made in recent years suggests that we are increasingly approaching a point where the technology is mature and can be used commercially. That’s why it’s important to invest in these startups now.”


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