Harold Goddijn, CEO and one of four co-founders that started TomTom in 1991.
From changing the way people drive to improving the way the world moves, Harold and TomTom are no strangers to innovation. But what does it take to go from niche software firm to a global leader in spatial data and location technologies? I sat down with the TomTom CEO to find out.
Making a name in navigation
The journey began in 1991 when Harold and three like-minded entrepreneurs – his wife Corinne, Pieter Geelen and Peter Pauwels – founded TomTom. By 1994, the company found its niche making navigation applications for pocket computers (or PDAs).
“The startup company had nothing to do with navigation, developing software for portable devices. Eventually, we stumbled on digital maps, and figured out the combination of digital maps and a portable device is a very, very powerful combination,” Harold tells me.