Jamil Cheaitou

Jamil Cheaitou

Startup Manager

I heard too many “If I had done” – stories in my childhood from former talented players talking about the reasons why they are now not playing in the big stadiums, so I promised myself I will do my utmost to follow my dream and become a soccer player. I trained harder than anyone else, I was daily on the field, stayed focused and still out of different reasons I’m now here following another path and joined a great team in the medtech industry.

Looking back, it is a great feeling knowing that I invested my maximum without regrets. On the contrary, I have a full bag of takeaways. Sports taught me to handle different personalities, to take responsibility on the field by reacting quickly to new match situations, to look ahead and foresee the opponent’s action and most importantly to experience that a successful team depends on every member with individual strengths. Now, the field is different but the fundamentals of success are still the same. I’m now surrounded by talented team-mates and will do my best to look back at any time without having a reason to say “If I had done, then…..”

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Larissa Eichkorn

Larissa Eichkorn

Coordinator Intrapreneurship & Co-Creation

Every step into this world fascinates me and makes me excited and curious to learn more. To explore new things, to understand other perspectives and to be open, to go different ways. Often you must look at things from different perspectives to get closer to a goal.

At werk_39, I experience this every day, with a team that is so different and still somehow the same. With projects and events that are not alike. As a venture host, it is a special ambition of mine to be some kind of an anchor point for the colleagues as well as all guests.
As on any journey, you can plan certain things but to be open-minded, to explore, to learn and to move forward a little faster than the rest of the world has become one of the most valuable travel guidelines.

Therefore, I hope to get the chance to discover much more of the world.  To transfer this into my daily work at Rote Strasse 1 makes it exciting and challenging at the same time.

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Gerhard Faller

Gerhard Faller

Data Analyst

I’ve always been a restless person. When there’s nothing to do I get edgy and find myself a side project. My current side project is building a smoker from steel drums and, of course, extend it with a self-build temperature controller that sends the data to the cloud.

Growing up in a family business there has always been small tech challenges to solve. This formed my interest in technology and over time it became my day job. Once I’m challenged with a task, I can’t stop till it’s solved. Because: Everything can be done; it’s just a matter of effort!

I love that my hobbies have become my job and that the experiences I gather in my side projects can be turned into solutions at work.

Working at werk_39 gives me the freedom to keep my interest in technologies up to date and it provides me with challenges and little riddles that come along every day. From small scripts to enterprise wide analytic solutions.

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Anton Feld

Anton Feld

Head of Venture Consultants

Richard Branson once said: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” Ever since I heard that for the first time, this attitude accompanies me every day. Self-development and challenging the status quo is crucial to achieve this. Personally, I’m a very inquisitive person. That’s also the reason why I’m telling my children to not always be satisfied with a situation. It starts with learning a new sport, riding a bicycle with one hand or finding different ways how to solve a math assignment (and I don’t mean cheating;-)). There is always a better way, you just need to find it.

With the same attitude I’m supporting our Corporate Startups of temporary members of B. Braun with my methodology knowledge and my experience.

What is my biggest dream? Well, I would love not just to help a Corporate Startup start running but also to go on-board and move along the pathway to a successful startup business.

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Christian Frank

Christian Frank

Director werk_39 Tuttlingen

I studied technical computer science, but this was never my big passion. Nevertheless, these years have prepared me well for the current period. I use the detection of patterns and automatisms every day. I cannot say whether my strong urge for order and structure results from my favorite subject mathematics or is simply inherited, but it regularly helps to amuse my surroundings!

I don’t push myself into the foreground permanently. If you have convinced me, you experience me energetically and willing to perform. This may take time to get used to, but it usually develops for the better. I love breaking rules when it helps solve the problem. Be prepared, if you ask why, I ask why not! Extensive brainstorming sessions are a discipline that I live out with like-minded people with a lot of enthusiasm. At werk_39, these qualities are welcome and ensure a challenging but varied day-to-day work without me having to slip into a role.

In my private life, my thirst for action ends up in various voluntary board positions. I find my balance in nature and sailing! Treasures and qualities that are important to me: family, space, time, home, naturalness and permanence. Things I can do without: short-sleeved business shirts, TV series, big city ballyhoo and children’s toys made of plastic.

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Fabian Fritz

Fabian Fritz

Venture Consultant

Stay hungry, stay foolish – first expressed by author and entrepreneur Stewart Brand and recited by Steve Jobs, this sentence sums up my inner drive. Never hold still but rather stay curious and open-minded in this world.

Traveling foreign countries, tasting and cooking new food, exploring unknown routes on the MTB, getting various objects in front of my lens – stay hungry, stay foolish.

The same applies to the projects at werk_39: Define a hypothesis, then test and experiment with it and ultimately learn for the future. You don’t make mistakes; you extend your knowledge.

This methodology requires passion and willingness to go outside and do stuff, opposed to just talk or think about it. So, let’s pack the bag, lace up our shoes and embrace the uncertainty – stay hungry, stay foolish.

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Katrin Gfrörer

Katrin Gfrörer

Venture Consultant

“The ball is round and the game lasts 90 minutes.” (Sepp Herberger)

A supposedly clear goal: 90 minutes to the final whistle! As a former football referee, however, I know that the way to the goal is full of uncertainty. You acquire knowledge, study and observe team mates, attend training courses but the curiosity and excitement about what will happen during these 90 minutes is something that grips you every time. Which decision do I make when? Are they right? What do they influence? Which personalities will I meet? What is the result?

This curiosity about and adrenaline during the game coupled with the courage to make decisions is what distinguishes me. Keeping an overview and being part of the whole is something that can be transferred directly from the sports field on the role of a venture consultant.

And the best of all: At the beginning of a game even the referee never knows whether the planned 90 minutes are really the goal – until the final whistle blows.

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Katharina Kensy

Katharina Kensy

Venture Consultant

It is a deep curiosity to learn more about people, to get to the bottom of things and to always try something new; that defines me.

Surrounded by nature, while rock climbing under the open sky you are secured by a rope but still carry a certain risk – This feeling is also present when I accompany new projects with the various teams at werk_39.

It is my inner need to bring together the adventure of a project with structure and methodology – because if the path of a venture is unknown, the right tools and methods are crucial for its success.

To summarize: Both, on the rock and at the whiteboard mental strength, technique and stamina are the ingredients which are most important to me.

With these tools in my backpack I hope to discover many more adventures and experiences in this world.

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Jan Koch

Jan Koch

Process Specialist

I like hiking in the forest, sailing on Lake Constance and cooking.

My greatest passion is woodworking, specifically furniture. Each piece of furniture is unique and tailored to the needs of my friends. It is not always easy to find the simplest solution. Most of the time, simple solutions are better than complex.

Understanding the customer’s needs is essential for my job as Venture Specialist Hospital Processes. It is all about understanding customer pains and needs to develop the most beneficial solution. At werk_39, I can combine my experience of more than 20 years with B. Braun, working in various fields.

My job fulfills me, because I can learn continuously within our ventures at werk_39.

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Sören Lauinger

Sören Lauinger

Vice President Intrapreneurship & Co-Creation

The possibility to create something new, never being satisfied with the status quo, drives me.

Basically, we have the greatest freedom to try things out, learn from them and return what works to our parent company. This applies above all to current innovation projects but also to the “preparation” of these. Perhaps like a chef who is constantly trying to optimize ingredients, tools, and team composition. What leads more efficiently and faster to success – what do we learn from things that made us fail. Is that why I am often in the kitchen at home? Maybe for Sunday’s Spätzle to go with Sauerbraten, otherwise more to inspect the fridge or candy storage.

As far as my self-image as the boss of werk_39 is concerned I go with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: If you want to build a ship you must teach your crew to long for the wide, endless sea… and ask for forgiveness rather than permission. Am I a born entrepreneur? Probably not, or I’d have done it long ago. But who knows what’s coming…?

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Adrian Riegger

Adrian Riegger

Intern Venture Associate

A great curiosity about new developments and methods drives me, however, I also try to reflect on things critically. Probably, supposed opposites define me – on the one hand, a tendency towards clear structure, on the other hand, my creativity and a certain willingness to take risks.

Apart from my professional life, I have always loved music and sports, a great passion of mine is football. In music, I especially like the creative part, in football, I appreciate the team aspect. As a trainee at werk_39 I want to learn as much as possible. I am looking forward to work with a great team and to gain a lot of exciting insights.

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Philipp Simon

Philipp Simon

User Experience Designer

You know that moment standing in front of your home trying to sell the home-picked flowers? My first startup: A mobile vegan take-away flower store.

The foundation of my passions is built on the empathy I’ve developed for customers, users and human beings. This empathy and the urge to design blossomed in my mother’s jewelry shop or during my DJing time no matter if there were three or 5000 people – understanding what they need and making their experience memorable, usable and joyful. What I’ve learned is that if you really want to do something, I mean really, you are going to make it happen. Doesn’t matter if there’s no path and no one has done it before, if there are bumps or if it goes up and down like a single trail in the forest.

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Matthias Warken

Matthias Warken

Venture Consultant

To support people in realizing their ideas is my main driving force. It is always fascinating to see how a mere thought or sketch can be turned into a prototype and finally into a value-added offer. Literally rolling up your sleeves is the best part. Just like in real life when you ride your bike up a mountain or down a flowing trail. And what does it all comes down to? The right balance between power and technique even if you fall down sometimes. Stay tuned and push your limits!

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