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…..”
Lab Operation Manager
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.
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.
Head of Venture Development
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.
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.
Venture Development Manager
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.
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.
Venture Development Manager
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!