Interview Carol Roth, Entrepreneur/ Play Herself on TV/Author/ Investor, Chicago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Roth

http://www.carolroth.com/

http://www.cnbc.com/carol-roth/

https://www.entrepreneur.com/author/carol-roth

 


Carol Roth is an on-air contributor for CNBC, a “recovering” investment banker, entrepreneur and best-selling author.


Where are you living?

I kind of live in an airplane.

Most of my shoes and my only husband are located in Chicago, so I call that home.  I spend at least one day a week in New York City and am often in other locales as well.

 

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I’m basically an overgrown 8-year old.

 

What inspires you?

It would be easier for me to determine what doesn’t inspire me (housework).  I am incredibly curious, so I find inspirations in a variety of environments, geographies, people and more.  I’d probably be better off if I were not so easily inspired!

 

Tell me about what you do?

The short answer is that I am an entrepreneur and I play myself on TV.  My actual roles and activities encompass being a TV contributor, panelist, co-host and judge, currently on America’s Greatest Makers (Tuesday nights at 9p ET on TBS) and on CNBC, particularly the Closing Bell (4p ET Wednesdays on CNBC).  I write for many outlets, including a weekly column at Entrepreneur.com and have authored a bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation.  I’m a recovering investment banker who has completed more than $2 Billion in transactions.  I used to do more capital raising and M&A, now it tends to be more around joint ventures and licenses.  I do spokesperson and consulting work with brands like Microsoft and Bank of America and a ton of content creation.  I manage a team that does customer loyalty consulting.  I make investments and advise a few companies.  I speak and emcee for a variety of companies and entities.  I am launching a legacy planning product.  Let’s just say that I’m busy.

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

Based on the above, there’s no typical day.  In the first quarter of the year, I’ve taped a full TV series and done more than a dozen live shows. I’ve written dozens of pieces of content.  I’ve hosted a live event for Richard Branson and Virgin Atlantic.  I’ve done speaking engagements for Entrepreneur and Microsoft, among others.  I’ve gotten a software product out of alpha and into beta.  I’ve helped one of the start-ups that I advise raise around a million dollars.  I’ve managed the licensing of major properties with Fox and Hasbro for a client and done a successful fan club launch, amongst other endeavors. It never gets boring, that’s for sure.

 

What are some of your favourite source for information?

Twitter is my favorite source for information, hands down, as it lets me quickly view curated information from top news outlets and journalists, as well as people that I admire and who are just good at finding information. Since my personal and professional interests span business, the markets, politics, sports, fashion, entertainment and more, it’s a great way to get up to speed quickly and then be directed to the appropriate outlets when and where I want to dive deeper into a subject.

 

How social media influence your life?

I love social media, particularly Twitter (I’m @CarolJSRoth).  It has allowed me to make business and professional connections.  It provides an outlet for me to share worldwide my opinions and content. I even got into a fight that went viral.  It’s an integral part of my every day, with the exception of the two weeks+ a year that I do an electronic sabbatical.

Interview Tanja Selzer, Artist, Berlin

http://www.tanjaselzer.de/

https://www.instagram.com/tanjaselzer/

Where are you living?

In Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

45, a very good age

What inspires you?

People, the crazy ones, who teach me not to accept ostensible rules, to think and live as free and creative as possible

Tell me about what you do?

I’m an artist with a focus on painting. Right now I’m working on a project called „soul mate crash“. Technically it’s about the interface between painting and fotography. The content is about the unexpected and how to deal with it.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

My 2 kids force me to have a clear structure, a classical ninetofive working day. I’m very happy about that, otherwise I would sleep during the day, work in the night and get a depressive vampire

What are some of your favourite source for information?

I listen to the radio the whole day and I love the internet

How social media influence your life?

I’m addicted

 

Schaumfrau 130×220 cm 2012 #painting #berlin #tanjaselzer #thefemalegaze #retrospective

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Interview Kira Bunse, Photographer, Paris

http://www.kirabunse.com/

https://www.instagram.com/kjbunse/

Where are you living?

I am living in Paris

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I’m born in 1978

What inspires you?

People, places, cultures

Tell me about what you do?

I am a photographer

I am working for fashion and I am also doing Portrait and Reportage photography

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I get up, do sports, breakfast, checking e-mails and I am doing, what I have to do on that day

What are some of your favourite source for information?

Movies, Books, Art and the News

How social media influence your life?

I am on Instagram and on Facebook but it doesn’t particularly influence me

Interview Julian Baumann, Photographer, Munich

 

http://www.julianbaumann.com/

https://www.instagram.com/baumann_julian/

Where are you living?
I am living in Munich.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
I am 33.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by the people I meet and all the mistakes that I make.

Tell me about what you do?
I am a portrait photographer and I work for different magazines and cultural institutions.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
There is no typical day. But either I am on the road taking pictures or I spend my day in the office editing pictures. I share a beautiful office space with very good friends of mine, but unfortunately I only make it to the office on two or three days in the week.

What are some of your favorite source for information?
I have paper subscriptions for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit and The New Yorker. I especially love reading long pieces, that’s why I prefer getting printed matter. Headline News I get from Spiegel online or Facebook.

How social media influence your life?
I only use Facebook and Instagram as a newsfeed and to inform people about my recent publications. I am happy that I have a couple of friends who share interesting links, but of course I spent most of the time scrolling through all the rest.

 

#Wolfgangtillmans #allesbeimalteninblaubeuren

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#neorauch @szmagazin

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Interview Florian Leibert, CEO & Founder Mesosphere Inc., San Francisco

 

@flo

https://angel.co/florian-leibert

https://mesosphere.com/about/

http://www.doyoubuzz.com/florian-leibert

https://fleibert.wordpress.com/


 

Where do you live?
Mission, San Francisco
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
33
What inspires you?
Giving others a platform to excel. Building things (teams & products) and then optimizing them.

Tell me about what you do?
I’m an engineer, and have been building software for most of my life. Now I help building a software company that creates technology allowing others to build, deploy and manage software much easier. We are essentially treating an entire datacenter or cloud like one big computer – this allows programmers to write distributed applications much quicker and with a fraction of the amount of code. That way engineers can be much more innovative which is the foundation for technological breakthrough. Apache Spark for example is one of the most advanced data analytics framework out there, it was built as an example application showcasing our technology – it increases the speed and drastically reduces the cost of data processing such as whole genome sequencing. Spark is used to find a cure for cancer and develop new medicine but also in many other fields. It wouldn’t have been possible to build without our software as a platform.

Today’s software is mostly a distributed application – in this new “mobile/cloud” era, millions of devices are connected to thousands or tens of thousands of interconnected systems – an example for this is Twitter’s infrastructure. We manage this infrastructure and optimize it – because most of the time, most servers aren’t used – average utilization is around 10% – we drastically increase the utilization to 35%-40%.

I couldn’t be more excited about what our team is building – we’re redefining the way that software is written, deployed and managed. I am fortunate that I get to work with the best team in the industry.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I get up at 5:45 am, head to the gym or go for a run. I try to be at work around 7:30am to go through emails, at 8am my meeting marathon begins. I do a 1:1 with each of my direct reports once a week. I hold the weekly estaff meeting, attend product, marketing/sales-interlock and our weekly all-hands meeting. I spend a few hours a week on product. Most of my weekdays end with a work dinner, either with a candidate, partner or customer. I also travel a lot between San Francisco, New York and our office in Hamburg, Germany.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
Twitter, Spiegel Online, Brand Eins (German business magazine), Economist, some glogs and Wall Street Journal. Most of them online. The most recent awesome blog-post I read was this one: http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/12/the-tail-end.html.

How social media influence your life?
I use Twitter a couple of times a day.@flo It’s a constant stream of news and inspiration.

Interview Marcela Sapone, Co-Founder and CEO of Hello Alfred, New York

@mssapone

helloalfred.com/

http://www.forbes.com/30-under-30


Articles by Marcela Sapone

The on-demand economy doesn’t have to imitate Uber to win

http://www.psfk.com/2016/01/hospitality-human-interface-consumer-tech-marcela-sapone-hello-alfred.html


About Hello Alfred

http://www.businessinsider.de/how-alfred-founders-built-an-operationally-profitable-startup-2016-2?r=US&IR=T

Meet Hello Alfred, A Single Portal For Your Home Service Needs

Hello Alfred Raises $10.5M To Automate Your Chores

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_Alfred


Where do you live?
Brooklyn, NY

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
29

What inspires you?
People. Life is with people, they are why I get up in the morning, they can challenge you and help you learn all of life’s lessons. In business and life it is all about – it’s only about – how you make people feel.

Tell me about what you do?
I am the co-founder and CEO of Hello Alfred, the home operating system that integrates diverse on-demand and local services and delivers them past your door at the hands of a trusted, dedicated home manager (Your Alfred).

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
We start as a team everyday at 9am and state our goals for the day. Then I am in and out of the office meeting people, going on Alfred runs, talking to partners, customers, working on the product, writing, and helping people get shit done.

What are so me of your favourite source for information?
Twitter, JasonHirschhorn REDEF, linkedin pulse, Pocket, the New Yorker, a curated group of friends

How social media influence your life?
I like to live in the present and sometimes share the experience and things I’ve learned – twitter is my preferred medium to do that @mssapone

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Interview Marie Pohl, Actress, Writer, Singer, New York/ Berlin/ Vienna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPvUrk4ScMg

http://www.fischerverlage.de/site/marie_pohl/home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vge-kuee3k

Where do you live?
I spend a lot of time in New York and in Berlin and more recently in Vienna.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I do mind. Actresses should never talk about their age. We are as old as our roles need us to be.

What inspires you?
Inspiration is so very versatile. The ocean inspires me – it gives me a sense of belonging. A salsa dance with a great partner inspires me – it frees me from the necessity of words. Being on stage inspires me. Always. John Steinbeck inspires me. And Kafka and Karl Valentin. I love the quiet and unimposing moments. A rainy day with nothing to do. Loneliness. Empty bars. The night. The early morning hours. Boxing inspires me. Working hard. Starting from zero and finding myself at the very bottom and working my way up. Nina Simone. Langston Hughes. Cuba… inspiration often comes when I get up from what I am doing and take a break…

Tell me about what you do?

I am an actress for film and theater. I sing Italian love songs from the 50ties. And I write travel novels — like my books “Maries Reise” (Marie’s trip) and Geisterreise (ghost trip) — travel stories based on true experiences from countries such as Cuba, Ghana, Mexico, Indonesia, Georgia, Finland, Ireland etc…

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It all depends on what I am doing, traveling or researching, writing or learning lines for a part. I can be an early riser and/or a late night lover. I have one ritual that I do every day: Before I speak to anyone after I wake up (whatever time that may be) I give thanks to whoever is out there protecting me. I drink a lot of coffee, also in the morning and I have recently started to box and am usually at the gym in the evening until 9/10pm. Then I eat.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
Books. Good books. Conversations with people on the street. Personal experiences (mine and others).

How social media influence your life?

I use Wikipedia a lot. And I keep in touch with people from all over the world. I can call and send messages for free to friends in Rome or in Berlin or in New York, Africa, Latin America, Asia, anywhere! I appreciate that. A lot. I also like reading what people I know are up to – keeping in touch – seeing what people are interested in and last but certainly not least, announcing my readings and shows and books, I find social media very helpful for that.

http://www.fischerverlage.de/site/marie_pohl/home

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Interview Alexa Karolinski, Filmmaker, Los Angeles/ Berlin


Karolinski's first major film was Oma & Bella, a documentary about her grandmother and her grandmother's friend and roommate. 
Both women were Holocaust survivors. The film features the two women cooking and discussing their lives
https://vimeo.com/user3300579

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa_Karolinski
http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/alexa-karolinski/
http://www.alexakarolinski.com/

Support her new film project:


Where do you live?
I share my time between LA and Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
31

What inspires you?
everything around me

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a filmmaker

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
coffee, emails, walk the dog, emails, writing or shooting, watch videos, maybe a movie … it depends!

What are some of your favourite source for information?
the internet.

How social media influence your life?
It’s part of my life in a natural way. something I just do, like speak

gnarly LA sky. Poor forests.

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Interview Danielle Geva, Startup Consultant, Toronto

Pink Patio

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http://daniellegeva.com/

Where are you living?
Downtown Toronto.

How old are you? (if you don’t mind answering)
Older than I look.

What inspires you?
Books and movies with unexpected endings.

Tell me about what you do.
During the first half of the day I write and help startups.
In the late afternoon and evening, I listen to podcasts and create show notes for them on http://Mypodnotes.com

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
See above. Add yoga before lunch, experimenting with vegan recipes for dinner, and reading before bed time.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Podcasts (esp. http://KATG.com ), Twitter (esp. @francoismat and @hunterwalk), and Snapchat Stories.

How has social media influenced your life?
My first gig as a freelancer was managing social media accounts, most of my closest friends were first social media connections, and I met my fiancé on Twitter.

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Interview Daniela Schiffer, Co-Founder changers.com, Berlin

http://www.changers.com/

@ChangersCom

@DanisTweet

Where are you living?
Berlin

How old you are?
35

What inspires you?
That’s not an easy one. What drives me is that I really want to change and improve things. That’s like the baseline. For my work I take inspirations from everywhere, things I read in articles and books, things I see in daily life or things I learn when talking with friends.

Tell me about what you do?
I have founded a startup, Changers.com

together with my partner Markus.
With Changers we bring people onto their bikes and into using public transport. We have build an app, that measures the kilometers you traveled and calculates your individual CO2 balance. Every sustainably traveled km earns you a bonus point, our so called Recoins.
We license this app to companies, to help them motivate and reward their workforce for doing something good for themselves and the environment. Thus building a sustainable bonus system in which users, companies and cities can be integrated.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
First – I try to sleep as long as I can, so my mornings are stripped down to the essential smile emoticon
If I can make it, I am out of the door in 15 minutes, no breakfast no nothing (I know, bad habit). Fist coffee is in the office. Sometimes I put a little yoga in between and if I am in super hero mode, I go running for like 45 min.
Then off to the office. Coffee. Being a founder means, you have at least 5 different jobs, and that’s what structures my day. So I start writing our monthly financial report to the investors, than am off to a product meeting discussing some feature, than I contact a couple of journalists, talk to clients, do some sales calls, clear some things with our hardware manufacturer, next meeting regarding some UX decisions, that have to be made – and then it’s lunch time wink emoticon Well, you get the idea.
That’s what I truly love, that my work is so incredibly divers and that I have the opportunity to learn on so many levels.

What are some of your favourite source for information?
My main information source is the internet of course. Then it depends, what kind of info I am looking for. Sometimes I am looking for news or articles on a certain topic, sometimes I have to dig deeper and look for research papers on that particular topic. It really depends, what you are looking for.
If I have questions regarding management or some typical founders issues, I also like to talk to other entrepreneurs. Having a network of people whom you can talk and ask any kind of questions, is super valuable for me. It’s like a support group and believe me, sometimes, when it gets tough it’s good to get all the support you can get.

How social media influence your life?
Well – again, I think I use social media most for information purposes and sharing stuff I am interest in. I am rather reserved when it comes down to posting private things, but of course use it quite extensively for our company.

I think, the biggest influence on my life is, that I can keep in touch with friends, who are living all over the world, so much easier than before. And you get back in touch with people whom you haven’t seen in a long time. This is really beautiful.
Other than that I try to keep the chatter out of my life as much as possible and be very selective about the channels I use