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