Interview Vanja Crnojević, Co-Founder Borderfree association, Zurich /Greece/Serbia

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http://www.limmattalerzeitung.ch/limmattal/region-limmattal/schlieremer-fluechtlingshelferin-vanja-crnojevic-zum-ersten-mal-im-leben-war-ich-sprachlos-130101649

https://www.nzz.ch/gesellschaft/lebensart/gesellschaft/wo-die-wege-zusammenlaufen-1.18667809

http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/weltverbesserer/das-sind-momente-die-sich-einbrennen

EUR Konto – IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 9155 0838 2
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Borderfree association
Zentralstrasse 156
CH-8003 ZüricH

 

Where are you living?

I live in Switzerland but from the beginning of refugee crises twenty months ago, my life is changed so I live two weeks in Greece/Serbia and two weeks in Switzerland.
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

37
What inspires you?

People who are changing their whole world.
Tell me about what you do?

I work with refugees on the Balkan route and we have a lot of projects and activities and thats includes from the first help to German language lessons.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

We don’t have tipical day, every day comes with new challenge and new problems, im offen on the way between Greece and Serbia in different camps.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?

Tv,Facebook,Newspapers
How does social media influence your life?

Social media sometimes is sick creation and sometimes help us in our job so I just can say that social media is depends how we are using it.

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 sources 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 does 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 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 sources 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 does 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 sources for information?
Twitter, JasonHirschhorn REDEF, linkedin pulse, Pocket, the New Yorker, a curated group of friends

How does 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 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 sources 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 does 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

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Interview Philipp Berner, Co-Founder and CTO at KeepSafe, San Francisco

@philippberner

http://www.getkeepsafe.com/

“I came to the Silicon Valley from Germany because I had the desire to build something that could last. I headed my own company in Europe called ViCommerce that had reputable clients in the fashion industry, including Hugo Boss and Marco Polo, but I wanted to build something bigger.
When I met my cofounder Zouhair, it was apparent that KeepSafe would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something that appealed to the universal need to have access to control.

Today, KeepSafe has over 20M users and is rapidly growing.”

Where are you living?
I’m living in San Francisco.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
I’m 32 years old.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by building things that change some part of people’s live and has a seguidilla the enough impact in the world to make it worth while.

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a programmer by trade. I’ve been working on mobile app development on a day to day base. Spend 3 years doing android, been working on iOS for the last 8 month.
Think my highest value in the organization it to have a overview on how things work and be able to jump into any code base to fix problems. Besides that I’ve been focusing a lot on internal tools that make the organization more efficient.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Usually I come in I the morning and check what’s up for the day. Having a coffee with my people to get mindshare on what’s happening and where we are going.
Trying to make sure to spend the morning on doing the right thing that make a difference for the org.
Afternoon often working on things that just need to get done.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Fav sources of information are Reading up on topics I don’t know about to broaden my knowledge. For getting more depth, I thru to meet relevant people who can guide me in the right direction and then I try to read relevant things. Most of the time I read blogs from people who have domain expertise or meet them in person. When possible.
How does social media influence your life?
Social media influences my life in most ways of having a channel to broadcast things
I’m rather private and don’t publish to much private information. I don’t have Facebook installed on my phone as i think it waste to much time.

 

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Interview Drew Ginn, Triple Olympic Gold Medalist, Founder, Melbourne

Drew Cameron Ginn , (born 20 November 1974, educated at Scotch College, Melbourne) is an Australian five-time world champion rower and triple Olympic gold medallist. Today he is

Facilitator, Presenter & Director Qualia Consulting (Australia).

Specialties: Leadership & Teamwork Development, Creating & supporting Change initiatives, Peak Performance, Action Learning. Athlete, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Author & Charity Ambassador

“We aim to inspire and create high performance for organisations through learning and performance opportunities. We focus on energising your team, their relationships and actions as an essential element in developing effectiveness and impact to drive organisational change and better outcomes.

Promoting and supporting different ways for thinking to help clients and their people find better solutions to their challenges. New ways of thinking leading to better and more effective actions, which flow on to cultural and business gains.”

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drewginn

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

@drewginn

http://drewginn.com/

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/full-exposure-experiences-next-level-learning

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/getting-out-your-comfort-zone-drew-ginn

http://www.lavelocita.cc/la-velocita-rides/drew-ginn-24-story his 24h bike ride

Where are you living?
St Kilda Melbourne..

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
40 years, soon to be 41..

What inspires you?
People taking initiate and making things happen…

Tell me about what you do?
I have a business Qualia Solutions.. Facilitation work with clients..

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Work days depend on client bookings.. But most days start with a bike ride 60km with friends then school drop off then facilitate a full day workshop for clients and meetings and calls about upcoming work.. Afternoon evening Ride or walk and play with when possible. ..

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
LinkedIn pulse.. Flipboard app or websites I follow.

How does social media influence your life?
I find it get inspiration and ideas from social media.. Like visuals and stories I enjoy reading..

 

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Interview Laura Behrens Wu, Founder and CEO of Shippo, San Fransisco

@LauraBehrensWu

Shippo

https://angel.co/laura-behrens-wu

https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurabehrenswu/de

https://goshippo.com/blog/announcing-our-series-funding/

Where are you living?
In San Francisco.

How old are you? (if you don’t mind answering)
24

What inspires you?
Determination and passion. That’s a very powerful mix.
I enjoy brainstorming a lot.

Tell me about what you do?
I run a startup called Shippo. We simplify shipping for e-commerce by offering an easy multi-carrier technology and access to discounted shipping rates.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Wake up at 7:30am, eat porridge and drink my first coffee. Do some morning exercises, check my emails & do urgent work, make my bed.
Get to work at 9am & this is where it gets unpredictable. I do anything from general management, recruiting, sales, business development, fundraising, brainstorming, reading to ordering groceries for the team.
My day is mostly spent in meetings, on the phone or writing emails. The team is growing fast, we are now 16 people and managing that is more difficult than I thought it would be.
I finish the day by going jogging and doing yoga. If possible I also meditate, call friends & family and prepare dinner on a daily basis.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Twitter, BBC news, Spiegel online. Also, hackernews and reddit for browsing.

How does social media influence your life?
Twitter is a great way to connect with people and learn about what people I admire are thinking about. Both Twitter and Facebook have become a gateway/an aggregator for news.

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Interview Theresia Enzensberger, Founder and Editor, Berlin

Photo Lea Rieck

@enzensberger_t

http://www.block-magazin.de/

Where are you living?
Berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
28

What inspires you?
Mostly people who like what they’re doing
Tell me about what you do?

I’m the founder and editor of BLOCK Magazin.
Other than that, I write for newspapers and magazines.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I write in the morning, read and correspond in the afternoon and see people at night.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
Here’s a pretty thorough explanation of what I read: Theresia Enzensberger: Mein Medien-Menü

How does social media influence your life?
Hmm. I don’t know – for all its faults, it is necessary for me in order to promote my magazine and communicate with our readers.