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.

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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 source 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 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 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 source for information?
Twitter, BBC news, Spiegel online. Also, hackernews and reddit for browsing.

How 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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